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 #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 #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 #56: Repulsion (1965)

Written by Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach, and David Stone Directed by Roman Polanski Starring Catherine Deneuve, Yvonne Furneaux, John Fraser and Ian Hendry       Faulkner’s assertion in Requiem for a Nun, that “The past is never dead. It’s not even past” is so often quoted for the succinctness of the truth it carries. … Continue reading

Screening Log #52: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Written and Directed by Sean Durkin Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, and John Hawkes         Perhaps the most insidious aspect of anxiety is the way that it feeds on history and memory, the manner that is abstracts the self from the present. Anxiety is rarely rooted in the events of the moment, … Continue reading