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  • HAIL, CAESAR! – Film Review

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    by Michael Chasin Hail, Caesar! is about very big ideas—set up to collide with each other. Caesar, emperor and enslaver—and the collectivism of communism. 1950’s Hollywood, manufacturer of fakery—and propriety and religion. Hail, Caesar! is nominally about Studio Chief Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) who finds that Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), the star of his big-budget […]

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  • BOND, EVOLVED BOND

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    by Michael Chasin   Very few films have big action openings—that precede the introduction of the hero. One of those is a Bond, James Bond, film. After fifty plus years and twenty-six films—Bond requires no introduction. First appearing in Dr. No (1962), Bond was a drastic departure from the heroes of the day. Bond was […]

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  • A LOOK BACK AT 2015

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    by Sean Akers, Sr. V.P. IAFT   Selecting the top movies for the year (not including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which premieres next week) is a daunting task.  This has been a year of excellent independent movies instead of a series of summer tentpoles. While I thoroughly enjoyed the tentpole films, like The Martian […]

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  • DAVID LANCASTER SPEAKS AT IAFT, Part 1

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    by Frederick Bailey   Oscar-nominated producer David Lancaster met with IAFT students, graduates and guests at a standing-room-only seminar last Wednesday, and the evening became an exciting and invaluable object lesson in what it takes to get an independent movie made. It was without doubt one of the very best Open House talks we’ve had […]

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  • THE PASSING OF ONE OF THE GREATS

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    The great Japanese actress Setsuko Hara has passed away at the age of 95. Setsuko Hara (center) in TOKYO STORY, with Chishu Ryu (right) and Chieko Higashiyama   Hara made numerous movies with the finest of Japanese directors, primarily Yasujiro Ozu, but also Akira Kurosawa and Mikio Naruse. Her best known performance is as the […]

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  • DRIVE (2011)

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    Ryan Gosling is the Driver, a mysterious character who’s part stuntman, part mechanic, and part getaway man. The kind of character who slowly draws you in until you’re totally involved. But most of all, the Driver is about protecting what’s really important to him—a single mom, or at least she appears to be single, until […]

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  • NIGHTCRAWLER (2014)

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    A disaffected young sociopath blunders across the night-life underbelly of L.A. and discovers the world of free-lance photojournalism. He leaps voraciously at this sudden opportunity and ends up leaving his own indelible fingerprints and footprints all over it. Creepy, but utterly fascinating. Nightcrawler is a phenomenally compelling examination of the difference between what TV news […]

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  • THE WRITER’S REWARD

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    by Michael Chasin   The writer’s monetary reward for a script may range from the Writer’s Guild of America minimum—to numbers with many commas in them. Non-monetary rewards may include recognition, nominations—and even awards. (Entertainment being one of the most boastful of industries.) But the reward that is truly awe inspiring—is that the idea that […]

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  • THE DOCTOR IS IN — FOR HALLOWEEN!

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    Two of our esteemed IAFT graduates dropped by for a visit on All Hallows Eve! They’re in costume for the season.  Take a look at the photo below.  Can you guess what movie they were inspired by? Give up? It’s a silent gem from the post-WWI era:  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari…one of the original […]

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  • LUCY – Film Review

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    by Michael Chasin   There are no original stories—many claim. With Aristotle’s Poetic’s—and hieroglyphics on cave walls before that—that claim feels true. So how can any film be new—if it’s all been told before? Such is the case of Lucy (2014)—which strongly evokes many other films. Lucy—well portrayed by Scarlett Johansson—is an ordinary young woman […]

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