Screening Room Archives - The Millions

June 6, 2016

Where Legless Men Run and Water Burns: On Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland 0

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Unlike J.M. Barrie or A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll grants no asylum to wistful acknowledgements that childhood must come to an end. The lost laughter of childhood needn’t be lost forever.

May 24, 2016

Living Clichéd Lives: On Hollywood Biopics 15

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Maybe the problem is that musicians keep living clichéd lives that can’t be made into anything but clichéd movies.

March 18, 2016

The Devil Works in Mysterious Ways 3

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New England horror is less about surprise and more about the slow burn of suffering. In Hollywood, horror sneaks into your home, leaps from behind doors; in New England, horror festers in your soul.

February 25, 2016

And the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay Goes to… 7

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Four novels as source material for Oscar-nominated screenplays? What happened? Did some pixie slip a vial of smart powder into the L.A. drinking water?

November 25, 2015

The Filmable Miss Highsmith 8

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What is it that keeps drawing filmmakers to the fiction of Patricia Highsmith?

November 10, 2015

Too Real to Be Real: The Problem of Authentic TV 0

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How can something be both entertaining and true to life — which, as we are all acutely aware, is overwhelmingly mundane?

October 26, 2015

In Praise of Cartoon Violence 4

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I recently bought a DVD set for my six-year-old son that featured the following offenses: reckless gunplay, the detonation of high explosives, apparent vehicular homicide, assault with a baseball bat, plunges from great heights, electrocutions, jailbreaks, punches, slaps, kicks, and shoves into oncoming traffic. For good measure, there was also a healthy dose of cross-dressing.

August 4, 2015

The Long, Lonely Walk: Hallways in Horror Films 2

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Hallway scenes are an essential element of American and international horror films. Hallways are tight, narrow, walled, made for transit — and yet sometimes our most sensitive moments are out in the hall, doors closed behind us. Hallways are places for tense encounters, confusion, and fear.

July 31, 2015

The Unwritten Profile: On The End Of The Tour 13

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Perhaps the biggest compliment I can give to The End of the Tour, the new film about a five-day interview between the writer David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky, is that I finally started reading Wallace again.

June 4, 2015

Four Uneasy Pieces: How Detroit Moved Beyond Ruin Porn 3

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The facile visual shorthand of ruin porn has eclipsed nuanced narrative as a way of telling the complex story of Detroit.