Screening Log #60.4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Written by Steve Kloves, based on the book by J.K. Rowling Directed by Mike Newell Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint       Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire finds itself in a very difficult position within the context of the series. This installment of the series is very much a transitional … Continue reading

Screening Log #60.3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Written by Steve Kloves based on the novel by J.K. Rowling Directed by Alfonso Cuarón Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint       By this, the third, Harry Potter film, Steve Kloves’ scripts have fallen into a characteristic rhythm: begin with Harry in the “real” world, move to Hogwarts with some dark … Continue reading

Screening Log #60.2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Written by Steve Kloves based on the book by J.K. Rowling Directed by Chris Columbus Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint       The second Harry Potter film begins with Harry set to return to Hogwarts for his second year of wizard schooling. Beginning, as did the first film, in the dreary … Continue reading

Screening Log #60.1: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Written by Steve Kloves based on the novel by J.K. Rowling Directed by Chris Columbus Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson       This entry marks the first in a series of screening log entries that are going to appear for the Harry Potter series of films, so perhaps if you are … 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