Anomalisa might end up being my favorite film of the year, although it’s crowded at the top for me, with Beasts of No Nation, The Martian, Steve Jobs, Spotlight gathered together up there. Still, there is nothing else out there like Anomalisa. It is such a pure piece of art. The less you hear about it the better but the trailer isn’t much of a spoiler.
It’s one thing to scream “hire more women.” It’s another thing to see it laid out as cleanly and plainly as Kyle Buchanan and the team at Vulture has done here. Robin Write also did a similar thing a while back but his was about 100 films made by women.
The sheer number of women Buchanan pulls out, listing their credits, their promising debuts – Oscar winners like Kathryn Bigelow and Sofia Coppola on down to up-and-comers like Ana Lily Amirpour. Directors who used to work more regularly like Alison Anders and Gillian Armstrong, to those who do work regularly that no one has heard of on a bigger scale like Andrea Arnold. Jodie Foster, Lisa Cholodenko, Ava DuVernay – the ones whose movies have made shit-tons of money, and filmmakers whose careers still go nowhere – like Catherine Hardwicke and Mimi Leder. It’s truly horrifying to see such an array of talent.
Behold new posters for The Revenant have arrived. The posters tease this highly anticipated Alejandro Inarritu’s release, and feature its stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
Tab Hunter Confidential has been making the rounds at festivals. Tab Hunter was a 1950s movie star, handsome and a hearthrob, who worked with Sophia Loren, Natalie Wood, and Rita Hayworth. Welcome to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Tab Hunter Confidential gives us new insight into this era.
I caught up with Tab, to talk about the documentary, as he took us back to the studio system of Hollywood and what it was like being gay in mid-century America.
The Savannah Film Festival gave me a chance to spend time outside the bubble of internet hysteria – a place every person should escape from time to time. Reality doesn’t happen with words typed on a screen, or the ever-increasing trauma of clickbait headlines, “Top Ten Ways Halloween is Secretly Killing You.” Watching mainstream news will offer no relief. No doubt, CNN is preparing for days and days of coverage of the downed airplane out of Egypt. Free floating anxiety is the name of the game in how most of us interface with our world. Until we don’t. Continue reading…
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