Prometheus (2012): The Logic of Faith and Other Weightless Mysteries

Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof Directed by Ridley Scott Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba       The allure of the mystery is fueled by desire, by the impulse to fill a void: a desire for knowledge, for an answer, for completion. The mystery provokes by exploiting a … 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

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 #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 #39: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Written by Bridget O’Conner and Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John le Carré Directed by Tomas Alfredson Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy       There’s that old nugget that “knowledge is power”, but I think that saying is a little too abstract. There is no notion of … Continue reading