Screening Log #75: Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Written by James Cameron and William Wisher Jr. Directed by James Cameron Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, and Richard Patrick       As I’ve mentioned before, the binary opposition between synthetic and organic life presented in James Cameron’s The Terminator is complicated by the series’ second film, Terminator 2: Judgement Day. What … Continue reading

Screening Log #71: The Terminator (1984)

Written by James Cameron, Gale Ann Hurd, and William Wisher Jr. Directed by James Cameron Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Michael Biehn       There’s one strain of conventional of thinking that ascribes a generative kind of logic to man’s – the gendering here is intentional – pursuit of technological advancement. Where the … Continue reading

Screening Log #22: Conan the Barbarian (2011)

Written by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood based on a character by Robert E. Howard Directed by Marcus Nispel Starring Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nicols, and Rose McGowan       If Conan the barbarian is born in blood – as is graphically shown to begin Conan the Barbarian – this … Continue reading

Screening Log #4: Predators (2010)

After seeing Predators for the second time – the first was before I’d started this blog – I feel comfortable writing about the film. Admission: Predator is among my favourite films; is it the “best” film I have ever seen? No. But it is an incredibly entertaining action/horror film that moved me to put a … Continue reading

Screening Log #2: The Running Man (1987)

Ben Richards prepares to start running.

Paul Michael Glaser’s 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle The Running Man is a strangely prophetic animal of a film. The Sci-Fi premise is half The Most Dangerous Game and half reality show: in a dystopian – and far less distant 2017 – the world has collapsed due to shortages of food and oil and is run … Continue reading