“Always Give Exposition While Running From a Bear”: Drew and John Erick Dowdle on No Escape

No EscapeNo Escape

For the past few years I’ve been bemoaning the decline of the mid-range genre film, the action movie or horror flick that is neither a contained micro-budget opus straining against its resources nor an oppressive studio behemoth in which all…  Read more

By Nov 24, 2015

“As Far as I’m Concerned, We Are Making the Movie”: Sam Esmail on Mr. Robot

Mr. RobotMr. Robot

It remains unclear at what point this century cyberpunk — a science-fiction subgenre that emerged largely from the pens of William Gibson and Philip K. Dick — leapt from the realm of speculative to historical fiction; everywhere one looks, it seems that…  Read more

By Nov 24, 2015

From Ida Lupino to Reese Witherspoon: Female Representation Onscreen at the Viennale and BFI Film Festival

Ida LupinoIda Lupino

“Hard, Fast, and Beautiful” is the title of a dedicated Ida Lupino program at the recent 53rd Vienna International Film Festival. The program is named in honor of Lupino’s film, which New York Times critic Bosley Crowther reviewed in 1951. “It…  Read more

By Nov 19, 2015

Hitchcock, Chaplin, Lions and Sexism: Tippi Hedren at the Viennale

Photo by Alexi PelekanosTippi Hedren

When I meet Tippi Hedren in Vienna, we’re with a handful of other journalists for nearly an hour-long roundtable interview. There are less than ten of us, but after a series of interruptions, digressions, poking, and prodding, the pack feels…  Read more

By Nov 18, 2015

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