‘The Post’: is Steven Spielberg playing it safe?

A mark of a truly great filmmaker is her ability to challenge both herself and the climate of work around her, to continuously explore new things and to incorporate them into her craft to yield a better result (or even a bad one). And while many filmmakers did that successfully this year — think Jordan… Read More ‘The Post’: is Steven Spielberg playing it safe?

‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig’s ode to mothers, daughters, and Sacramento

In a year that will chiefly be remembered as the year that began an equality movement in Hollywood, it is important to underscore the significance of these auteurs’ achievements. From Dee Rees’s success with Mudbound, to Rachel Morrison’s historic Oscar nomination for cinematography (making her the first and only woman nominated for the category), to… Read More ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig’s ode to mothers, daughters, and Sacramento

Oscars 2018: does Lebanon’s ‘The Insult’ have a chance?

On December 15, The Academy announced the nine films shortlisted for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. To the delight of all of us here in Lebanon, Ziad Doueiri’s The Insult made it to the list. And as varied as the predictions have since been, things are getting clearer and clearer with each precursor… Read More Oscars 2018: does Lebanon’s ‘The Insult’ have a chance?

‘The Disaster Artist’: James Franco pays tribute to the worst film ever made

How does one begin to define success? What does it mean to be successful? If there are any questions that The Disaster Artist brings up, it is those. Directed by and starring James Franco, The Disaster Artist — based on a memoir of the same name by Greg Sestero — recounts the making of what… Read More ‘The Disaster Artist’: James Franco pays tribute to the worst film ever made