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by Brice Ezell

11 May 2015


Although the world of documentary filmmaking no doubt felt a major tremor of loss when director Albert Maysles passed away in Manhattan earlier this year, there remains one final film to add to his considerable legacy. In Transit, which saw its debut screenings in mid-April at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, tells the stories of passengers on board Amtrak’s Empire Builder train, which is the busiest long-distance train in the United States. The film represents a unique and final swan song to Maysles’ “direct filmmaking” style, which he used to great effect in essential documentary pictures such as Salesman and Grey Gardens.

by Brice Ezell

11 May 2015


The 2015 iteration of the Cannes Film Festival, held in France, will kick off on 13 May. The festival’s presiding jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, will also feature Rossy de Palma, Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller, Rokia Traoré, Guillermo del Toro, Xavier Dolan, and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Films being shown at Cannes this year include Todd Haynes’ Carol (a Patricia Highsmith adaptation), Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, and Gaspar Noé‘s controversial Love. (For more on said controversy, read here and, fair warning, it’s NSFW.)

For more on the festival and the extensive list of films screening, visit Cannes’ website at this link.

by Brice Ezell

7 May 2015


Over the course of eight seasons, Entourage, HBO’s program about a group of men from Queens trying to make it big in Hollywood, cemented itself as the most extravagant depiction of the “bro” ethos ever recorded. With a buddy-buddy atmosphere fueled by the hedonism so endemic to the City of Angels, the program gives off the vibe that fraternities likely use it as a holy text.

by Brice Ezell

7 May 2015


These are the only words uttered by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in the latest teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens. If one were to merely peruse the internet a few hours after the trailer’s release, though, he might as well have given the plot away. Already, fans across the interweb have started compiling videos and articles detailing every minutia of the brief shots we’ve been afforded. Suffice it to say: anticipation is at an all-time high for this epic sci-fi series.

by Brice Ezell

7 May 2015


Arnold Schwarzenegger will always be best known for his role in the Terminator flicks and as the original Conan the Barbarian. (That one time when he ran one of the largest states in America… yeah, best to forget about that.) But while his blockbuster cred is undeniable, his latest venture finds him heading up a small indie called Maggie, which still requires him to bust out his action hero chops as his character tries to stop his daughter from turning into a zombie.

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