I’m loving this recent trend in video essays that go behind the scenes of how films are made: it’s been giving me a new appreciation for the movies that I watch, and it gives me a better understanding of just what makes a movie brilliant.
Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi isn't just the film that ties up the Original Trilogy with a bow — it's also the most grown-up of the original three films, because the series matured along with its audience. That's what director Richard Marquand claimed, in a rare interview, anyway.
The Sundance Film Festival enters its 27th year in January, and the organizers just announced the lineup of films for this year. They include only two vaguely science fictional films: The Broken and Timecrimes. This is part of a trend: Sundance tends to shun science fiction films in general, despite the fact that…