'Possessor' review: Pardon me while I borrow your cranium
A clever, crazy-gory second feature from writer-director Brandon Cronenberg, “Possessor” points to a young filmmaker indebted to the work of his famous father: “Scanners,” “Dead Ringers” and “A History of Violence” maestro David Cronenberg. The film, however, goes its own way with some usefully berserk imagery. It’s the work of someone who knows the value of both pure cinema and copious viscera.“Possessor” is in select theaters starting Friday and then begins streaming on various platforms Nov. 6. But in any venue, outside or indoors, you may find yourself wincing while perma-raising your eyeb...
'Medium Cool' blended fact and fiction while capturing the '68 riots in Chicago. Could a filmmaker today — should a filmmaker today — do the same?
CHICAGO — When thousands of anti-war protesters came to Chicago in the summer of 1968 during the Democratic National Convention, filmmaker Haskell Wexler was there on the ground with his camera, shooting his narrative feature “Medium Cool” for Paramount.The movie is fiction (mostly) with actors and a script. But a chunk near the end was shot like a documentary, when Wexler sent his lead actress — in character — out into the very real, very combustible goings on at Grant Park and the downtown streets nearby. For long stretches, we see her threading her way through police lines and crowds of pro...
What to stream: Chadwick Boseman's top performances (and where to find them)
The surprising announcement on Friday of the death of actor Chadwick Boseman stunned the film industry and movie fans around the world. Only 43, Boseman died of colon cancer. The revelation that the actor, diagnosed in 2016, had filmed some of his most iconic performances while battling the disease — especially as the Marvel superhero Black Panther — only made the actor more heroic in the eyes of legions of fans.Boseman was a unique performer. He had the presence and charisma of a movie star through and through, but with the ability to disappear into his characters. He had the ability to bring...
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Karla Peterson: New Turner Classic Movies series on female filmmakers is too much and not enough
One thing I have learned in my many decades of watching movies is that when Tilda Swinton talks, I listen. So if you are wondering what awaits you in “Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema,” a new documentary series debuting Tuesday on the Turner Classic Movies channel, just listen to the first few minutes of Swinton’s narration of the debut episode. In short order, you will find out everything you need to know about this 14-episode epic.Including the likelihood that you will make it past the first hour.Written and directed by Irish film critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins, “Women Mak...
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Arnold Spielberg, father of Steven Spielberg, dies at 103
The father of iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg has died at age 103.Arnold Spielberg died Tuesday of natural causes, his son’s film production company, Amblin Entertainment, announced.“After more than a century of contributions and commitment to his family, friends, and career, Arnold Meyer Spielberg, father of Steven, Anne, Sue and Nancy Spielberg, passed away of natural causes on August 25, 2020,” reads Amblin’s statement. “Our deepest condolences to the Spielberg family.”Steven Spielberg — known for directing films such as “Jurassic Park,” “Jaws,” “E.T.” and the “Indiana Jones” series — was...
New York Daily News
Filmmaker addresses response to her Netflix documentary, 'Immigration Nation'
Growing up in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, gave Christina Clusiau a fairly isolated view of the world. The filmmaker is now making up for lost opportunities.Netflix’s “Immigration Nation” explores the current state of American immigration, a mission that sent Clusiau and her co-director Shaul Schwarz scrambling to locations across the hemisphere, including El Paso, Texas; Panama City, Florida; and Guatemala.“Coming from a place without a lot of diversity made me curious about understanding and diving into worlds I didn’t know much about,” Clusiau said this month by phone from her home in New York...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)