Archives for May 2020

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NEWS: In a COVID world, Warner Brothers’s adapt-or-die move ups the ante for the home-delivery model

Could virtual movie parties be the wave of the coronavirus present? Warner Bros is betting on that very concept with this Friday’s release of “SCOOB!”, the animated origin-story adventure of Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Machine crew. The film was initially destined for big-screen fun on May 15, but with theaters closed around the world, the ghost-busting crew’s latest adventure will bow on-demand ... more >

REVIEW: “Union Bridge,” directed by newcomer filmmaker Brian Levin

The film didn't meet its full potential but remember this name
Scott Friend, Emma Duncan and Alex Breaux
Directed by Brian Levin

Elegiac and elusive from start to finish, Brian Levin's directorial debut "Union Bridge" certainly scores points for drumming up a foreboding atmosphere. Cinematographer Sebastian Slayter vividly captures the film's frosty, autumnal Western Maryland setting, with long, wide, repeating shots of lush hillsides, barren trees, rusty factories and shimmering moons. Each establishing shot sequence tells ... more >

REVIEW: “Spaceship Earth” is a timely documentary that trains the spotlight on the climate change crisis

RELEASE DATE: May 8th, 2020
Roy Walford, Linda Leigh, Tony Burgess and John Allen
Directed by Matt Wolf

2020 America is not the time or the place for the intellectual. We are living in a time that is aggressively pushing back against science and rational thinking. Extremely important environmental issues are being sidelined and/or dismissed by too many people in positions of power. But there was a time, a time when idealists would come together to collectively find ways to improve life and to ... more >

INTERVIEW : Barak Goodman on his PBS documentary about George W. Bush

Program is airing this week on PBS

George W. Bush left office over a decade ago, with his eight years as president long been consigned to the provenance of historians. However one might have felt about the 43rd president at the time of his administration, it was time to give those eight years of the first decade of the new millennium a second look. “‘American Experience’ is very clever because they time these things so that ... more >

“True History of the Kelly Gang,” a defiantly vicious, one-man rogue’s gallery of style and substance

Wild tales of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his crew in the 1870s
George MacKay, Essie Davis and Nicholas Hoult
Directed by Justin Kurzel

Being historically accurate in film is tough. Dramatic license is all but impossible to sidestep. When your film begins with the phrase, “Nothing you are about to see is true,” you are assured a filmmaking carte blanche to wild creativity. So begins Justin Kurzel’s film “True History of the Kelly Gang,” a wild and vicious punk-tinged, outback-set, anti-Western that brings a unique take to the ... more >

PREVIEW: “The Vast of the Night”

Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Bruce Davis and Gail Cronauer
Directed by Andrew Patterson

In the twilight of the fifties, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young winsome switchboard operator Fay (played by Sierra McCormick) and a charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever. Dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines ... more >

Alicia Malone: ‘Growing up in Australia, all films were foreign to me’

The TCM Host talks to Rudy Cecera about growing up Aussie and cinephilia in a film industry where opportunities for women are improving, too slowly

Although home isolation maybe getting to some, this is the perfect time to catch up on some classic films and the network synonymous with those is Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Last month, I had the great pleasure of speaking with host, author and film historian Eddie Muller. I am happy to now bring Alicia Malone into the conversation. Malone has been engrossed in film from her early beginnings in ... more >