As new voices continue to show us new and exciting stories in the cinema and TV landscape, we want to raise awareness of the Black female directors who are making noise, making new things, and all around elevating the entertainment landscape. So we can up with the QUEENS OF CINEMA T-shirt to celebrate Amma Assante, Ava DuVernay, Darnell Martin, Dee Rees, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash, and Victoria Mahoney. Available in the store.
We're working on a new anthology project. Here's a sneak peek at one of the videos https://youtu.be/ltQkfBND6BE Shakespeare's sacred texts are gold mines for actors to test their skills and for directors to work on their technique. Of course, you have to have more than a passing understanding of the text to figure out how to encourage and tweak and adjust the performance. This opening monologue from AS YOU LIKE was exciting to add a bit a urbanization to it.
Dir: David Lean DoP: Freddie Young As the flame burns down the match inching closer to T.E. Lawrence's fingertips, we are drawn into Lawrence's mental state, his sphere, his "yearning." And then... There's the marvelous and powerful cut, which Lean is such a master at, to the desert sun rising. David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia is one of the all-time impressive works the medium has produced. Epic scale and David Lean are practically redundancies when you talking about sweeping cinema that is still most personal and compelling. And it [...]
This is the first in a series discussing some of cinema most potent single images. It’s sort of an anathema to boil a film down to a single image, nonetheless the power of one frame as it sears our minds and lingers in our conscious and subconscious thoughts when we recall the experience of seeing a particular movie is part of what makes movies so compelling and riveting. First up is an image from Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. Fellini and his flights of fancy dove deep into humanity’s soul with a [...]
Over on io9 this week, Charlie Jane Anders ranted about how audiences doth protest too much when original films “crib” story tropes from previous works. And they then go out of their way to point out plot points that they’ve seen before (which is an inherent guaranteed possibility in genre fiction, and that’s pretty much all we get fed these days in the multiplexes, on our HD screens and our stream platform of choice). Kirby Ferguson dropped a much-loved 4-part video series, Everything is a Remix, that smashes the concept of [...]
In the wake of the most recent San Diego ComicCon (which I, sadly, didn’t go to), I’ve been reassessing my 35-year passion for comic books. As a collector, comic covers had a certain disproportionately high significance for me; cover don’t just hint at what’s inside, they can signify milestones. For a long time I knew EVERY comic book cover in my massive and ever-growing collection (I probably could get 90% right on a quiz to this day on books published before 2000). […]