Jason Wood is a writer, film programmer and filmmaker. He is Artistic Director of Film at HOME, Visiting Professor at MMU and Visiting Professor at University of Salford, UK, and the author of a number of books including The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema (2006), Nick Broomfield: Documenting Icons (2005), 100 Road Movies (BFI 2007) and Talking Movies: Contemporary World Directors in Interview (2006). He contributes to a range of publications including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Vertigo and Little White Lies. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...The follow-up to the Coen Brothers’ astonishing Blood Simple (1983), Raising Arizona replaces the earlier film’s labyrinthine plotting and film noir overtones with frantic screwball comedy. Being the Coen Brothers, a whole range of other...
...Jia Zhangke’s The World/Shijie (2004) is set in Beijing’s surreal ‘World’ theme park, 100 acres filled with small-scale replicas of the world’s tourist monuments – the Giza pyramids, London Bridge, the Vatican, even the Manhattan skyline...
J.M. Tyree is non-fiction editor of New England Review and author of Vanishing Streets: Journeys in London (2016) and of the BFI Film Classic on Salesman (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...Ethan and Joel Coen's The Big Lebowski was released in 1998 to general bafflement. A decade on, it had become a cult classic and remains so over 20 years later, inspiring a thriving circuit of ‘Lebowski Fests’ during which costumed devotees...
Paul McDonald is Professor of Cultural and Creative Industries and Vice Dean (People & Planning) for Arts in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities at King’s College London, UK. He is the author of The Star System: Hollywood’s Production of Popular Identities (2000); Hollywood Stardom (2013) and Video and DVD Industries (BFI 2007). His co-edited volumes include, with Janet Wasko, The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry (2008) and with Emily Carman, Eric Hoyt and Philip Drake, Hollywood and the Law (BFI 2015). He is the co-editor, with Michael Curtin, of the BFI series International Screen Industries. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.
...Like all film actors, Clooney’s professional function on-screen is to represent characters using his body and voice, and yet Clooney is not like other actors, for he belongs to that small elite who are actor-stars. Clooney’s acting portrays...
...The comedy section reinforced my notion that humour connects people across the decades and international borders, with a continuous thread running from the silent era to the present day; from Buster Keaton’s trains to Simon Pegg’s zombies...
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