I’ve often called documentary my favorite kind of film, knowing full well that the label designates less a defined genre than a usefully malleable description. What does a documentary have? An unscripted, nonfictional story; interviews; footage candidly shot — maybe.[...]
French New Wave filmmaker Alain Resnais, who died at the age of 91 last week, changed cinema forever with a string of intellectually rigorous, nonlinear masterpieces like Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and Last Year at Marienbad (1961). Both films are about Resnais’s two obsessions – time and memory.[...]
Surely you’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s version of A Clockwork Orange.[...]
Wes Anderson’s latest, The Grand Budapest Hotel, opens this week and next in selected theaters, and reviews of the film seem to follow what at this point in the director’s career almost feels like a template: discuss the oddities and perfections of Anderson’s stalwart band of actors (always Bill Murray, natch, and often a standout young newc[...]
Last year, I had a chance to interview Steven Soderbergh for Side Effect, his final theatrical feature before his supposed retirement. During our discussion, he mused on the future of cinema.
There’s a new grammar of cinema out there.
A cottage industry quickly sprang up in the early 80s when the first videocassettes made their way to the West African nation of Ghana.[...]
Guillermo del Toro is perhaps the most visually imaginative director alive today. Unlike Paul Thomas Anderson, with his infuriatingly perfect sense of visual balance, or Alfonso Cuarón, whose Oscar-sweeping Gravity required the invention of a novel, hyper-realistic filming method, del Toro doesn’t deal with real life.[...]
To warm you up for tonight’s Oscars, we “pinned” our collection of 34 Free Oscar Winning Films to the top of our homepage earlier today. If you didn’t get a chance to peruse the list, you can always find it here: 34 Free Oscar Winning Films Available on the Web.[...]
While Academy Awards will no doubt have its share of drama and surprises tonight, there will likely be few incidents of public nudity. That wasn’t always the case with the Oscars.[...]
In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award, taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn as Mammy in Gone with the Wind. To quote a friend, there’s a lot happening in the 1:40 minutes that document her acceptance speech.[...]