About Melissa Hanson

Melissa Hanson aka Dial M For Melissa - Managing Editor / Podcast Producer - Growing up, Melissa’s favorite destination was always the video store and would agonize over whether to watch something new or to rewatch a favorite. Things have not changed. Follow on Twitter @DialMForMelissa

Willem Dafoe is Vincent Van Gogh in closing film ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ of the New York Film Festival this October

Nominated for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year, At Eternity’s Gate (named for a painting of Van Gogh) will close the 56th Annual New York Film Festival. Directed by Julian Schnabel (Diving Bell & the Butterlfy), starring Willem Dafoe as Van Gogh with Rupert Friend and Oscar Isaac. Julian Schnabel’s ravishingly tactile and luminous new film takes Read More →

New York Film Festival to open with 18th Century romp from the director of ‘The Lobster’ – Yorgos Lanthimos

Early 18th century. England is at war with the French. Nevertheless, duck racing and pineapple eating are thriving. A frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead while tending to Anne’s ill health and a mercurial temper. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her Read More →

Netflix News: Everything new to watch today & released in the last week – June 22nd

Films Brain on Fire (Film) [NETFLIX ORIGINAL] – Available Friday, June 22 One morning, 24-year-old Susannah Cahalan woke up in a hospital bed. She couldn’t speak. She couldn’t move. And she had no idea how she got there. Derren Brown: Miracle (Film) [NETFLIX ORIGINAL] – Available Friday, June 22 Derren toured the UK and returned to London’s historic Palace Theatre Read More →

Netflix News: A whole lotta Barbra Streisand specials releasing tomorrow & ‘A Star Is

As previously announced by Barbra Streisand and Netflix at the 2018 Netflix FYSee closing night celebration which featured Streisand in conversation with Jamie Foxx in support of Barbra: The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic! Netflix audiences worldwide will soon enjoy a fresh selection of content from the Streisand library including award-winning My Name Is Barbra (1965), Color Me Barbra (1966), Read More →

5 new documentaries on Netflix this week – a movie star invented wifi?

As if you didn’t already have enough in your queue, here’s some more very interesting additions this week. The Staircase [NETFLIX ORIGINAL] (DOCUMENTARY) The Staircase follows the compelling story of Michael Peterson, a crime novelist accused of killing his wife Kathleen after she is found dead at the bottom of a staircase in their home, and the 16 year judicial Read More →

Newest on Netflix to watch over the Memorial Day weekend!

Happy Friday! Just in time for the long weekend, there’s all kinds of new stuff to watch! Here’s the latest: Ibiza [NETFLIX ORIGINAL] – Available Friday, May 25 When Harper’s two best friends tag along on her work trip to Barcelona, they ditch work and fly to Ibiza for Harper, who against her better judgment, falls for a hot DJ. Gillian Read More →

Netflix News: Ryan Reynolds to star in ‘Six Underground’ directed by Michael Bay

Press release – Skydance Media announced today they will partner with Netflix to co-produce and release their upcoming original feature film Six Underground directed by Michael Bay (Transformers) and starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool). The action film is based on an original idea from writers and executive producers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, best known for their irreverent work on Deadpool Read More →

Netflix News: The Obamas partner with Netflix for a bunch of new projects

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home Read More →

Liz & Melissa’s Top 5 picks from the Tribeca Film Festival

The Party’s Just Beginning Feature Narrative Country: Scotland Director: Karen Gillan Writer: Karen Gillan Starring: Rachel Jackson, Jamie Quinn, Siobhan Redmond, Paul Higgins, Matthew Beard, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan Lucy is a sharp-witted, foul-mouthed, heavy-drinking twenty-something who is still reeling from a recent loss. This surreal coming-of-age tale is a love letter to Gillan’s hometown in the Scottish Highlands. I Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ is still happening

