Best of 2011: Film Characters (Caesar from RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES)

January 4, 2012

In revitalizing the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, director Rupert Wyatt and the team behind 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” turned to an emergent technology that previous installments couldn’t benefit from.

Franchises, superheroes and adaptations slated for summer film releases (June)

April 17, 2011

June is typically filled with franchise pictures, even if not so heavily as its bordering months.

Grace and Martin talk ’80s, growing up and TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

February 27, 2011

Capturing the culture of the 1980s was integral to the production, from the music to the costume design, but aside from the simple elements, Grace also wanted to go beyond what previous retrospective films have done. “We really wanted to make it more the conventions of ’80s films, you know, like stealing a car, chasing a girl,” he said. “But then we wanted to subvert those conventions halfway through the film … we wanted it to be really of the ’80s, but then be its own creature too.”

Best films of 2010, INCEPTION & THE FIGHTER (#3,#8)

January 5, 2011

INCEPTION: The logistics of “Inception”‘s dream-stealer plot still elude, but figuring it out is half the experience. THE FIGHTER: Wahlberg’s endearing performance is among his best, but it’s the ensemble that steals the show.

Maize and brew: Student baristas take coffee seriously

December 7, 2010

“The best part of my job is all the people I get to meet and talk to, straight up,” Roney said. “Coffee’s very interesting. I’ve been very interested in it for a long time. But I think what makes me like it more than other jobs I’ve had is that face-to-face interaction with hundreds of people every day. It’s an extrovert’s job.”

New Michigan-based film company premieres ‘The Art of Power’

November 18, 2010

“Movies and everything going forward are going to be really different,” he said. “It’s going to be interesting coming up … seeing who makes the first move and what it is.”

B-Boy Breakdown: ‘U’ learns some power moves

October 6, 2010

The festival was straight out of a dance film, and overwhelmingly impressive for being witnessed in reality. During the b-boy competition finals, the dancers used their turns, timing and teammates to perfection. Every big move inspired a collective “Oh!” to sweep over the crowd. While the competition was isolated to six participants at a time, there’s no question the b-boy performances get everyone involved, no matter the age and no matter the experience. From the DJ to the dancers, from the MC to the crowd — everybody elevates to the same level.

SCOTT PILGRIM stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Brandon Routh – INTERVIEW

August 8, 2010

“As far as the spirit of the books and the spirit of the characters, I think we all focused a lot on making that really true to the books,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead said. “That was really important to me — just to try and be really faithful to what I envisioned Ramona to be in the books.”

“I loved the little asides and the power-ups,” Brandon Routh said, recalling the video-game narrative style of the book. “There was just another layer of awesomeness and nostalgia … It made it very unique.”

CYRUS directors discuss improv style, careful process

July 5, 2010

“Cyrus” continues the Duplass brothers’ trademark improvisational directing style, which has gained them critical acclaim in years past. “There will be a writing process, and then we start shooting, and we really start seeing what (the actors) are like,” Mark said. “Then we start – even if we don’t put it in the script – tailoring the scenes and how we direct the scenes, going to their strengths and avoiding their weaknesses.”