The response to the AIDS epidemic that ripped through the gay community starting in the early years of the Reagan administration can be best characterized by how most health and social issues are dealt with in contemporary politics today, with a marked lack of empathy....more
Posts Tagged: film
I’m going to go ahead and spoil the entire plot of Bart Layton’s documentary The Imposter, but only because the film does in its first opening minutes. Why? Because the plot, as balls-out-crazy as it is, is not even the most compelling aspect of this film....more
Francis Ford Coppola hardly needs an introduction....more
On July 14, SF MoMA will be opening a retrospective of the work of photographer Cindy Sherman.
Starting with her series Untitled Film Stills, Sherman’s photographs have consistently challenged the limits, meaning, and power of self-portraiture. In an article for the New York Review of Books, critic Sanford Schwartz characterized Sherman as “an impersonator—which in her case means being a creator of people, and sometimes people-like creatures.”...more
Since premiering at Sundance in 2002 with This is John, Mark and Jay Duplass have acquired a reputation for making emotional family-driven films on the budget of a shoestring, while also finding success with studio backed films like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home....more
Project Dad follows filmmaker Sharon Shattuck’s “quest to understand her LGBT family through a two-way dialogue with her dad,” who is transgender.
The film, which is in the production phase, seeks to answer the question, “What is a healthy family?” Here’s the Kickstarter to help turn the project into a feature-length documentary....more
In America, good dinner etiquette entails avoiding certain contentious topics, particularly politics. Whether it has more to do with possible digestive disorders developing from unpleasant –isms or a predilection towards harmonious dining, I do not know....more
There are certain places in the world that conjure an almost universal sense of longing; places that seem to carry a palpable sense of themselves in the air, and places whose tumultuous histories have created masses of displaced persons who feel as though they might never go home again....more
The actress Vera Farmiga, whom you may know from Up in the Air or, possibly, the great guilty-pleasure of 2009, The Orphan, directed a movie called Higher Ground, which came out last year. It may or may not have pinged your radar; there was a decent press push, because actress-turned-director is a nice hook for journalists....more
At Full Stop, Amanda Shubert reviews Brian Kellow’s Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark, while interrogating the particularly vitriolic (and often gendered) criticism that continues to be leveled against the influential film critic.
“Kael spoke to people in a voice they recognized, but she demanded something more from them than they were accustomed to....more
In the fall of 2008, I wrote a screenplay I intended to film entirely in an Alzheimer’s Unit. After many weeks of rehearsals, I arrived at a troubling realization: I was not just making a challenging film—I was making the wrong film....more
Interview Magazine features Belgian filmmaking brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The conversation revolves around their latest film, The Kid with a Bike.
“I don’t think we ever make movies that end in a sinister manner. Our characters are always saved....more
The Museum of the Moving Image will be opening a “mini-retrospective” of Hong Sang-soo’s films on March 17th. BOMBlog interviews the director about “process, collaboration, and drinking.” His answers also provide a lesson in brevity.
Sang-soo on why he often returns to the cinematic detail of male characters arm wrestling: “It’s cute.”...more
Meet Philipp Wolter and Michelle Glick, the husband and wife team behind the Brooklyn-born FilmGym Productions. Wanting to merge their love of acting with their dreams of creating introspective films for the masses, the pair decided to create independent production company FilmGym in 2004, and have proven to be a force to reckon with ever since....more
It works like this. You tell the kid at the ticket counter you want to see J. Edgar at 7:30. He asks if you’d like regular or VIP seating....more
If we can take away one thing from history it’s that it often repeats itself. The Kent State massacre in 1970 was one of the first instances where the media shined a light on the corruption of police enforcement....more
In those days, the only way to see David Lynch’s early, short films was to start or join a film club, pool resources, and rent them from some place like Facets in Chicago....more
“When you get something that’s thrilling, if it’s working on a couple of different levels, it’s more thrilling....more
Rumpus columnist Nicholas Rombes explores the “Occupy zeitgeist” in 2011 cinema over at Filmmaker. Rombes reveals how films such as Drive, Meek’s Cutoff, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Tree of Life, while seemingly “far removed” from the movement, “speak to Occupy anxieties of this past year.”
“…It’s possible that films like Tree of Life somehow capture — in their very structure — the decentralized fantasy of the movement....more
“The problem with pulling this kind of thing the wrong way in a speculative-fiction story is that science fiction, fantasy, and horror don’t necessarily share mainstream fiction’s baseline expectations for how reality works, and it’s far too easy to leave audiences feeling cheated, annoyed, or just plain confused when the rules change abruptly, or were ill-defined in the first place.”...more
“But every so often a filmmaker sneaks a piece of mini-perfection into their movie that’s so self-contained, such an unnecessary tangent, it can stand alone as its own perfect short.”
Nerve archives “five great short films” that can be found inside full-length ones. The article breaks down how each short film fits (or doesn’t) within the larger works of Mulholland Drive, The Social Network, Magnolia, A Serious Man, and The Rules of Attraction....more
I. Non-fiction rules!
Starting as far back as 50 years ago, non-fiction set out to crush fiction in the book world....more