Lady Bird

“If You Want That Melodramatic Shaft of Light, You’d Better Mean It”: DP Sam Levy on Shooting Lady Bird

By Matt Mulcahey

There’s a tradition of young directors looking for inspiration in the bygone eras of their adolescence. For George Lucas in American Graffiti, it was the California car culture of the early ’60s. For Richard Linklater in Dazed and Confused, it was the Texas high school rituals of the ’70s. And for Greta Gerwig in Lady Bird, it’s Catholic school and the suburban doldrums of early-aughts Sacramento. Written and directed by Gerwig, Lady Bird follows the titular character (Saoirse Ronan) through her senior year of high school as she fights with her mom (Laurie Metcalf), pines for a philosophical dilettante from the […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

The 10 Most Overrated Movies of 2017

By Tom Lorenzo

2017 was a hell of a year for cinema. Despite the nutsacks that trot out the same old “cinema is dead” articles the week a new superhero movie comes out, cinema was alive and vibrant and varied as hell. There was some true all-timers that came out and some serious misses. Thankfully not enough to weigh down the batting average of the year.

But as usual, there’s gonna be some flicks that get a bit more love than they genuinely deserve. Again, that usually just means giving a slightly above average movie the credit of an all-timer. However, there is one in here that has gotten way too much praise for something as amateurish as it is. The New Year is here, gang. Let’s get back to it.

10. The Big Sick

The Big Sick

When this came out, everyone was treating it like the next coming of the rom-com. People loved that Kumail Nanjiani had taken the true story of his marriage and wrung some cinematic magic out of it. The movie is cute and heartfelt and pretty damn funny, but it’s not some transcendent piece of game-changing cinema. It’s a really good example of the rom-com that has, like many comedies today, some fat on it that could use some trimming.

In a weird way, it reminds one of “Funny People” in that it’s a comedy that is set in the world of stand up comedy, dealing with a love story. But this feels like the inverse of that movie, where this one’s weakness is the stand up. There’s gold in here, including the best 9/11 joke ever. But let’s not get too crazy here.

9. Lady Bird

This was a very solid coming-of-age movie about a white girl dealing with life as → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 30 Best Movies of 2017

By Shane Scott-Travis

The bright lights in Tinseltown were especially revealing in 2017, not only displaying the cinematic spectacles that the motion picture industry is famous for but also, as the story of the year boldly blazons, but avowing the predators who have toiled there for too long.

With the gender balance being bravely argued it is with joy that a suiting Hollywood ending be reflected in Taste of Cinema’s year end roundup. So many of our favorite films from 2017 feature brilliant women either in front of the lens or behind it –– from Wonder Woman to Rumble to Lady Macbeth to Lady Bird to Faces Places to The Beguiled –– what phenomenal females!

Beyond that, just a cursory glance at the titles assembled here in our 30 Best Movies of 2017 (and do please note that narrowing the titles down to a workable 30 titles was no small feat –– I cringe at the many worthy films that didn’t make the cut, and a lengthy Honorable Mentions section aims to tow the line) shows a wonderful and wide-ranging miscellany.

The auteur is alive and well, arthouse and blockbusters are plentiful, documentary films are on fire, genre films are stronger than ever, and let’s just echo it all once more for posterity: female-led projects are popular, bankable, and breathtaking, as are strong women characters.

Without further ado, let the roundup commence, and in 2018 let’s catch up in the queue and compare notes, shall we? Enjoy!

30. The Beguiled

“I loved the sexual repression under the high lacy collars in the heat of the South, and how under all the melodrama, there were themes I could relate to about the power struggle between men and women,” writes director Sofia Coppola in the LA Times of her award-winning film, The Beguiled, adding: → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema