Wow, Awards Season came out real strong and indecisive: The Gotham Awards chose Birdman, National Board of Review went with A Most Violent Year, and New York Film Critics Circle opted for Boyhood. On top of that, Sundance announced their festival picks for 2015, and there looks to be a lot of good stuff to choose from. So while you pore over the list of flicks you’ll want to see in Park City, or debate how your favorite movie stacks up against the early award-winners, take a look at some of the best film writing from the week. It was a great week for in-depth coverage of some SAGindie favorites, like Ava DuVernay, Chris Rock, Tilda Swinton, and The Duplass Brothers.

Good Reads for the week of December 1, 2014

Best of 2014: The 20 Breakthrough Directors Of The Year (via The Playlist)
Some support for the little guys working with small-budgets (who will no doubt be directing the next superhero blockbuster soon).

With Her MLK Drama Selma, Ava DuVernay Is Directing History (via Jada Yuan for Vulture)
Speaking of breakthrough directors.

Chris Rock Pens Blistering Essay on Hollywood’s Race Problem (via Chris Rock for The Hollywood Reporter)
Okay, we know these are all should-reads, but this one’s a must-read.

Why the Duplass Brothers Went HBO with Comedy Series Togetherness (via Anne Thompson for Thompson on Hollywood)
The Duplass Brothers should really start working more. They’re slacking.

The Rise of A24 and Drafthouse Films (via Matt Mergener for Tiny Mix Tapes)
Actors and filmmakers weren’t the only ones getting press this week. Here’s a great analysis of two breakout indie distributors.

Tilda Swinton Is In A World Of Her Own (via Zach Baron for GQ)
Yeah, just watch the video below.


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

SAGindie’s December Movie Picks (via SAGindie)
What we’re looking forward to seeing this December. And not seeing (*cough* Exodus *cough*).

Filmmaker Interview: Susanna Fogel, director/co-writer of Life Partners (via SAGindie)
Fogel talks to us about directing her first feature, writing LGBT characters, and her experience at the Sundance Lab.


A video worth watching

Tilda “Motherfuckin'” Swinton

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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