My Mother's Pilgrimage
In September 2015—the year a crane collapse in Mecca killed 111 people, followed by the deaths of another 2000 in a stampede—my mother returned from the Hajj with flu and was immediately quarantined in a hospital in Indianapolis.
Visual Effects: The Gender Bias Behind the Screen
In a year that included the public disclosure of disappointing diversity numbers by major Silicon Valley companies, the frightening Gamergate controversy...
The original virtual reality pioneers were 19th-century filmmakers
I would like to make a theater that would be a huge sphere, as big as Radio City Music Hall or larger, and seat the audience around one side of it...
3 Women: Directed by Robert Altman, 1977
There has been much discussion about how 3 Women is a film that came entirely to Robert Altman as a dream. The result is meant to be what he transcribed of it.
Boyhood: Directed by Richard Linklater, 2014
In an interview with NPR discussing the genesis of his film Boyhood, Richard Linklater mentions that when he began to think about the story, he imagined writing it as a novel, even an experimental novel.
Here are 100 people in Hollywood who could help fix the academy's diversity problem
Hollywood has struggled over the years to find enough diversity candidates for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Los Angeles Times embarked on a search to help out.
Why VFX is Being Vilified
Avengers: Age of Ultron opened this month as the box office steamroller it was destined to be. Much of the critical response to the film has been lukewarm, however, citing the bloated visual effects action sequences as a source of lethargy.
I'll Be Back: Geriaction and the Return of the Father
I'll be back.” The number of times Arnold Schwarzenegger has delivered this line gives us pause to consider: why it is that we need to be reminded so often of his impending return?
An Interview with Carl Shuker
The questions in this interview arose out of many conversations had between March and October of 2013, during which time Carl was the advisor on my MA thesis.
The Revolution Will Be Projected Into Our Cerebral Cortex: Strange Days And Imagining VR
Young men routinely pulled over by the police for driving while black. Racially conscious rap artists lauded by ordinary citizens as cultural bards, and decried by local city governments as fomenters of hate.
Sex and the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Movie superheroes are being scrubbed of desire
Of the many out-of-this-world things in the recent Marvel Cinematic Universe film “Doctor Strange,” one of the most bizarre is that Marvel has abandoned the thinnest pretense that its heroes have sexual desires.
These Films Could Smash the Oscar Patriarchy This Season
What began as a Hollywood marketing strategy has created a loop in which the public perceives films about brutality released at this time of year to be "the best films."
The Long Take, or Birdman's Crisis of Masculinity
American cinema has stopped asking the question, what does it mean to be human, and has instead become fixated on the question of what it would mean to be super-human.
Popeye: Directed by Robert Altman, 1980
The first thing I learned in film school was this: when introducing yourself in class, name your road to Damascus; the film that started it all for you.
Quintet: Directed by Robert Altman, 1979
If winter did indeed come, and all the Five Kingdoms exhausted their power by killing each other and succumbing to a cold front that never left, you’d end up with a barren post global-cooling world in which the lords and ladies of House Lannister were reduced to playing some pitiful board game that is really a metaphor for the art of war and the existential dread of living.