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Thinking Outside the Box: An Interview with Bill Watterson of 'Dave Made a Maze'

None With his girlfriend Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) out of town for the weekend, Dave (Nick Thune) decides to build a maze out of cardboard boxes in their living room. Upon her return, she discovers that he has become trapped in his own creation. Initially calling upon Dave's trusted friend Gordon (Adam Busch) for help, soon their curious oddball friends, including an aspiring documentary filmmaker and his cameraman, have assembled in their apartment. Entering the maze -- which is much bigger...
Tags: Feature, Music, UK, Comedy, Interview, Horror, Adventure, Dave, Stanley Kubrick, Mira, Tiki, Digital HD, Bill Watterson, Christoph Behl, Sidney Lumet, Tim Nordwind

'Iron Man 3' Finds Its Hero in Crisis

None One question loomed over Iron Man 3 (Shane Black, 2013) from its inception: Why doesn't he just call the Avengers? After all, Tony Stark/Iron Man had just appeared in the biggest superhero film of all time, a team-up consisting of him, Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, and the combined resources of SHIELD (including Nick Fury, Black Widow and Hawkeye). How could the filmmakers devise a serious, dangerous scenario for the character in which he would not call his super-friends? Longtime comic...
Tags: Feature, Music, Japan, New York, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr, California, Adventure, China, Sci-fi, Disney, America, Los Angeles, Action, Pepper, Iron Man

Brigitte Bardot and the Spectacle of the Trial in Clouzot's 'La Vérité'

None I'm often bemused by the observation that French movies are "mature" and "adult", since the two themes that recur most often in French art films are bittersweet autobiographical childhoods and that particularly melodramatic species of mentally arrested adolescence known as "l'amour fou", which French cinema virtually celebrates as a pillar of culture. The latter theme I've found especially tiresome, as it makes you empathize with the French penchant for wanting to slap everybody. Still, on...
Tags: Europe, Feature, Music, Drama, France, Paris, Sophia Loren, Criterion, Brigitte Bardot, Gilbert, Frey, Bach, Stravinsky, Jean Luc Godard, Pilate, Bardot

Marc Webb's '​The Amazing Spider-Man​' Is a Reboot That Deserves a Rewatch

None Spider-Man 3 (2007) was a disappointment to pretty much everyone, including director Sam Raimi. Although financially successful due to a surprisingly large worldwide gross (it remains the highest-grossing Spider-Man film worldwide), the messy narrative failed to live up to the standards of Raimi's celebrated first two films. In late 2007, Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst signed on to Spider-Man 4, James Vanderbilt was hired to write the screenplay, and an early May 2011 rele...
Tags: Feature, Music, Adventure, New York City, Marvel, Spider-Man, Action, Sony, John Malkovich, Emma Stone, Anne Hathaway, Amazing Spider-man, Superheroes, Bruce Wayne, Batman, Sony Pictures

Can You Relate? An Interview with 'The Wife' Director, Björn Runge

None The Wife (Sony Pictures, 2018) centres around Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) and her novelist husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce), who is to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. In the shadow of this momentous occasion, the couple's 40-year marriage finds itself on a precipice. Sacrificing her talent, dreams, and ambitions for Joe, she has even ignored his countless infidelities, until in Stockholm for the ceremony, where she finally confronts him and their long-lived secret they've kept from th...
Tags: Feature, Music, UK, Drama, Digital, Sony, Sony Pictures, Glenn Close, Federico Fellini, Stockholm, Joe, Pryce, Jonathan, Glenn, Jonathan Pryce, Jane Anderson

Joss Whedon's 'The Avengers' Blasts Away All Other Comic Book Films

None There has long been a debate amongst contemporary film fans over the value of "mass entertainment", or "popcorn films". One side sees these types of films as juvenile frivolities, made for undiscerning mainstream audiences and lacking the substance of more serious, mature films. These fans are particularly disturbed by the increasing size and quantity of these mass entertainment films in recent years, as they seem to be leaving little room in the budgets or release schedules of major stud...
Tags: Feature, Music, New York, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr, Adventure, Marvel, Disney, Dc Comics, America, Earth, Action, Fox, Iron Man, Arctic, Manhattan

Truth and the Classic Heist Film: Director James Marsh on 'King of Thieves'

None King of Thieves (2018) tells the true story of the 2015 Hatton Garden diamond heist, estimated to total £14 million in stolen loot. Behind this crime were a crew of retired elderly crooks, whose daring and successful heist was thwarted by their greed and infighting. Played here by a cast of well known British actors including: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone and Charlie Cox, it's a true story that has an inescapable fictitious air ...
Tags: Feature, Music, UK, Crime, Drama, Interview, US, Bbc, Britain, Paris, Northern Ireland, Wisconsin, Stephen Hawking, Michael Caine, Scorsese, Michael Gambon

Why Does Alex Garland's 'Annihilation' Perpetuate the Hidden Figure of Henrietta Lacks?

