Screening Log #58: Road to Nowhere (2011)

Written by Steven Gaydos Directed by Monte Hellman Starring Tygh Runyan, Shannyn Sossamon, and Waylon Payne       There is a beguiling lure to the manner that any narrative medium allows one to reinterpret, or reframe, certain events. The number of films that are “based on a true story” or “true events” are innumerable … Continue reading

Screening Log #51: North by Northwest (1959)

Written by Ernest Lehman Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason       To an extent, society never wants to co-operate with our own ideas of ourselves. There are many points in time where the self that we perceive does not mesh compatibly with the self that society … Continue reading

Screening Log #45: Marwencol (2010)

Directed by Jeff Malmberg           To some extent we all create our own realities. By the nature of perception, the world that we apprehend is always mediated by our conscious mind to some extent; we never interact explicitly with a thing-in-itself, rather with the version of a thing that we have … Continue reading

Screening Log #20: La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In) (2011)

Written by Pedro Almodóvar based on the novel Mygale by Thierry Jonquet Directed by Pedro Almodóvar Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, and Marisa Paredes At once unlike anything I’ve previously seen from Almodóvar, and completely in keeping with certain elements of melodrama and his distinct aesthetic style, The Skin I Live In leaves me … Continue reading

Screening Log #17: Source Code (2011)

Written by Ben Ripley Directed by Duncan Jones Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright Duncan Jones‘ second feature-length picture, after last year’s under-seen Moon, continues in his investigation into the existential concerns of identity and individualism in the modern world. Moon was a science fiction film, much like Source Code, in the … Continue reading