This Friday night, March 7, SCAD welcomes the 33rd annual Black Maria Film and Video Fest to Trustees Theater. It’s the 16th time the attraction has graced our fair city. Since 1981, it’s curated a mesmerizing showcase of new, critically praised short films across more than 20 states in a variety of venues.
With Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” preparing to duke it out for Old Testament auteur supremacy, Hollywood’s religious renaissance gets off to a none-too-spectacular start with a chewed-over New Testament appetizer called “Son of God.”
For a documentary subject as forceful as Elaine Stritch, filmmakers may need to turn to nature — a typhoon might do it — to find anything approximate. Even the camera must warily keep its distance in “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” She warns its operator when he gets too close: “I don’t know whether this is a skin commercial, or what.”
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but few could justifiably question the beauty of a Hayao Miyazaki film. A revered master of animation, the Oscar-winning director/writer makes something as simple as a hazy sky so ravishing, it can take your breath away.
There have been many stage and screen adaptations of “Therese Raquin,” Emile Zola’s 1867 novel about love and betrayal. Perhaps most notable was filmmaker Marcel Carne’s 1953 version, “The Adultress,” starring Simone Signoret and Raf Vallone. It was a classic slice of film noir; a feverish take on a sordid love affair.
Even international spies have trouble balancing work and family life, according to “3 Days to Kill,” the latest lightweight action pic from writer-producer Luc Besson, here forming an unlikely (or perhaps unholy) trinity with director McG and star Kevin Costner.
Funded in part by a yearly grant from the French government, Armstrong's Francophone Film Festival has quietly become one of the coolest alternative cinema happenings in a town increasingly known for such things.
George Clooney, movie director, started out with so much promise. But Clooney has gone somewhat astray, with the football comedy “Leatherheads,” the political thriller “The Ides of March” and now “The Monuments Men.”
There are a handful of locally lensed feature films deserving of serious consideration, but which remain unavailable or simply frustratingly unknown in mainstream circles. One such film is legendary director John Huston’s “Wise Blood.”
If lofty intentions, determination and hard work were all it took to make a successful movie, then “Gimme Shelter,” a film about teen pregnancy starring former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens, would have it made.