Category Archives: Films and Filmmakers

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Opening: Corpses, Con Artists, and the New Cronenberg

This week, see Will Smith co-star with The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie in a romantic comedy/caper film, check out Canadian auteur David Cronenberg's latest, or watch Christopher Walken do a song and dance in a musical shot by the … more »

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What to See This Weekend: 2/20/15

This week's offerings include a sequel nobody really expected, an inspirational true story from Kevin Costner and Walt Disney Pictures, a Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee, and a little-seen alternate version of a 1980s classic. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 … more »

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Casting Your Low-Budget Movie

There are several parts to the casting process. Putting out a cattle call is probably not for you on your first film. You don't really know what you'll get. You're better off identifying your principal actors in a more focused way. … more »

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What to See This Weekend: 2/13/15

Fifty Shades of Grey What's it about? A literature student (Dakota Johnson) and a wealthy businessman (Jamie Dornan) have an unusual sexual relationship. Who the devil made it? Director Sam Taylor-Johnson (right) was an accomplished visual artist before she became a … more »

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Sundance 2015 Film Review: Cronies

I don't want to talk about race. Doing so would limit the discussion around Cronies, the Spike Lee-produced entry at Sundance 2015, to a debate about stereotypes, racism and culture. To be fair, all these elements are baked into the … more »

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So You Want to Make a Movie

This is the first in a series of blog entries on cleverly creating cinema—starting with the screenplay. Is This Script Worth Filming? Yeah yeah, your script is brilliant. But is it? If you wrote it, it could be pure grade-A … more »

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Interstellar: First Reactions and Tech Specs for Exhibition

Christopher Nolan's nearly-three-hour-long spacefaring epic Interstellar, which opens November 5 in theaters showing film and November 7 on digital screens, is one of the year's most ambitious and highly anticipated movies. Until very recently, it was also the big studio release that we … more »

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Five Ways Jean-Luc Godard Breaks the 3D Rules in Farewell to Language

The most physically uncomfortable viewing experience at the New York Film Festival, which runs through October 12, is almost certainly Farewell to Language, the new film by the 83-year-old Jean-Luc Godard, one of the directors who revolutionized world cinema in … more »

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A Subjective Process Examined in The Chair

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's Project Greenlight (2001-2005) was a window on what happens when first-time filmmakers are given the budget, support and time to make the movie of their dreams. Starz' new show The Chair, which premieres on September … more »

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Film’s Not Dead Yet: Four Reasons Why

The demise of 35mm film has been so widely reported by now that it's easy to believe film has been completely supplanted by digital cameras and projectors. But that's not quite true. News broke last week that 35mm negative stock … more »