Movie Of The Week July 24, 2014
by Chris Klimek
Needing to reinvent the bad guy for Terminator 2, James Cameron imagined him as someone who could look like anyone, even someone we trusted. In doing so, he tapped into an anxiety about the police that was about to erupt.Continue Reading
Adventures In Licensing July 23, 2014
View-Master predates computer animation by many years, so rendering one of Pixar’s best-known films seems like an odd choice. Yet the results both highlight the film’s strengths and suggest what 3-D ought to accomplish.
Movie Of The Week July 23, 2014
Movie Of The Week Blockbuster Month continues into the 1990s, as we dig into the exploitation roots, groundbreaking action, and clunky dialogue of James Cameron’s $100 million Terminator sequel.
Movie Of The Week July 22, 2014
James Cameron put a lot of thought into constructing the beginning of Terminator 2 as one long fake-out. The film’s marketing campaign undid that work, but didn’t spoil the way the film carefully balances other elements.
Exposition July 22, 2014
Radiohead has a long history of being used, and misused, in movies, from the appearance of “Creep” in S.F.W. to the new I Origins. The band’s history on film soundtracks offers a study in how a song can enhance a scene, or overwhelm it.
Interview July 17, 2014
Mike Cahill’s follow-up to Another Earth deals with similar themes of recovery, second chances, and science fiction as metaphysical metaphor. In separate interviews, he and his star/producer, Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt, discuss their “wild actor-director romance.”
Performance Review July 15, 2014
The 2008 Best Supporting Actor race included Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker. He took the award posthumously, but unlike with some posthumous awards, his disturbing performance seems like one that likely would have won anyway.
Movie Of The Week July 15, 2014
There’s no time for losers in the most popular film of 1986. The Tom Cruise-starring, Tony Scott-directed film charts a hero’s journey from being a cocky asshole to being a cocky asshole with military decoration.
Exposition July 14, 2014
James Gunn wasn’t necessarily a household name before he landed the job of directing Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. But that film is a logical development for a career spent obsessing over the stuff of childhood, and the darkness that sometimes surrounds it.
The Conversation July 14, 2014
Back in January, we discussed the new releases we were most looking forward to seeing in theaters this year. But since most of those promising films have already come and gone, we went back to the coming-soon lists to consider what the rest of the year holds.
Encore! July 11, 2014
Between his debut, Kicking & Screaming, and The Squid And The Whale, Baumbach struggled to figure out what kind of filmmaker he would be. Two films, the low-budget experiment Highball and the thorny comedy Mr. Jealousy, captured a director losing the voice he had while finding another one.
Interview July 11, 2014
Me And You is the director’s first film since 2003’s The Dreamers, and his first since his debilitating health crisis. Here, he discusses how one experience informed the other, why he changed his mind about François Truffaut, and why American TV is more interesting now than film.