Thursday, November 17 2011
Haskell Wexler helped popularize the use of hand-held cameras and natural lighting in Hollywood features. However, like all forms of art, the truth behind these techniques became just another method of illusion.
Thursday, November 10 2011
Kay Kendall's mercurial performances in George Cukor's Les Girls and Vincente Minnelli's The Reluctant Debutante highlight a romantic Englishwoman and her knack for graceful physical comedy.
Wednesday, November 9 2011
Makeup and special effects artist Genevieve Garner can transform the average beast into a beauty—or vice versa.
Tuesday, November 8 2011
When making a movie about the horrors of the Bosnian War, what is Angelina Jolie's responsibility as an artist?
Tuesday, November 1 2011
Once again, the film industry came in and took a perfectly creepy book and upped the sensationalism because nothing can ever be too shocking in Hollywood.
Wednesday, October 26 2011
Illegal immigration is a hotly contested topic in American society and politics. Sin Nombre opens up important questions about migration that documentaries often ignore: there is no such monolithic category as "the immigrant", and migration is not solely an economic decision.
Sunday, October 23 2011
Michael Moore is a populist and Jon Stewart is an elitist. The blind liberal embrace of the superficial smugness of Stewart and detachment from the heroism of Moore is the most powerful and convincing illustration of the suicidal tendencies, moral bankruptcy, and spiritual decay of the American left.
Monday, October 10 2011
With two festival award-winning shorts, Foreshadowed Films’ co-founder Sage Scroope (The Debt Collector) just might be headed to the Oscars.
Thursday, October 6 2011
Oddly missing in histories of the "found footage" genre, Jean-Teddy Filippe's "Forbidden Files" offers intriguing glimpses at horror and fantasy flickering into an uneasy camcorder reality, ten years before The Blair Witch Project made it fashionable (and lame).
Tuesday, September 27 2011
These eight films portray a variety of storylines, but the “black college student” movie has not come close to fulfilling its potential.
Monday, September 26 2011
How did playing a prostitute or stripper become de rigeur for Hollywood actresses?
Tuesday, September 20 2011
The films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin share a fraternal vitality and invention.
Monday, September 19 2011
“Stories need to be told,” emphasizes cinematographer Michael Garcia. And he’s just the man to wield the camera.
Tuesday, September 13 2011
Meet Monica Velour and The Girl Next Door demonstrate that mainstream representations of pornography, even in a society in which sex proliferates, are still surprisingly one-sided and inconsistent with counter-narratives offered by industry insiders themselves.
Monday, September 12 2011
While Atanes's film comes across as somber and unintentionally funny, and the Capaldi film is bizarre and outright amusing. Both do a brilliant job of capturing the surreal, dark mood that The Metamorphosis is cocooned in.
Thursday, September 8 2011
Transgender representation in modern film, television, and literature blurs the lines of gender, class, race and sexuality, which is precisely why trans narratives are still considered dangerous.
Tuesday, August 23 2011
Rise of the Planet of the Apes blends past, present and future, bringing 1968 into 2011 into 3978. But apes cannot conquer Earth without conquering memory, first.
Thursday, August 18 2011
Media formats come and go, subject to the gale-force winds of technology and the retail market. Me, I'm still clinging to my Monty Python collections on VHS.
Creating a gypsy wedding dress, designing costumes holograms for of the far future, dressing actor Robert Carlyle, and finding the perfect prop for Rutger Hauer -- it's all just part of the job for costume designer Zoë Howerska.
Tuesday, August 16 2011
When fitness celebrities turn fat folks into fitness celebrities in their own image, self-preservation and betterment are eclipsed by the value of self-promotion. Remember the subjects undergoing these life-changing metamorphoses are “real” people.