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Tales of boyhood and family in this year’s Oscar-nominated live-action short films

The collection of the 2019 Oscar-nominated live-action short films revolve around themes of youth, masculinity, family, motherhood and ultimately, as Oscar-nominated projects often do, the human experience. “Fauve,” “Detainment” and “Skin” place young boys at the center of their stories, while “Marguerite” and “Madre” feature only women on screen (“Marguerite” also being the only nominated…

In ‘Fahrenheit 11/9,’ Michael Moore crafts an incendiary argument

In his new documentary, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” auteur and provocateur Michael Moore tackles the Trump age. Moore calls this film a sequel to his Palme d’Or winning “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which harshly criticized the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq. Shortly after “Fahrenheit 9/11” was released, the actor Sean Penn referred to Moore as “the Bobby Knight of…

Video: WonderCon Anaheim 2018 interviews with award-winning composers, designers and actors

At WonderCon Anaheim 2018, the Stanford Daily had the opportunity to interview a wide variety of industry professionals. The following roundtable interviews were performed and recorded: 1. Ariela Barer and Emily Coutts (actors, Marvel’s “Runaways” and “Star Trek: Discovery,” respectively) 2. Sean Callery (Four-time Emmy Award-winning composer, “Jessica Jones,” “Homeland,” “Elementary,” “24”) 3. Ruth Carter…

George Cukor’s 1940 film ‘The Philadelphia Story’ delights audiences, even today

It’s refreshing, and somewhat surprising, to see that George Cukor’s 1940 “The Philadelphia Story” remains as clever as ever. The film’s protagonist is the snobbish socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn), who is about to marry a coal-mining executive. Her plans for the wedding are derailed, however, when some uninvited guests appear shortly before the ceremony.…