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Eternals review – Chloé Zhao’s indie nuance can’t power the Marvel machine

The new diversity is welcome, but the Nomadland director’s socio-realist touches left me missing the brash humour and energyTo paraphrase Mrs Merton: what first attracted director Chloé Zhao to the idea of directing something in the colossally lucrative Marvel franchise? Or, to paraphrase Nigel Planer’s fictional actor Nicholas Craig: were they offering Zhao a staggering […]

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Eternals Director Chloé Zhao On Superhero Movies As The New Westerns, Examining Humanity Through Marvel [Interview]

There’s something about the great open expanse of the American West that captured Chloé Zhao’s imagination. The endless possibilities, the romance of the untamed wild, the tininess of humanity in the face of the grandness of nature. It’s something that Zhao has explored in her exquisite award-winning indie films like “The Rider” and “Nomadland.” And […]

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‘Eternals’ First Footage: Oscar Winner Chloé Zhao Enters the MCU with Angelina Jolie and More

Chloé Zhao has made a name for herself as one of the best indie filmmakers working today thanks to a trio of acclaimed features: “Songs My Brother Taught Me,” “The Rider,” and “Nomadland.” The latter won the Golden Lion at the 2020 Venice Film Festival and picked up Oscars this year for Best Picture, Best […]

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Chloé Zhao’s The Eternals will be a quantum shift for Marvel

The Oscar-winning director’s delicate cinéma vérité style is a million miles from the cosmic chicanery of the MCUMarvel’s decision to hand Chloé Zhao the reins to The Eternals, the studio’s sprawling, millennia-spanning tale of godlike superheroes, looks like a stroke of genius after the Chinese film-maker won the best director and best picture Oscars for […]

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ASC Awards 2021 Upset: Erik Messerschmidt Wins Feature Film Award for ‘Mank’

“Mank” cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt upset “Nomadland” Dp Joshua James Richards, the Oscar favorite, at the 35th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards on Sunday. The win for David Fincher’s monochromatic biopic, with Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) struggling to churn out a first draft of “Citizen Kane,” was a surprise, given the momentum that has […]

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Why ‘Nomadland’ Cinematographer Joshua James Richards Is Also the Film’s Production Designer

“Nomadland” cinematographer Joshua James Richards and director Chloé Zhao met at NYU Film School and have worked together ever since.“There was a bond formed just through our taste and visually what we were drawn to,” Richards told IndieWire.Following film school, the collaborators spent a great deal of time traveling the American West, in particular South […]

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Chloé Zhao and Frances McDormand Remember ‘Nomadland’ Production Sound Mixer, Dead at 35

“Nomadland” production sound mixer Michael Wolf Snyder has died by suicide at the age of 35, as confirmed by his father in a social media post shared by his aunt. Snyder previously served as a production sound mixer and a boom operator on “Nomadland” director Chloé Zhao’s sophomore feature from 2017, “The Rider.” Snyder started […]

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‘Nomadland’ named best picture by National Society Of Film Critics

Acting wins for Frances McDormand, Delroy Lindo.Nomadland was voted best picture by The National Society Of Film Critics winners on Saturday (January 9) and won four prizes overall, including director for Chloé Zhao, whose The Rider was named best picture three years ago.The film about the existence of a modern-day nomad drifting through the margins […]

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‘Nomadland’: How Chloé Zhao Made a Secret Road Movie While Becoming a Marvel Director

With less than four years between the Cannes Director’s Fortnight premiere of “The Rider” and the release of “Eternals”, Chloé Zhao’s filmmaking path looks not unlike those of Ryan Coogler, Cate Shortland, Jon Watts, or Taika Waititi: Acclaimed festival darling sails into the big-budget arms of Marvel Studios.However, none of her peers pulled off what […]

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