Category: Active Film Columns

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Logan Lucky Movie Essay - 2017 Steven Soderbergh Heist Film

The Art of the Score: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’

The Art of the Score #3: Blake Howard on Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’

Nicole Rodenburg Interview - Collecting Movies

Collecting Movies with Filmmaker Nicole Rodenburg

Nicole Rodenburg Interview: A conversation about movie collecting with Vague Visages contributor Greg Carlson.

Inside Man Movie Essay - 2006 Spike Lee Heist Film

The Art of the Score: Spike Lee’s ‘Inside Man’

The Art of the Score #2: Blake Howard on Spike Lee’s ‘Inside Man’

Quo vadis, Aida? Movie Film

Why Criticism: The Difficulties of Depicting Genocide in ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ and ‘La Llorona’

“Roger Ebert once wrote ‘it’s not what a film is about, it’s how it is about it,’ and it’s this phrase that I usually return to when thinking about cinema that deals with humanity’s worst impulses.”

Collecting Movies with Toby Jones

Collecting Movies with Toby Jones

Greg Carlson Interviews Filmmaker Toby Jones About Movie Collecting

Nomadland Movie Film

Why Criticism: Can Film Criticism and Awards Season Co-Exist?

“Many of us may miss the drama of awards season, but there are untold benefits to criticism if it continues to evolve away from its current state.”

Collecting Movies with Dava Whisenant

Collecting Movies with Director Dava Whisenant

Greg Carlson Interviews Director Dava Whisenant About Movie Collecting

Collecting Movies with Tucker Lucas - Cropped

Collecting Movies with Tucker Lucas

Greg Carlson Interviews Fargo Native Tucker Lucas About Movie Collecting

Chungking Express Movie Essay - 1994 Wong Kar-Wai Film

Why Criticism: Chasing Restorations, from Wong Kar-Wai to Wonder Woman

“The total dominance of our digital cinema platforms has forced cinephiles to reckon with their own assumptions and understanding of the medium.”

Alicia Coombs

Collecting Movies with Film Archivist Alicia Coombs

Greg Carlson Interviews Film Archivist Alicia Coombs

Collecting Movies with Rob Dunkelberger - Cropped

Collecting Movies with Rob Dunkelberger

Greg Carlson Interviews Rob Dunkelberger About Collecting Movies

Broken Bird Movie Review - 2020 Rachel Harrison Gordon Short Film

Collecting Movies with ‘Broken Bird’ Filmmaker Rachel Harrison Gordon

Greg Carlson Interviews ‘Broken Bird’ Flmmaker Rachel Harrison Gordon

Collecting Movies With Rachel Carey - Cropped

Collecting Movies with Writer-Director Rachel Carey

Greg Carlson Interviews ‘Ask for Jane’ Director Rachel Carey About Movie Collecting

ODEON Luxe Leeds Bradford

Local Heroes: Alistair Ryder on Odeon Leeds-Bradford

“If the cinema was responsible for so many happy childhood memories, how could I continue to embrace reminiscing when it was equally responsible for the soul-crushing tedium of a public-facing retail job?”

Collecting Movies With Matt Dreiling

Collecting Movies with ‘Black Sunday’ Author Matt Dreiling

Greg Carlson Interviews ‘Black Sunday’ Author Matt Dreiling About Movie Collecting

Cinema - Labeled for Reuse

Why Criticism: A Guide to Making Up Your Own Mind

“Film criticism is so vital not because it’s a service, but because it’s a tool — a way for each person to arrive at the final word on each film they see from the critic that matters most: themselves.”

Mallory O'Meara

Collecting Movies with Mallory O’Meara

Greg Carlson Interviews Mallory O’Meara (‘The Lady from the Black Lagoon’) About Movie Collecting

Netflix Brand

Why Criticism: Film as a Business First

“Film criticism unable to confront film’s relationship to business is destined to fail and will continue to reproduce the same tired critiques of cinema.”

Arts PIcturehouse Cambridge

Local Heroes: Elle Haywood on Arts Picturehouse Cambridge

“Arts Picturehouse Cambridge unearthed the feisty, passionate person that I am today, and made me want to help change the cinematic landscape for the better.”

Nostalgia - Friends

Why Criticism: Against Nostalgia

“More than ever, it is crucial to contemplate what this nostalgia phenomenon means for the future of the arts and our discomfort with the new. Will there be a ‘new’ in the new world?”