#TBT: The Godfather (Coppola/1972)

If you’re a filmmaker and you have yet to see Coppola‘s The Godfather, I suggest you drop what you’re doing right this second and find a copy immediately. The Godfather is simply one of those films that (whether you like gangster movies or not) appeals to a variety of movie-goers on several levels, which make […]

#TBT: Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled Film Stills” (1977-1980)

In fall 1977, Cindy Sherman began making pictures that would eventually become her groundbreaking “Untitled Film Stills.” Over three years, the series (presented here in its entirety) grew to comprise a total of seventy black-and-white photographs. Taken as a whole, the “Untitled Film Stills”—resembling publicity pictures made on movie sets—read like an encyclopedic roster of […]

#TBT: Camera Owned by Ansel Adams Up For Auction

“You could quite easily argue that Ansel Adams is one of, if not the most, famous American photographer of all time. Which is what makes it so exciting that one of his cameras is now up for auction, giving people a chance to bid on a piece of memorabilia from one of the greatest photographers […]

#TBT: City of God (Meirelles/2002)

City of God is Brazil’s most critically acclaimed film of recent years. Based on the book of the same name by writer Paulo Lins, which in-turn was based on a true story, City of God (Cidade de Deus) is a violent, fast-paced movie that tells the tale of the residents of this Brazilian favela (slum). […]

#TBT: The Matrix (Wachowski/1999)

“You can stop waiting for the future of movies. It’s already here. Someday, 1999 will be etched on a microchip as the first real year of 21st-century filmmaking. The year when all the old, boring rules about cinema started to crumble. The year when a new generation of directors—weaned on cyberspace and Cops, Pac-Man and […]

#TBT: A Look at Stanley Kubrick’s Innovative Screenplay Format

Many are familiar with Stanley Kubrick‘s disturbingly shocking films, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980) and Full Metal Jacket (1987) to name a few.  But did you know he was quite the innovator when it came to the screenplay format. We’re all familiar with the conventional screenplay format.  Here’s a page from Kubrick’s […]

#TBT: Pulp Fiction (Tarantino/1994)

What makes a film a “hit”?  For a movie like Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction the answer is simple. “It was a response to the big studio films of the late 80s [and early 90s], mostly. It had heightened dialogue that both sounded like how people actually talked, but also a crazy version where everyone was […]

#TBT: Groundhog Day (Ramis/1993)

"Groundhog Day is a film that finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is." - Roger Ebert

#TBT: The Fifth Element (Besson/1997)

The Fifth Element, a 1997 French film (yes, French), directed by Luc Besson was the “Largest production ever filmed at Pinewood Studios.   It had biggest special effects budget of all time.  And was one of the most expensive productions in the history of French cinema.”  It’s no wonder it happens to also be one of […]