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Talking About Movies

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

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

  2. Summertime streamers

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

  3. 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.’

  4. Creative differences

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

  5. Beat by beat

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

  6. Foreign exchange

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

  7. Aesthetics, appeals, and Alfonso

    Film scholar Frank Beaver revels in the aesthetics and authenticity of Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma.’

  8. The documentary binge

    Frank Beaver delivers the go-to guide for documentary lovers this holiday season.

  9. Making of a masterpiece

    New book about Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001’ chronicles the complex artistic union of a visionary filmmaker and a brilliant author.