Bigger Than Life (1956): A Psychosis of the Real

Written by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum, based on an article in the New Yorker by Burton Roueche Directed by Nicholas Ray Starring James Mason, Barbara Rush, Christopher Olsen, and Walter Matthau       The period of time surrounding a large election, and the ensuing open discussion of political values, has a way of … Continue reading

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 #66: Cosmopolis (2012)

Written by David Cronenberg, based on the novel by Don DeLillo Directed by David Cronenberg Starring Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Kevin Durand, and Paul Giamatti     As the internet becomes more and more prevalent, as it becomes more deeply embedded into the personal, social, and economic, daily lives of people, there is a corresponding … Continue reading

Screening Log #64: Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Written by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Directed by Baz Luhrmann Starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent, and Richard Roxburgh       Somewhat apropos of the recent spate of Great Gatsby related publicity material surfacing of late – or, at least, in the light of this marketing which allows this piece some slice … Continue reading

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