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It’s time to break up with ‘Love Island’

(03/06/20 5:05am)

Imagine this: You’ve gone through a selective application process for a competitive program, where, upon being accepted, you join a throng of young, restless and — most importantly — single individuals on confined premises, becoming socially and financially obliged to outlast each other in, for all intents and purposes, what can only be called a game. 

Sundance 2020: ‘Ironbark’ is a period drama that can’t find its footing

(02/15/20 5:05am)

Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be steadily making his way through the 20th century. “War Horse” and “The Imitation Game” covered both World Wars and now the actor is tackling the Cold War in “Ironbark,” the untold story of how British civilian-turned-spy Greville Wynne worked with a Russian spy to infiltrate the Soviet nuclear initiative and prevent global annihilation. 

Sundance 2020: An interview with ‘Surge’ director Aneil Karna

(02/08/20 5:00am)

Aneil Karia made his Sundance Film Festival debut with “Surge,” a psychological thriller that stars Ben Whishaw as Joseph, a troubled young man who lives an isolated life in London as an airport security officer. Joseph’s simmering disturbances, including his discomfort with social interaction and inability to assert himself, are catalyzed into a chaotic breakdown. The fallout takes him on a violent and metamorphic trip across the city. “Surge” is also Karia’s feature film debut after more than a decade working on short films and television. Karia’s short film “Work” was nominated for a British Academy Film and Television Award (BAFTA) in 2018. 

Student filmmakers find diversity in the AMI program

(11/14/19 5:02am)

For anyone looking to parlay their secret TikTok skills into an academic setting, look toward Duke’s Arts of the Moving Image program. The 34-year-old program, which offers a variety of courses, workshops and internships, aims to attract students of all interests. In recent years, the growing diversity of students engaging with the AMI program, alongside the opening of the Rubenstein Arts Center (which houses a 35mm projector, offering students a rare chance to view certain films as intended), has kindled a quasi-renaissance in the study of the filmmaking medium at Duke.

‘Shaun of the Dead’ has its brain and eats them, too

(10/31/19 4:00am)

The Halloween spirit is in the air — and in my stomach, seeing as I’ve already eaten enough peanut M&Ms to warrant an intervention. As we look forward to gorging ourselves on even more candy during this year’s festivities, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the thrilling, bloody and witty zombie horror-comedy that is “Shaun of the Dead.” 

NC Latin American Film Festival director, founder reflect on the power of filmmaking

(10/22/19 4:03am)

This year, the North Carolina Latin American Film Festival turns 34. The 2019 NCLAFF, which is organized by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, runs from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2. More than 30 feature films and shorts will be shown throughout the Triangle area, and all screenings are free and open to the public.

What we learned from the fall film festival circuit

(10/17/19 8:48pm)

It’s that time of the year again: the red carpets are being rolled out and the celebrities are being suited up. That’s right — its film festival season.1 Here’s how it works: films have early screenings at various festivals, where they receive a preliminary verdict. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Telluride Festival and Venice Film Festival are among the most prestigious festivals in the world, and the audience’s reception of the films that are screened can either provide a massive boost or catastrophic blow to their chances at glory. Films that fail to make an impact may not get a distributor, virtually ending any chance they have for the general public to see them. Here are the surprises, disappointments and controversies of the fall festival circuit.

‘Fleabag’ is inappropriate, agonizing and magnificent

(10/10/19 4:01am)

Several weeks ago, I made the glorious choice to show my friend the very first episode of “Fleabag,” the British comedy-drama written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the eponymous Fleabag. The show recently won six Emmys, including surprise win “Outstanding Comedy Series.” Sitting in the back of Marketplace, the two of us watched Fleabag get a little too comfortable with a video of Barack Obama giving a speech. As we were sans earbuds, other people may very well have heard it too — though, quite honestly, it’s far more likely they heard our gasps and cackles.