Screening Log #74: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Written by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer, based on characters created by Bob Kane Directed by Christopher Nolan Starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, and Marion Cotillard     Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of making a comic book film lies in conceptualizing how the source … Continue reading

Screening Log #70: The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Written by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves, and James Vanderbilt, based on characters created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Directed by Marc Webb Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Dennis Leary       I could go a long way in talking about the differences I perceive between the comic books … Continue reading

Screening Log #62: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Written by Zak Penn, based on characters by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Directed by Louis Leterrier Starring Ed Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt       Having made mention in my Avengers post of the varying takes on The Hulk – and alluded to their correspondingly varying levels of making the … Continue reading

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 #37: Swamp Thing (1982)

Written by Wes Craven, based on characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson Directed by Wes Craven Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Dick Durock, Louis Jourdan, and Ray Wise       I often find myself curious as to the pop culture roots of environmentalism; where did the concern for the natural world – for issues … Continue reading