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Talking About Movies

  1. Noble Nobel William Faulkner

    William Faulkner ranks as one of America’s preeminent novelists. But a screenwriter?

  2. The decade in cinema

    Frank Beaver hits rewind and reflects on the decade’s cinema highlights.

  3. The Joker is in the details

    Frank Beaver asks: Could Joaquin Phoenix could be the most interesting and compelling screen actor today?

  4. The ‘direct cinema’ of D.A. Pennebaker

    Frank Beaver analyzes the ‘direct cinema’ of documentarist D.A. Pennebaker, who died in August.

  5. Summertime streamers

    Frank Beaver takes a break from Tarantino, talking lions, and comic heroes to stream four summer films you should not miss.

  6. The Troubles, the Titanic, and ‘Game of Thrones’

    Frank Beaver takes us to Belfast, where he reflects on the Troubles, the Titanic, and ‘Game of Thrones.’

  7. Creative differences

    The tension between directors and actors is the stuff of Hollywood lore.

  8. Beat by beat

    Frank Beaver reviews alumnus Jim Mercurio’s book ‘The Craft of Scene Writing.’

  9. Foreign exchange

    The awards season may have ended, but Frank Beaver still showers accolades on his favorite foreign films of 2018.