On his latest album, Jay-Z finds personal growth through introspection.Read More
In an essay for the New York Review of Books, novelist Zadie Smith reflects on New York City.Read More
Rod Serling's introduction to his 1957 book 'Patterns' is a must-read for screenwriters, and a good read for anyone with creative pursuits.Read More
Earlier this, year Edie Falco sat down for a fascinating conversation on her career.Read More
Artists take time to develop. With Beyonce, we have been lucky to witness that development first hand.Read More
With the release of a new 'Blade Runner' short film, we explore the appeal of the 1982 original.Read More
Phil Abraham is a director and cinematographer, who has worked on 'The Sopranos,' 'Mad Men' and 'Daredevil' (Netflix series).Read More
20 years ago this month, Sean Combs released his album, 'No Way Out' - the first album I ever owned.
I have been listening to hip hop ever since.Read More
"It allows you to hold shots longer. Capturing detail in a frame is a powerful storytelling tool. When you’re cutting it together, there is the feeling that you want to give the audience time to scan the whole image. You tend to cut a little bit slower, let things play out a little bit longer..."Read More
Happy 40th, Kanye West!
While Kanye is well-known as a great emcee, I've always admired and found inspiration from his work as a producer.
The following is a playlist of 25 select tracks that he produced for others.Read More
“I still got the hunger pains from my apartment / when me and 9th was broke, splitting cans of StarKist”
— Phonte, "The Animal"
Hip-hop producer 9th Wonder's name has been back in music news lately, and for good reason - he produced "DUCKWORTH" off Kendrick Lamar's latest album.Read More
“I never remember plots in movies. I remember how they make me feel and I remember emotions and I remember visual things that I’ve seen, but my brain can never connect the dots of how things go together.”
— Paul Thomas Anderson
I saw Jean-Pierre Melville's 'Army of Shadows' at Film Forum in the summer of 2015, and I mostly recall the plot. It is about the French Resistance, and explores the emotional and physical tolls of espionage. But what struck me most about the film - and still resonates with me today - is the quality of the imagery and the filmmaking.Read More
Michael Chapman - cinematographer of 'Taxi Driver' and Raging Bull' - in conversation with The Film Stage:
"Do you watch a lot of television, then?
I watch the Red Sox. But, no, I don’t. I watch a few things, but the last thing I watched passionately was The Sopranos, and that was some years ago. It seems, to me, that no one’s gotten to be as good as The Sopranos — so, until they do, why watch? I watch the Red Sox instead.
And The Sopranos was a beautiful-looking show.
Oh, it was beautiful in every way — not just 'looking.' In every possible way."Read More