(PG-13: Language) Nicolas Cage has starred in more movies than there are atoms in the universe. The actor sat down with GQ to talk about some of his iconic characters, from Ben Sanderson in Leaving Las Vegas to Ben Gates in National Treasure.
In 1992, then teenager Sandy Tan and her friends made what may have been the first indie film in Singapore. But their director made off with all the footage. They talk about the effect the film and its disappearance had on their life in this critically-acclaimed documentary.
With a reverse dolly or reverse zoom the viewer backs away from its subject instead of moving towards it. Jim Casey of The Solomon Society put together this great edit of reverse shots set appropriately to Say Lou Lou’s cover of Tame Impala’s Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.
(PG-13: Language) Matthew McConaughey returns to comedy with the help of Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). The actor plays Moondog, “a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules.” Also starring Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher and Zac Efron. Premieres 3/22/19.
Described by critics as “Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land“, Anna and the Apocalypse is based on Zombie Musical, a short film by Ryan McHenry. It’s about a group of high schoolers slashing and singing their way through a zombie apocalypse. Premieres 12/2018.
“Lorraine is a combination of Dr. Strange and Jean Grey, while Ed is… also there.” The Conjuring movies are legit scary, but there’s a lot to laugh about them as well. Screen Junkies points out the franchise’s love for children’s toys, expository dialogue and more.
Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how the screenwriters and sound designers created the sounds of A Quiet Place. The writers became creative with the screenplay, while the sound designers avoided extended silence, and used sound to mimic the flow of tension.
“There’s no before. There’s only from now on.” Peter Dinklage plays the only survivor in an apocalyptic event that wiped out his town. To his surprise, a young woman arrives. But she may bring more trouble than hope. I Think We’re Alone Now premieres 9/21/18.
Hugh Jackman stars as former American senator Gary Hart, who was a leading presidential candidate in the 1988 elections. But news of his extramarital affair broke, changing political media forever. Also starring Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina and Bill Burr.
Orson Welles never completed his final film, The Other Side of the Wind. Some of its crew eventually edited the footage according to Welles notes, and now Netflix has earned the rights to release the result. The film is about an aging director trying to make a comeback film.
Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how No Country for Old Men makes us put its story together instead of using dialogue alone. Characters are given depth and the plot is implied through actions, and the film’s progression clues the audience into its moral.
“Watching a Lau Kar-leung film is similar to watching an illustrated guide or documentation of kung-fu and its philosophy.” The Museum of Modern Art’s La Frances Hui talks about the history of kung-fu films before breaking down the work of legendary filmmaker Lau Kar-leung.
Jacob T. Swinney and Fandor dive into the film trope of an object of desire that its characters are searching for, but the audience doesn’t necessarily care about. It can drive motivations and momentum, but as we’ve learned before, MacGuffin’s aren’t always the best plot device.
(Gore) ScreenPrism talks about the trademarks of a Coen Brothers film. It often starts with a crime that goes awry, and eventually punishment gets dealt but in a roundabout manner, with random acts and vile characters as the jury. But it’s not totally hopeless.