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 #28: Bridesmaids (2011)

Written by Paul Feig Directed by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Rose Byrne, and Melissa McCarthy       The obvious thing to say is that Bridesmaids feels like a female-casted Judd Apatow film, something like The 40 Year Old Virgin, where a group of friends come together around … Continue reading

Screening Log #21: The Woman (2011)

Written by Lucky McKee, based on the novel by Jack Ketchum Directed by Lucky McKee Starring Sean Bridgers, Angela Bettis, and Polyanna McIntosh   Horror by way of Todd Solondz, Lucky McKee’s The Woman is as viciously subversive as it is viscerally gory. Co-penned with horror author Jack Ketchum, the film details what transpires when … Continue reading

Screening Log #12: Cobra Verde (1987)

Written by Werner Herzog based on the novel by Bruce Chatwin Directed by Werner Herzog Starring Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy       The final film collaboration between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski returns to many thematic and visual leitmotifs that accompany the peculiarly singular body of Herzog’s work. Herzog employs, in places, a … Continue reading

Screening Log #9: Vivre Sa Vie (1962)

Having returned to class and being handed the responsibility for a number of students for the first time I have had little time to watch films of late. Thankfully, I was afforded a break tonight and filled it with Jean-Luc Godard‘s Vivre Sa Vie. Having seen several of his other collaborations with Anna Karina and … Continue reading