The Miseducation of Cameron Post Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Desiree Akhavan Writer: Cecilia Frugiuele, Desiree Akhavan Starring: Jennifer Ehle, John Gallagher Jr., Forrest Goodluck, Sasha lane, Chloë Grace Moretz After Cameron is caught making out with another girl on prom night, her conservative guardians send her to gay conversion therapy. There, she forges an unlikely community with her fellow Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Blowin’ Up’ the justice system

Blowin’ Up Feature Documentary Country: USA Director: Stephanie Wang-Breal Writer: Stephanie Wang-Breal In a courtroom in Queens, women facing prostitution charges may earn a chance at redemption thanks to an experimental program established by a team of rebel heroines working to change the system. No distribution as of posting. I’m not sure which is more absurd: the hoops women have Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘7 Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh’ is funny in small doses

7 Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Vivieno Caldinelli Writer: Justin Jones, Clayton Hewitson, Christopher Hewitson Starring: Mark McKinney, Taika Waititi, Dan Harmon, Sam Huntington, Kate Micucci Midwestern couple Claire and Paul are thrilled to find a great deal on an affordable Los Angeles apartment. But Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Back Roads’ is rural noir

Back Roads Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Alex Pettyfer Writer: Adrian Lyne, Tawni O’Dell Starring: Juliette Lewis, June Carryl, Nicola Peltz, Jennifer Morrison, Alex Pettyfer A young man cares for his sisters after their mother is imprisoned for murdering their abusive father. When he strikes up an affair with a married woman, long-dormant family secrets bubble to the surface in Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Untogether’ is a intertwining modern romance

Untogether Feature Narrative Country: USA Director: Emma Forrest Writer: Emma Forrest Starring: Scott Caan, Jennifer Grey, Alice Eve, Billy Crystal, Ben Mendelsohn, Lola Kirke, Jemima Kirke, Jamie Dornan Former writing prodigy Andrea tries not to fall for her one-night stand, while her sister Lisa throws herself into a newfound religious zeal (and the arms of her charismatic rabbi) to avoid Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival: ‘Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary’ coming to A&E this year

Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary Feature Documentary Country: USA Director: Brent Hodge Tribeca alum Brent Hodge examines the untold stories and pivotal moments from the making of one of the greatest “one-season wonders” ever produced — one that influenced pop culture far beyond the series’ short TV life. With Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps, Read More →

Netflix News: The Bluths are back May 29th for Season 5 of ‘Arrested Development’

In the aftermath of Cinco de Quatro, the Bluth family are all facing one question, that no one quite has the answer to; where is Lucille Two? As this Netflix (semi) original series returns on May 29th, the Bluths are back together, and finally getting the award they think they deserve – for family of the year. A development which Read More →

TFF Review: ‘Virgins (Vierges)’ of the sea

Virgins (Vierges) Feature Narrative Country: France, Israel, Belgium Director: Keren Ben Rafael Writer: Elise Benroubi, Keren Ben Rafael Starring: Rami Heuberger, Manuel Elkaslassy Vardi, Michael Aloni, Evgenia Dodina, Joy Rieger Teenage Lana is languishing in her run-down hometown on Israel’s sun-soaked north coast—until an older, attractive writer arrives with tales of a mermaid sighting off the shore of the declining Read More →

ICYMI – New HBO drama series directed by Adam McKay, Tilda Swinton’s next movie & new Whitney doc

Really looking forward to the new HBO drama series, Succession, releasing 10 episodes June 3rd at 10 p.m. It’s directed by Adam McKay and Will Ferrell is among the numerous executive producers. PLUS check out this cast! Starring: Brian Cox (very anti-super trooper), Jeremy Strong (oh, that guy), Hiam Abbass (averages over 5 movies per year, she’s a pro), Sarah Snook (she is Read More →

Tribeca Film Festival announces jury award winners aka what you need to see asap!

The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, announced the jury award winners for the 17th edition. The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival runs through April 29th. This year first-time directors took home the top feature honors! Kent Jones, first-time narrative director and writer, wins Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature and Best Screenplay in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film for Diane Marios Piperides, first-time Read More →