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Bong Joon-ho: Horror on the River Han

Interview By John Esther

"Eschewing the reactionary tropes of the supernatural or working class threats to the paranoid ruling classes vis-àis mutant horror in most American movies, Bong Joon-ho's The Host (Gue-Mool) brings a social conscious to a story of a world run amok. The film commences with chemicals being dumped into a drain leading to the Han River..." John Esther spoke with director Bong Joon-ho about his newest feature The Host. An impressive buzz has built up around the film, including coverage in ArtForum.

The Host is now available on DVD.

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New on DVD: July 17, 2007

Something old, something new, something uh, French, something... blue? Well, sort of blue, although the "unrated" edition of Factory Girl, while sexy, isn't all that ribald. We'll have a review of that one up soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the diverse batch of titles out this week.

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New on DVD: July 10, 2007

Finally, a chock-filled DVD releasing week again! We've got new anime, new kids movies, an Oscar-nominated Danish drama and other excellent international seletions, new indie flicks and dramas, a new season of Extras, new old noir, and much more. Enjoy!

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Wild Tigers I Have Known: Cam Archer's Study of Adolescent Angst

interviewed By Heather Johnson

Twentysomething director Cam Archer doesn.t have much interest in conveying the often self-involved dramas of his own generation. The inner lives of teenagers provides much more interesting filmmaking fodder. In our 20s, we discover more fully who we are; in our teens, we struggle to be like everyone else and for everyone to like us. If that doesn.t happen, the results can be brutal, and lead to years of therapy in our 30s.

His new film, Wild Tigers I Have Known, is now out on DVD.

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Maxed-Out: James D. Scurlock

Interview By Hannah Eaves

"If you think of debt collectors and sellers as sleazy hucksters with the morals of a used car salesman, James D. Scurlock's Maxed-out will do nothing but rev on your hatred. If you don't even know what a debt seller is, it's about time you saw this film. Lending is one part of the financial industry that touches nearly everyone, probably more so even than health insurance (especially if recent coverage studies are to be trusted). In fact, scary as it is, many people even buy their health coverage with credit."

If you liked this interview check out In Debt We Trust, another fine doc on the state of consumer debt in America.

Maxed-Out arrives on DVD today.

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Danny Glover on Bamako

Interview by Michael Guillen

Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover also produced. Michael Guillen spoke with Glover about his production company's slate of progressive features and documentaries, including the recently released Bamako.

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Peter Cowie's Revolution

By Sean Axmaker

The author of over 30 books on films and filmmakers, the founder and editor of The International Film Guide for over 40 years before his retirement, and the editor of the Tantivy Press line of film books that flourished through the 60s and early 70s, Peter Cowie is one of the most important writers and editors on cinema of the past half-century. He is one of the leading authorities on Ingmar Bergman and Scandinavian cinema and, in addition to his numerous books on the subjects, has contributed commentary tracks and essays to numerous Criterion DVD releases, including eight Bergman films, and has penned three books on Francis Ford Coppola and his films.

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Melville's Army of Shadows

By Sean Axmaker

"The ultimate cult auteur."

Jean-Pierre Melville is surely the ultimate cult auteur in the French cinema. Spiritual godfather of the French New Wave (Jean-Luc Godard paid tribute to Melville with a generous cameo in his debut feature, Breathless), Melville was a maverick in the system from his astounding, independently produced debut, La Silence de la Mer (1947), a chamber drama set in France during the Nazi occupation, to his final film, the buddies-turned-nemeses heist thriller Un Flic (1972). He's a favorite director of John Woo, Quentin Tarantino and Michael Mann (whose coolly attenuated crime thrillers owe a debt to Melville), and his masterpiece, Le Samourai, was an inspiration to both Walter Hill's The Driver and Woo's The Killer.

The Criterion edition of Army of Shadows is now available on DVD.

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Les Blank: Another Cup

By Jonathan Marlow

On the occasion of the U.S. Premiere of Les Blank.s latest documentary, All in This Tea, at the San Francisco International Film Festival, Jonathan Marlow spoke with the remarkably accomplished filmmaker about his legendary career. What follows is the second of two parts, the first part can be found here.

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Blissfully Ours: A Talk With Apichatpong Weerasethakul

 

By Jonathan Marlow

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Mysterious Object at Noon, the title of his first feature, applies to his entire project," J. Hoberman once wrote of Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Jonathan Marlow talks to the Thai director whose work is mysteriously intriguing enough to be awarded the Special Jury Prize at Cannes.

Weerasethakul's newest DVD release Blissfully Yours, can be found here.

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