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By Hannah Eaves
October 30, 2004 - 11:10 AM PDT

Liberals and progressives may have launched the year of the political documentary, but in the last few months, the right wing has fought back with gusto: a whole slew of docs take aim at Michael Moore or John Kerry while others celebrate the policies and religious faith of George W Bush. Hannah Eaves analyzes a few - and explains why she feels compelled to watch them in the first place.  Full Article >>
Remembering Derrida: Kirby Dick
By Francine Taylor
October 28, 2004 - 7:23 AM PDT

When Jacques Derrida died in early October, there was widespread recognition that he had been one of the most influential figures of the last quarter century - but misconceptions of that influence were just as widespread. Francine Taylor recently spoke with Kirby Dick, co-director with Amy Ziering Kofman, of the highly acclaimed documentary, Derrida, about his experience working with Derrida, the man and the philosopher.  Full Article >>
The Art of Next-to-no-budget Cult Filmmaking: Curtis Harrington and Lee Demarbre
By Harvey F. Chartrand
October 20, 2004 - 1:05 PM PDT

"Before Lynch... Before Cronenberg... Curtis Harrington: Horror's First Experimentalist," Video Watchdog pronounced on the cover of a 1992 issue. Harvey Chartrand talks to a genuine cult favorite. Also: Harvey's chat with Lee Demarbre (Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter) makes it a Halloween Double Feature!  Full Article >>
Let's Get Small: a talk with Gerry Anderson
By Jonathan Marlow
October 15, 2004 - 5:51 AM PDT

Thunderbirds. Supercar. Stingray. Captain Scarlet. For nearly 50 years, Gerry Anderson has created many of the most memorable animated shows on television. "Animated" not in the usual sense of the word - Anderson and his team of incredible craftsmen and technicians used puppets and elaborate miniatures to create fantastic, futuristic worlds. In the wake of Team America: World Police, Jonathan Marlow spoke with Anderson about his pioneering work for the small screen.  Full Article >>
Dragons and Tigers: VIFF 04
By Sean Axmaker
October 12, 2004 - 2:52 PM PDT

With his report from the Dragons and Tigers program at the Vancouver International Film Festival one year ago, Sean Axmaker gave us our first peek at such features as Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Bright Future, Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi and Takashi Miike's Gozu. Well, Sean's baaack, with previews of the best Asian films we'll be talking about all next year.  Full Article >>
Pamela Yates: Balancing Pessimism and Optimism
By Hannah Eaves
October 11, 2004 - 4:39 AM PDT

In 1982, Jose Effrain Rios Montt, a former general, staged a coup in Guatemala. Pamela Yates tells Hannah Eaves how she and her co-director Tom Sigel got into the country to document the ensuing murderous chaos for the film that would become the award-winning When the Mountains Tremble, narrated by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Rigoberta Menchu.  Full Article >>
Horns and Halos: Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley
By Jonathan Marlow
October 5, 2004 - 8:26 AM PDT

Horns and Halos is the story of three men: George W. Bush, presidential candidate; Jim Hatfield, author of Fortunate Son, a controversial biography of GWB; and Sander Hicks, who published the book when St. Martin's Press pulled it off the shelves. Jonathan Marlow talks to filmmakers Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley about the doc the Guardian has called "a rolling masterclass on the disturbing complicity of media, money and mendacity."  Full Article >>
On a Hair High with Bill Plympton
By Craig Phillips
October 4, 2004 - 1:04 AM PDT

Bill Plympton's giddy, rubber-faced characters and the weird, inspired world flowing from his colored pencils leave an indelible impression. After first gaining notoriety wih a series of absurdist short films, Plympton has more recently turned his attention to ambitious, hand-drawn feature films (the most recent being Hair High).  Full Article >>
Decades of Proud Independence: Robert M. Young
By Jonathan Marlow
September 28, 2004 - 11:42 AM PDT

The awards groundbreaking independent filmmaker Robert M. Young has garnered over his 79 years only begin to suggest the stories he has to tell: The Camera d'Or at Cannes, an Emmy, a Peabody, and two George Polk Prizes for "Heroism in Journalism." Young spins some of these tales for Jonathan Marlow as he touches on the milestones of an amazing career: Alambrista!, Nothing But a Man, Dominick and Eugene and his latest, Human Error.  Full Article >>
The First "Rom-Zom-Com": Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright
By Sean Axmaker
September 26, 2004 - 8:46 AM PDT

