By Sean Axmaker

"'Everyone has his reasons,' that famous quote from the inexhaustible 1939 masterpiece The Rules of the Game, has been the standard critical stamp on the work of Jean Renoir. Every individual in a Renoir film is a unique person whom Renoir attempts to understand, or at least make understood to us," says Sean Axmaker in his article about the French master's films and characters. A special three disc Collector's Edition featuring some of Renoirs finest works is now available on DVD.

Blog entry 04/27/2007 - 12:59am

By Jonathan Marlow







With the release of Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting on DVD, the vast and vital oeuvre of Raúiz, seemingly so far out of reach for most of us, is brought one small but welcome step closer. Jonathan Marlow met the Chilean director in Rotterdam. Also: A talk with Elsa Zylberstein about working with Ruiz on Time Regained and That Day.

Page 04/24/2007 - 7:49pm

By Jonathan Marlow







As Al Franken: God Spoke segues from the festival circuit to a video store near you, Jonathan Marlow talks with directors Chris Hegedus and Nick Doob about capturing a dynamic personality during an emotionally charged campaign - and about their many years of working together and their contributions to the American documentary, often in collaboration with Hegedus's husband and partner, D.A. Pennebaker.

Page 04/24/2007 - 6:00pm

By Jonathan Marlow

Stephen and Timothy Quay's first live-action feature in eleven years, The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, is, among many things, "a tragic fairy tale drenched in otherworldly visual splendor," as Nick Schager has put it for Slant. Jonathan Marlow spoke with the Quay Brothers at their London studio in February, 2006; this is the first part of their conversation - the Second half can be read here.

The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes and Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers, are now available on DVD.

Page 04/24/2007 - 5:39pm

By David D'Arcy

Alan Bennett's smash Broadway hit, The History Boys, made its way to movie theaters last year with its winning team, director Nicholas Hytner and the solid ensemble cast, intact. David D'Arcy talks with Bennett about England in the 80s, performance vs truth and the state of comedy today.

The History Boys is now on DVD.

Page 04/17/2007 - 1:00pm

By Sean Axmaker

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.

Smokin' Aces is now available on DVD.

Page 04/17/2007 - 11:30am

Interview By Sara Schieron

When Flannel Pajamas won over crowds at Sundance in 2006, the press was affectionate as well, offering high-pedigree praise and comparing this exploration of marital challenges to similarly themed films by the likes of Cassavetes and Bergman. Such a comparison is not made loosely as writer/director Jeff Lipsky, a film distributor turned filmmaker, distributed the works of those two greats and so many influential others.

Flannel Pajamas is now available on DVD.

Blog entry 04/12/2007 - 12:59am

Interview By Jonathan Marlow

"I think that I always wanted to have a brother."

In 1979, a 21-year-old filmmaker warped countless young minds with a terrifying bit of surreality called Phantasm. A quarter of a century later, he's entertaining us with a tale of Elvis and JFK, both alive (yet feeling their age), as crime-fighters. Jonathan Marlow finally caught up with the director on the eve of Bubba Ho-tep's release, long after Don Coscarelli appeared with Bruce Campbell at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival in 2003...

Phantasm has been reissued on DVD.

Blog entry 04/10/2007 - 12:44pm

Interview By Jonathan Marlow

"The mood of making my kind of films is getting stronger here."

The Pacific Film Archive will be screening two of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's films; Blissfully Yours and Tropical Malady, this Friday and Saturday. You can Purchase tickets here. Jonathan Marlow had a chance to speak with Weerasethakul, you can read the transcript of that interview after the jump.

Blog entry 04/05/2007 - 2:12pm

By Sean Axmaker

Mario Bava is a horror original. A painter and cinematographer turned director, a craftsman turned celluloid dreamer, an industry veteran who created, almost single-handedly, the uniquely Italian genre of baroque horror known as giallo, he directed the most graceful and deliriously mad horror films of the 1960s and early 1970s. Always better at imagery than explanation, at set piece than story, Bava's films are at their best dream worlds and nightmare visions. Check your logic at the door.

Blog entry 04/04/2007 - 1:01am

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