Category Archives: film

A few months ago, a friend and I discussed one of those pop culture questions that go just right with a pint of beer. Which living celebrity has been famous for the longest period of time? We quickly altered the rules … Continue reading

In a century-plus of popular culture, journalists have appeared as cynical scandalmongers, noble crusaders, nicotine-soaked cynics, and the mild-mannered alter egos of super-powered Kryptonians. The latest UIP debut Heroes and Scoundrels covers the whole waterfront of newspersons depicted in our pop … Continue reading

On Oscar night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed Alejandro González Iñárritu the Best Director award for his unlikely hit Birdman. The film also won Best Picture. Birdman‘s film industry triumph capped a fifteen-year rise that began … Continue reading

Without Ed Sabol, the Dallas Cowboys might not be known as “America’s Team” and those goofy sports bloopers would not be a staple of rainy weekends. More importantly, the way Americans remember and watch the NFL might be totally different. With imaginative … Continue reading

Like a lot of Hollywood stars on awards night, we’re a little late to the Golden Globes party. But the subjects of titles in UIP’s Contemporary Film Directors series filled in admirably for us by picking up awards at the annual … Continue reading

In 1986, Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape helped launch the surge in indie cinema that entertained so many of us in the 1990s. He’s since brought his distinctive but definitely indie vibe to the mainstream with Ocean’s Eleven and Erin Brockovich while … Continue reading

Michael Koresky is staff writer and associate editor at The Criterion Collection and cofounder of the online film magazine Reverse Shot. He recently answered some questions about his book in the Contemporary Film Directors Series, Terence Davies. Q: Davies has been … Continue reading

Shilpa Davé writes about the “brown voice” of South Asian characters in tv and on film in her book Indian Accents: Brown Voice and Racial Performance in American Television and Film. Featured on the cover of that book is actor Kal Penn … Continue reading

In honor of Halloween, we have slunk into the UIP vault of horror to dig up books both Profound and Mysterious to get you in the mood for our most popular pagan holiday. Will any of these titles help you … Continue reading

Many a high school English student has turned to a video of the 1950s film adaptation of Moby-Dick when faced with writing a report on lengthy sea tale. The plot details may remain mostly the same, but the movie version … Continue reading