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Terry Blackhawk | Posted 06.17.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

The cultural calendar in Detroit moves so fast these days, it seems a long time already that I enjoyed the Cinetopia Film Festival here in town. But it was only one week ago!

A Chat With Roger Corman: 60 Years of Filmmaking and Still Going Strong

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.09.2014 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

With credits dating back to 1954, Roger Corman has one of Hollywood's longest running careers, and every step of the way has fearlessly pioneered ideas in filmmaking, through all of new media's many definitions over the decades.

On the "A" w/Souleo: LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross Find Meaning in Film Go For Sisters

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

When actresses LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross finished reading the script for two-time Oscar nominee John Sayles' new film, Go For Sisters, they im...

Film Director John Sayles Is Back With Go for Sisters: Thriller or Female Buddy Movie?

Penelope Andrew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

It's the performances that make this film work. Most are good, some superb.

John Sayles and Yolanda Ross on Go for Sisters: Mighty Movie Podcast

Dan Persons | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

It's back to the border for John Sayles, who in films like Lone Star has explored the distinctive tensions that brew in the towns that neighbor to Mexico. Now he's applying that worldview to the mystery thriller in Go for Sisters.

A (Slideshow) Talk with Antonino D'Ambrosio of Let Fury Have the Hour

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.26.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

What Antonino D'Ambrosio has done with Let Fury Have the Hour is making me rethink everything I took for granted in my life.

Movie Review: The Lady

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Thanks to a marvelously full-bodied performance by Michelle Yeoh and a complementary one by David Thewlis, The Lady overcomes its own obstacles -- principally ones of pacing -- to present a moving portrait of courage, resilience and conviction.

John Sayles: An Artist for the Environment

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.24.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with The Green Grok."We think we can wound the planet, we think we can cut costs and stick the money in our pockets and just walk away. Bu...

Movie review: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's hard to believe no one has done a film tribute to Roger Corman before Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Alex Stapleton's loving time...

2011 Workers Voice Awards Named, Signals Strong Year for Worker-Based Themes in Pop Culture

Wyatt Closs | Posted 01.28.2012 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

Can a film about an immigrant father struggling to start a gardening business be a defining work of 2011? Yes. Who was best at amplifying workers' voi...

Hearts and Minds: John Sayles on Amigo

Kristin McCracken | Posted 11.02.2011 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

The infinitely curious and iconic director John Sayles digs up a war most of us didn't even know about for his latest feature film.

Mighty Movie Podcast: John Sayles on Amigo

Dan Persons | Posted 10.19.2011 | Home
Dan Persons

Director John Sayles is delving into history again, and this time it's a little bit of American adventurism in the early twentieth century that's frequently glossed over in the history books: the Philippine-American War.

HuffPost Review: Amigo

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.19.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Amigo is a companion piece to John Sayles' new novel, A Moment in the Sun - or perhaps it's the other way around. While it's easy to admire Sayles' a...

HuffPost Review: Ironclad

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.05.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

When it comes to stories that bear transposition to varying eras and settings, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954) seems a prime example of a plot t...

A Jim Tully Revival: Hobo Author Back in Print

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Whether or not Tully's work will strike a chord with contemporary readers remains to be seen. Certainly, readers of Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, William Vollmann or Stephen Elliott will find something of interest in Tully's stories and prose.

Live from the Toronto Film Festival: Sunday, Sept. 12

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I had decided before today even started to use the idea of "audience films vs. festival films" as a theme for my discussion of the day's screenings. ...

Toronto Film Fest Day 4: Old Men, Young Girls, Graham Greene and Amigos

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Now we're talking: a five-movie day with no hiccups. Now if only we could do something about the quality of the films.

HuffPost Review: Great Directors

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The title of the film Great Directors is exceptionally misleading, given that its real title should be People Whose Films I Like and Who Agreed to Be Interviewed By Me on Camera For This Movie.

Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast: Robert Mitchum and Great Directors

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Bruce Weber's documentary-in-progress Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast about actor Robert Mitchum shows the Hollywood tough guy of Westerns and noirs as a shy, modest, non-celebrity.

For St. Patrick's Day, The Best Irish Movies By Farr

John Farr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

With the always raucous, spirited celebration of St. Patrick's Day on the near horizon here in New York City, my thoughts turn to the powerful mystique of Ireland, and the many outstanding films that reflect it.

Thoughts on Haiti, And the Spirit of Activism in Film

John Farr | Posted 06.28.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Great activist movies portray the ongoing struggle between the welfare of working people and larger societal forces, seemingly beyond their control, that threaten their integrity, livelihood, and often, their very survival.

DVDs: TV Show Boxed Set Rip-Offs

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

A spreading practice needs to be stopped right now. A number of studios -- led by Paramount/CBS -- are releasing old TV shows in half-season sets.