January 14 2017 Drama Movies Newsletter
"He [Francis Ford Coppola] said he would prepare by going through every scene in the film and list two things: what is the essential scene, the most important thing he had to get, and what was the most important potential pitfall, what was the thing he had to make sure didn’t happen. And he would write down those two things for each thing. And I’ve done that for every film now and it’s enormously helpful. It’s like, when you’re in the storm and there’s a million things going on, it’s really nice to have something that’s simple and meaningful that you can rely upon." Writer/Director Daniel Ragussis
Filmmakers, like all artists, gain inspiration and knowledge by studying the history of their art. Visual artists will soon have a new and important resource to access, as George Lucas announced this week that Los Angeles will be the sight of his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Lucas will be financing the $1 billion dollar project himself. While some have referred to it as the "Star Wars" Museum, the building will house much more than Lucas's private collection of memorabilia.
The collection will span several hundred years of narrative art, including paintings by Renoir and Degas, photography and comic books, film and animation, as well as digital media and technologies. The museum will also have several theaters and hold daily screenings. You can visit the website, Lucasmuseum.org, for updates and a look at the building's design.
"Youth in Oregon", an independent film that played the festival circuit, is finally getting a theatrical release on February 3rd. While the premise might sound depressing (Frank Langella plays a man intent on being euthanized), the film actually seems to be more about family and the value of relationships. Mary Kay Place, who is always worth watching, co-stars. If this sounds promising, you can check out the trailer online.
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Imperium Film Review
Daniel Radcliffe sheds his Harry Potter persona, and his British accent, in this disturbing drama from writer/director Daniel Ragussis. Radcliffe plays an introverted FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate the white supremacist movement and prevent an act of domestic terrorism.
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