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Mark Savage & the D.I.Y. Aesthetic
By Jeffrey M. Anderson
February 6, 2007 - 9:26 AM PST

Australian-born Mark Savage, 44, is a true D.I.Y. filmmaker, having begun making scads of short films while in his teens. He eventually graduated to features, shot on the cheap with lots of exploitation elements. He is also something of an expert on Hong Kong action cinema, having directed the "making of" documentary on Jackie Chan's Mr. Nice Guy (1997).  Full Article >>
Seeing the Humor in Sexual Identity
By Michael Guillen
February 3, 2007 - 9:38 AM PST

In 1995 writer-director Maria Maggenti turned conventional narrative on its ear by melding it with a lesbian teen romance, creating The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love. Over a decade later, Maggenti tweaks the romantic comedy once again in her InDiGent production of Puccini for Beginners, this time limning gender fluidity with laughs and posing fresh questions for an evolving queer community.  Full Article >>
Smokin' Aces with Joe Carnahan and Jeremy Piven
By Sean Axmaker
January 29, 2007 - 12:35 AM PST

Smokin' Aces "may not necessarily pay off in terms of character or dramatic heft, but viscerally, it is strangely fascinating," writes Sean Axmaker, introducing his interview with its director and star. He also asks Joe Carnahan about the film's shared DNA with his debut, Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane, and gets Jeremy Piven going on Entourage.  Full Article >>
Include Me Out: Interview with Farley Granger
By Jonathan Marlow
January 26, 2007 - 4:34 PM PST

At the fourth annual Noir City festival in San Francisco, Jonathan Marlow cornered actor Farley Granger to discuss his fabled and fascinating career. Granger's long time friend, Robert Calhoun sits in and helps reminisce about Alfred Hitchcock, living in Italy and the trials of working under a studio contract.  Full Article >>
Grindhouse: Chapter Four - The 1960's
By Eddie Muller
January 25, 2007 - 9:49 AM PST

"The old carny come-on proved infallible. The morbidly curious queued up at hardtops and drive-ins. Critics courageous enough to view the film were appalled. The Los Angeles Times called it a 'blot on the American film industry'"... Once again Eddie Muller exposes the history of adult cinema in our continued serialization of his book; Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of Adults Only Cinema. Don't Forget, Noir City 5 starts Friday, January 26th, 2007.  Full Article >>
Charles Mudede: Zoo Story
By Andy Spletzer
January 19, 2007 - 8:21 PM PST

"Back in 2005, when the Seattle Times reported on the 'Enumclaw Horse Sex Incident,' the story spread like wildfire across the Internet and became their most-read story of the year," writes Andy Spletzer, introducing his interview with writer Charles Mudede, who, with director Robinson Devor, is following up their poetic feature Police Beat with one of the most controversial Sundance entries this year, Zoo.  Full Article >>
Mark Becker: Merging the Personal and the Political
By Sara Schieron
January 19, 2007 - 1:33 PM PST

"Politics weren't the elephant in the room. My prompts, direct as they appear, didn't trip director Mark Becker in the least. Becker's point of view is one he regards respectfully as "subjective," and in that, he makes no prescriptive judgments or expressions of a political agenda, though his film, Romántico could so easily enter the world of activist media." Sara Schieron talks with documentary director Mark Becker about his subject and finding his way through his film.  Full Article >>
Micha X. Peled: The Lives of the Sweatshop Youth
By Hannah Eaves
January 19, 2007 - 9:46 AM PST

"From China to a jeans outlet near you, China Blue's greatest contribution is not to film culture but to human-rights activism, exposing myths and truths about our cruel global market," writes Ed Gonzalez at Slant. Hannah Eaves talks with Bay Area documentarian Micha X. Peled about his "illegal project."  Full Article >>
Djinn: A Taxi Driver Dreams of Perth
By Jeffrey M. Anderson
January 16, 2007 - 4:22 PM PST

"Singapore-born filmmaker Djinn, 38, made his feature debut with the horror cheapie Return to Pontianak (2001), which was successful enough to allow him to direct the much more polished, more mature Perth, recently released on DVD by Tartan Video." Jeffrey M. Anderson spoke to the director about his actors, working with the Shaw Brothers and how he got his unique name.  Full Article >>
Clint Eastwood: Flags and Letters From the "Good War"
By Jeff Shannon
January 12, 2007 - 1:43 PM PST

"While everyone chatters about how Clint Eastwood has been 'snubbed' in various year-end awards and nomination announcements, one simple fact remains: Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima represent a milestone achievement in Eastwood's long and storied career." Jeff Shannon spoke with Eastwood about his latest feature, Letters from Iwo Jima, which made it onto multiple Best of 2006 lists.  Full Article >>
Grindhouse: Chapter Three - The 1950's
By Eddie Muller
January 11, 2007 - 10:25 AM PST

