Jerry Bruckheimer answers questions on Quora – How did Captain Jack Sparrow become such an iconic character? What’s happening with Top Gun 2?

HITCHCOCK / KUROSAWA — THE AXIAL CUT by Cole Smithey

On the Scriptnotes podcast, screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin talk about the vicissitudes of the summer movie box office

Vox: The Kingsman movies’ not-so-secret conservative politics – My brief review of Kingsman 2 can be found on Letterboxd. I was not impressed. The movie was apparently 3+ hours in the original cut. That explains why many parts felt shortchanged. Still, it pleased many fans of Kingsman 1, including my wife.

The Whole Plate: Framing Megan Fox – Whether or not you care about Megan Fox’s character in the Transformers movies, this a textbook lesson in how the visuals of a film can subvert the narrative of a film.

NYT: In New Zealand, a Translated ‘Moana’ Bolsters an Indigenous Language – A great reminder of the power of films to shape and bolster culture.

Newsweek: Netflix, Streaming Video and the Slow Death of the Classic Film – It seems classic movie streaming is migrating secondary platforms like Warner Archive and Filmstruck. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Both of those services can offer deeper and wider classic catalogs by centralizing the audience.