Screening Log #57: M (1931)

Written by Thea von Harbou and Fritz Lang Directed by Fritz Lang Starring Peter Lorre, Otto Wernicke, and Gustaf Gründgens       I’ve never been one to put too much stock into historical context when reading any form of narrative, whether it is fiction, poetry, visual, etc. There is a definite utility in being … Continue reading

Screening Log #56: Repulsion (1965)

Written by Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach, and David Stone Directed by Roman Polanski Starring Catherine Deneuve, Yvonne Furneaux, John Fraser and Ian Hendry       Faulkner’s assertion in Requiem for a Nun, that “The past is never dead. It’s not even past” is so often quoted for the succinctness of the truth it carries. … Continue reading

Screening Log #55: The Grey (2012)

Written by Joe Carnahan and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, based on his short story “Ghost Walker” Directed by Joe Carnahan, Starring Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, and Dermont Mulroney       It is axiomatic that death itself is the most natural aspect of living. Being that every person is finite – as far as I know, … Continue reading

Screening Log #52: Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Written and Directed by Sean Durkin Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, and John Hawkes         Perhaps the most insidious aspect of anxiety is the way that it feeds on history and memory, the manner that is abstracts the self from the present. Anxiety is rarely rooted in the events of the moment, … 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