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CCILogo-R_LargeSan Diego Comic Con 2017: A Disgusting Display of Fan Abuse by Hollywood and the SDCC Staff

I have have been going to San Diego Comic Con for the past 9 years. I have never experienced the pre-Twilight years of Comic Con where the atmosphere was significantly less hostile and relatively less… [more]

verhoeven1Multiple Realities: The Hollywood Films of Paul Verhoeven

After making a name for himself in the Netherlands, Paul Verhoeven moved to Hollywood in the 1980s to work on American films. From that period through the 1990s Verhoeven directed a series of movies across… [more]

Bill_Paxton3-715x397Remembering Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton was one of those actors who was universally loved. Always a welcome presence in any film (or, indeed, TV show), a reliable character actor with strength, vulnerability and charm, but what made him… [more]

hiddenfigurestheblackmedia2016Hidden Figures: An Old-Fashioned Feel-Good Movie that Teaches

Hidden Figures is a harmless, old-fashioned all-ages family movie, that teaches an important historical lesson, but it’s light on its feet, entertaining and never feels like a slog. Quite the contrary: this is a very… [more]

Reel Inequality by Nancy Wang YuenProfessor Nancy Wang Yuen on Her Career, Pop-Culture Studies, and Her Book, Reel Inequality

Professor Nancy Wang Yuen is a sociologist, documentary producer, and pop culture geek who has made a career examining how mass media represents Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She has recently published a book titled,… [more]

maxresdefaultEnergy and Environmental Conservation Took the Stage with Leo’s Oscar Win

On a night packed to the brim with the brightest stars in the Hollywood universe, none of them shone brighter than Leonardo DiCaprio. After two decades and four near-misses, the film icon finally reeled in… [more]

The-Martian-Matt-DamonWhy Didn’t I Love The Martian?

Of all people, I should have loved The Martian. If I were to imagine a Hollywood film perfectly calibrated to my tastes as a) someone with a background in science, b) a gigantic space nerd… [more]

ProjectGreenlight640Project Greenlight‘s Season Four Finale Shows Real Courage

For a season that crackled with energy and drama, the finale of season four of Project Greenlight ends on a note of resigned exhaustion. All the participants in this project, from executive producers on down… [more]

ProjectGreenlight640Project Greenlight Crashes Into Episode 7

Project Greenlight closes one chapter of the making of The Leisure Class literally with a crash in episode 7. It’s the last day of production, and director Jason Mann has essentially alienated all his key… [more]

ProjectGreenlight640Project Greenlight Episode 5: Adapt or Call Cut

The Leisure Class officially moves into production on this week’s episode of Project Greenlight, and writer/director Jason Mann continues to act as an uncompromising and determined filmmaker, even as the realities of time and budget… [more]

ben-affleck-2-768Project Greenlight Episode Four: So Long, Pete Jones

“There’s an art to compromise,” says Pete Jones in the latest episode of Pete Jones States the Bloody Obvious, aka Project Greenlight. This week’s episode is all about how the filmmakers and producers populating that… [more]

ProjectGreenlight640Project Greenlight Episode 3: Stay in Your Lane

“Movies are all about power,” Chris Moore said way back in Project Greenlight season one. That was fifteen years ago, when the issue of shooting on film vs digital wasn’t even on the table, and… [more]

11794477_1051388578204746_1735829983904578784_o-1Project Greenlight Shines So Far in Season 4

It’s been a decade since season three of Project Greenlight and viewers could be forgiven for giving up the series for dead. As we’ve written here, the series and the concept seems to come from… [more]

thechairThe Chair Showed the Limits of Film Taste and the Director’s Role

The first season  of the Starz TV series The Chair came to an end almost a year ago, yet it seems to have generated very few ripples of lasting influence, if the blogosphere is any… [more]

The_Martian_film_posterThe Martian: Already a Problematic Adaptation

Like many fans of literate, thoughtful, plausible science fiction, I greeted the news that Ridley Scott would be directing the film adaptation of Andy Weir’s the Martian with great enthusiasm. The fact that the script… [more]

0Project Greenlight: A Glimpse into a Bygone Era

Even though only fifteen years separates us now from the early 2000s, in terms of the production of film and TV, and the general media landscape, it seems like a lifetime in the past. In… [more]

ambersonspic3The Magnificent Ambersons: The Film That Made Orson Welles Cry

“In those days they had time for everything. Time for sleigh rides…” And so begins, in a haze of warm nostalgia and gentle humour, Orson Welles’ most maddening and controversial film, The Magnificent Ambersons. Viewed… [more]

Ultimate Spider-Man #49Tremble in Fear, Hollywood!

Hey, gang — welcome to another New Comics Day. I’m screwing around with the format of the column (again). Look for some more changes in the coming weeks. If you hate the new format and… [more]