“This Log Cabin Is the Fifth Cast Member”: Josh Ruben | Scare Me

Aya Cash and Josh Ruben appear in Scare Me by Josh Ruben (courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Whether capturing or creating a world, the objects onscreen tell as much of a story as the people within it. Whether sourced or accidental, insert shot or background detail, what prop or piece of set decoration do you find particularly…  Read more

By Jan 24, 2020

Black and Blue: The 35mm Colors of Uncut Gems and Star Wars

Kevin Garnett in Uncut Gems

Fall 2019 provided us with a massively budgeted 35mm feature in the form of J.J. Abrams’s The Rise of Skywalker (shot by Dan Mindel and colored by Stefan Sonnenfeld at finishing house Company 3) and a surprisingly visible A24 mid-budget…  Read more

By Jan 23, 2020

“Our Society is Riddled with Contradiction and False Talk”: Hal Hartley on His Career

The Unbelievable Truth (courtesy of Possible Films)

There’s something perverse to the notion that Hal Hartley’s three decades of writing and filmmaking amount to a “career,” as Metrograph would have it in the catalogue copy for its ten-day retrospective of his medium- and feature-length films. Whatever one…  Read more

By Jan 22, 2020

Cats in Shallow Focus: A Cautionary Tale


Despite an all-star cast, an Oscar-winning director and source material from one of Broadway’s most well-known composers, Cats managed to become a widespread commercial and critical failure. Because the film should have been a recipe for success, it may seem…  Read more

By Jan 22, 2020

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