Archive for April, 2012

This Sherlock Knows His Sh*t

This Sherlock Knows His Sh*t

| April 30, 2012

For the last decade, some of the best television in America has been… made in Britain, no small amount of that from the mind of Steven Moffat, who gave us the British Coupling (quite good), as well as the pilot for the American version (quite dreadful, courtesy of network meddling), and also managed to successfully […]

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Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North

Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North

| April 30, 2012

Reading Guy Gallo’s guide to screenplays, Screenwriter’s Compass: Character as True North, I felt I needed a map around the literary fat. Gallo goes on overlong tangents where he tries to debunk the theories of Aristotle, dramaturgy teachers, and books before him. A lot of what he says in these passages—although sound and somewhat tied […]

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Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking

Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking

| April 30, 2012

Barbara Freedman Doyle’s Make Your Movie: What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking is essential reading for a film student or anyone that wishes to make films for a living. No matter what concentration you had in school or what particular field you wish to enter in the film business, […]

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Tribeca 2012: Town of Runners

Tribeca 2012: Town of Runners

| April 28, 2012

In Bekoji, Ethiopia, running is a way of life. Over the past two decades this small, rural town has been the unlikely home to numerous Olympic champion long-distance runners, whose athletic success has paved the way for young Ethiopians searching for a better life. Among the current group training under renowned coach Sentayehu Eshetu (whose […]

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Tribeca 2012: War Witch (Rebelle)

Tribeca 2012: War Witch (Rebelle)

| April 28, 2012

Witch: a woman claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.  Powerful, haunting and compelling, as is magic, War Witch beautifully captures a story about an African teenager trying to find a way to live and to love her unborn child while the taste of abhorrent crimes is still fresh and the gaping […]

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The Wicker Tree

The Wicker Tree

| April 25, 2012

Robin Hardy’s 1973 film The Wicker Man easily ranks among my top 25 films of all time. Rarely, if ever, have I encountered a film that so brilliantly weaves so many seemingly disparate elements together into a cohesive whole as The Wicker Man does. The film follows a devoutly Catholic police inspector on his investigation […]

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Collection One

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Collection One

| April 24, 2012

Beginning in Japan in 2001, by author Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist has become a huge manga and anime sensation all over the world. The series was first adapted by studio Bones in 2003 with a 51 episode run and a theatrical sequel, The Conqueror of Shamballa. The last half of the TV series and the […]

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Stony Island

Stony Island

| April 24, 2012

Stony Island is a tribute to Chicago’s South Side, with saxophone legend Gene “Daddy G” Barge and others telling the story of the Stony Island band. The movie is set in the late 1970’s. With the help of their mentor, aging sax legend Percy (Barge, who had served for years as staff producer at Chicago’s […]

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Hell’s Labyrinth

Hell’s Labyrinth

| April 24, 2012

In 2004-2005, several films were released that were shot almost entirely against green or blue screens. The most high-profile of these were the major studio Jude Law sci-fi adventure Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and– perhaps more importantly– Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City. This technique generated a lot of excitement at the time, although […]

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The Woman behind ‘The Iron Lady’ – An interview with Phyllida Lloyd

The Woman behind ‘The Iron Lady’ – An interview with Phyllida Lloyd

| April 24, 2012

Q: I just got a chance to see The Iron Lady yesterday. And throughout the whole film I kept asking myself, what was the initial attraction to the infamous Margaret Thatcher? A: I’m always attracted to stories of  powerful and complex women. I’ve worked on two projects about giant female political personalities of the U.K. […]

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