“Don’t Ever Ask Me For A Shot List”: Walter Hill on The Assignment

Michelle Rodriguez in The Assignment

America’s greatest living action filmmaker returns in top form in The Assignment, the deliriously entertaining new film from director Walter Hill. The premise, from a screenplay co-written by Hill and Denis Hamill, is pure lurid pulp: male assassin Frank Kitchen…  Read more

By Mar 30, 2017

Lensing the Real Unreal: DP Adam J. Minnick on Shooting Actor Martinez

On the set of Actor Martinez (Photo by James Dimagiba)

“It’s a job.” –Arthur Martinez I had two features as a cinematographer under my belt by late June of 2015, both close and comfortable collaborations with a single director: Joel Potrykus (Buzzard, The Alchemist Cookbook). It seems fitting that he…  Read more

By Mar 28, 2017

Blow-Up, Being There and The Last Tycoon: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Recommendations


Two very different but equally essential classics find their way to Blu-ray and DVD this week courtesy of the Criterion Collection, which has issued exemplary special editions of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966) and Hal Ashby’s Being There (1979). The Antonioni…  Read more

By Mar 24, 2017

Spoiler Alert! How to Tell the Story Without Telling the Story

Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals

(WARNING: There will be spoilers) When Charlie McDowell’s mysterious film The Discovery debuted at Sundance last January, its distributor, Netflix, premiered a teaser trailer along with it — a good strategy, considering the film’s intriguing premise (that science has proven the existence…  Read more

By Mar 23, 2017

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