Opinion Archive

You Will Never Be An Insider In The Industry

This week’s article is a guest post from actor, director + acting coach Craig Archibald

‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ Cinematographer Zach Zamboni on Getting the Shot, No Matter What

A few weeks ago, I was excited to learn several things involving one of

Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

For much of 2013 I  watched the press write articles about how the YouTube

James Wan is Finished with Horror Movies, And it Breaks My Heart

There has been talk about James Wan leaving the horror genre ever since news

Roger Ebert: The Last Critic Who Mattered?

This week’s opening night tribute to the Toronto Film Festival’s chief cheerleader, the late Roger Ebert,

There’s No Excuse For Misogyny In Space

It is a truism and a truth that science-fiction reflects the norms of the

Famous Directors Who Never Went to Film School

It’s an exciting time to be a filmmaker. The Internet has extended the reach

Fall Movie Preview: The 30 Indies You Must See

Summer is essentially over. Maybe not by the calendar, but certainly when it comes

The Glamorous Myth of the Filmmaker

If you are reading this, you either know a filmmaker and can’t wait for

Racking Focus: Playing the Long Game With Shorts

Many people are saying that micro-budget features are the new shorts. They’re wrong. You

Wong Kar-Wai Talks Kung Fu, The Different ‘The Grandmaster’ Cuts & His Favorite Directors

It’s been six long years since a new Wong Kar-Wai movie graced cinema screens. The notoriously

The Script Doesn’t Matter: French New Wave Director Claude Chabrol’s View on Style

Even though many great filmmakers are associated with the French New Wave, three of

Darren Aronofsky: The Existentialist as Filmmaker

Darren Aronofsky was born and raised in Brooklyn. After attending Harvard for film theory


How I Got An Experimental Feature Film… Done By Eric Michael Kochmer Insert Some


How I Got An Experimental Feature Film… Done By Eric Michael Kochmer  Assembling an


How I Got An Experimental Feature Film… Done By Eric Michael Kochmer An Actor

How Shakespeare Saved ‘Avengers’: Joss Whedon on His ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

“Honestly, if you’re not a workaholic,” Joss Whedon said recently, “this is hard to explain.” ¶Mr.

Filmmaker Joe Swanberg & Critic Devin Faraci Clash At Fantastic Fest

Criticwire’s covered fights between critics and filmmakers before. But those were verbal spats —

Steven Soderbergh’s State Of Cinema Talk

Here is the full transcript of director Steven Soderbergh‘s keynote at the 56th San Francisco International Film

“Three of One Kind” Premiere Proves Scripts Really Do Get Made!

Nearly two years ago, when New York City filmmaker Perri Pierre and I first

Sundance Programmer Mike Plante On Going Places with Short Films

The notion that making a short film is just practice for a feature has

Who Else Wants To Make A Movie?

Whenever I give talks on modern moviemaking, there is invariably someone in the audience who asks if I would


For many people in the TV and video industry good enough is a dirty word. It

The Quick and Dirty Video Guide to Marking Actors

Like any job, going to work in the film industry isn’t always fun. Stepping on set

The second letter in R&D stands for development

Variety’s David S. Cohen returns from CES with a warning that studios need to

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Masterclass in Why HFR fails, and a reaffirmation of what makes cinema magical

Peter Jackson, a terrifically talented film maker and pioneer of new cinema technology, has