Friday, Jun. 24, 2022

Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp were at a bit of a career crossroads when they manifested Marcel, a one-inch-tall seashell with a tiny voice and a big heart.

Slate had recently been let go from "Saturday Night Live" after one season and wasn't sure if she'd get another chance to do...

Tuesday, May. 17, 2022

It wasn't Jessie Buckley's audition but an observation she made that got her the leading role in " Men."

When speaking to filmmaker Alex Garland about his heady idea to grapple with masculinity and its foundational myths and virulent cycles within a folk horror construct, Buckley caught...

Monday, Jun. 28, 2021

It's not easy to put a finger on Janicza Bravo's cinema. In describing her work, which now encompasses nine shorts and two feature films, including the new film "Zola,"  you want to use words like surreal, disturbing, satirical, absurd, otherworldly. 

"These are all very good, sexy words...

Monday, Feb. 22, 2021

The riverbed, more than anything else, needed to be exactly right. 

In Lee Isaac Chung's Arkansas-set family drama, "Minari," land is something more than a setting. It's a future. It's a dream. Jacob Yi (Steven Yeun) has moved his family to a wide-open Arkansas plot to farm the land and,...

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020

Even mock elections require wall-to-wall coverage, so when Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine set out to document Texas' Boys State, the week-long summer camp of civics simulation run by the American Legion since 1935, they hired seven cinematographers to stay close to a handful of the 1,100...

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020

Teenage political junkies at a leadership conference doesn't seem like the most riveting subject matter for a documentary. As a product of teenage leadership conferences, I assumed that at best, maybe, it could be fodder for a black comedy. But the new documentary " Boys State " convinced me...

Friday, Jul. 17, 2020

Twenty-five indie entertainment industry companies have come together to form the American Coalition for Independent Content Production which is calling on government to provide support and relief during the pandemic, making it more feasible for business to properly resume. The coalition is...

Thursday, Mar. 5, 2020

The American West is about as well-trod territory as there is in movies, but Kelly Reichardt keeps unearthing new treasures.

Her latest excavation, "First Cow," is her most sublime yet. Like many of Reichardt's previous films, it's set in Oregon but in a seemingly unremarkable in-between...

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

After the premiere of "Minari" at the Sundance Film Festival, while many in the audience were still drying their eyes, director Lee Isaac Chung quoted the author Willa Cather to explain how he had come to write a film based on his childhood, when his Korean family moved to rural Arkansas. ...

Wednesday, Jul. 10, 2019

Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for "The Farewell" was unconventional.

She wanted to make an autobiographical drama about the time when, in 2013, her family learned that her grandmother in China, affectionately called Nai Nai, had stage 4 lung cancer and was given three months to...

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