Screening Log #73: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard Directed by Drew Goddard Starring Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford       As my graduate classes are resuming again, I’ll be attempting to pare my screening log entries down even further in the interest of keeping up with the blog and … Continue reading

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 #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

Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010): Homo Cinematicus: Culture and the Abyss of Time

I am guided through my first foray into 3D films by the dulcet tones of Werner Herzog and his typically mesmerizing, if potentially problematic, brand of documentary film-making.

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.