Wednesday, September 19

Alumna Chelsea Taylor was cast as Young Girl in "Nocturnal Animals" because the production team wanted redheaded actresses for the film's Western-noir aura. (Courtesy of Matthew Mitchell)

‘Nocturnal Animals’ provides valuable acting experience for UCLA alumna

Chelsea Taylor and Jake Gyllenhaal spent an hour observing two dead bodies. Taylor, a 2013 UCLA alumna, plays the friend of Gyllenhaal’s fictional deceased daughter in the film “Nocturnal Animals.” In the film, his character’s fictional wife and daughter are brutally murdered by bandits; Taylor’s principal moment comes with observing the actor as he grieves the death of his family members. Read more...

Alumna Chelsea Taylor was cast as Young Girl in "Nocturnal Animals" because the production team wanted redheaded actresses for the film's Western-noir aura. (Courtesy of Matthew Mitchell)

School of Theater, Film and Television executive board member Donna Deitch directed the 1985 film "Desert Hearts," which will be screened in New York for its 30th anniversary. (Courtesy of Terri Jentz)
School of Theater, Film and Television executive board member Donna Deitch directed the 1985 film "Desert Hearts," which will be screened in New York for its 30th anniversary. (Courtesy of Terri Jentz)

Movie review: Arrival

Amy Adams’ performance in “Arrival” is out of this world, but the film’s antiquated gender ideals are less than alien. In the new military space thriller “Arrival,” Adams delivers a stunning portrayal of Louise Banks, a linguist employed by the military to translate alien language. Read more...


(April Ding/Daily Bruin)

Second Take: Recent space films shouldn’t lose sight of human emotion

Cinema recently revived its search for success across the final frontier. In the next two months, an influx of movies either in or about outer space will be released, including the military-thriller “Arrival,” the Christmas-slated melodrama “Passengers” and the teen romance “The Space Between Us,” in which a boy from Mars falls in love with his Earth-bound pen-pal. Read more...

(April Ding/Daily Bruin)

Screenwriter and alumna Geeta Malik draws inspiration for her scripts from her Indian upbringing in a Western context. Malik received the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship for her latest script "Dinner with Friends." (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)
Screenwriter and alumna Geeta Malik draws inspiration for her scripts from her Indian upbringing in a Western context. Malik received the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship for her latest script "Dinner with Friends." (Stella Huang/Daily Bruin)