USA! USA! USA! If you can momentarily take a break from celebrating America’s Olympic dominance (and the ascent of the Simones), maybe you want to catch up on some of the week’s best film-centric readings. We’re here to help! (We’re basically the Gold medalists of film-related-weekly-article-aggregates… or at least the Bronze.)


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of August 8, 2016)

Why Are There So Damn Many Production Company Logo Animations Before Movies? (via Jason Bailey for Flavorwire)
The IACF presents a SAGindie link to a Flavorpill Media presentation of a Flavorwire post of a Jason Bailey article.

The Searcher: On the Enduring Appeal of Jeff Bridges, All-American Loser (via Bilge Ebiri for The Village Voice)
The Dude’s been a movie icon for, like, ever, man.

Artisans So White: Minority Workers and the Fight Against Below-the-Line Bias (via David S. Cohen for Variety)
A look at segregation in the film crew world.

Too Big a Fail: Cannes Insta-Flops and the Festival Economy (via Mike D’Angelo for Oscilloscope Musings)
Why booing audiences and vicious critics could make it more difficult for Cannes to attract stars.

Can Great Movie Directors Make Great TV? (via Alison Herman for The Ringer)
Fincher, Scorsese, Soderbergh, and Luhrmann have all made the move to TV. How are they doing?

Female Filmmakers Want to Direct Blockbusters; Here’s Why They Don’t (via Kate Erbland for Indiewire)
Lexi Alexander, Lynn Shelton, Lake Bell, and more discuss Hollywood’s gender-budget divide.

Hollywood Has Ruined Method Acting (via Angelica Jade Bastién for The Atlantic)
From Brando to Leto, the evolution of the intense acting style.

The Weird, Grey Area: How to Find Tonal Balance in a Dramedy (via Robert G. Putka for MovieMaker Magazine)
The screenwriter/director of MAD on defying genre.


In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)

Stretching the Dollar (A Guest Post by Joe Begos)
The director of The Mind’s Eye on how to pull off a gory special-effects sequence on a tiny budget.


New Releases

Movies from our August Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

An inside look at an independent production company (via Issa Rae Presents)

INSIDE Issa Rae Productions | Episode 1

Our new series, "INSIDE Issa Rae Productions" gives you a behind the scenes look at our indie production company. We hope to inspire other content creators and entrepreneurs by giving you a transparent look into how we run our production company. From our podcasts and web series to our upcoming HBO show, "Insecure."

Posted by Issa Rae Presents on Thursday, August 11, 2016

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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