Over a period of 15 years, one person directed a series of complex and challenging feature films: Amores Perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006), Biutiful (2010) and last year’s Oscar-winning Birdman.
His newest, The Revenant, follows a more traditional narrative than director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s previous films but still has a magical realism influence. It is also the first time the director has made a big-budget Hollywood studio movie and the process was filled with challenges. Continue reading →
The Western is the oldest genre in the movies, first appearing in 1903 with The Great Train Robbery. When the villain pointed his gun at the audience and started shooting, it was an assault that had people screaming, fainting or running for the exits. Continue reading →
François Truffaut’s many hour of interviews with the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock resulted in a book that influenced several generations of filmmakers. It helped film lovers understand the language of cinema as Truffaut integrated images with their discussions in a truly special collaboration. Continue reading →
Oakland’s Ryan Coogler established himself with his first feature, Fruitvale Station. He had several other projects already in the works including a script for his own take on Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky — many years later. Continue reading →