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Tuesday
Jun 18 2019

The New Classics - 20th Century Women

Michael Cusumanohere to thank you for making this post part of your own personal Mike Mills film today.I'm honored.

image via "books in movies"

To watch a Mike Mills movie is to continually ask,"Why don't more people make movies with this much freedom?"

His films deploy everything from news clips to rotating narrators to archival footage from a century ago.The screenplay will jump backwards in time,skimming through the characters' biographies,or forwards to glimpse the details of their death.The focus can zoom in to the most granular details or out to encompass the entire cosmos.I doubt he will ever make a film that doesn't include a shot of the stars.At least I hope he doesn't...

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Monday
Feb 26 2018

Interview: Greta Gerwig on what kind of filmmaker she's going to be

by Nathaniel R

Greta Gerwig directing the prom scene in Lady Bird.Look,she's even dressed for the occasion!Thefirst time we spoke to Greta Gerwigin 2013 forFrances Hait was over the phone.Her voice was so animated it felt like an in person interview.She was learning the accordion because of that seismically magical moment in the French filmHoly Motorsand revealing to me that she didn't think being an "actor-for-hire"in other people's work would be her path.Little did I know -- though perhaps she did -- thatthe exquisiteLady Birdwas coming.In between she wrote and starred inMistress America(2015) and gave what is arguably her best performance in Mike Mills20th Century Women(2016).The rest is of course current celebration and future history:Lady Birdproved a mainstream breakthrough as a writer/director.It's up for five Oscars including two for Greta Gerwig herself亚博主页as a writerandas a director.

This time,speaking in person,that familiar voice is just as lively but her laughter even more infectious.She radiates as much joy from talking art in real life as she often has creating it onscreen as a performer.

When I ask her her how the accordion is coming,she admits she's "rusty"and that it hasn't been a movie that inspired her lately but 'certain books' though she leaves them unnamed.Whatever feeds your soul as an artist,that's where you go.

on set directing Timothée and Saoire in Lady Bird (2017)

I reminder her about that comment about acting for others not being her path and she says "I know..."in a goofily apologetic way,like she always knew where she was heading but just hadn't told us.Our interview is after the jump...

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Monday
Apr 03 2017

The Furniture: Repairs for the House in "20th Century Women"

"The Furniture"is our weekly series on Production Design.You can click on the images to see them in much more magnified detail.Here'sDaniel Walber...

"The house is a character in its own right,"everyone says.It's one of our more meaningless cliches,poltergeists notwithstanding.But the sentiment behind it is understandable.A building,though hardly alive,can still offer charisma.A dynamic visual language can be built from its beams.

20th Century Womenhas one of these abodes.The house in question belongs to Dorothea (Annette Bening),who lives with her son Jamie (Lucas Zumann) and two boarders,Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and William (Billy Crudup).As she explains to a fireman she's invited to a party...

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Sunday
Jan 15 2017

Podcast: "Silence"and "20th Century Women"

NickandNathanieland special guestChris Feil(who you read hear at TFE at least twice a week) talk new flicks in our post Golden Globe/DGA nominations world.

Index (43 minutes)
00:01Globe & DGA intro...
04:00 Martin Scorsese'sSilence
18:31Extremely wandering conversation alert:Silence,20th Century Women,Paterson,Rogue One,new movie trailers...
27:00 The brilliant20th Century Women
39:50Aquarius,Demon,Pervert Park

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes.Continue the conversations in the comments,won't you?Are you planning to watchAquariuson Netflix?

Silence & 20th Century Women

Tuesday
Jan 03 2017

Talented Mr Linky

Must Reads
The New Yorkeran evocative thoughtful profile of Mike Mills and20th Century Women
The MuseRich Juzwiak on the year in overrated pop culture,starting withManchester by the Sea.("A Masterpiece.""It's not tho")
The MetrographScreenwriter Phyllis Nagy (Carol) reflects on Patricia Highsmith's dislike of the screen adaptations of her work - Metrograph is showing a handful of them his month.(Finally my chance to seePurple Noonon a big screen.)

Films which take place in 2017,Hayao Miyazaki's non-retirement retirement,Aquaman stunts,Broadway divas,and Postcards from the Edge after the jump...

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Wednesday
Oct 19 2016

Top Ten: Loving those "20th Century Women"

by Nathaniel R

Mike Mill's terrific new film20th Century Women,inspired by his own mother with Annette Bening further fictionalizing her, doesn't open until Christmas (disappointing as RIGHT NOW or August might've been the perfect time for it).But since it played the NYFF and we said so little,it's time to attempt to share the joy it offers.In lieu of a standard review...

Ten Amazing Things About 20th Century Women
first impressions of a film that will surely make our 2016 top ten list

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