A special interview with Michael Apted, creator of the Up series

                    Director Michael Apted sat down with film critic Jean Oppenheimer, on behalf of Writers Bloc Presents to talk about 56 Up, the latest installment in his groundbreaking documentary series. He started the conversation by confessing, “I never know what the new film is going to be until I see it with an audience.” WritersBlocpresents.com:  Not even while editing it? Michael Apted:  I know each individual life but, until I see the completed film with an…

Film Review: The Other Son

Another in a series of film reviews by film critic Jeannie Oppenheimer. Autumn in Hollywood signals the start of awards season, when studios and film companies release their more adult, intelligent, quality films (which is not to say there weren’t some real gems earlier in the year, most notably Beasts of the Southern Wild, Moonlight Kingdom and the French film The Intouchables). Argo, which opened two weeks ago, is bound –- deservedly –- for Oscar gold.  With its seamless intertweaving of drama, suspense and humor,…