Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

As a young man starting college, director Todd Haynes fell immediately for the Velvet Underground — the band which, musician Brian Eno famously said, didn't sell many records, but everyone who bought one went and started a band.

It sounds like the storyline of a great fictional music film...

Saturday, Jul. 10, 2021

The most often-repeated thing said about the Velvet Underground is Brian Eno's quip that the band didn't sell many records, but everyone who bought one started a band. 

You won't hear that line in Todd Haynes' documentary "The Velvet Underground," nor will you see a montage of famous...

Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020

Collaborative waters run deep for director Todd Haynes, cinematographer Ed Lachman, ASC, and editor Affonso Goncalves, ACE. Lachman’s working relationship with Haynes dates back to the 2002 release Far from Heaven. Lachman earned Academy Award nominations both for that film and for...

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

Todd Haynes' "Dark Waters," about the prolonged (and ongoing) legal fight to uncover the environmental damage of cancer-inducing "forever chemicals" and hold their corporate makers accountable, is a sober and ominous docudrama. On its surface, it's an unspectacular one. Its lead character, a...

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019

Mark Ruffalo learned about corporate attorney Rob Bilott, who for 20 years battled DuPont to expose the harmful effects of the chemical PFOA, along with most of the country: In 2016 through an article in The New York Times Magazine.

A cold call from a West Virginia farmer in 1998 who...

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Ed Lachman, ASC, has seen his ongoing collaborative relationship with director Todd Haynes yield myriad artistic dividends, including critical acclaim and industry honors for such features as Far From Heaven and Carol, as well as the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce....

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

Looking to open up a new world via parallel stories set 50 years apart, director Todd Haynes found his own crew members on Wonderstruck (Amazon Studios) personally discovering and being moved by that very same world almost as if life were imitating the art they were trying to create....

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

For devoted fans of certain prestige directors, it's always a little disarming to see them make a true children's film. Expectations have to be readjusted in real time as you submit to something else, something different. That exercise can yield disappointment, but sometimes, maybe even most of...

Saturday, May. 20, 2017

For many younger moviegoers, "Wonderstruck" will be their first Todd Haynes film.

"Depends on what kind of parent you are," Haynes chuckled while sitting in a shady rooftop corner of the Cannes Film Festival's hub, the Palais.

The director's other options aren't quite kid-friendly...

Thursday, May. 18, 2017

The cacophony of the Cannes Film Festival was tamed Thursday by a deaf 14-year-old actress, Millicent Simmonds, whose screen debut is being hailed as a breakthrough.

Todd Haynes' partly wordless fable "Wonderstruck" premiered in competition at Cannes, bringing the festival one of its most...

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