Screening Log #49: The Artist (2011)

Written and Directed by Michel Hazanavicius Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Uggie, John Goodman, and James Cromwell         I’ve mentioned previously how I find this year’s Best Picture nominations at the Academy Awards to be fascinatingly, and problematically, backward looking. There is an inherent danger in nostalgia, and the wistful romanticizing of … Continue reading

Screening Log #44: The Big Sleep (1946)

Written by William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman, based on the novel by Raymond Chandler Directed by Howard Hawks Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and Dorothy Malone There is a particular kind of delight in watching people converse, using language as a mixed martial artist would use elbows and knees. I would assume there … Continue reading

Screening Log #36: Vampyr (1932)

Written by Carl Theodor Dreyer and Christian Jul, based on the book In A Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer Starring Julian West (Nicolas de Gunzburg), Jan Hieronimko, Rena Mandel, and Sybille Schmitz     There is a sense of loss inherent in any age of transition. As such, it … Continue reading

Contempt (1963): An Epic Subversion of Hollywood Desire

Jean-Luc Godard’s thematic and methodical companion piece to Une Femme est Une Femme employs the self-reflexivity of cinema to interrogate the construction of desire and contempt in Hollywood adaptations.