Cinema

Collecting Movies with Brady Daley

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 15th, 2020

photo provided by Brady Daley

Brady Daley does UI/UX design, data visualization, and media production in Seattle, where he lives with his girlfriend Erika, dog Phinneas (Finn), and his girlfriend’s cat Annie, who hates him. He primarily collects horror but also rescues and archives special interest, conspiracy theory, and instructional titles he fears will be lost to time.

Greg Carlson: Erika worries she will find you crushed beneath the collection in your office. How do you keep your movies organized?
Brady Daley:…

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Icon’s Daughter Guides “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind”

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | June 7th, 2020

Natasha Gregson Wagner, known to David Lynch fans for her performance in “Lost Highway,” guides viewers through an intimate but tightly controlled portrait of her iconic mother in “Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind.” Available on HBO following a Sundance premiere in January, the biographical documentary is directed by veteran “making of” maestro Laurent Bouzereau, frequent chronicler of Steven Spielberg projects and architect of dozens of other behind-the-scenes shorts.…

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Josephine Decker Casts a Spell with Elisabeth Moss as “Shirley”

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 31st, 2020

Another significant 2020 title skipping theatrical release for digital platforms, Josephine Decker’s “Shirley” premiered at Sundance in January, where Decker received a U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking. “Shirley” marks yet another career milestone for the dynamic filmmaker as she moves in the direction of wider accessibility and potentially larger audiences without abandoning the sharpest hallmarks of her breathtakingly personal storytelling techniques.…

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“The Assistant”: Kitty Green’s Important Workplace Drama

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 23rd, 2020

The most compelling and powerful idea in Kitty Green’s compelling and powerful film “The Assistant” resides in the network of complicity protecting the predator/stand-in for Harvey Weinstein and those like him. Green expresses, in the microcosmic minutiae of office-life orbit, a detailed picture of institutionalized harassment and mistreatment. Even though the movie’s particular events are set within the film industry, Green’s message is universal: for every man in a position…

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Collecting Movies with Caity Birmingham

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 19th, 2020

Caity Birmingham. photo by Caity Birmingham

Caity Birmingham is a production designer who lives in Los Angeles. We have been friends for a long time, and originally bonded over our mutual appreciation of teen movies. In addition to that genre, she also loves costume dramas and apocalyptic sci-fi. Caity works on feature films, and also does a lot of funny television, including “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” “Documentary Now!” and “Joe Pera Talks with You.”

Greg Carlson: Movies are not necessarily attractive as objects on a…

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“Le choc du futur” Shares the Sounds of Tomorrow

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 10th, 2020

Cinematic depictions of the creative process are as common as they are usually unconvincing. Whether encapsulated in a montage or stretched out over several scenes, images of painters painting, composers composing, writers writing, and rockers rocking are regularly meant to convey to the viewer a sense of awe or accomplishment when the final product is revealed. Frustration and failure can also factor in some of the best films about the struggles of making something out of nothing.…

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Rachel Harrison Gordon’s Dazzling Debut Short “Broken Bird” Part of SXSW Collection on Amazon Prime

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 2nd, 2020

As alternative viewing strategies for avid moviegoers seeking fresh content continue, the South by Southwest filmmakers who opted to join the Amazon Prime collection have benefited this week from attention that would have otherwise been more limited by the in-person version of the Austin, Texas showcase. One of the best films in the lineup is Rachel Harrison Gordon’s narrative short “Broken Bird.” Crafted with a level of sophistication and storytelling acumen rarely seen in…

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Foreign Objects: “Swallow” a Convincing Debut for Mirabella-Davis

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 26th, 2020

Carlo Mirabella-Davis’s noteworthy feature debut as writer-director examines, with a degree of precision and deliberateness that would impress Alfred Hitchcock, the actions of a young woman who consumes inedible objects as a way to attain some measure of control in her suffocating marriage to a wealthy man. The disorder, identified in the DSM-V as pica, includes subtypes categorized by the eating of specific non-nutritional items ranging from glass to stones to soil to sharp objects.…

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Crip Camp (2020)

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 17th, 2020

Future Activists Meet at Newnham and LeBrecht’s “Crip Camp”

Sundance 2020 opening night selection and audience award winner “Crip Camp” -- now streaming on Netflix -- recounts the incredible grassroots movement that ultimately led to the passage and implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. But before that ceremonial milestone, which appears late in Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBrecht’s terrific documentary, audiences are…

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Collecting Movies with Mike Scholtz

by Greg Carlson | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 14th, 2020

My friend Mike Scholtz, the director of “Riplist” and many other fantastic documentaries, collects movies when he’s not making them. He especially likes VHS and once rescued the children of Pine City, Minnesota by purchasing tapes of “Fritz the Cat” and “Flesh Gordon” that had been shelved in the local thrift store’s kid video section.

GC: Are you format agnostic?
MS
: It never bothers me when I watch a movie on VHS, even if I know I could be watching it on 4K. It…

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