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  • Indie Focus: Suspense and discovery with '10 Cloverfield Lane' and the SXSW Film Fest

    Indie Focus: Suspense and discovery with '10 Cloverfield Lane' and the SXSW Film Fest

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This is actually kind of an exciting time of year on the movie calendar, after awards season, not yet the summer movie season and a moment when distributors seem to want to release an awful lot of movies....

  • Indie Focus: Life as enigma and farce in 'Knight of Cups' and 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'

    Indie Focus: Life as enigma and farce in 'Knight of Cups' and 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. I always like to think of this post-awards season period as the Oscars Hangover, when we reset our minds from the small group of films we’ve been focused on so intently for months and months. With more...

  • 'Amy' wins Oscar for documentary feature

    'Amy' wins Oscar for documentary feature

    “Amy,” directed by Asif Kapadia and produced by James Gay-Rees, won the Oscar for best documentary feature on Sunday night, bringing to a close a particularly unpredictable race. “Amy” tells the tale of tragically doomed English singer Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, using archival footage, including...

  • Spirit Awards look to go their own way with less Oscar crossover

    Spirit Awards look to go their own way with less Oscar crossover

    In recent years the Film Independent Spirit Awards have not always seemed so much an Oscar alternative as they have Oscar adjacent. The winner of the Spirit Award for best film has matched with the Oscars’ best picture winner in three of the last four years. Last year four of the Spirits' five...

  • Indie Focus: The future of the Oscars

    Indie Focus: The future of the Oscars

    Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This newsletter is being sent out on the morning of one of the biggest days in the movie-year calendar: the Academy Awards ceremony. It’s been a year of surprises and controversy, and those conversations...

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