Adventures of Tintin: Interview with Spielberg and Jackson

Peter Jackson told me, “If you were here right now, you would see over my shoulder the entire series of Hergé’s books, and I would love to be a part of this.  And thus began our process of finding a way to capture that artistic style that so defines Hergé and Tintin, and bring it to the screen”–Spielberg

Book Review: The Unknown Knowns

There is a revealing line toward the beginning of Jeffery Rotter’ first novel that states, “trying to describe water by what it does is kind of like telling a story by throwing a book at your wife.” And such is the humorous oddity one must come to expect of Jim Rath, the story’s narrator and protagonist. Most of the novel’s humor, like the previous quote, is born from Rath’s characteristic obsession with water and the aquatic ape theory of human evolution.


Minnelli: Hollywood’s Dark Dreamer–Review

Former Variety critic Levy has written nine books on film, including All About Oscar and John Wayne. In the first full-length comprehensive biography of film director Minnelli (1903-1986), Levy unveils a compelling portrait. A “lonely, awkward, painfully shy boy,” Minnelli was born into show business because his father and uncle operated a touring theater company. In New York, during the 1930s, Minnelli graduated from costume and set designs to directing.

Small-Town America in Film

Why Study Small-Town America in Film

Along with my other books, And the Winner Is: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards (1986) and John Wayne: Prophet of the American Way of Life (1988), my work is dealing with three of the most uniquely American symbols: the Oscar Award, John Wayne, and Small-Town America. To me, these three publications form some kind of logical, thematic unit, representing a decade of work on the American cinema.

Cinema of Outsiders: Hollywood and the Indie Milieu

On the Best-Seller List of the L.A. Times, Cinema of Outsiders: The Rise of American Independnet Film, is the most popular film book in the 90-year-history of NYU Press.

The emergence of a new cinematic force is not a coincidence: Promising directors come and go in cycles and Hollywood sets the context in which those cycles occur. Indies' recent prominence is directly related to Hollywood's abandonment of the making of serious, issue-oriented provocative films. Despite big budgets, in terms of artistic quality and originality, the studios release mostly minor films. Mostly committed to the production of big “event” movies, the studios leave room for small, mid-range indies. The best indies serve as a reminder of why, by turning its back on the real world, most of Hollywood fare seems tired and tiresome.