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‘This Is Not Berlin’ Director Hari Sama on Sexuality, Mexico’s Racism Epidemic, and the Film’s ‘Roma’ Connection

We sat down with Hari Sama at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and the interview is being published on the occasion of This Is Not Berlin’s debut at Outfest in Los Angeles.

The Film Stage Show Ep. 356 – The Lion King

We discuss sapping the personality out of a classic animation and the artistic merits of photorealism.

NYC Weekend Watch: 21st-Century Debuts, Barbara Hammer, Burt Lancaster & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]

The Film Stage Show Ep. 355 – Crawl

We chew over the horror thriller Crawl, from director Alexandre Aja.

Lulu Wang on Bridging Cultures in ‘The Farewell,’ Believing in Lies, and Authenticity in Lighting

We spoke with writer-director Lulu Wang about casting Tzi Ma to act as the fluid connection between Eastern and Western cultures, her unique use of fluorescent light to capture a modern Chinese aesthetic, and the pressure of bringing The Farewell to the competitive film market. 

Riley Stearns on ‘The Art of Self-Defense,’ Yorgos Lanthimos, and Small Business Realities

We talk with the director, who has proven to be one of the more distinctive voices in American independent filmmaking, about mixing humor and horror in the world of karate.

New to Streaming: ‘The Loneliest Planet,’ ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ ‘Missing Link’ & More

All the newly streaming films of Amazon Prime, MUBI, HBO Go, and more.

NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Woodstock,’ ‘Point Break,’ ‘Dracula’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]

Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Making ‘Alien,’ Chantal Akerman, Analyzing ‘Peterloo’ & More

It’s summertime, and that means a roundup of film-related books must include some lighter fare—hence this column’s inclusion of reads about Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Alien, and Dungeons & Dragons.



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