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The Art of Filmmaking: Les Blank

December 2, 2014

Food, music, culture and more. A timely Les Blank revisit.

Seattle 2013: The Finish Line

June 10, 2013
FANIE FOURIE'S LOBOLA

Seattle’s marathon festival ends with a South African rom-com as surprise winner; singer stories come up big.

The Ten Best Overlooked Soundtracks

June 7, 2013 | 7 Comments
DAISIES

With all due respect to the great works of music in cinema, I’ll be ignoring them.

Diminuendo and Crescendo in Film Criticism

February 26, 2013

Jonathan Rosenbaum, at the cusp of seventy, talks about a life of jazz and cinema.

The Film 100: Busby Berkeley, no. 98

February 6, 2013
BUSBY BERKELEY

Berkeley’s dreams were big, but his determination to see them actualized was even bigger.

Scenes: LA FRANCE

February 4, 2013
LA FRANCE

Bozon’s LA FRANCE is masterful study in contrasts–war and peace, life and death, music and silence—that often reside in in the same frame.

The Film 100: Saul Bass, no. 56

January 31, 2013
THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM

Saul Bass was a talented commercial artist who wandered into moviemaking and changed the look of films suddenly and forever.

Video: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Lead Actress?

January 30, 2013 | 3 Comments
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, JENNIFER LAWRENCE

Some Best Actress contenders seem to be nominated for their roles more than for their performances, but the most deserving actress is a smart exception.

Video: Who Should Win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress?

January 24, 2013 | One Comment
THE SESSIONS

Who will win? Who should win? The first in a series on Oscar nominees eyes the Supporting Actress category.

The Film 100: Shirley Temple, no. 76

January 19, 2013
SHIRLEY TEMPLE

Temple’s singing, dancing and ability to talk to adults on a deeply emotional level warmed the hearts of audiences.

Sundance: Eight to Anticipate

January 16, 2013 | One Comment
LOVELACE

As the typical Sundance ‘success’ has moved from the art house to the Oscars, the festival garners a whole new kind of attention.

The Film 100: Fred Astaire, no. 86

January 15, 2013
DANCING LADY

Although exuberance was the key to Astaire’s success, he was also driven to experiment with the wide-open possibilities of dancing in films.