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Paul Provenza: "All it is, is just a joke"
By Sean Axmaker
January 24, 2006 - 12:23 AM PST

"Paul Provenza doesn't actually get every American comedian to tell (or at least comment on) the filthiest joke in the world in The Aristocrats. It just seems like it," writes Sean Axmaker, introducing his interview with the director of the hit doc that's landed on year-end top ten lists in the New York Times and all over. Now the DVD's out, with two extra hours of laughs.  Full Article >>
L.Q. Jones: "I Guess We're All the Same"
By Jonathan Marlow
January 18, 2006 - 12:14 PM PST

When we next see L.Q. Jones, it'll be in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion in the spring, more than fifty years and scores of film and television roles since his onscreen debut. From his late 2003 conversation with Jonathan Marlow, though, you can tell that the achievement he's most proud of is having made the cult science fiction favorite, A Boy and His Dog.  Full Article >>
From the Drawing Board to Immersive Media with Douglas Trumbull
By Sean Axmaker
January 9, 2006 - 12:11 AM PST

Special effects pioneer and director Douglas Trumbull tells Sean Axmaker what he learned from Stanley Kubrick while working on 2001, why Close Encounters and Blade Runner have a lot more in common than you might see the first time around, about making his own films, Silent Running and Brainstorm, and about the future of cinema as immersive media.  Full Article >>
A Talk in Tirana with Fatmir Koçi
By David D'Arcy
January 5, 2006 - 1:41 PM PST

David D'Arcy follows up on his Tirana dispatch at GreenCine Daily with an interview with Fatmir Koçi, best known for his award-winning Tirana Year Zero. What sort of films could a young aspiring filmmaker see in communist-era Albania - and how's the country's film industry faring now?  Full Article >>
Emily Mortimer Deals
By John Esther
January 2, 2006 - 3:54 AM PST

In an interview touching on class in England and America, sex (the jolly kind) and luck, both good and bad, Emily Mortimer tells John Esther she's nothing at all like her character in Woody Allen's Match Point.  Full Article >>
Mark Bittner, Judy Irving and The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
By Heather Johnson
December 27, 2005 - 1:19 AM PST

"This isn't just for bird lovers," we emphasize in our "50 Best Documentaries" list. To those who haven't seen The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, it's a little difficult to explain our enthusiasm for a film that's also about how our lives can take radical, unexpected turns. Heather Johnson talks with director Judy Irving and the other subject of the film, Mark Bittner.  Full Article >>
Munich and Masada, Vengeance and Myth
By David D'Arcy
December 26, 2005 - 1:17 AM PST

Addressing both Steven Spielberg's Munich and critical reaction to it, David D'Arcy then talks with Avi Mograbi, whose documentary, Avenge But One of My Two Eyes, takes in through a single lens the ancient Jewish story of Masada and the recent Palestinian intifadas.  Full Article >>
Berlinale 05
By David Hudson
December 25, 2005 - 9:43 AM PST

Now that the Berlin International Film Festival has given us a peek at the lineup for the 2006 edition, it's a good time to review how this year's edition played as David Hudson covered it at GreenCine Daily.  Full Article >>
Veit Helmer's European Declaration of Independence
By Jonathan Marlow
December 18, 2005 - 12:25 PM PST

Veit Helmer has just been named one of twelve finalists in the running for the 2006 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Awards. A perfect opportunity to run for the first time a conversation Jonathan Marlow had with Helmer last year about his work with Wim Wenders and his own films, Tuvalu and Gate to Heaven.  Full Article >>
Budd Boetticher, Last of the Old Hollywood Two-Fisted Directors
By Sean Axmaker
December 16, 2005 - 2:32 AM PST

"In the mid-1950s, director Budd Boetticher and actor Randolph Scott teamed up for a series of finely etched, elegiac westerns which count among the greatest glories of American cinema of the time." That's how the New York Film Festival announced the screening of the newly restored Seven Men From Now in 2000, finally out on DVD next week. Between 1988 and 1992, Sean Axmaker conducted a series of interviews with the late director. In these highlights, Boetticher talks about his work with two unique men, Scott and writer Burt Kennedy, 18-day shoots and gunslingers in love.  Full Article >>
Rotterdam 05
By Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow
December 12, 2005 - 12:31 PM PST

