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SXSW Review: ‘Vision Portraits’ is a Personal and Generous Look at Creativity in Darkness

An evocative meditation on sight, cinema, and the tools of filmmaking, Rodney Evans’ latest feature documentary Vision Portraits is an intimate and generous look at what it means to reconfigure your art practice to accommodate your own disability. For Evans, who suffers from a rare retina condition that’s slowly eroding his peripheral vision, it’s using […]

SXSW Review: ‘Yes, God, Yes’ Trades Crude Humor for Sincerity Without Sacrificing Laughs

Similar to last year’s inclusive comedy Blockers–which proved teen girls deserve their own kind of high school sex comedy like the boys have enjoyed for years–Yes, God, Yes continues to evolve the genre while remaining completely grounded in its complexities and contradictions. Obvious Child co-writer Karen Maine’s directorial debut is a witty comedy with nearly […]

Christoper Nolan Sets ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Star John David Washington to Lead His New Action Blockbuster

When it was announced earlier this year that Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk follow-up had been set for a July 18, 2020 release, the jokes already started if Tom Hardy or Cillian Murphy would be the first to be cast in the project. Well, today brings our first announcement of the ensemble and it’s going to be […]

Wong Kar-wai Says Next Film ‘Blossoms’ Will Have Thematic Connections to ‘In the Mood for Love’ and ‘2046’

In the six years since his last film, The Grandmaster, there’s been a number of projects that Wong Kar-wai has been attached to. There was The Ferryman, which he ended up just producing, as well as his ambitious Amazon series Tong Wars, which is still in development, and a Gucci biopic for Annapurna which never […]

‘Lucy In The Sky’ Trailer: Natalie Portman Goes to Space and Back

After an adventurous 2018 with her sci-fi odyssey Annihilation and ambitious pop star drama Vox Lux, Natalie Portman will head to (or rather, return from) space this year. She’s leading Lucy in the Sky (formerly Pale Blue Dot), a drama which follows her character as an astronaut whose life unravels when she returns from a […]

Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe Biopic ‘Blonde’ Eyes Ana de Armas to Lead

It’s a shame that the director behind one of the century’s greatest films, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, has had this much trouble getting his next film going, but it looks like Andrew Dominik’s Blonde is finally moving forward. After years of stops and starts, we heard three years ago […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 337 – Transit

Welcome, one and all, to the latest installment of The Film Stage Show! Today, Michael Snydel, Bill Graham and I are joined by Alex Henney of Seventh Row to discuss Christian Petzold’s Transit, now in theaters. His previous two films, Barbara and Phoenix, are now streaming on MUBI. Subscribe on iTunes or see below to stream. We […]

‘Leaving Neverland’ Director Dan Reed on Refuting Michael Jackson Defenders, the Psychology of Child Sexual Abuse, and a Potential Sequel

After shocking and disgusting audiences at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, Leaving Neverland aired in two parts on HBO earlier this month. Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s damning accusations of years-long sexual abuse by Michael Jackson became one of the most successful documentary premieres in the network’s history. Directed by Dan Reed, known for helming […]

SXSW Review: ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ Artfully Creates a Hilarious Monster

If Fight Club taught us one thing and one thing only it is to never underestimate the power of a bored single man with nothing to lose. And that is, in some ways, also the central thesis of Riley Stearns’ delightfully twisted The Art of Self-Defense, a pitch-black comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg as sad sack […]

SXSW Review: ‘The Beach Bum’ is Hilarious, But May Cause a Hangover

The latest opus of debauchery from the great Harmony Korine, The Beach Bum continues his more playful streak, full of carefree possibilities while existing in roughly the same cinematic universe of his previous film Spring Breakers. While James Franco’s Alien hustled hard for that paper, Matthew McConaughey’s Moondog inherited his wealth from wife Minnie (Isla Fisher). […]