“Understated” isn’t a word you’d ordinarily use to describe a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but that’s surprisingly what 12 Strong ends up being.
Patrick Z. McGavin is a Chicago-based writer and critic. His film writing has appeared in the British magazine Empire, Stop Smiling, Time Out Chicago, Cineaste and LA Weekly. He also maintains the film blog, http://lightsensitive.typepad.com/light-sensitive.
A feature article on "Black or White," including interviews with Kevin Costner, Anthony Mackie and director Mike Binder.
An interview with Gabe Polsky, director of "Red Army," which just played at the Chicago International Film Festival.
The legacy and impact of Roger Ebert will forever be a part of the Telluride Film Festival, which hosted a screening of "Life Itself" this year.
A Telluride response to Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" and Xavier Beauvois' "The Price of Fame."
A report from the Telluride Film Festival on Jon Stewart's "Rosewater" and Nick Broomfield's "Tales of the Grim Sleeper."
A preview of the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, which runs August 29-September 1, 2014.
Patrick Z. McGavin writes about "Shoah," which was just issued on Blu-ray by Criterion in a thorough package that makes the film's unique storytelling more transparent to the layperson. "Lanzmann has said the form and construction is the key to understanding his film," McGavin writes, "and with this new version, that process has never been more intuitive."