Bold, impassioned, ecstatically beautiful, Shane Carruth's Upstream Color -- a lyric reverie on loss, love, and various invasions of the body -- was in a class by itself at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Well, let's say it was a class shared by a more conventional but no less heady consideration o ... More >>
Sometimes, one film in a festival lineup can help to reveal another in sharper relief. To wit, one of the loveliest entries in Sundance 2013's U.S. Dramatic Competition, James Ponsoldt's deeply felt coming-of-age drama The Spectacular Now, looked even better after the premiere of The Way Way Back, a ... More >>
You could hear a pin drop during the first Sundance screening of writer-director Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale, an enormously powerful and moving debut feature based on the shooting death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by Oakland transit police in the early hours of New Year's Day, 2009. Coogler opens the fi ... More >>
In his brief remarks before the first public screening of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford praised the Sundance Institute's ongoing filmmaker development labs as "our core," noting that the festival itself was conceived "to create an audience for the filmmakers in our lab program."
Patrick Range McDonald.Finalists for the Los Angeles Press Club's 52nd SoCal Journalism Awards were announced Friday, and they included LA Weekly staff writers Patrick Range McDonald and Christine Pelisek for "journalists of the year" in the over-50,000-circulation category. R. Scott Moxley o ... More >>
Director and writer Paul Schrader sent the following e-mail to L.A. Weekly's Scott Foundas in regards to actress Natasha Richardson, who passed away today in New York after suffering a head injury during a ski accident. She was 45 years old.
When I first met Natasha, while casting Patty Hearst, I ... More >>
Sydney Pollack died over the weekend at age 73. Three years ago, Pollack spoke to LA Weekly's Scott Foundas about his career, the costs of making films, and his production company Mirage, which recently put out Michael Clayton, nominated for seven Oscars.
In this interview from April 2005, Pollac ... More >>