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Summer Post-Mortem Part 2
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Summer Post-Mortem Part 2

Continuing our mid-year recap - with Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation providing an exceptional farewell to the Blockbuster season - let’s look at a few more benchmarks.

A Little Controversy to Start the Week
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A Little Controversy to Start the Week

It’s telling that Pixar guru John Lasseter counts Japanese Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki as his key influence.  If animation in the United States ever has a chance to be something more than instantly devalued as a “children’s” medium, it’s in their hands.

Paul Feig
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Paul Feig

Natty in suit and tie and fresh from an introduction (to a group of high-schoolers, natch) of his new film I Am David, Feig impresses with an open intelligence, an engaging charisma, and what appears to be a genuine appreciation for where he is in his career and life.

Women in Film
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Women in Film

Though admission in film schools lands at roughly 50/50 in terms of gender, women filmmakers represent less than 5% of the total mainstream output of the last twenty years.  Only one woman has ever won the Best Directing Oscar.  Ditto the DGA’s top honor.