Greta Gerwig, who stars in Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress, has made a name in indie films like Greenberg with a style that stands out for its naturalism. In Damsels, she inhabits the role of Violet, a bright, sweet, sincere college girl as only a bright, sweet, sincere former college girl could.
Bill Duke knew he was going to get flak from a lot of people before he ever turned the cameras on to film Dark Girls, a new documentary about the painful encounters dark-skinned black women experience in a society where lighter is usually considered better.
It's a subject that has, more often than not, been considered taboo to discuss outside the black community. So Duke knew making a general-distribution movie about color prejudice within the black community was definitely going to rub some black folks the wrong way.
A growing number of American professionals have moved to China in the last decade to ride the economic boom. While much of the news coming out of the country is serious stuff ‚ÄĒ political repression, trade disputes, tainted food ‚ÄĒ for American expatriates, day-to-day life in China can be chaotic, exciting and often funny.
The box office success of the new Universal Pictures animated feature film ‚ÄúThe Lorax‚ÄĚ - based on a classic Dr. Seuss tale ‚Äď creates a window of opportunity to consider environmental messaging to a new generation of future leaders.¬†The original Seuss tale is beloved. I can still recite it from memory. ‚ÄúTell us ‚ÄėThe Lorax‚Äô Dad!‚ÄĚ my kids would beg. Like all Seuss books, The Lorax features rhymes, nuances and a moral.
Japan is home to Asia's oldest and largest motion-picture industry, with its own unique genres and traditions. While every film industry has stuntmen, only Japan has a class of actors whose main job is to be sliced and diced by samurai sword-wielding protagonists. But the decline of period dramas means that this class of actors is literally a dying breed.
Originally published on Wed March 28, 2012 10:31 am
This summer, U.S. archer Khatuna Lorig hopes to return to the Olympic Games. But she's already helped put archery into The Hunger Games this spring ‚ÄĒ by training the film's star, Jennifer Lawrence, to shoot.
In the kill-or-be-killed competition in the film drawn from Suzanne Collins' book, Lawrence's character, Katniss Everdeen, relies on her ability with a bow. And Lorig worked with the actress to ensure she had proper form.
October Baby tells the story of 19-year-old Hannah, a first-year college student, who leaves home on a search for her birth mother. In many ways, it's a Hollywood-style road trip movie dealing with questions of identity, but at the movie's core is also a vigorous message about abortion.
In one scene, Hannah tracks down a nurse who worked at the health clinic where her birth mother had sought an abortion ‚ÄĒ one that failed when Hannah was born prematurely.
Hollywood is¬†dominated at the moment by the¬†upcoming release of The Hunger Games, the first film adaptation of a phenomenally successful series of young adult novels set in¬†a dystopian, divided America,¬†where teenagers from different regions are pitted against each other for survival.
21 Jump Street sits atop the box office this week.¬†It is a reboot¬†of the late 1980's television¬†hit about cops going undercover¬†in high schools.¬†¬†Turns out there are real-life police officers on the high school hallway beat, and,¬†as Slate¬†reporter¬†Will¬†Oremus¬†uncovered, there are specific strategies these fre
Originally published on Tue March 20, 2012 10:40 am
When 21-year-old Kevin Smith decided he wanted to be a filmmaker, his sister gave him some advice: "Don't say you want to be a filmmaker; just be one." So he did. He made his first film, Clerks, on a shoestring, shooting at the convenience store where he worked.
Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:32 pm
The film Mosquita y Mari ‚ÄĒ the first narrative feature by a Chicana director to screen at the Sundance Film Festival ‚ÄĒ is both the singular vision of writer-director Aurora Guerrero and a crowdsourced production that could not have been made without multiple communities coming together.
Robert De Niro's last outing with director Paul Weitz was less than auspicious: The comedy Little Fockers received terrible reviews. Being Flynn, their second collaboration, is a more serious affair about the estranged relationship between a fractious father and his son.
A new study from researchers at Dartmouth Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center found that the more movies teenagers watch with images of alcohol, the more likely teens will start drinking. The study also found that an increase in movie watching was a major risk factor for teens who already drink to start binge drinking.
The movie Act of Valor, which opened in theaters last weekend and earned nearly $25 million, was commissioned by the Navy's Special Warfare Command to drum up recruits for its elite SEALs program. But this is by no means the first movie made with the military's cooperation.