The viewing experience sometimes needs to
be shared, and I’m talking about films beyond the obvious genre
exercises — the found-footage horrors where very little happens,
seemingly made for midnight screenings, or the mythic displays of
cartoonish world-beating violence that dominate the shared mythic realms
of our comic book universes.
The 2015 Emmy Awards nominees were
announced last Thursday, stacking some of the best television shows,
specials and movies against one another. Andy Samberg will host the big
show on Sept. 20, but here’s what we know so far.
Screenwriters/producers Scott Neustadter and
Michael H. Weber have made a name for themselves in Hollywood as the
teen-to-YA dramedy guys, having worked together on (500) Days of Summer, The Spectacular Now and The Fault in Our Stars.
Chris Columbus, as a director, has bounced
around the spectrum, although he tends to give audiences movies that are
heavy on manufactured whimsy or
seemingly sure-fire adaptations that never quite take off as they should in his hands.
Expertly merging the
lofty romantic notions we’ve come to expect from stories of lovers blown
apart by the winds of war, veteran television director James Kent captures the literary nuances likely infused in the autobiography of
Since filmmaking collaborators Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing teamed up back in 2011 on Kid HULK
— a four-minute short about a young Bruce Banner who helps a girl deal
with bullies —
it might be logical to assume that the pair might have been interested
in attracting the attention of the Marvel-movie-universe brain trust in
the hope of securing a coveted gig helming one of the highly anticipated
superhero features on the horizon.
As we approach the finals of Wimbledon,
the oldest tennis tournament in the world (which continues in London
through Sunday), HBO presents a look at the intensity of the sport
through the eyes of two world-class athletes and the spectators that
watched their hard work and dedication come to fruition. Just kidding.
Peruvian writer-director Claudia Llosa (The Milk of Sorrow) takes audiences on a journey into the seemingly barren spiritual and emotional divide between a mother (Jennifer Connelly) and the now-adult son (Cillian Murphy) she abandoned much earlier in the child’s life.
The line, “I ain’t got the time, and if my daddy thinks I’m fine …” from Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough single, “Rehab,” became her way out of going to rehab for a drug problem that apparently everyone close to her saw but could do nothing to prevent. Listening to the song now, it all seems so obvious, and maybe the song itself was her way of crying out for help.