Tag Archives: Ava DuVernay

The Next Glass Ceiling

Ava Duvernay will be the first black woman to direct a live-action big-budget movie. Let that sink in. I was completely surprised to read the news, though I shouldn’t be. It’s hard to name off-hand ten current women, period, who are major movie directors. For the record, there are quite a few, and I’ll get […]

Oscars Week: AMERICAN SNIPER + SELMA

Say what you want about American Sniper, but it’s not a pro-war film. Clint Eastwood’s pro-troops movie shouldn’t be confused with pro-Iraq. Many critics are reading through Eastwood’s conservative politics; but it’s so easy to polarize this movie and neglect the deep uncertainty at its core. I do believe Eastwood wants to depict Chris Kyle, who amassed 160 confirmed […]