Monthly Archives: February 2013

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Faces (1968)

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John Cassavetes has always been an interesting filmmaker to me.  The first time I saw him was in Roman Polanski’s 1968 classic Rosemary’s Baby (I’m sure a lot of people have said that).  I saw that film nearly 10 years ago … Continue reading

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‘Corpse Bride’ & ‘Frankenweenie’

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Tim Burton, while known for his live action films (including 1989’s Batman, 1994’s Ed Wood, and 2010’s Alice In Wonderland), actually started out working in animation.  He attended the California Institute of the Arts to study character animation, and his classmates included John Lasseter, Brad Bird, John … Continue reading

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Gordon Parks: An Appreciation

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was a photographer, musician, writer, and a film director.  He spent his early life working as a freelance photographer, eventually landing a job at Life Magazine, where he worked from the ’40s through the late ’60s.  He … Continue reading

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‘Bolt’ & ‘Tangled’

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Byron Howard is an animator, producer, and director at Walt Disney Feature Animation who turns 45 this year.  He worked as an animator on 1995’s Pocahontas, 1998’s Mulan, 2002’s Lilo and Stitch, 2003’s Brother Bear, and 2006’s Brother Bear 2.  His work … Continue reading

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Spike Lee: An Appreciation Part Two

(Continued from: Spike Lee: An Appreciation Part One) For his 11th feature film, Lee produced and directed 1997’s 4 Little Girls.  This documentary feature examines the 1963 murder of four black girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.  It was … Continue reading

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DP/30: Naomi Watts On ‘The Impossible’

J.A. Bayona’s most recent film was the terrific The Impossible, which has been a critical and worldwide financial success.  The film is based on the true story of María Belón and her family’s experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.  Naomi Watts, who was nominated … Continue reading

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FSLC: Ben Affleck On ‘Argo’

Ben Affleck’s most recent directorial effort, Argo, has been a critical and financial success (not to mention the big award victories at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Directors Guild Awards, Producers Guild Awards, and most recently the BAFTAs).  … Continue reading