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Park Chan-wook & The Handmaiden‘s Tale of collaboration

October 17, 2016 | By
Park Chan-wook & <em>The Handmaiden</em>‘s Tale of collaboration

In a recent chat with the L.A. press on the release of his “erotic thriller,” The Handmaiden, noted Korean director Park Chan-wook took a question about directors that had inspired him. He mentioned Hitchcock’s Vertigo as the film that made him want to be a filmmaker. He also talked about other “visualists,” as he... »

Jonás Cuarón Crosses Borders with Desierto

October 3, 2016 | By
Jonás Cuarón Crosses Borders with <em>Desierto</em>

While attempting to cross the unforgiving desert terrain at the Mexican and United States border, a journey seeking a better life turns into a fight for survival, when Moises (Gael García Bernal) and a group of migrants encounter a murderous, rifle-toting vigilante (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who has taken on border patrol duties as his... »

Lenny Abrahamson Tackles the Confines of Room

February 23, 2016 | By
Lenny Abrahamson Tackles the Confines of <em>Room</em>

Lenny Abrahamson's Room tells the story of five-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother (Brie Larson) who are trapped in a windowless, enclosed space together. The film is nominated for four Academy Awards – best motion picture of the year, best performance by an actress in a leading role for Larson, best achievement in... »

Tom McCarthy Shines a Spotlight on Abuse

February 19, 2016 | By
Tom McCarthy Shines a <em>Spotlight</em> on Abuse

Writer/director Tom McCarthy became involved with Spotlight­ –­ the true story of the high-profile investigation by the Boston Globe that uncovered the child abuse scandal within the local Catholic Archdiocese –when producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust came to him with a “thumbnail” version of what they felt the movie was about. “They knew... »

J.J. Abrams Reflects on His Star Wars: The Force Awakens Collaborators

January 11, 2016 | By
J.J. Abrams Reflects on His <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em> Collaborators

To realize his vision for a Star Wars world both brand new and familiar, Abrams called on below-the-line talent who have served him on previous projects in some cases, while retaining the services of select artisans who have never before worked with Abrams’ Bad Robot production company which oversaw the new film. »

Directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak Excel in Non-Verbal Dialog in Shaun The Sheep Movie

January 6, 2016 | By
Directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak Excel in Non-Verbal Dialog in <em>Shaun The Sheep Movie</em>

The world of stop-motion animation is, given the labor-intensive production process, one suited to only the most dedicated practitioners. On Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep, co-directors Mark Burton and Richard Starzak shared the workload, combining Burton's background in comedy writing and Starzak's experience in animation on Aardman's previous productions. He accepts freely that “Animation... »

Director Quentin Tarantino Goes Big On The Hateful Eight

January 5, 2016 | By
Director Quentin Tarantino Goes Big On <em>The Hateful Eight</em>

The Hateful Eight directed and scripted by Quentin Tarantino is another quintessential film from the auteur director who has developed a cult-like following but also scores at the box office with films that attract a broader audience. Some of his best-known movies are Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, parts I and II, Inglourious... »

Director Denis Villeneuve Tackles the Drug Wars in Sicario

January 4, 2016 | By
Director Denis Villeneuve Tackles the Drug Wars in <em>Sicario</em>

With Sicario, a stylishly made high-impact movie about the drug wars on the lawless border area between the U.S. and Mexico, the career star of French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve continues to ascend. »

Director Adam McKay Sets the Record Straight in The Big Short

December 28, 2015 | By
Director Adam McKay Sets the Record Straight in <em>The Big Short</em>

“I couldn’t get it out of my head,” admitted Adam McKay writer/director of The Big Short when talking about the original book by Michael Lewis that formed the basis for his film’s screenplay. McKay had picked up the book one night and finished by the next morning. His wife thought he was nuts. »

Chi-Raq: Spike Lee’s Battle of the Sexes

December 24, 2015 | By
<em>Chi-Raq</em>: Spike Lee’s Battle of the Sexes

In directing Chi-Raq, Spike Lee takes on the rampant gang violence plaguing Chicago using bold choices in his present-day interpretation of Aristophanes’ Greek satire, Lysistrata. As in the original play written 2,500 years ago, a group of women vow to boycott sex with their men until they put down their weapons and end the... »

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