“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.
A PA recalls working with PTA on "There Will Be Blood"; Sarasota Film Festival unveils line-up; Paul Reubens on Phil Hartman; The devil down south; Academy apologizes for Asian jokes.
Oral history of "The Golden Girls"; Spotlight on Bradley Bischoff; Francis Lawrence on "Mockingjay Part 2"; Louis C.K. on meanness; David W. Packard rescues classic films.
Crossword plagiarism scandal; Marcia Clark on FX's O.J. series; Licensing ambient stadium music; Jenny Beaven on her Oscar outfit; Hollywood's enduring whitewashing.
Rise of American authoritarianism; Dream of the political truth-teller; Jerry Lewis and Martin Scorsese; Hilarity of "The Lion in Winter"; Hollywood's costly lack of diversity.
Dietrich Brüggemann on "Heil"; Bottom line is discrimination in disguise; How central casting found racial types; Secret history of "Endless Summer"; Mexican films still unloved in U.S.
Notes on "Killer of Sheep"; YouTube creators vs. copyright rules; Unsung pioneers of film editing; Phillip J. Bartell on "Miss You Already"; Martin Baron on "Spotlight."
Rooney Mara regrets "Pan"; U.S. military paper brands hijabs "passive terrorism"; Lena Dunham on Kesha; How Louis CK saved cinema; Harrison Ford's best non-Lucas films.
RIP Harper Lee; Hell in Oz; "The Witch" reawakens childhood nightmares; How to hire women directors; How David Milch gambled away his fortune.
How Preston Sturges conquered Hollywood; "Image overload" is frying our brains; South Korea's polarizing film market; Profile of Peggy Siegal; Tim Cook on phone hacking.
Why "The Revenant" was hard for me; Joanna Coates and Daniel Metz on "Amorous"; Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence"; Horror films are scarier than in the past; Teaching VR filmmaking.