None As is now standard for new films—and especially films that adapt source material and thus draw from an existing archive—the cinematic release of Alex Garland's Annihilation (2018) prompted a flurry of "easter egg" exposés. "A Small But Literary Easter Egg You Probably Missed" (Bustle); Some Biology Easter Eggs for You from Annihilation" (Medium); "The Easter Egg in Annihilation that Clarifies Everything" (Refinery29). The term "easter eggs" in media once referred to hidden messages, images...
Tags: Feature, Music, Hbo, Maryland, America, Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Johns Hopkins, Hopkins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alex Garland, Lena, Portman, Garland, Johns Hopkins University, Nowell

Searching for Answers in Denis Villeneuve’s 'Prisoners'

None It's never just about how the murder was committed or where the missing person went or who stole the precious moonstone. The detective stories that really resonate are the ones that investigate beneath the case itself and into the deeper mysteries of who we are. The ones that delve into the invisible mechanisms of our societies, the inner clockwork of our selves. Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners is about two girls gone missing and a father desperate to retrieve them. It's also about how to m...
Tags: Feature, Music, England, Crime, Viola Davis, Drama, America, Britain, Jake Gyllenhaal, House, Hugh Jackman, Mystery, Fox News, Arthur Conan Doyle, Paul Auster, Kafka

Kinetic Directing Failed to Improve 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance'

None Why make a sequel to Ghost Rider (Johnston, 2007)? The property had only been fitfully popular over its nearly 40-year history, and never had same the staying power as most of Marvel's stable of characters. The first film, starring Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider, was moderately successful, but was not particularly well-liked by critics or audiences. Since its release, the fifth ongoing Ghost Rider series was cancelled with Ghost Rider Vol. 5 #35 (July 2009) due to low sales. Sur...
Tags: Europe, Feature, Music, Hollywood, Justice, Fantasy, Turkey, Action, Thriller, Romania, Idris Elba, Dan Brown, Superheroes, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Johnson

Bill Gunn's 'Personal Problems' and a History of the Video Revolution

None The '60s and '70s signal watershed decades for the growth of alternative media in the West. The emergence of offset printing during the '60s allowed hundreds, if not thousands, of publications to bloom since it only required a typewriter, some glue, a few volunteers, and a vision. Pirate radio stations also proliferated across the United States, Europe, and Latin America during this time. Perhaps nothing captured the excitement and utopian possibilities of the youth revolt like the video ...
Tags: Feature, Music, Hollywood, Drama, California, New York City, US, America, Canada, United States, Charles, Stephen, Latin America, Ucla, Yale University, Hess

Choice: An Interview with 'Monsters and Men' Director Reinaldo Marcus Green

None Reinaldo Marcus Green's Monsters and Men (2018) is a triptych narrative centred around the police shooting of Darius Larson (Samuel Edwards), which Manny (Anthony Ramos) witnesses and captures on his phone. Creating a ripple-effect, African-American police officer Dennis (John David Washington) wrestles with his conscience over whether to stand up to detectives involved in the shooting, while talented local high school baseball prospect Zyrick (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) risks his future as he j...
Tags: Feature, Music, Drama, New York City, America, Green, Chelsea, Police Violence, Staten Island, Yankees, Eric Garner, Dennis, Mets, Gus Van Sant, Manny, Deli

Disclosure, Dasein, and the Divine in Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life'

None The tree of life is a common metaphor for the interconnectedness of all beings. While this metaphor is a familiar framework for ecological thinking—all regions, systems, and species are interwoven and inseparable—the tree of life is also a provocative paradigm for thinking about creativity. The Tree of Life is also both the name of Terrence Malick's 2011 masterpiece and an apt descriptor for his creative process, as evident by The Criterion Collection's 2018 release. The Criterion's rel...
Tags: Feature, Music, Jessica Chastain, Hollywood, Texas, Drama, Germany, Fantasy, US, America, Earth, Mit, Harvard, Roger Ebert, Oxford, Brad Pitt

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