Ideas

  • George Michael's lover Fadi Fawaz races to London funeral obituary

  • Outcast: George Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz races to funeral after only finding out about it at the final and is barred from the wake Tim Ridgeley, Helen 'Pepsi' DeMacque Crockett and Shirlie Kemp were one of those to attend the funeralThey were joined by Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, Who was the final guest to reach at North London serviceThe star's old partner Kenny Goss, Who once purported George Michael as the 'love of his life', And attendedFawaz, Who found Michael on the yuletide s[...]
  • Looking for Dr. Strangelove

  • Consider the following. the Soviet ambassador has just informed the American president and his advisors that their inadvertent attack on his country will trigger a worldwide nuclear holocaust due to the irrevocable effects of a Communist Doomsday Machine: a series of buried nuclear devices controlled by computer and scattered around the world, each jacketed with a deadly radioactive contaminant known as “Cobalt-Thorium G.” One of the president’s advisors, a former Nazi—Peter Sellers reportedl[...]
  • Unicorns in the Wild

  • 1. QUIET ACTION I have always loved how softly Meera Menon calls “Action!” There’s a quality of firmness without aggressiveness to her tone when she initiates a scene: She reminds me how to get things done without raising one’s volume. Her authority—as the director of Farah Goes Bang (which I co-wrote and produced) and Equity, which premiered at Sundance 2016—has nothing to do with volume. People listen to her because they want to hear what she has to say. We were in our 20s and shooting a[...]
  • The 21st Century Auteur Quiz

  • The Auteur Quiz was such a surprising success (like, 9,000 people took it!), and we had such a blast making it, that we've devised a new questionnaire: The 21st Century Auteur Quiz. All the potential outcomes are filmmakers we've covered in BRIGHT IDEAS. Which means, for instance, that Josephine Decker can get Josephine Decker. And Ryan Coogler can get Ryan Coogler. Whether they do or not depends on how well we actually know their processes. Let the experiment begin!
  • The Auteur Quiz

  • Have you ever wished that someone would take the time to create a metaphysical quiz to help you determine which 20th Century filmmaking luminary you're most philosophically aligned with? Yes? No? Who cares? I'll tell you who cares: We do! And because we care, we spent WAY too much time creating this intricate questionnaire with 16—count them!—16 potential outcomes. So take this quiz, and share your results with your film dork friends!
  • Fomenting the Revolution

  •   On August 14, 2013, six weeks after starting at Seed&Spark, I sent an email to our CEO, and BRIGHT IDEAS' future publisher, Emily Best. In it I laid out a patently insane idea: What if our fledgling startup, at a time when we hardly had the money to cover payroll, launched an aggressively independent print publication about American film? "To build a community of innovators," I posited, "we will profile the people innovating in accordance with our values. We will create genuinely [...]
  • Choose Your Own Virtual Reality

  • Under the shade of white United Nations plastic, you sit on a rug, talking with a 12-year old girl—one of 84,000 Syrian refugees in the Za’atari camp in Jordan. This tent is her home, and she has invited you inside. As she speaks to you, you notice the pillows on the floor, the small TV in the corner; as her family cooks dinner, you glance at the reverse UN logo on the wall of the tent; as you sit with her in her classroom, as you watch her older brothers play video games—they crane their heads [...]
  • Western car giants support pollution

  • Belfast computer researcher claims sex robots could be used in care homesLatest: Coveney has 'total respect' for Air Corp after news emerges he inhibited pilot who refused to fly over fog1.5bn ten year cancer strategy to be launchedDownload our appNorth Korea global ballistic missile launch 'escalates threat to US'North Korea has test launched its first global ballistic. Sex robot war could encourage rape and paedophilia, Says artificial thinking ability expertWhile they could offer helpful s[...]
  • (Some of) the Best Movies of 2015

  • This list—which contains 17 titles in total—strives, not to rank, but rather to contextualize the films I saw during 2015 that, for one reason or another, deserve discussion. One grossed $100 million. One came out on VHS. One doesn't have any words. One was shot on an iPhone. One consists of a single shot. One cost $35 million to produce. One cost $12,000. All deserve to be seen.   3 films I think about almost every day A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence Roy Ande[...]
  • The Romance of Rewatching

  • I am a serial rewatcher of TV. I think I’ve watched every episode of The West Wing, for example, between five and 50 times. I’ve watched The West Wing in dorm rooms and, later, apartment bedrooms, and, later, bedrooms in houses with no apartment numbers. I’ve watched it on airplanes and in bed, late in the evening and early in the morning, in the background as I cooked dinner, in the foreground as I fell asleep. I’ve watched it as labor advanced and as sickness receded, in the throes of love’s p[...]
  • A Monument to One Dead Pharaoh

  • What if we could generate a new mythology? What if we could find new stories, new role models, to help us reimagine what the film “industry” can become over the next decade? I, for one, am not interested in the mythology generated by a culture of scarcity—which is why I have a fundamental problem when independent film is treated like a springboard to help artists vault the studio walls. I don’t think independent films are calling cards. The major studios each make about a dozen widely-release[...]
  • Clair Huxtable, Antiheroine

  • “For far too long, Black women in particular have been saddled with the representational baggage of The Cosby Show. Since Bill Cosby is a rapist, his avatar Cliff Huxtable is a representational terrorist, holding us hostage to a Black family that never was. But let him die. Stockholm Syndrome be damned. It has long been time to slay the Huxtable patriarch. So Cliff Huxtable, you’re dead to me! And perhaps now representations of Black families, and in particular, Black women can live and br[...]
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