British-born director Tony Scott, director of a string of high-octane blockbusters and the brother of fellow director Ridley Scott, died Sunday by jumping from a suspension bridge into Los Angeles Harbor. He was 68. It was reported in the press that he had inoperable brain cancer and thus decided to end his life so abruptly. The director/producer of such top hits as TOP GUN, CRIMSON TIDE, BEVERLY HILLS COP II and other big budget films, was often his brother’s producing partner, but did not have the stellar career that the elder Scott had with such films as ALIEN and BLADE RUNNER. Both brothers were active and made their fortunes in the television commercials, corporate video and music video fields as well.
First-time director Maya Forbes uses her life story to craft a poignant tale of growing up with a manic depressive, father in Boston. Mark Ruffalo (“Foxcatcher”) delivers an Oscar-quality performance as Cam Stuart, the “polar bear”-a child’s way of saying … Continue reading
Under the Dome is a film by Chinese journalist Chai Jing that focuses on China’s flawed environmental regulations and the devastating effect its having on the nation’s people. What makes this film so powerful is it was released in Communist … Continue reading
It takes a New York native and NYU Film School graduate to capture the marginalized world of two black transgender prostitutes (“trannies”) living on the seedy streets of Los Angeles. Sean Baker, who directed and co-wrote this authentic tale, shot … Continue reading