All posts by Max Weinstein

  • Frame of Mind: You Need At Least One Big Scene To Sell Your Movie, Says Black Rose Director Alexander Nevsky (Video)

    What makes a scene work? Does it lie in the carefully executed plans of a film’s cast and crew? Or does the magic rest upon fortuitous mistakes, spontaneity and...

  • Festival Wrap: Big-Wave Surfing and an Ocean of International Selections Glisten at Newport Beach Film Festival

    Newport Beach Film Festival’s 18th annual run has come to a close, marking another year that the SoCal luxury spot has fostered the growth of Orange County’s regional...

  • Impressions of Depression: Watch How Lars Von Trier Manipulates Cinematic Time to Convey Mental Illness (Video)

    Slow motion: For people with clinical depression, it’s the human brain’s own in-built special effect. A sense of warped, skewed and elongated time is often...

  • go Criterion Crash Course: Moviemaking Lessons From Criterion’s Tampopo

    Whether you’re a moviemaker, critic or devoted film collector, lovers of cinema can all agree: A Criterion Collection release is a stamp of cultural importance....

  • go here In the Lion’s Den: Watch How Al Pacino’s Performances Chew the Scenery—and Everyone Else In Frame (Video)

    A select few actors have managed to maintain some semblance of control while going “over the top.” By now the manic thrashing of Nicolas Cage...

  • Laughing Academy: Learn the Principles of Funny Framing With This Breakdown of Edgar Wright’s Visual Comedy (Video)

    How has the contemporary American comedy lost its way? It’s not that it’s no longer funny, says Every Frame a Painting video essayist Tony Zhou,...

  • Getting With the Program: Quad Cinema Is the Latest Addition to a Growing Wave of NYC Indie Arthouse Exhibition

    “The economics of an arthouse cinema are not kind, I’ll admit,” says C. Mason Wells, Director of Programming at Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village, New...

  • “This Is Not Our Planet Anymore”: Werner Herzog on Why He Makes Movies From “The Quasi-Perspective of an Alien”

    “Did you drink some sort of strange herbal tea this morning?” That question, asked of me by Werner Herzog as I probed his thoughts on...

  • follow link Street Appeal: Watch This Breakdown of How Bankable of an Action Star Steven Seagal Was in His Prime (Video)

    During a time when “one-man army” stars of the rugged individualist 1980s like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone set the bar of male achievement sky-high, Steven Seagal...

  • No More Mr. Nice Guys: Watch How Shane Black’s Style of Movie Violence Develops Relatable Characters (Video)

    When it comes to movie violence, a perennial question for writers of sanguinary screenplays is, “Am I only writing violence for violence’s sake?” If your answer...