On with our review of the year. Even before the Sundance and Slamdance awards were announced, Jonathan Marlow and Hannah Eaves had landed in Rotterdam, where the International Film Festival, emphasizing more challenging films from Asia and Europe, was already underway.  Full Article >>
Park City 05
By Hannah Eaves and Jonathan Marlow
December 6, 2005 - 1:37 PM PST

With the lineup unveiled, buzz is now building for Sundance 06. It's an excellent time to begin our review of the year, first with a look back at our coverage of Sundance 05, when many first heard the names Miranda July, say, or Ellie Parker. We're already bracing ourselves to offer you first impressions of the films you'll be seeing in the year to come as well.  Full Article >>
The Realist: A Talk with Gianni Amelio
By David D'Arcy
November 29, 2005 - 4:45 AM PST

As the retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, Poetry and Rigor: The Films of Gianni Amelio, draws to a close, David D'Arcy looks back again with the director at his own work, at Italian Neo-Realism and Antonioni, and ahead to Italy's place in a globalized world.  Full Article >>
Movies for Adults
By Paulina Borsook
November 28, 2005 - 5:56 AM PST

By now, it's become conventional wisdom that the 70s were something of a golden age in American cinema. It's always the same films, though, great as they are, that are presented as evidence. Paulina Borsook offers an alternative list that reveals loads about why most movies these days just don't measure up.  Full Article >>
Art Spiegelman on Comics and Film
By David D'Arcy
November 18, 2005 - 12:35 PM PST

With the Masters of American Comics exhibition opening at the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, David D'Arcy talks with Art Spiegelman about the deep historical relationship between comics and the movies. Also: Will Maus ever be a film?  Full Article >>
Stephen Vittoria's "Overt Political Essay"
By Francine Taylor
November 17, 2005 - 3:11 PM PST

One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern revisits the presidential campaign of 1972 and, through conversations with the likes of Gloria Steinem, Warren Beatty and Howard Zinn, examines the origins and ramifications of the "Prairie Populist's" landslide loss to Richard Nixon. Francine Taylor talks with director Stephen Vittoria about his journey from teenage campaign worker to documentary filmmaker.  Full Article >>
David Lynch: "It's life-transforming."
By John McMurtrie
November 16, 2005 - 1:55 AM PST

You may have heard that David Lynch has been talking quite a bit about Transcendental Meditation lately and is looking to raise seven billion dollars to found seven Universities of World Peace. What is the world's greatest living director (according to a panel of Guardian critics) up to? John McMurtrie asks him.  Full Article >>
LA to Omaha and Back with Dan Mirvish
By Jonathan Marlow
November 14, 2005 - 2:24 PM PST

Renegade filmmaker and Slamdance co-founder Dan Mirvish has made a musical comedy about real estate. Film Threat calls Open House (more) "a funny, fast-paced and above all very unique film." Jonathan Marlow asks him about his Oscar campaign, starting a film festival and the film scene in Nebraska.  Full Article >>
The War, the Book and the Movie: Anthony Swofford
By David D'Arcy
November 8, 2005 - 2:40 AM PST

Jarhead is a very different sort of war movie because the first Gulf War was a very different sort of war. David D'Arcy talks to Anthony Swofford, author of the memoir the film is based on, about the movie's realism, about waiting to kill and about the ways Marines see war movies differently than everyone else.  Full Article >>
"As close as anybody's ever gonna get": Jack Baxter
By Sara Schieron
November 7, 2005 - 11:34 AM PST

There's nothing about Brother Minister: The Assassination of Malcolm X that hasn't sparked controversy. It names names. It's the subject of lawsuits over its ownership and its content. And its maker, Jack Baxter, recently disabled by a suicide bomb attack in Israel, still refuses to follow easier, safer paths. Sara Schieron talks to him.  Full Article >>
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