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TFTS ep 12 - Defending the Godfather Part III

TFTS Episode XII – The Godfather, Part III

For the fiftieth anniversary of The Godfather, I'm gonna defend what some would call the indefensible: Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo's The Godfather, Part III, and The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone.

Both movies have their flaws, but I'll argue how those flaws are hidden assets and that the movies have earned a place alongside their (still superior) predecessors.

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Writer Mark Wooden on Social Psychic for Chadwick Boseman

Podcast interview with the Social Psychic: Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy

I had the pleasure and the honor of an interview with a friend of mine, Jason Zuk the Social Psychic on his podcast. We discussed Chadwick Boseman and his legacy as both an actor and a humanitarian.

We also discussed the impact of Boseman's breakout film, Marvel's Black Panther, and what it meant to the black community. The topic also led us to elements of social justice and the 800-pound orange gorilla in the room.

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Denis Villeneuve discusses his filmmaking experiences that led to “Dune” (2 of 2)

Director Denis Villeneuve sat down with his "Blade Runner 2049" cinematographer Roger Deakins for the "Team Deakins" podcast.

In part two of my coverage, the filmmakers discuss the challenges fo CG work, watching movies on a variety of screens, and I list info on the remaking of "Dune."

Follow the link for part one of this story.

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Denis Villeneuve discusses his filmmaking experiences that led to “Dune” (1 of 2)

With a December release date, Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” may be one of the few movies we can (hopefully) say is a safe bet for release despite the mounting worries of a global pandemic.

On the “Team Deakins” podcast, Villeneuve reunites with Roger and James Deakins, who served as the director’s cinematography team on “Prisoners,” “Sicario,” and “Blade Runner 2049.”

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