Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Run Heats Up With The Post Trailer

The trailer for The Post directed by Steven Spielberg was released on Wednesday. The film is based on the true story of the battle between journalists and the government and the publishing of the Pentagon Papers. The first scene in the trailer sets us up for some high drama. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks certainly […]

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Writer-Director Dan Jenski Talks About His First Feature Film ADDicted

It occurred to me while watching ADDIcted, written and directed by Dan Jenski, that there are not many films these days that deal with the kind of prescribed drug dependency that hovers in and out of young lives, potentially ruining their futures. ADDicted, the clever title indicates the Adderall drug, centers on college students are […]

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Masterpiece Memo: The Exorcist

Often I wonder with a kind of disappointed enthusiasm, what it was like to actually be around to see some of cinema’s greatest motion pictures when they first went on general release in theaters. Of all the excellent movies that drift in and out of my abstract nostalgia, not many fill that yearning more than […]

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Genre Blast: Things That Go Bump, Part 2 – The Paranormal

Everybody loves the tingle when we know that a protagonist is about to turn the corner and come face to face with his or her demise, when we realize that the sicko’s phone call is “coming from inside the house,” or that maybe some unsettling event is not a dream or an aberration, but reality.

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Independent Filmmaker Arthur Egeli Reconstructs A ‘Murder On The Cape’

I knew a little about the true story of Christa Worthington, a fashion writer who was involved in a coastal affair, before being brutally murdered. When I sat down to watch Arthur Egeli‘s film based on those events, Murder on the Cape, I went looking into it even further. The screenplay from Egeli has a […]

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Film Director Oliver Park Talks About On-Screen Scares

The great thing about directors is that they inspire the next generation to create their own films. Horror writer/director Oliver Park is one such example, part of the “new breed” of filmmakers with a passion and talent for horror. Hailing from Bath, England, and now living in London, Oliver Park has had a passion for […]

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Rat Film Is Perhaps The Most Arresting Documentary Of The Century

At last, it’s what we’ve been asking for: a documentary about Baltimore’s storied rat infestation. What if a documentary compared the lives of rats to the lives of human beings? It is the prompt for a problematic, think-piece-generating film sure to divide viewers on the socio-political spectrum. And that’s what director Theo Anthony gets at in […]

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Film Honors: 1963

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices if new viewings are worthy enough. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the […]

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Why It Is Important To Have A Femme Filmmakers Festival

I recently began writing my first screenplay. My story, which centers on a male protagonist, is not only something I love to tell, but I’ve never had more fun writing anything in my life… that was, until I started developing the main female protagonist. I approached her first scene-stealing moment filled with excitement, but almost […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Roll Of Honor

To close this magnificent #FemmeFilmFest I have assembled a small jury of film-lovers to honor a select few of these outstanding new short films. There are 5 of us in the jury, who will contest on the official selection and come to a (very difficult) decision as the top merit in each of the 10 […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Ten Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Ten Program — Sunday 10th September 2017 And there we have it. The final day of the Femme Filmmakers Festival has arrived – too soon, like a brilliant holiday that is almost over. These female filmmakers and their movies have thrilled me during these ten days – and I know […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #33

Agnès Varda. A name synonymous with a film revolution still, astonishingly, under-recognized. A name that reminds us of rich, fluent, and oh-so varied cinema. Stayed tuned for the remainder of the Femme Filmmakers Festival, Vagabond closes the the whole affair Sunday. Anyway, I’m only rippling the surface with the following links, but click away all […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Nine Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Nine Program — Saturday 9th September 2017 Well here we are at the penultimate of the Femme Filmmakers Festival, and I won’t lie, I am pretty broken up about it. But that wont halt my enthusiasm and excitement for these female filmmakers. It is, of course, Directors’ Weekend too, and […]

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Watch: Rachel Israel’s Short Film Keep the Change

A representation of reality with which too few of us are familiar, Rachel Israel’s Keep the Change is a beautiful, earnest depiction of blossoming love. In miniature format, and with an unconventional choice in protagonists, Israel crafts an emotional sculpture on the screen, not merely a flat rendering of romantic tropes but a complex, surprising […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Eight Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Eight Program — Friday 8th September 2017 Day Eight of the Femme Filmmakers Festival sees the first day of the Directors’ Weekend with three films from the legendary Agnès Varda. Two features coming Saturday and Sunday, and a 30 minute short coming today. Don’t forget you can hit the links […]

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Billimarie Robinson Talks Filmmaking, Box-Heads, And Being Multiracial

There’s an earnest, smart filmmaking brain in the young head of Billimarie Robinson, whose diverse short films over the years have perhaps allowed her to carry the weight of the world on her shoulders through creative expression. When we first interacted a couple of years ago, having seen and reviewed Corrugated Hearts, I swore to myself […]

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Watch: Alex Burunova’s Short Film Lonely Planet

A single travel writer undergoes a personal conflict on an unexpectedly extended stay in Barcelona in Alex Burunova’s Lonely Planet. A young American woman long estranged from her home country, and from any close source of immediate human affection, engages in a romantic encounter with a disarming local – they are of similar age and […]

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Femme Filmmakers Festival 2017: Day Seven Program

Femme Filmmakers Festival — Day Seven Program — Thursday 7th September 2017 Women’s rights are the direct subject of one of the feature films coming in Day Seven of the Femme Filmmakers Festival. And a smart, young filmmaker has two short films in the selection, and we had a hefty chat about many aspects of […]

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Young Filmmaker Sofija Sztepanov Talks Personal Experiences, Short Films, And Tinder

Talented 24 year-old filmmaker Sofija Sztepanov appears to have a humble yet dynamic perspective on her corner of the film world. There is also an excitement about the Femme Filmmakers Festival from her, as we discuss, in a thankfully encouraging manner, the online format of film watching and publicity. It doesn’t take long, by definition, to […]

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