Screening Log #61: The Avengers (2012)

Written by Joss Whedon and Zak Penn, based on characters by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Directed by Joss Whedon Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, and Tom Hiddleston       Having written before, perhaps loosely, about the allegorical readings that may be … Continue reading

Screening Log #32: Super 8 (2011)

Written by J.J. Abrams Directed by J.J. Abrams Starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, and Riley Griffiths       Born in 1966, J.J. Abrams was at his most impressionable when Steven Spielberg reeled off his nearly unimpeachable run between Jaws (1975) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). A love for … Continue reading

Screening Log #23: Let Me In (2010)

Written by Matt Reeves based on John Ajvide Lindqvist’s screenplay/novel Let the Right One In Directed by Matt Reeves Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Richard Jenkins       Matt Reeves’ American re-framing of Thomas Alfredson and John Ajvide Lindquist’s Let the Right One In, Let Me In, maintains a connection to the … Continue reading

Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010): Futurism and the Ever-Expanding American Frontier

In the afterglow of Thor and the early dawn of Captain America I take some time to think about Marvel’s first Avenger (in terms of production schedule) and how he relates to America.

Stroszek (1977): A Nowhere Man in Wisconsin, or: the Perpetually Dancing Chicken

I celebrate Werner Herzog’s birthday with a (re)viewing of his equally absurd and insightful portrait of both Bruno S. and and society. Also, I’ve been told there’s a dancing chicken.