Zombie fans in America - and they are legion - have been gnawing their own flesh in anticipation of the surprise British zombie comedy hit, Shaun of the Dead. As it rolls out from its current limited release to a hopefully far wider one, Sean Axmaker talks to writer/star Simon Pegg and writer/director Edgar Wright.  Full Article >>
Incidentals: The Less Known, the Better
By Francine Taylor
September 23, 2004 - 2:00 PM PDT

LA-based writer Francine Taylor catches Werner Herzog and Zak Penn on one of their promotional appearances for their new film, Incident at Loch Ness. Taylor catches the film as well, discovering it to be one of those movies in which you merely need to tell people, without further illumination, "Go see it."  Full Article >>
"Beautiful pictures": Mamoru Oshii
By Sean Axmaker
September 21, 2004 - 9:24 AM PDT

One of the most anticipated anime features in years is surely Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. "You can call me fanboy," wrote J. Hoberman in the Village Voice recently, "but this is the best anime I've ever seen." Sean Axmaker takes part in a talk with the director about the future of anime - and the human species.  Full Article >>
"At the cusp of a renaissance": Kerry Conran
By Sean Axmaker
September 16, 2004 - 2:43 PM PDT

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow looks both like no other film before it and like many, many films its director grew up loving. Sean Axmaker asks Kerry Conran what films he watched again while making Sky Captain and how Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie coped with a computer-generated alternative universe. And whose idea was it to cast Laurence Olivier?  Full Article >>
"Men who actually served": Paul Alexander
By Jonathan Marlow
September 16, 2004 - 10:39 AM PDT

Two years ago, while writing a profile of John Kerry for Rolling Stone, Paul Alexander came across a chapter in the senator's life he was compelled to learn more about. Now he's shaped his interviews with the men who served with Kerry on a swift boat in the Mekong Delta into Brothers in Arms, the story of the horrors of war forging a powerful bond that would last for decades. Jonathan Marlow talks to the journalist, playwright, author and filmmaker.  Full Article >>
"I don't intend to be a provocateur": Vincent Gallo
By Caveh Zahedi
September 9, 2004 - 2:14 PM PDT

Two movies, one about Jesus and the other about the president, have dominated entertainment headlines all year, but among dedicated cinephiles, a third flashpoint ever since it raised a ruckus at Cannes has been Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny. Caveh Zahedi, himself a filmmaker who knows what it means to stick to one's own vision, come what may, talks to Gallo about being snubbed, helplessly honest, and yes, a Republican.  Full Article >>
Sloping Up: Patrice Leconte
By Sean Axmaker
September 6, 2004 - 1:02 PM PDT

Following a tribute at the Seattle Film Festival, Patrice Leconte described to Sean Axmaker the ways in which his award-laden career is coming full circle: "I simply want the movies that I do from now on to slope up rather than slope down."  Full Article >>
"Red, he cool": Richard Elfman
By Jonathan Marlow
September 2, 2004 - 12:55 PM PDT

Who named the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo? Who's that red-haired guy on a leash? And what could the French possibly have to do with the cult classic Forbidden Zone? Director Richard Elfman explains all to Jonathan Marlow.  Full Article >>
Ray Harryhausen and Friends
By Jonathan Marlow
August 30, 2004 - 10:40 AM PDT

Part Two: Following a Bay Area screening last month of Jason and the Argonauts, legendary stop-motion pioneer Ray Harryhausen sat down with animator Phil Tippett, film historian and director Arnold Kunert and programmer Richard Peterson for a roundtable talk. GreenCine's Jonathan Marlow was there to listen in.  Full Article >>
Green, Proud and Loud: Alex Cox
By Cory Vielma
August 30, 2004 - 12:26 AM PDT

A Harryhausen fan as a kid, Alex Cox made his directorial debut at 30 and Repo Man has been a cult favorite ever since. From Sid & Nancy through recent critical favorite Revengers Tragedy, music has been a driving, thumping force in his work. Little wonder, then, that Cory Vielma, who's written our Rock on Film primer, has a few questions for him.  Full Article >>
Heroes and Daggers: Zhang Yimou and Andy Lau
By Markus Tschiedert
August 23, 2004 - 1:52 AM PDT

Thanks to the quirks of distribution in the US, the two latest stunning martial arts epics from Zhang Yimou will be seen here practically back to back: Hero now and, in December, House of Flying Daggers. In Cannes, Markus Tschiedert spoke with the director and with Andy Lau, one of the stars of Daggers and over 120 other films.  Full Article >>
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