Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Waiting for an Echo

“I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of the hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” ― Richard Wright, Black Boy It’s unsettling to...
Posted On 09 Aug 2013

Why I Backed Spike Lee, by Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh donated $10,000 to Spike Lee’s Kickstarter and he just wrote an explanation for that: The 80s was not a great decade for American cinema; with some exceptions, the filmmakers responsible for the American New Wave that began in the latter part of the...
Posted On 27 Jul 2013

12 Years a Slave Trailer and Screencaps – “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.”

Fox Searchlight has just released the unbelievable trailer for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. The talented director reteams with Michael Fassbender for the third time.  But the heat is on Chiwetel Ejiofor in the lead. This looks to be a career making performance....
Posted On 15 Jul 2013

Ava DuVernay will direct MLK Biopic

The best way to report this news is to swipe Jeff Wells’ paragraph about the dueling biopics, since he sums it up nicely.  There will be two on Martin Luther King, Jr., but one directed by the talented Ms. DuVernay: Deadline‘s Michael Fleming is reporting that Middle of...
Posted On 11 Jul 2013

Maybe Ben Affleck for Gone Girl, Actress Still Up in the Air

The lead in Gone Girl is one of those once-in-a-lifetime roles for an actress. It isn’t going to be an easy choice.  But for now, one of the actors in talks for the male lead is Ben Affleck, who was seen having lunch with David Fincher, which then led to a Deadline story....
Posted On 11 Jul 2013

Trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers, the woman who penned what would ultimately become Disney’s Mary Poppins. Read the New Yorker article about her here.
Posted On 11 Jul 2013

Fincher’s Ad for Calvin Klein with Rooney Mara

…Is a moving painting…it is as though you can take it in with all five senses. A work of art.
Posted On 08 Jul 2013

Oscarwatch: The Directors

Argo — Telluride, early September, 2012 The Artist — Cannes, May, 2011 The King’s Speech — Toronto, September, 2010 The Hurt Locker — the previous year, Toronto Film Fest Slumdog Millionaire — Telluride, Toronto, September 2008 No Country for Old Men...
Posted On 10 Jun 2013

When Steven Met Steven: Soderbergh on Jaws, Liberace, Future of Movies

I never get tired of listening to Steven Soderbergh. I hope he writes a giant book someday about film.  He is as much a philosopher as he is an artist.  Somehow, though I’ve been following Soderbergh since he made Sex, Lies and Videotape ( a film I quickly committed to...
Posted On 25 May 2013