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Brian Formo
Brian Formo is a writer in Los Angeles. He previously wrote for The Spokesman Review in Spokane, Washington and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Entries by Brian Formo

Interview: Kathleen Hanna Never Expected to See The Punk Singer

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2013 | 12:09 PM

The '90s is hitting a crescendo of revival and nostalgia.

Riot Grrrl is a term coined by Kathleen Hanna. It became associated with feminist bands that popped up alongside their alternative-rock male counterparts. It provided a voice for girls and women to counter male aggression through rock...

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The Dirty Laundry Press Circuit for Blue Is the Warmest Color Is Close to the Heart of the Film

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 9:38 PM

When Blue Is the Warmest Color won the Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, rewarded not only its director (Tunisian Abdellatif Kechiche) but also the two lead actresses (Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux) with the highest award. Although many films that won the...

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'No One Will Be Disappointed': An Interview With the Music Supervisor of Breaking Bad

(7) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 6:08 PM

Perhaps the most talked about episode of television this year aired a few weeks ago.

A prominent character had just been killed. Another was handed over to be tortured by a band of neo-Nazi meth-makers.

After carnage and scowls, there was an odd release in the next scene:...

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Film Review: Ain't Them Bodies Beautiful and Hollow

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 6:01 PM

Ain't Them Bodies Saints is meticulously constructed. With deft camerawork and a pure attention to 70s small town details, there is a fantastic, technically sound structure that director David Lowery has built.

Saints is a nice house to look at from afar. Approach the steps, peer in and see...

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Six Months After Protest, Very Few Answers for LA Visual Effects Work

(14) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Like the boy in Life of Pi, the Los Angeles visual effects worker has been stranded at sea, unaware of which direction will most likely lead to shore.

The shipwreck occurred on the biggest stage of the film industry: the self-congratulatory pageant known as The Oscars.

While Kristin Chenoweth asked...

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Staging Violence in Film: Only God Forgives an Act of Killing

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 6:18 PM

In film, what can be more vile and inhuman than re-enacting a government coup that killed more than one million people in less than a year? An empty, ultra-violent revenge film that offers no character insight behind any punches thrown, puncture wounds or fired gunshots.

This past weekend The Act...

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'Our Generation Can Take This': An Interview With Xavier Dolan, and the Actors of Laurence Anyways

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 5:38 PM

Quebecois filmmaker Xavier Dolan might seem combative about age, but what he is most interested in is the differences in generations. A former child actor who began life on set at age five, he's been equally revered and reviled for having his first three films debut at the...

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The Bling Ring: A Home Invasion Horror-Comedy

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 2:55 PM

It'll be interesting to see how Sofia Coppola's new film, The Bling Ring, is viewed in a decade. The true events of the film -- a group of teens easily trespassing and stealing from celebrities that took place over a ten-month period in 2009 to 2010 -- already feels a...

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Behind the Candelabra Is Soderbergh's Crown Jewel

(36) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:15 PM

24 years after his debut film Sex, Lies, and Videotape won the Palme d'Or, Steven Soderbergh might be the most buzzed about director at the moment.

He's either retiring from features or taking a hiatus (but stop asking). He recently gave a scathing, pull-quote worthy

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Another Year, More Voices for Young Americans: An Interview with Lance Bangs

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Lance Bangs spent his youth making music videos for bands such as Sonic Youth, R.E.M., Belle & Sebastian and The Shins, and, among other camera jobs, lensing episodes of Jackass.

In a way, Bangs' has been documenting youth for two decades, but never...

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Stories We Tell Dissects an Actress' Family, and Storytelling Itself

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 5:01 PM

When I first started writing film reviews for The Huffington Post the editors put a "warning" under the headline of my first few reviews, saying that they contained possible "spoilers" of plot points. I have since tried shift my writing to avoid that tag.

It's tricky to talk about...

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Mud: The Coming of Age of the Knight in Shining Armor

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:52 PM

In Stand by Me a group of boys come of age after an adventure to find a dead body, in Super 8 they come of age after they accidentally film a train wreck, in Mud -- the new film by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Shotgun Stories) -- two boys find...

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An Interview With Ken Burns and Three of The Central Park Five; Documentary Airs on PBS

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Last November for the AFI Film Festival, I interviewed Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon about their new documentary film, The Central Park Five, which begins airing on PBS this month.

The film concerns five black teenagers who, not knowing their rights during detainment, were coerced...

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To the Wonder Is to Wonder About Terrence Malick

(14) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 10:46 AM

Recently, a friend of mine in Tennessee, who is applying for a film school program in North Carolina, started an online film discussion group. Inevitably, one of the first questions posed was "Who are your favorite directors" and inevitably there were ardent Terrence Malick fans and detractors. Film critic J....

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Trance Brings Danny Boyle Full Circle

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Danny Boyle's last endeavor was producing the opening night festivities for London's Olympiad. Much like the five rings of the Olympic Games symbol, his newest film, Trance, finds the director coming full circle. He's reunited with John Hodge, the screenwriter of his first four feature films (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A...

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Spring Breakers Gets Vice Into Malls

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 10:24 AM

Harmony Korine's first film, 1995's Kids, (he wrote the script at age of 19, and it was directed by photographer Larry Clark) has a famous review blurb from the New York Times plastered on all its posters, and home videos proclaiming that the film is "a wake up...

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Stoker, and The Last Stand Nuke American Pie

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 2:40 PM

This year marks the English language debut of three exciting, distinctly different South Korean filmmakers: Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother), Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance) and Kim Jee-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil).

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No Is More Complicated Than It Looks

(7) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 4:11 PM

Chile's Oscar nominated film No does not look good -- but that is just one part of its resounding success. Equal parts in humor, suspense and joy, No is a triumph.

There is an abundance of craft from director Pablo Larraín on display in No. Despite what may appear to...

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2012 Year in Film: The Studios Stepped up, But Independent and International Still Tops

(8) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 3:57 PM

As awards begin to be handed out rewarding the films released in 2012 you'll start to hear that 2012 was a sweeping return to form for the studio prestige picture. While studios did have a stellar year (in comparison to years past of this decade, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty,...

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A Conversation with Eva Mendes: The Dreams and Nightmares of Holy Motors

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 11:52 AM

Holy Motors is many things, but mostly it is a dream.

Leos Carax's new film is a series of scenarios with Denis Lavant playing a different character every time he steps out of a limousine -- entering into varied fantasies and, perhaps, some realities.

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