Thymaya Payne’s Seascape
January 18, 2013
With machine guns and speedboats replacing swords and swashbuckling, the world of Somali pirates is deconstructed by director Thymaya Payne in his new documentary Stolen Seas.
Michael Apted is Up to 56
January 3, 2013
In 1964, Apted documented the lives of 14 very different seven-year-old British children for the film 7 Up. Every seven years since, Apted has checked in on them through marriages, midlife crises, divorce, and everything in between.
Ed Burns Heads Home for the Holidays
December 6, 2012
In an Edward Burns film, familial tensions tend to fester in the background, waiting for just the right moment to boil over. In his newest film, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas, it’s the holidays that turn out to be the pressure cooker that brings the family dynamics above a simmer.
Yaron Zilberman’s String Arrangements
November 2, 2012
For most of us, the tunes we blast from our cars as 16-year-olds have little bearing on our lives as adults. This is not the case for Yaron Zilberman, who fell for classical music as a teen when a friend lent him a mixtape, and whose first feature film, A Late Quartet, centers on the unraveling of a string quartet.
The First Time David Morrissey Killed a Zombie
October 11, 2012
Just in time for Halloween, everyone’s favorite zombie apocalypse show, The Walking Dead, returns for its third season this Sunday. This year, the survivors are faced with an even more perilous future as they face not only brain-crazed zombies but another group of the living, led by the peculiar “Governor,” played by David Morrissey.
Clare Bowen, from the Southern Hemisphere to the American South
October 10, 2012
Filmed on location, Nashville showcases newcomer Clare Bowen, an Australian transplant. Bowen has a convincing Southern lilt in her role as songwriter Scarlett O’Conner, but it’s her singing voice that really turns heads.
How Benh Zeitlin Created the Southern Wild
June 27, 2012
Few films this year have been as rapturously received as Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Beasts of the Southern Wild. Set in a mythical Louisiana bayou called the “Bathtub,” the film follows six-year-old Hushpuppy and her father Wink (played by first time actors Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry, respectively) as they navigate the surreally beautiful and harsh landscape they call home.
Lorene Scafaria: Happily Ever After (Without the Ever After)
June 22, 2012
Hollywood has churned out plenty of disaster movies but few have the heart of the new film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, out this Friday. Marking the directorial debut of Lorene Scafaria, best known for writing Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, the film stars Steve Carell as an insurance salesman named Dodge and Keira Knightley Penny.
Matthew Akers on Capturing Marina AbramoviÄ?
June 13, 2012
In Marina AbramoviÄ?: The Artist is Present, director Matthew Akers followed the legendary performance artist Marina AbramoviÄ? for months as she prepared for her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and through the three months she spent as a living fixture in the museum for her piece The Artist is Present.
Pavleye(s) on Prague
May 22, 2012
Although Prague, Czech Republic, does not currently rank high on the list of international art destinations, that may soon change due to the launch of the Oh So Living Concept Store.
Dustin Lance Black Meets Virginia
May 18, 2012
Incorporating fake pregnancies, magic Mormon underwear, and schizophrenia, the plot of the new film Virginia may be appear to be a far-fetched yarn—but the dark comedy has its roots in the childhood of writer and director Dustin Lance Black.
Russian Blues: Andrei Zvyagintsev on Elena
May 17, 2012
The undercurrents of class, money, and family run through the darkly gorgeous Elena opening this week in New York. The film follows the title character, a middle-aged housewife, as she straddles the wealthy, moneyed world of her older husband and the broken-down, gritty world of her unemployed son.
The Brothers with a Camera: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
March 8, 2012
A boy in search of family may be a story we’ve seen many times, but rarely is it so truthfully raw as in The Kid with a Bike. Directed by Belgian filmmaking duo and brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the film follows Cyril, who attempts to find a new home after his father abandons him.
Joshua Marston Draws Blood
February 22, 2012
An eye for an eye may be an archaic form of justice, but in The Forgiveness of Blood, director Joshua Marston explores how the ancient tradition can wreak havoc on a family caught between the old ways and the new. Shot in Albania, the film follows Nik, a high school student with a penchant for Facebook, who becomes the victim of a centuries-old law after his father kills a neighbor.
With a Redesigned Flagship, Armani’s On Point
February 15, 2012
Those already bemoaning the end of New York Fashion Week can take solace in the reopening of the Armani flagship store this week, after a stunning renovation.
Raza Jaffrey’s Season with Marilyn
February 3, 2012
After suffering through years of fourth-place finishes, NBC primetime has set its sights on the invigorating Smash to save the network from ratings purgatory.
James de Givenchy Gives You Reason to Stay Home
September 29, 2011
While jeweler James de Givenchy knows the right way to top off an outfit is with a bit of sparkle, he’s also figured out how to polish off a room with a carefully crafted scent.
Betsey Johnson Keeps Time
September 22, 2011
Still working with the whimsical, girlie and occasionally gaudy aesthetic she cultivated with her first boutique, Betsey Johnson is now releasing a timepiece collection, complete with rhinestone skulls, pink lightning bolts, and leopard print.