The American Film Institute launched their AFI Movie Club initiative at the end of March in an effort to bring people together while we’re forced to be apart due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, they’ve highlighted a new classic movie each day with famous filmmakers and actors introducing them. But this week will have a special focus.
AFI Movie Club has expanded their partnership with Universal Pictures for an event called “Black Stories Matter,” featuring a week of celebrated movies from Black filmmakers. This week will have movies like BlacKkKlansman, Get Out, Straight Outta Compton and more available to rent for free through various channels, and they’ll be accompanied by special featurettes and conversations to provide even more insight. Read More »
A Jeff Nichols movie hasn’t played in theaters in for two years now. We recently saw another project from the director of Take Shelter and Mud, a short film based on a Lucero song, but not since Loving has he shot another feature. However, based on all the projects he’s working on and the ideas he’s toying with, including an Alien Nation remake and an animated kids movie, we might not have to wait much longer for another Nichols feature. And when we do see his sixth movie, it’ll be a reflection of the times –Nichols is sure of that.
The filmmaker recently spoke with us for an extended interview about his short film The Long Way Back Home, and following up part one and part two of our conversation with him, we now dive into what’s next for Nichols, what he’s been binge-watching, and why he doesn’t believe we’re living in the golden age of television.
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“I know a lot of people hate the endings of my movies.”
A lot of people may be an overstatement, based on how much audiences and critics have praised his movies in the past, but director Jeff Nichols is well aware that one or two of his endings have left some viewers frustrated. They’ve sparked plenty of debate, and those conversations haven’t always been enjoyable for Nichols, who dissects his work with a real critical eye. He’s arguably his biggest critic.
Funnily enough, it’s perhaps most beloved and successful movie, Mud, that has the ending he’s rewritten in his mind. He’s still happy with the final image of two legends sharing the screen together, Mud and the late Sam Shepard, but when he recently spoke with us about his Lucero short film, he told of us a different ending he’s imagined for Mud. Nichols also told us about working with Michael Shannon, his thoughts on the ending of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and a ’60s biker movie he wants to direct one day.
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Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 by Angie Han
Let’s skip the usual blather about whether 2016 was a good year for movies or a bad year for movies and just get right to it, shall we? I saw a lot of films in 2016. Here were some of my very favorites.
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Awards season has officially begun, and we’re going to be hearing a lot about which movies are garnering accolades from various critics groups, guilds and eventually the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. The Independent Spirit Awards were first out of the gate with their nominations last week, and now the 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association have arrived.
What’s fun about this particular line-up of nominees is that in addition to the usual powerful dramas that typically get nominated for awards, the BFCA also hands out awards for Best Action Movie, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Comedy, and the latter category isn’t full of movies pretending to be comedies like at the Golden Globes.
Check out the full list of 2017 Critics Choice Awards nominations after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
Note: With Loving in limited release this weekend, we’re re-running our review from the TIFF.
Jeff Nichols has never been one for outsized drama. It’s not that dramatic things don’t happen in his movies — on the contrary, his films are full of superpowered kids and apocalyptic dreams and the like. But he often seems less interested in big events than in all the moments in between, the everyday bonds and minute details that make up the textures of everyday life.
In Loving, Nichols applies that same approach to the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country. Aided by awards-worthy performances from Joel Edgerton and especially Ruth Negga, Nichols delivers an intimate drama that feels all the bigger for keeping its scope so resolutely small. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
What a time to be a Jeff Nichols fan. Earlier this year the director released his Amblinesque adventure Midnight Special, and this fall he’s back with Loving. The civil rights drama played at TIFF last week to rave reviews after premiering at Cannes in May, and in just a few more weeks it’ll make its way to theaters.
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton lead the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving. Their mixed-race marriage sparked a years-long legal battle that culminated in the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down anti-miscegenation laws all across the country. Nichols’ understated humanity adds an intimate touch to a dramatic real-life tale, and Negga is already getting awards buzz for her performance as Mildred. Watch the Loving trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This 2016 fall movie preview was written by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.
The summer is over and the days are getting shorter and the weather is getting milder and (fingers crossed) the movies are going to start getting better. The next four months offer an embarrassment of cinematic riches, with new films from Martin Scorsese, Damien Chazelle, Tim Burton, Gareth Edwards, Paul Verhoeven, Mel Gibson, Robert Zemeckis, Park Chan-Wook, Terrence Malick, J.A. Bayona, Jeff Nichols, Ang Lee, Denis Villeneuve, Kenneth Lonergan, and other filmmakers of note waiting in the wings.
We’ve narrowed down the list of must-see movies to 32 titles and have ranked them from “We really want to see this!” to “We will push you out of the way at a sprint to see this!”
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Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
It was just a few months ago that Jeff Nichols released Midnight Special, an Amblin-esque adventure that’s emerged as one of our very favorite films of the year so far. But Nichols wasn’t done. Later this year he’ll bring us Loving, a historical drama about the real-life couple whose interracial marriage sparked a legal battle that took them all the way to the Supreme Court — who ultimately struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the United States.
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play the couple in question, and Nick Kroll, Marton Csokas, and (of course) Michael Shannon also star. Watch the first Loving trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
Jeff Nichols‘ last movie, Midnight Special, has only just left theaters, but he’s already got another one on the way. The filmmaker hit Cannes this week to unveil Loving, his new drama about the 1967 Supreme Court case that struck down anti-miscegenation laws across the country. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, the mixed-race couple whose marriage is literally on trial, and they take center stage in the very first Loving poster. Check it out, and get the early buzz on Nichols’ movie, below. Read More »