I’ve taken the past few days to stay away from writing any new posts, or rather I’ve tried to. Twice I’ve caught myself starting something only to not see it through because of other priorities. Those being altering the color scheme, changing the side bar, adding a slider to the home page, and a host of other back end changes that are the first of several to be made around these parts. Continue reading Preliminary site updates, then back to movie writing
There has been an entirely too long an interlude between my last post and this one. This was primarily caused by my last computer spontaneously losing interest in connecting to the internet, which makes running a blog rather difficult. Continue reading Cinematic Attraction is back in action!
In 2008 when Darren Aronofsky unveiled Black Swan starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis at the Venice International Film Festival, critics and audiences alike leapt at the the somewhat pretentious and misplaced opportunity to compare a new movie to Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s seminal ballet film The Red Shoes. The New Yorker’s unique piece being a nice example; it offers the perspective of a dance writer and not a movie critic. Literally though, if you google “Black Swan The Red Shoes” you will find pages and pages of articles comparing the two. I’ll admit that Aronofsky’s film does share a great deal with the Powell-Pressburger feature. But the two works have more in common at a superficial level than a thematic or argumentative level. Continue reading Devoting life and death to art in ‘Whiplash’ and ‘The Red Shoes’
Ex Machina is a British film from last year about robots that you’ve probably seen some ads for lately. It stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year) and Domhnall Gleeson (Frank). Don’t be mislead if, like me, you think it looks like an action movie going in; it’s not. I’m happy to report that much. What I’m less happy about is that this is the first bit of screenwriting we’ve seen from Alex Garland in a hot minute, and it doesn’t live up to his generally high standard. Continue reading ‘Ex Machina’ isn’t quite as sharp as it thinks it is
The internet blew up today. I suppose it does every day. But today one of the topics granted the pop culture status of “trending” was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It earned this because a second teaser trailer was dropped this afternoon. Personally, I found this trailer a little more inspired than the last one, released in December. But it still failed to get me at all Star Wars levels of stoked. I have a few reservations about the content of the advertisements. But the bulk of my discontentment revolves around some behind the scenes shuffling that those who don’t listen quite closely enough might have easily missed. Continue reading ‘Star Wars’ and the disappearance of Michael Arndt
Well we’ve got to start somewhere, right?
In truth my film writing career began years ago. But this is the first time I’ve had a good, old-fashioned blog of my own. I’ve only recently started keeping a journal as well. I guess you could say these practices are primarily to aid the habit of writing every single day. But the opportunity to really write whatever the hell comes to mind and be able to see the words “by Davin Lacksonen” published in a widely accessible place (the internet) is pretty satisfying too, even if acquiring a readership or monetizing this site is not something on the radar. Continue reading Let there be writing…