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Sit Back With The Art Of The Long Take

The camera work of any film literally brings audiences into the action of a story. However, a risk for any cinematographer is the long take, a form in cinema that immerses the audience but runs the risk of being noticeable, removing the audience from the story to acknowledge that what they are watching is a […]

‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Rocks ‘n Rolls

There were few movies at the Cannes Film Festival so perfectly overlapping our movie/music Venn diagram as “How To Talk To Girls At Parties.” And while it didn’t quite explode off the Croisette, we’re still eager to discover the picture that our critic called “gloriously bananas.” Directed by John Cameron Mitchell (“Shortbus,” “Rabbit Hole“), based on the […]

Indie Beat Chats With ‘A Feast of Man’ Director Caroline Golum [Podcast]

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for the next episode of Indie Beat! This chapter’s guest is filmmaker, programmer, and essayist Caroline Golum. Golum began her movie mania in a place where it is practically inescapable — Bay area California. She ghosted the West Coast for college, though, attending the School of Visual […]

The Weinstein Company Pushes ‘Mary Magdalene’ Starring Rooney Mara & Joaquin Phoenix To 2018

The Weinstein Company, once a fearsome awards season studio, have in recent years forged a reputation for continually delaying the release of movies that don’t have Oscar muster, and sometimes just dumping them outright. For example, you might’ve forgotten that “Suite Francaise” starring Michelle Williams recently “premiered” on Lifetime, a fate that also befell “Grace […]

Robert De Niro Talks ‘The Irishman,’ Says Netflix Is Providing “The Money To Do It Right”

While those on the sidelines ponder the death of cinema in relation to Netflix, creatives are not hesitating to head to the streaming service (Paul Greengrass is the latest director to head over to the company). From Bong Joon-Ho to Noah Baumbach, Netflix is luring filmmakers who simply can’t get their projects made through traditional […]

Amazon’s ‘The Tick’ Is An Oddball Answer To ‘The Dark Knight’ [Review]

In the pilot episode of Amazon’s “The Tick,” the titular superhero declares, via voiceover, that “villainy is real. It has guns and scars and tattoos and it’s licensed to drive.” That about sums up his philosophy on superheroing: EVIL is out there, and one must fight that EVIL. It’s no surprise, then, that he can’t […]

Steven Soderbergh Explains Why “A Film Should Work For An Audience Without Any Sound”

This weekend, Steven Soderbergh return to cinemas with “Logan Lucky,” and few people showed up. It’s a real shame because not only are audiences missing one of the most purely enjoyable films of the summer, but for folks who are nerds about the technical side of things, it’s truly a wonder. While the heist comedy […]

Paul Greengrass To Direct Norwegian Terrorist Pic For Netflix

While Apple is currently negotiating with the major studios to deliver their content in a yet-to-be-determined premium VOD window, Netflix is staying ahead of the competition by producing their own original content. While they’ve made great strides in television, the feature film front is still a burgeoning frontier for the streaming service, but they are making […]

‘Jasper Jones’ Trailer: Australia’s ‘Stand By Me’ Starring Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving & Angourie Rice

We’re in that weird pause between the end of summer releases and the onslaught of the fall festival season, so it’s a pretty good time to look and see what offerings there are abroad. And one movie that’s piqued our curiosity is “Jasper Jones.” Described as Australia’s “Stand By Me,” based on the best-seller by […]

‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’ Is “Absolutely Deranged” Says TIFF Midnight Madness Programmer

Cinematic debuts don’t arrives more fiercely than “Bone Tomahawk.” Writer/director S. Craig Zahler turned heads in a big way with his brutal and original western/horror hybrid that made everyone pay attention to what he might do next. Well, it hasn’t taken him long, as the filmmaker is gearing up to hit both Venice and TIFF […]