What an exquisite final trailer for Todd Haynes’ Patricia Highsmith adaption, Carol! Haynes’s film, a story of forbidden love set in a 1950s’ New York, is pure cinema, every moment carefully calibrated and achingly expressed. Carol is Filmmaker‘s Fall, 2015… Read more
Michael Shannon has been in each Jeff Nichols feature so far, and with Midnight Special the director/star duo of Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud graduate to (seemingly) big-time studio money. (The actual number, per this interesting article, is a relatively modest $18 million.) It’s… Read more
“What can be said of a connection that seems to border on captivity? Where does the line between violence & intimacy exist?” That’s how Francesca Coppola introduces her sophomore short film, Jonny Come Lately, further described as focusing on “a… Read more
This short film by Charlie Lyne (whose zippy, highly enjoyable essay/compilation film about teen movies, Beyond Clueless, is still available on Netflix Instant) tells the story of Rolfe Kanofsky, a pioneer who maybe got scalped. Barely out of high school, Kanofsky… Read more
It’s Martin Scorsese’s 73rd birthday, and the BFI has cannily leveraged the date to boost attention for a brief video of the preservation-minded director making a pitch for donations. As usual, Scorsese stays on message, talking loss and the importance of archival practices. Should you feel moved to make a donation or read up more on the BFI, you can do so here.
While Lynchians wait patiently for the 2017 return of Twin Peaks, a good way to pass the time might be with Dennis Lim’s new book on the director. Numerous extracts from David Lynch: The Man from Another Place have been shared online, and this part on Twin Peaks, recently published on Slate, is a fine place to start. As Lim writes: In what was widely seen as a bid to euthanize the show, ABC moved Twin Peaks to the television wasteland of Saturday night at the start of the second season. Ratings continued to decline, and in February 1991, the network put the show on hiatus, to the […]
Joe Dante is one of the collaborators behind the site Trailers From Hell, which regularly posts videos of directors speaking about films of their choice. For this video, Dante himself appears to give a little history on the 1961 horror film The Mask. Topics of discussion include anaglyph 3D, the rise of Canucksploitation, and the exploits of late publicist Jim Moran (who once sat on an ostrich egg for 19 days until it hatched as part of a publicity stunt).
No idea where this footage surfaced from, but here’s Robert Altman on the set of the 2004 series Tanner on Tanner directing Martin Scorsese and Steve Buscemi as themselves. Scorsese has dialogue input and Altman doesn’t know how to pronounce Buscemi’s name.
We don’t normally post book trailers over here, because a) that’s not our remit b) they are, by and large, perfectly dreadful. This is a little different though, since it’s been made by Andrew Bujalski to help promote his wife Karen Olsson’s second novel All the Houses — as he wrote in an email, “I directed a ‘book trailer’ (not that anyone seems to know what a ‘book trailer’ is).” The novel concerns a family haunted by the father’s involvement in Iran-Contra. That makes for an excuse to playfully intercut between questions to Olsson (who sometimes cracks up at her inability to […]
This is a solid nine-minute look at Breathless and how it grapples with Hollywood’s influence on the film industry. Beginning with Quentin Tarantino’s oft-noted quote that he “outgrew” Godard after being initially inspired to make movies by him, this video from The Nerdwriter breaks down how WWII led to an influx of Hollywood films in France, the way Breathless grapples with this legacy, the specter of Humphrey Bogart, Lacan’s mirror stage and much more. Hat-tip to David Hudson at Keyframe Daily.