All posts by Jim Hemphill

  • A Proper Collaboration: Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant’s Big Step Forward in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

    In the 33 years since he made his first feature, the now classic Mala Noche, director Gus Van Sant has occupied a rare position in...

  • 15 Essential Empathetic Films: Movies to Change Minds, Mold Moral Consciousness and Heal the World

    In Steve James’ beautiful documentary Life Itself (2014), these are the first words we hear from critic Roger Ebert, whose life and death will be...

  • Book Review: Directors Tell the Story is Beach Reading for Fun and Profit

    Truly comprehensive books on directing are difficult to find, for one obvious reason: Those with the practical knowledge to write such books are usually too...

  • here Whatever it Takes: Nicolas Winding Refn’s see The Neon Demon Presents Hollywood Corruption with a Pop Twist

    Ever since Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn debuted, at 24, with the extraordinary Pusher in 1996, two aspects of his films have remained consistent: a...

  • Close Encounters: Michael Shannon, Jeff Nichols and Their Big-Canvas Sci-Fi Chase Movie Midnight Special

    Michael Shannon is coming off a remarkable year. 2015 saw him in three wildly different fall releases: Peter Sollett’s lesbian drama Freeheld (where Shannon plays...

  • Kings of the Underworld: Denis Villeneuve, Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt on Sicario

    “Directing is more the art of listening than of being a dictator,” says Denis Villeneuve, articulating a philosophy that has generated an increasingly complex and...