Watch the best of influential actor/filmmaker Denzel Washington
As towering as Denzel Washington’s on-screen achievements are, he may end up having a bigger influence behind the scenes.Start with his most ambitious plan: filming the entirety of August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” of 10 plays depicting life in 20th-century America. Washington already starred in and directed “Fences,” earning an Academy Award for co-star Viola Davis, who also plays the title role in the next one, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” due from Netflix this year and co-produced by Mr. Two-Time Oscar Winner. Although the huge project has moved around a bit, Netflix is where the eight othe...
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'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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