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 #57: M (1931)

Written by Thea von Harbou and Fritz Lang Directed by Fritz Lang Starring Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, and Gustaf Gründgens       I’ve never been one to put too much stock into historical context when reading any form of narrative, whether it is fiction, poetry, visual, etc. There is a definite utility in being … 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

Caché (2005): Voyeurism and the Art of Challenging Passivity

Written and Directed by Michael Haneke Starring Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, and Maurice Bénichou         There are certain conditions that one takes for granted often when watching a film, certain elements are tacitly acknowledged as being constant and consistent in order to facilitate the reception of the work. Many conventions of cinema … Continue reading

Screening Log #53: Hugo (2011)

Written by John Logan based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick Directed by Martin Scorsese Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, and Sacha Baron Cohen       It should be widely accepted by now that there is no objective sense of history, that history is actually a … Continue reading