"To those born after 1960, the Eisenhower years must seem like an endless episode of I Love Lucy or Father Knows Best: Repressed, stodgy, as wild as wingtips. Nothing could be further from the truth." We continue our serialization of Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of Adults Only Cinema and take a look at the 1950's. Foreign cinema became a mainstay, and the world was introduced to the talents of Russ Meyer.  Full Article >>
Ellen Bruno: Engaging Intellectually, Viscerally
By David D'Arcy
January 7, 2007 - 1:29 PM PST

"[I]t's the depth of [Ellen] Bruno's commitment - not to abstract principles of liberal idealism, but to flesh-and-blood people - that creates tension within her films," writes Jim Ridley in the Village. David D'Arcy talks with the filmmaker about her unique aesthetic and the extraordinary circumstances behind her glimpses into seldom seen worlds.  Full Article >>
Grindhouse: Chapter Two - The 1940's
By Eddie Muller
December 31, 2006 - 12:17 PM PST

"When the Red Cars were still running in Los Angeles, you could grab a car headed downtown and take it to Fifth and Main, where the "Bur-Le-Qs" thrived..." Let's follow Eddie Muller down through the sultry smoke and haze of 1940's adult cinema and into the third part of our serialization of Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of Adults Only Cinema.  Full Article >>
Guillermo Del Toro: Ever the Romantic, Never Ironic
By David D'Arcy
December 31, 2006 - 6:11 AM PST

"They're not ironic," Guillermo Del Toro says of his films. "Not even a thing like Blade II, not even a thing like Hellboy. I believe in these things. I love these things. I'm not being postmodern about it." David D'Arcy's conversation with the director of Pan's Labyrinth touches on the Spanish Civil War, Mexican film today, the books Del Toro reads (and rereads), the art he collects and the filmmakers he admires.  Full Article >>
Tom Tykwer and the Collector's Compulsion
By Sean Axmaker
December 27, 2006 - 10:35 AM PST

"Most filmmakers that I know, and actually most film critics that I respect, for them, film really has a drug-like dimension." If you find yourself, while watching Perfume, relating to the murderer a little more than you're comfortable dealing with, director Tom Tykwer may have an explanation for you in Sean Axmaker's interview.  Full Article >>
Hanif Kureishi and the Birth of Venus
By David D'Arcy
December 22, 2006 - 5:20 AM PST

"What distinguishes Venus is that it strips the May-December cliché to the most basic equation, and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi isn't one to take the power of sex lightly," writes Nick Pinkerton at indieWIRE. Here, David D'Arcy talks with Kureishi about lust and life's "last lap" and about how to ensure that films studios don't want get made.  Full Article >>
Alfonso Cuarón Dares to Hope
By Sean Axmaker
December 21, 2006 - 3:40 PM PST

Children of Men conjures a world without children, which may seem a radical departure for the director films about young people: A Little Princess, Y tu mamá también, even a Harry Potter movie. But as Alfonso Cuarón tells Sean Axmaker, there's a fundamental approach to telling these stories that connects them.  Full Article >>
Grindhouse: Chapter One - The 1930's
By Eddie Muller
December 21, 2006 - 12:21 PM PST

"The exploitation genre burst onto the American scene after the Big Crash and before the New Deal. It was Hollywood itself that tilled the soil on which grindhouses would grow..." We continue our serialization of Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of Adults Only Cinema with a look into the early years of a genre that was about to face it's biggest obstacle; the censorship bureau known commonly as the Hay's Office.  Full Article >>
Chen Kaige and The Promise
By Sean Axmaker
December 19, 2006 - 12:25 AM PST

"I've been very curious about trying different kinds of film, to develop a new kind of cinema language," Chen Kaige tells Sean Axmaker in a conversation sparked by The Promise and touching on a series of differences: between Chinese and American audiences, between The Emperor and the Assassin and Hero and between the "Fifth Generation" filmmakers and those that have come before - and those following now.  Full Article >>
20 Questions with Joe Bob Briggs
By Craig Phillips
December 18, 2006 - 12:59 PM PST

You know him as that Texan who has long been a champion of drive-in theaters and B-movies, of "aardvarking," fu, counter of breasts. But he's also author of several fine film books, co-publisher of a renowned religious satire magazine, actor, cable TV host and, now, head of programming at a new horror network. We've got some short attention span interview fu working and Joe Bob says check it out.  Full Article >>
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