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‘Five Came Back’ Review: A Cinephile’s Dream Documentary Becomes Enthralling for Everyone on Netflix

IndieWire - Fri, 2017-03-31 09:00
Frank Capra and John Ford are honored by Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg in a three-hour documentary on how Hollywood changed World War II, and how WWII changed Hollywood.
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‘The Get Down’ Part II Review: Netflix Cranks the Music Up To 11 in Darker, More Ambitious New Episodes

IndieWire - Fri, 2017-03-31 08:15
The second half of Season 1 lacks Baz Luhrmann behind the camera, but more music, dancing, and madness make for a dynamically rhapsodic "Part 2."
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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles: Looking back at the August offerings

Movie Maker Magazine - Thu, 2012-12-13 18:03
Come January, when MovieMaker launches its new site, we'll be doing a monthly update with NewFilmmakers Los Angeles where we look at the slate of films and filmmakers they bring to the screen at Sunset Gower Studios. In the meantime, here's a look back at the August offerings. Below you'll find links to interviews with Alex Calleros (Anamnesis), Ryan McDuffie (Forest Falls), Tyler Gillett (Funny In Love), Paul Young (The Glowing Hours), Michael Tucker (Imperfect), Jason Z. Wong (Reunion), Ari Hyman (Ride Along), and Pascal Payant (White Blossoms).

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A look inside BACKWARDS: Shooting an independent sports film

Movie Maker Magazine - Tue, 2012-12-11 23:05
When I set out to make my first film, I knew exactly what I wanted to tell: a story about the ambition, sacrifice and choice confronting an athlete competing at an Olympic level. Taking it even further, I wanted to share a story rarely seen in films—that of the athlete who almost makes it to the Olympics but just misses the cut. I wanted to explore how it must feel to give up so much in life and get inches away from personal goal, only to find oneself, ultimately, sitting on the sidelines. Many of us have experienced such personal setbacks in one way or another: what happens in your life when “the big dream” doesn’t work out? How do ambitions and goals change as life intervenes? How much are you willing to continue to sacrifice to reach a possibly elusive goal?

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Brad Pitt disappoints everyone, as do Marjane Satrapi and Wong Kar Wai

Movie Maker Magazine - Wed, 2012-12-05 23:21

Apparently, Brad Pitt's reign as a Hollywood superstar is drawing to a close. And with good reason. I mean, what a stupid move, starring in Andrew Dominik's chatty, politically charged hitman thriller, Killing Them Softly, instead of oh, I don't know, something less interesting.

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Brad Pitt disappoints everyone, as do Marjane Satrapi and Wong Kar Wai

Movie Maker Magazine - Wed, 2012-12-05 23:21

Apparently, Brad Pitt's reign as a Hollywood superstar is drawing to a close. And with good reason. I mean, what a stupid move, starring in Andrew Dominik's chatty, politically charged hitman thriller, Killing Them Softly, instead of oh, I don't know, something less interesting.

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Sundance 2013 Breakdown: What’s in a Logline?

Movie Maker Magazine - Tue, 2012-12-04 19:26
We make snap judgements about which movies we're going to see and not see all the time. Usually when picking out a movie we ask "what's it about?" and then "who's in it?" As in "it's the one where the guy beats people up for information," and "Tom Cruise." In the case of Sundance films, the question is more likely, "what's it about?" and "Who made it?" Here, I'll be making irresponsible judgments of films based only on the log lines and my imdb searches of the filmmakers. I apologize in advance.

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WE MAKE MOVIES (BETTER): Giving FCPX another chance

Movie Maker Magazine - Mon, 2012-12-03 22:17
It’s become one of the film world’s great pastimes to sit around and hate on what Apple did with Final Cut Pro X. Upon its launch, you would have thought Apple had come in and kidnapped every editor’s first born child. And, let’s be honest, the FCPX launch was not Apple’s finest moment. I still really believe that if Apple had introduced FCPX as Beta software and not immediately discontinued what was at the time (and in some ways still is) the best edit software on the market (Final Cut 7), people would have been really excited about X’s potential, and would have really enjoyed playing around with it instead of calling it an atrocity and affront to humanity. If it had been a soft launch and not labeled as the greatest thing to ever happen to post-production, people would have happily continued to use FCP7 while playing with X on personal projects (that’s what I did), waiting for the product to mature, and getting progressively more excited about the software's rapid development. This is not what happened.

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Just Crowdfund the $&*# Movie!: Hollywood, Wisconsin

Movie Maker Magazine - Mon, 2012-12-03 19:33
By now, you’ve probably read about how Charlie Kaufman (of Being John Malkovich fame) has raised a mind-numbing $406,237 from 5,770 backers for his stop motion feature, Anomalisa, making it the highest recorded amount raised for a film on Kickstarter. WOW. Who would’ve thought that the humble little crowdfunding-engine-that-could would've come so far? Kstarter and Company are truly legit. But is there room for the little filmmakers/film-lovers that have been singing crowdfunding praises for a few years now?

