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A short documentary on Stanley Kubrick’s lenses

This little doc was my favorite part of the touring Stanley Kubrick art exhibit which passed through LA a few years back. After watching it, perhaps you’ll agree with me that it’s a tragedy that these useful lenses, so carefully chosen as tools of filmmaking, are instead touring the world as artifacts behind glass. As Continue reading

Meta: Site Layout Updates

Regular visitors will notice a new look to the site. You may even notice changes day-by-day. The goal is to have a fresh, mobile-friendly layout and to constantly tweak it to make it better. Sorta like editing a film. Right now I’m experimenting with the well-reviewed Hemingway theme. In addition to looking better on phones Continue reading

Movie Reviews: The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything

The Imitation Game The Imitation Game seems unlikely to win Best Picture, but the crackerjack screenplay, by Graham Moore, has a good shot to win Best Adapted Screenplay. It takes the life of mathematician Alan Turing and turns it into an Enigma code that comes together letter by letter, intercutting three time periods. The dialogue, Continue reading

Movie Review: Selma

Selma is about a later chapter in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyewolo). The film opens with Dr. King receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm for his work in ending segregation. But the work of civil rights is not finished. As he later puts it to LBJ (Tom Wilkinson), nothing Continue reading

Your Thursday Links: Sundance/Slamdance Preview

Sundance 2015 starts today. Here’s Vanity Fair’s preview. Here’s Kenneth Turan for the LA Times. We don’t know which film will be next year’s Whiplash or Beasts of the Southern Wild, but there’s a good bet one of them will be a breakout hit. Few people pay attention to the short films in Sundance, but Continue reading

Your Weekend Viewing: The War Machine Sequence

The Thief and the Cobbler is a sort of holy grail of animated film. I hadn’t heard of it until recently, probably because its obsessive creator, Richard Williams, never quite finished the film. Wikipedia, as usual, has more detail: After his success as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Williams signed a deal in Continue reading

Movie Review: Inherent Vice

It’s a battle between Inherent Vice and Birdman for my favorite film of the year. Something about this linguistically-dense, narratively-denser, hilariously-performed private eye tale really tickles my buttons. Adapter/director Paul Thomas Anderson has always worn his Altman influences on his sleeve. Here he evokes not just Altman’s The Long Goodbye but also the Coen Brothers’ Continue reading

Movie Review: The Interview

The Interview is a funny movie. How do I know? I went to a movie theater and saw it opening day with a bunch of other (brave?) souls and laughed my ass off. Is it extra funny because of the “Sony hack” news which threatened to scuttle its release entirely? Yes, I think so. Which Continue reading

Your Yuleday Links: Free Speech Edition

Most of these links come from the @makingthemovie Twitter stream. If you’d like to see them as they come, follow us on Twitter. Today I did what earlier this week would’ve been unfathomable: I saw The Interview at an actual theater. A packed one, in fact. Kudos to independent Vintage Cinemas chain for supporting free Continue reading

Movie Reviews: Unbroken and Foxcatcher (Spoilers)

Unbroken What everyone wants to know, is this one of those good marquee projects, or one of the Oscar bait ones? Directed by Angelina Jolie from a script by the Coen Brothers, Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King, The Ref) and William Nicholson (Gladiator, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), based on the book by Lauren Hillenbrand, Continue reading

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