Screening Log #58: Road to Nowhere (2011)

Written by Steven Gaydos Directed by Monte Hellman Starring Tygh Runyan, Shannyn Sossamon, and Waylon Payne       There is a beguiling lure to the manner that any narrative medium allows one to reinterpret, or reframe, certain events. The number of films that are “based on a true story” or “true events” are innumerable … Continue reading

Screening Log #57: M (1931)

Written by Thea von Harbou and Fritz Lang Directed by Fritz Lang Starring Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, and Gustaf Gründgens       I’ve never been one to put too much stock into historical context when reading any form of narrative, whether it is fiction, poetry, visual, etc. There is a definite utility in being … Continue reading

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): Difficulties In A “New” Age of Agency

Written by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Stieg Larsson Directed by David Fincher Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, and Christopher Plummer       There is an inherent difficulty, perhaps even potential impossibility, in attempting to critique a system from a position within it. It is impossible to speak critically of … Continue reading

Screening Log #44: The Big Sleep (1946)

Written by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler Directed by Howard Hawks Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Dorothy Malone There is a particular kind of delight in watching people converse, using language as a mixed martial artist would use elbows and knees. I would assume there … Continue reading

Screening Log #29: Bob le Flambeur (1956)

Written by Auguste Le Breton and Jena-Pierre Melville Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville Starring Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy, and Guy Decomble       There is a version of Jean-Pierre Melville in my head. I’m not sure how accurately this version of the man who I’ve created may be, but in my mind there’s … Continue reading