Category Archives: Film Features
Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and others have had erratic filmographies in their later years, but it’s not because they’re any less talented as filmmakers.
East Coast Editor Edward Douglas looks at the pros and cons of the festival circuit and if it really helps independent films find an audience.
Zhao’s feature about a badly-injured cowboy, played by real-life cowboy Brady Jandreau, was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, and has played dozens of film festivals since its Cannes debut.
“There’s gold in them there scares, and just about every studio is eager to mine the fright genre and its loyal audience for all they’re worth,” writes Neil Turitz. The question now is, who will follow in Jordan Peele and John Krasinski’s successful footsteps?
The idea that Cannes is telling filmmakers like Alfonso Cuarón and Paul Greengrass to take their new movies elsewhere is mind-boggling to me. It’s not like Netflix is offering the festival a bunch of Adam Sandler movies. No, the streaming service is offering Cannes the cream of their crop, so to speak, and yet, somehow, that still isn’t good enough.
A series based on 28 Days Later seems like a no-brainer. After all, The Walking Dead is one of the biggest shows on TV, but it can’t go on forever. Wouldn’t it be smart to have a show ready to fill that void once it signs off?
The duo’s first produced screenplay unwraps the mystery surrounding a fateful night for Senator Ted Kennedy in 1969 that would affect the rest of his political career.
Based on the ‘80s arcade game, the filmmaker behind San Andreas continues his attempt at making “elevated genre” with one of the world’s biggest A-list stars.
The screenwriter and director of the period thriller talk about how Gilroy’s script, written 27 years ago, was revived and revised for modern audiences.
The acclaimed award-winning Australian Western, co-starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown, is finally released in the States after playing on the festival circuit.
You’ll often hear, “you couldn’t make that movie today” when it comes to comedies, but the real issue is that society has evolved and humor along with it.
The filmmakers behind indie thrillers Spring and Resolution offer another quizzical mind-twisting thriller, one that has connections to their earlier work.
The filmmaker behind 45 Years and Weekend tells the story of a boy and the horse with whom he bonds, along with the young star of Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World.
Multiple WGA members are lobbying for an “Additional Writing By” credit section, naming everyone who had a hand in a film’s screenplay. The general concept behind this is that, if you were hired to write and you wrote, you should get credit for that work, whether or not said work was used. But is that really a good idea?
“Without the extensive buildup of backstory [from the book], Art3mis essentially loses her own storyline and purpose and, in doing this, Artemis’ sole purpose becomes a visual totem used as fodder for the obsessive male gaze,” writes Sabrina Cognata.
The high concept comedy stars Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena as the parents of three teen girls planning to lose their virginity on prom night.
The Roseanne revival is one of ABC’s biggest hits since the original Roseanne, while Steven Spielberg revisits his own past in Ready Player One.
With Trevorrow just confirmed to direct Jurassic World 3, people are still harping on the disaster that struck when the filmmaker’s Book of Henry “cost him the Star Wars gig”… but did it really?
Starring Jason Clarke as the Massachusetts politician, whose car went off a bridge into the bay, killing Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) and raising questions that affected the Kennedy family.
In reviewing Spielberg’s filmography, what stands out most is his range, as illustrated by the fact that Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List both came out the same year. Those two films couldn’t be more different, and yet they were made by the same singular storyteller. Imagine having that kind of talent!
The director of Humpday, You Sister’s Sister and more has been quite successful directing shows like Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl, and Netflix series Glow and Love.
“Steven Spielberg doesn’t think that Netflix movies should be eligible for Oscars. So would Spielberg, who has been such an enormous supporter of the #MeToo movement, begrudge Mudbound cinematographer Rachel Morrison her history-making nomination? In the words of my therapist, ‘there’s a lot to unpack here,'” writes Neil Turitz.
Winner of the John Cassavetes Award for Land Ho!, Katz’s new noir thriller stars Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle) as the personal assistant of a young starlet (Zoe Kravitz), who gets caught up in a murder mystery.
East Coast Editor Edward Douglas opines about the fact that sometimes having too many options means you’ll never have time to watch some of the less-publicized content.
From Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Gosford Park, Balaban has experience on both sides of the camera, and Isle of Dogs is his third time working with Anderson.
The star of The Blair Witch Project and Humpday talks about woring on Soderbergh’s latest low-budget thriller, starring Claire Foy, his next film as director and even a possible Humpday sequel!
Hollywood’s star system is under siege, but Oscar winner Alicia Vikander “knocks the ball so far out of the park as the rugged English adventurer that she might as well be Babe Ruth,” writes Neil Turitz.
The creator of Starz’s Spartacus series and showrunner for the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix talks about following Guillermo del Toro on the giant robot (and monster) sequel.
The Brazilian filmmaker behind Elite Squad and Robocop goes back in time to document the ’77 Air France hijack that had many nations on edge.
East Coast Editor Edward Douglas takes an early look at the box office prospects of what should be one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, and whether it will it do as well or better than Black Panther.