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Bill Murray dresses up like John Wayne, and Richard Ayoade does Dostoyevsky

Movie Maker Magazine - Thu, 2012-11-29 16:52
If you're like me, and you probably aren't (count your blessings!), the mention of the name Charlie Sheen is enough to turn you off any announced project. Ugh. But wait. I mean, it's not like he's Donald Trump or something, and he was in Being John Malkovich, even if that role was kind of a non sequitur. Anyway, when you throw in Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Wes Anderson collaborator (and Coppola) Roman Coppola (who hasn't made a feature since 2001's CQ) as the writer-director, well, I start thinking maybe I can tolerate Sheen for a couple of hours.

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NewFilmmakers Los Angeles: Back on MovieMaker.com

Movie Maker Magazine - Wed, 2012-11-28 19:11
During MovieMaker's transition from New York to Los Angeles, one of the awesome features that fell by the wayside was regular updates from NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, the monthly screening series taking place in the heart of Hollywood at the Sunset Gower Studios.

The NewFilmmakers Series began over ten years ago in New York at the Famous Anthology Film Archives, where they screened over 500 features, 1600 shorts. A bunch of well-known have gotten discovered through NewFilmmakers, including Too Much Sleep, Zero Day, a little film called Blair Witch Project.

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Aaron Sorkin’s 3-Scene Take On Jobs & Harmony Korine’s “Spring” Release

Movie Maker Magazine - Wed, 2012-11-21 17:46
Aaron Sorkin intends to do his Steve Jobs biopic in exactly three, 30-minute scenes, and a bunch of Disney stars go x-rated with James Franco in the latest teen porn trashcore offering from questionable genius Harmony Korine.

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Sir Ken Adam: The Man Who Designed the World of James Bond

Movie Maker Magazine - Thu, 2012-11-15 16:52
As a production designer, Sir Ken Adam consistently pushed his imagination to the limits, creating movie sets, each different, as thrilling to look at as the action unfolding up on the screen. His work on seven James Bond films—including the first of the series, Dr. No—set the tone for what became the Bond franchise. His vision behind the war-room in Dr. Strangelove, the interior of Fort Knox in Goldfinger, the flying car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Blofeld's lair in a volcano’s crater in You Only Live Twice, are just a few examples of the heightened sense of reality Adam so deftly created in his 50-year-career, making him the film industry’s first production designer to reflect the rapidly advancing electronic age of the 1960s and beyond.

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AFI is a wrap, but Maja Milos’ CLIP is still haunting me

Movie Maker Magazine - Thu, 2012-11-08 18:18
AFI Fest concludes this evening with a gala screening of Lincoln at the Grauman. But since I can't go (we're delivering the Complete Guide to Making Movies to the printer tonight), I'll pretend like it ended last night. My girlfriend and I managed to attend nine events—eight films and a panel—over the course of the seven-day festival: Amour; Rust and Bone; Clip; Caesar Must Die; Starlet; Beyond the Hills; Leviathan; Antiviral; and the Young Hollywood talk. This means, of course, that I missed the lions share of the films on the slate this year (there were 128, by the way), but what I did see was so consistently innovative that I feel watching any block of films at AFI is tantamount to polling: You might not get everyone's opinion, but as long as your sample size is big enough, you can extend your limited observations to the whole. Assessment of this year's program: brilliant. I don't say that lightly, so I'll repeat it. Brilliant.

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Alex Karpovsky’s RED FLAG

Movie Maker Magazine - Wed, 2012-10-31 03:38
When you first watch Red Flag, a new dark comedy from HBO “GIRLS” star and independent director Alex Karpovsky, it feels a little autobiographical—especially since the character Alex plays in the film is literally, well, Alex Karpovsky. Red Flag is the story of Alex, a solipsistic filmmaker that takes his independent film Woodpecker (a real film Alex made) on tour.

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AFI FEST 2012

Movie Maker Magazine - Tue, 2012-10-30 00:04
AFI Fest starts Thursday November 1st at everyone's favorite LA confluence of tourism and indigence: Hollywood and Highland. And for the next week, at the Chinese Theater and the Egyptian, you can see a round-up of the best films 2012 has to offer—big and small, foreign and domestic—entirely for free thanks to Audi (the Germans are subsidizing everyone these days). From Steven Spielberg's Lincoln; to Jacques Audiard's MMA/killer whale movieRust and Bone; to Sean Baker's pornstar-with-a-heart mini-masterpiece, Starlet, the 2012 slate is as diverse and exciting as it was last year. That's why MovieMaker sat down with AFI Festival Director Jacqueline Lyanga to talk about this season's program, and why you have to go.

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