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5:46 PM 7/24/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
One can only assume Specialist Adam Winfield was hungry for action. Like the rest of his platoon he was extensively trained for a theater of war that offered him no exercise. He spent his time waiting, armored to the teeth in the desert swelter. Stationed in the Maywand District of Afghanistan in 2010, the squadron was among civilians but they were resourceful, and the group’s chain of command decided to harvest battle trophies from the farmers nearby.
11:10 AM 7/18/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
The Dolby Atmos theater system delivers audio from speakers located on all four wall of the theater and the ceiling, so when you hear rainfall it’s almost like feeling it. When the dragon Smaug galumphs across screen you hear his tail wrap itself around you. When gunfire blazes off a 3D screen past your head, you might just duck.
Interview with 007 George Lazenby for Landmark's Anniversary Series Revival of ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
7:02 PM 7/6/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the first Bond “reboot." Of the 26 films in the Bond franchise OHMSS is among the top two most admired (the other: From Russia With Love). It’s the only film in which Bond marries, the first to imply an international orgy and the only one to star George Lazenby.
Goodbye And Thank You: The Director of Hoop Dreams Talks About His New Roger Ebert Biography, LIFE ITSELF
7:38 PM 6/27/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Film Critic Roger Ebert ended the first paragraph of his review of Hoop Dreams saying that film “gives us the impression of having touched life itself.” There’s a poignant symmetry in the title of Steve James’ newest documentary, Life Itself, about the work of America’s most acclaimed film critic, Chicago Sun Times’ Roger Ebert.
Documentarian and True Crime Fan Joe Berlinger Makes a Man (Not a Myth) out of Whitey Bulger in WHITEY
5:09 PM 6/25/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
James “Whitey” Bulger is big crook. Al Capone big. John Gotte big. But bringing him up in the same context as those wise guys is dicey because his life as an untouchable was made possible by the long shadows of their Cosa Nostra. As Boston’s branch of the F.B.I. occupied themselves with the national case against the Italian Mafia, Bulger and his Winter Hill Mob (Boston’s Irish Mob) operated with near impunity.
1:02 AM 6/16/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
When Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt published an article calling Hitler “an insult” the article threatened to speed Sweden’s entrance into World War II. According to veteran filmmaker Jan Troell, director of Segerstedt biopic The Last Sentence, a journalist like Segerstedt couldn’t exist today. “Maybe Julian Assange comes close,” he said, referring to the founder of WikiLeaks, but only in prominence; Assange doesn’t exactly do the same kind of work.
2:42 PM 6/9/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Andrew Rossi’s newest documentary, Ivory Tower, looks at the state of higher education in America and sees a system in disrepair. Rossi says the subject at the heart of his work is “disruption. It’s what all my films are about. Whether it’s how technology has changed the New York Times (Page One) or how a family manages their restaurant during a changing economy (Table for One).
11:25 AM 6/5/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
Michael Nirenberg remembers the moment in 2nd grade it occurred to him his father’s work was different from the other dads. Like his father, Nirenberg works in art direction; he’s a scenic artist for film (Salt, Shame) and TV (working on Girls Season 4 right now). His father William Nirenberg spent his career as an art director for men’s magazines, most famously working for Larry Flynt's Hustler Magazine.
1:22 AM 6/5/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
People are going to argue with me, but Jenny Slate’s character on NBC’s Parks and Recreation has a lot in common with her character in Obvious Child. Both are crass and outspoken. Both laugh at the wrong times and about the wrong things. Both joke like 12-year-old boys. The primary difference is Donna Stark, Slate’s moonlighting standup comedienne in Obvious Child, is dangerously vulnerable.
12:17 AM 6/5/2014 by Sara Vizcarrondo
William Eubank is very social...with his media. The people milling around the press tour for his film, The Signal, are comparing the instagrams they took with the writer/director. These social butterflies are mostly publicists, people who’ve been photo-bombed by bigger names (Ted Danson and Tom Hanks come up a lot), but Eubank conjures excitement and that’s news indeed.