Screening Log #72: Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Written by Roman Coppola and Wes Anderson Directed by Wes Anderson Starring Jared Gillman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray, and Frances McDormand       To one degree or another, all creative human activity is an affirmation in the face of entropy. Everything, in time, falls apart; to build or creative is … Continue reading

Screening Log #60.1: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Written by Steve Kloves based on the novel by J.K. Rowling Directed by Chris Columbus Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson       This entry marks the first in a series of screening log entries that are going to appear for the Harry Potter series of films, so perhaps if you are … 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

Screening Log #38: Dead Ringers (1988)

Written by David Cronenberg and Norman Snider, based on the book Twins by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland Directed by David Cronenberg Starring Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold       A strange thing happens when one considers the nature of self-consciousness. The self-reflexivity of self-consciousness reveals a structure that is at once a thinking subject … Continue reading

Screening Log #34: Exotica (1994)

Written and Directed by Atom Egoyan Starring Bruce Greenwood, Mia Kirshner, and Elias Koteas         For much of my life I have been fascinated by the ways people connect beyond the obvious introductions and relationships. I often imagine putting my ear to the ground to hear the strange subterranean web woven between … Continue reading