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Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
It's hard to say what's better about the first half of Alexander Payne's wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — "Downsizing": the audacity of its premise, or the delicious skill with which Payne executes that premise, detail by comically ingenious detail.
The fact that the film...
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
There are rituals to an Alexander Payne production. Movie nights on Wednesdays during pre-production at Payne's house, with pizza and soft drinks. Friday-night screenings during post-production with martinis. And, reliably, an endless struggle to secure financing.
"Only one studio guy...
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
Editor Kevin Tent and casting director John Jackson share a common bond--a lengthy, ongoing collaborative relationship with director/writer Alexander Payne, their latest round of creative togetherness having been on Downsizing (Paramount Pictures), a feature that’s part sci-fi, part...
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017
"Downsizing" has generated jumbo-sized buzz at the Venice Film Festival — not least as viewers debate how to describe it.
Is it a science fiction film, a romantic comedy, a political parable, an apocalyptic thriller? Alexander Payne's movie mixes all those elements in its story of a man,...
Saturday, Apr. 1, 2017
Would you pay $40 to watch a movie in the comfort of your own home 10 days after its big-screen release? How about $30 after 45 days?
These are just a few of the ideas being thrown around by major Hollywood studios looking to more effectively compete with streaming services, television,...
Thursday, Jun. 16, 2016
Turner Classic Movies, that bastion of black-and-white, holds a unique place on the dial and in the hearts of cinephiles. In a continuous, commercial-free stream, much of the history of Hollywood is on view, 24/7, for sampling and binging - an uncorrupted corner of celluloid obsession that...
Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Alexander Payne is equal parts filmmaker and film buff.
The Omaha-born filmmaker, for example, found time while premiering his latest, "Nebraska," at the Cannes Film Festival to see 10 other films (including the four-hour "Cleopatra" restoration). And he chased that with a five-day...