Screening Log #76: Black Narcissus (1947)

Written by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, adapted from the novel by Rumer Godden Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Starring Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, and Sabu     The teleological nature of “progress” or “development” is an intrinsically flawed quality. There’s something dismissive, at best, about prescribing that any society or … Continue reading

Screening Log #48: The Piano Teacher (2001)

Written by Michael Haneke, based on the novel by Elfriede Jelinek Directed by Michael Haneke Starring Isabelle Huppert, Benoît Magimel, and Annie Girardot       The fact of desire is a strange contradiction. The presence of desire is often romanticized, abstracted into something passionate, but there is implicit in desire an admission of lack … Continue reading

Screening Log #47: The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (2006)

Written by, and starring, Slavoj Žižek Directed Sophie Fiennes         Many of the films that I’ve been watching of late have contained, intentionally or not, some aspect that opens them for psychoanalytic interpretation. The connection between the cinema, the image, and the conscious perception of these elements by both the director and … Continue reading

Screening Log #34: Exotica (1994)

Written and Directed by Atom Egoyan Starring Bruce Greenwood, Mia Kirshner, and Elias Koteas         For much of my life I have been fascinated by the ways people connect beyond the obvious introductions and relationships. I often imagine putting my ear to the ground to hear the strange subterranean web woven between … Continue reading

Screening Log #33: Blue Velvet (1986)

Written and Directed by David Lynch Starring Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, and Dennis Hopper         There is a version of America that exists in David Lynch’s head that maybe actually exists behind gestures and screens, behind the curtains of veneer and tedium, that he is merely more sensitive to than … Continue reading