Bigger Than Life (1956): A Psychosis of the Real

Written by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum, based on an article in the New Yorker by Burton Roueche Directed by Nicholas Ray Starring James Mason, Barbara Rush, Christopher Olsen, and Walter Matthau       The period of time surrounding a large election, and the ensuing open discussion of political values, has a way of … 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

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Dracula (1992): Dracula, In Medias Resurrected

Nosferatu the Vampyr (1979) Written by Werner Herzog based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker Directed by Werner Herzog Starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruno Ganz Dracula (1992) Written by James V. Hart based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker Directed by Francis Ford Coppola Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, … Continue reading

Screening Log #28: Bridesmaids (2011)

Written by Paul Feig Directed by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Rose Byrne, and Melissa McCarthy       The obvious thing to say is that Bridesmaids feels like a female-casted Judd Apatow film, something like The 40 Year Old Virgin, where a group of friends come together around … Continue reading

Screening Log #21: The Woman (2011)

Written by Lucky McKee, based on the novel by Jack Ketchum Directed by Lucky McKee Starring Sean Bridgers, Angela Bettis, and Polyanna McIntosh   Horror by way of Todd Solondz, Lucky McKee’s The Woman is as viciously subversive as it is viscerally gory. Co-penned with horror author Jack Ketchum, the film details what transpires when … Continue reading