5 items from 2015
"I have a weak bladder when it comes to this sort of stuff, so be careful," "Tangerine" director Sean Baker warns at the beginning of his trip inside the Criterion closet, and though he doesn't get that excited, his enthusiasm is infectious nonetheless. As Magnolia mounts pathbreaking Oscar campaigns for transgender stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez (for Best Actress) and Mya Taylor (for Best Supporting Actress), his choices are a reminder than his sun-kissed L.A. adventure, shot on an iPhone, is rooted in the vernacular of the art film. Read More: "How Sean Baker Shot 'Tangerine' on an iPhone and Invented a New Cinema (Exclusive Video)" Funnily enough, of the growing pile of Blu-rays and DVDs he selects, it's Mike Leigh's "Life Is Sweet" (1990) and "Naked" (1993) that Baker says influenced "Tangerine." We learn that his father's favorite movie is René Clair's 1942 romantic comedy »
- Matt Brennan
Famed for being shot entirely on an iPhone, Tangerine’s fascinating insight into the trans community has led to it becoming the breakout indie of the year, enjoying incredible reviews across the board. With awards season looming, Tangerine has earned its rightful place in many rundowns of the years best movies. David Opie sits down with director Sean Baker to discuss Tangerine’s many astonishing achievements. Our five star review is available to read here…
David Opie: Congratulations on the success of Tangerine. You’ve had an amazing critical response. I keep seeing the film appear on many critics best end of year lists. Did you ever think Tangerine would perform as well as it has? Have you been surprised by the film’s success?
Sean Baker: A little bit, yeah. I thought the film would divide audiences and critics 50/50. I »
- David Opie
One of the greatest surprises of the year was Sean Baker’s wonderful and vibrant “Tangerine,” and while the film is launching an Oscar campaign, the filmmaker has already been bestowed the highest honor of the cinephile world: being invited to peruse the shelves of The Criterion Collection's closet. Bearing that wide grin that is familiar to everyone who has seen one of these videos before, Baker opens up the magical room and warns the cameraman that he has “a weak bladder for this kind of stuff,” but who among us could remain in full control of our faculties when entering that holy place? Fortunately for fans of Baker’s film, the director isn’t just Christmas shopping and upgrading titles from laserdisc; he also lets us in on some of his influences: Mike Leigh’s “Naked” and “Life Is Sweet” are cited as being major influences, specifically as seen »
- Cain Rodriguez
The Outnumbered star on roles for women, tackling Alzheimer’s in The Father – and playing someone with no chldren
Born in Hemel Hempstead in 1965, the daughter of a shopkeeper and a secretary, Claire Skinner hid her shyness by doing impersonations. She went on to study at Lamda and joined the RSC, after which Mike Leigh cast her in the films Life Is Sweet and Naked. On stage she has appeared in Pinter’s Moonlight and as Desdemona in Othello at the National. Best known as the mother in BBC1’s Outnumbered, she is married to director Charles Palmer, son of actor Geoffrey Palmer, and has two sons. She next appears in the West End transfer of The Father, opposite Kenneth Cranham, after successful runs at the Ustinov Studio, Bath, and the Tricycle, London.
The Father was written by French playwright Florian Zeller about the devastating effect of Alzheimer’s. Are »
- Interview by Liz Hoggard
By Anjelica Oswald
Nothing could stop ‘Dick Poop’ from becoming a Twitter ‘Trending Topic’. The site exploded with clever responses to the Academy Award nominations Jan. 15 — from surprises to snubs to the unfortunate pronunciation of one cinematographer.
So who exactly is Dick Pope?
Pope received his second Oscar nomination this year for his work on Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, about the obsessive British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner (portrayed by Timothy Spall). The film also received nominations for production design, costume design and original score. For his work on the film, Pope has earned BAFTA Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations. Pope won the Vulcan Prize for Technical Artist at the Cannes Film Festival, where the film premiered. He »
- Anjelica Oswald
5 items from 2015
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