Screening Room Archives - The Millions

April 19, 2017

The Video Word Made Flesh: ‘Videodrome’ and Marshall McLuhan 1


Videodrome, David Cronenberg’s classic 1983 film, is perfect viewing for 2017 — the year a man baptized by television becomes president.

February 21, 2017

Arrival Is a Movie About Movies (Not Language) 0


Because the plot of Ted Chiang’s story is so intricately meshed with its medium — the very words that comprise a short story, and the way that we process a linear narrative as we read it off the page — it would be impossible to make a film that engages with language in the same way.

February 16, 2017

Poetry, Jarmusch Style 3


I was surprised to learn that Paterson’s lines were written, some especially for the film, by the poet Ron Padgett, an award-winning member of the New York School.

February 14, 2017

Women Seen and Heard: A Hollywood Trend Worth Celebrating 29


To be a woman in a movie, you’re probably straight, and you’re probably white. You’re probably quite thin with great skin and a large wardrobe. Your living space is probably very clean and well decorated. You’re probably smiling. Or laughing. If you’re crying, you look really beautiful while the tears stream down your face, and men fall in love with you.

January 17, 2017

Gilmore Girls: The End of Good Faith 3


The Gilmore Girls revival is very much a show for our time. We’ve all sensed it, of course, these past few years: the feeling of disaster in the air, of violence and anger and a rampant, all-devouring bad faith.

November 7, 2016

Scissoring, Othering, and ‘The Handmaiden’ 19


What is it with straight people, especially straight men, and scissoring? Among the many sexual acts that queer women perform with each other, this one seems, at least in our experience, to be the one that fascinates them the most.

October 28, 2016

Eight Horror Films About Writers 0


For writers, a room haunted by demons pales in comparison to the fear that our best work is behind us.

August 23, 2016

Being Bad Is Sad: Bojack Horseman & Boethius 5


We’re born broken, and yet our wicked choices punish us. Somehow, BoJack the alcoholic, humanoid horse has bumped into Boethius the 6th-century Christian philosopher.

August 22, 2016

Don’t Believe the Haters: In Defense of ‘Genius’ 1


I will not deny that more people are interested in organized crime than book editing when it comes to sheer volume — but that does not classify editing as unfit for cinema.

August 19, 2016

Comfort Objects 1


For a few hours one night a year the film made her forget her worries about finances or her unhappy marriage to my father. I have since discovered how we often return to our favorite songs, movies and books, seeking contentment or an escape from our daily lives.