On Friday night, a band of cowardly racists marched through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. And while people on Twitter are rightfully condemning the hate rally (and making fun of its obviously mass-purchased tiki torches) they’re also applauding the brave student counter-protesters who stood their ground.
Per a local NBC affiliate, counter-protesters clashed with the white supremacists when the march approached a statue of Thomas Jefferson. Some marchers even used their tiki torches as weapons. Police, however, did not arrive at the scene until the altercation was almost over. Read more…
Meet Dalibor. He’s an industrial painter from the Czech Republic, still living with his mom even though he’s almost 40 years old. Dalibor is a neo-Nazi, who doesn’t believe that concentration camps were used to kill anyone. He spends his free time drinking with a friend, playing video games, and making weird YouTube videos with cheesy voice distortion and cheap video filters. The White World According to Daliborek is a documentary that follows Dalibor (he’s called Daliborek in the English title) as he shows us around his world. While at first it seems like no one is challenging him, slowly but surely he is confronted by the truth. I’ve never come across anything like this documentary before, it’s utterly fascinating and impressively calm. ›››
Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White sounds like a dynamite combo. The Good Girl director and Enlightened creator linked up for Beatriz at the Dinner, which stars Salma Hayek and Jon Lithgow. Arteta and White tend to make heartfelt and sincere comedies, so their sensibilities should align nicely with Beatriz at Dinner.
Below, watch the Beatriz at Dinner trailer.
Arteta, who directed four episodes of Enlightened, last made Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which didn’t quite have the appeal of his previous films, such as Cedar Rapids and Youth in Revolt. He knows how to make an audience cringe, laugh, and maybe even tear up a little. Arteta’s latest film looks to have the cringe part down pat.
The comedy stars Hayek as Beatriz, who isn’t surrounded by the best or most enlightened company during an insufferable dinner party. The health practitioner and a billionaire philanthropist’s (Lithgow) world views clash over the course of what appears to be an 83-minute long cringe fest.
Here’s the trailer for Beatriz at Dinner, which co-stars Chloë Sevigny, Connie Britton, and Transparent stars Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker.
Most of the reviews out of the Sundance Film Festival were positive, with plenty of praise for Hayek. Our own Angie Han thought it was distancing but relevant:
I couldn’t quite get into the rhythm of Beatriz at Dinner, which mixes drama, satire, and sociopolitical commentary. But it’s hard to ignore how depressingly relevant it is. Salma Hayek plays an odd but idealistic healer who grows increasingly agitated over the course of a dinner party, with particular fury directed at a Trumpish developer played by John Lithgow.
Even Lithgow’s smile is menacing as the billionaire. He’s usually a marvel as villains, but then again, this national treasure rarely leaves us unimpressed. The trailer already leaves you feeling sorry for Beatriz, stuck at the dinner party from hell. Whether she’ll manage to heal a single one of the fellow guests could make for some good laughs and tension.
Here’s the synopsis:
Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire real estate developer. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
Any reasonable person has to admit that the odds of the White House Easter Bunny resigning due to questionable communication with Russia are about 1:2. Consider this satirical resignation letter an exclusive first look at something that could reasonably happen in the next few days.
Well, it’s happened again.
It seems that even lower tier members of the Trump administration aren’t immune to forced resignations due to ties to Russia, as now the White House Easter Bunny has been forced to resign.
This video essay explores the timless beauty of black and white cinema and makes a case for its continued relevance.
For whatever reason, some people just don’t like black and white movies. Perhaps, as this essay from RocketJump Film School opines, it’s because a younger generation of viewers assumes that these films are going to be “old, unrealistic and boring.” However, some contemporary filmmakers—like the makers of festival favorites The Eyes of My Mother, Butterfly Kisses, and GOOK—have chosen to shoot their films in this format.
This essay, while favoring neither color nor black and white, (they’re “both a tool,” after all) makes the case that monochromatic cinematography can do things that color can’t, and watching it just might change some minds. Below are three we learned about black and white cinematography from this video.
David S. Ferriero, head of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), sent a letter to Democratic senators Tom Carper (DE) and Claire McCaskill (MO) last week in response to a note that the pair had sent to Defense Secretary James Mattis in February about the security of President Trump’s phone and the proper archiving of Trump’s many, many tweets.
Tina Fey isn’t one to mince words—and she had some very important things to say on Friday night.
The comedian took part in the American Civil Liberties (ACLU) Facebook Live telethon, fundraising alongside Amy Poehler, Tom Hanks, and more for the organization. During the nearly four-hour-long broadcast, Fey took the opportunity to speak to Donald Trump supporters—and specifically, to the college-educated white women voters among them.
“A lot of this election was turned by white, college-educated women who now would like to forget about this election and go back to watching HGTV,” the actress said during an interview with Donna Lieberman and Louise Melling of the ACLU. Read more…
“To be able to show someone something is one of our universal languages as humans.”
Different DPs may have different styles and approaches to lensing a film, but the through-line is always the power that they have to show, not tell. No Film School sat down with two talented, up and coming DPs who shot award-winning films that first premiered at Sundance 2017, and are now continuing on the festival circuit.
Andrew Ackerman shot the colorful, underwater documentary Chasing Coral, and speaks about the numerous logistical nightmares of shooting underwater timelapse, as well as character arcs back on land. Ante Cheng shot the Justin Chon’s actor-director narrative Gook, which is a black and white period piece set amid the 1992 LA riots (not to mention the first feature film Cheng has shot!) Below is an excerpt from the discussion.
On Saturday, Donald Trump made history as the first president to bow out of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
And while this has much to do with Trump’s ever-worsening battle with the press and his constant struggle to book talent, it’s also worth remembering that, to be frank, Trump probably has another reason for ditching:
He usually gets clobbered at these things.
So, in the interest of, uh, elucidation, please enjoy these videos of Trump getting roasted at the 2011 and 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Better yet, enjoy Trump’s mirthless reactions. They’re uncomfortable to watch, but extremely worth it. Read more…