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Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2021
Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Director Jon M. Chu's "In the Heights"
"I am Usnavi and you prob'ly never heard my name," declares bodega owner Usnavi at the start of "In the Heights," Lin-Manuel Miranda's contagiously joyous ode to his beloved Washington Heights neighborhood. "Reports of my fame are greatly exaggerated." Um … maybe not for long. Projects by Miranda...
Friday, Jun. 4, 2021
Cannes Lions Preview: Careful, Thoughtful Deliberation During Extraordinary Times
Cannes Lions judges this time around may be looking at work in some respects through a Glass prism. That’s the assessment of PJ Pereira, creative chairman of Pereira O’Dell and a 2021 juror on Glass: The Lion for Change. The Glass Lion honors work that implicitly or explicitly addresses issues of...
Friday, Jun. 4, 2021
Cinematographers Shed Light On "Small Axe," "The Handmaid’s Tale," "The Nevers"
One DP landed a major career break from an Oscar-winning filmmaker and now finds himself front and center on the awards show circuit. Another took on a high-profile show, his first episode being directed by the cinematographer who preceded him. And our third cinematographer, a two-time Oscar...
Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2021
Review: Director Theo Anthony's "All Light, Everywhere"
An image is "captured." A flash "fires." A camera "shoots." Weaponry is baked into the language of filmmaking, as Theo Anthony's illuminating documentary "All Light, Everywhere," details. An exploratory essay about surveillance, policing and the nature of video technology, the film probably...
Friday, Jun. 4, 2021
Pandemic Production/Recovery Survey: Many Happy--And Informed--Returns
As the pandemic-caused shutdown starts to loosen throughout the country, the content creation industry looks to recover. Production has already returned in assorted locales with relatively minimal restrictions and the promise is that with each passing week, we will get closer to filmmaking...
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021
The Brilliant, Crowded, Gonzo Art of Writing For "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"
Screenplay writing, usually a fairly solitary, uneventful process, is more of a full-contact sport for a movie like "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm." Work for the nine Oscar-nominated writers of the "Borat" sequel began conventionally enough. Brainstorming, a draft, a table read. But as soon as...
Thursday, Apr. 8, 2021
Review: Director Oliver Hermanus' "Moffie" Delves Into Brutal Intolerance In '80s South Africa
The main character of Oliver Hermanus' shattering "Moffie," set in 1981 South Africa, is a handsome, white 18-year-old. In the country's system of apartheid, he is a member of the ruling class, but he's no insider. Shy, timid and closeted, Nicholas van der Swart (Kai Luke Brummer) is conscripted...
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021
Cinematographers & Cameras: Lensing "Promising Young Woman," "News of the World," "Search Party"
One DP finds himself in the awards season conversation for his fruitful collaboration with a first-time feature director. Another brought his experience in stylized fare for the likes of Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Gore Verbinski to a western directed and co-written by a filmmaker known for his...
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021
Sundance Wrap-up: Art Meets Commerce, Both Flourish At Festival
Art vs. commerce isn’t necessarily an either/or proposition. The two aren’t always at odds. Sometimes both can peacefully co-exist, if not flourish. And a couple prime examples of such flourishing emerged front and center at the recently concluded Sundance Film Festival. Consider CODA , director...
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021
TV Awards Preview: And The Nominees Are...
While the Oscars dominate this portion of the awards season calendar, television still looms large in terms of honors--even with the Emmys quite a ways down the road. TV nominations recently unveiled and currently in play for the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards are coveted in and of themselves...

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