"That a film this good - smart, accessible, enjoyable - was passed over for theatrical release shows a stunning lack of judgment on the part of current distributors," James van Maanen wrote recently at Guru. "The Big Bad Swim has appeared (and won awards in the process) at national festivals from Tribecca to Maui, Seattle to Rhode Island and internationally from Munich to Karlovy Vary, Avignon and Zurich, and managed one-week releases in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Portland, Oregon, with individual screenings in Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, where it was lapped up by critics and audiences alike. For the rest of us, thank God for DVD."


James talks with director Ishai Setton and screenwriter Daniel Schechter.

Blog entry 08/20/2007 - 1:49pm

Interview By Jeffrey M. Anderson

As all screenwriters eventually must, the talented Scott Frank makes his directorial debut with the dramatic thriller The Lookout. Aside from his talent, Frank has enjoyed a very lucky career, seeing his screenplays for the most part produced by the right people at the right time, resulting in films like Kenneth Branagh's Dead Again (1991), Jodie Foster's Little Man Tate (1991), Barry Sonnenfeld's Get Shorty (1995), Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight (1998) and Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (2002).

The Lookout is now out on DVD.

Blog entry 08/14/2007 - 5:11pm

David Lynch is still making films the only way he knows how: his way. He made the heady and dreamy three-hour drama Inland Empire, shot totally on digital video (his first feature made in that format), with such Hollywood pros as Laura Dern and Jeremy Irons, yet financed and produced it completely outside of Hollywood.

Inland Empire is now out on DVD, and Sean Axmaker spoke with Lynch about the genesis and interpretations of this unique film, and other things rumbling around in his mind.

Page 08/14/2007 - 1:32pm

Interview By Hannah Eaves

After finding success in the UK by documenting the lives and work of eccentric artists like Gilbert & George and currency vandal J.S.G. Boggs, director Philip Haas jumped the narrative fence with an adaptation of Paul Auster's Music of Chance, the first in what would become a long line of literary adaptations for the screen. With his next film, Angels and Insects, Haas broke through the arthouse market and received Cannes and Academy Award nominations. His latest film, The Situation, starring Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) as an American journalist caught in a Graham Greene-like situation, takes place in Iraq and marks his first collaboration with noted journalist Wendell Stevenson.

Hannah Eaves talks with Haas about working with artists vs. actors, directing scenes in Arabic and about how journalists and soldiers have reacted to The Situation - which is now out on DVD.

Blog entry 07/31/2007 - 12:51pm

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.

Blog entry 07/24/2007 - 10:13am

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.

Blog entry 07/10/2007 - 1:53pm

When Kim Ki-duk's 3-Iron screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, with the help of translator Ju Hui Judy Jan, Jonathan Marlow spoke with the Korean director about, among other things, how the "Kim Ki-duk style" plays in the US.

It's finally becoming easier for Americans to check out the director's fascinating, and varied, filmography. His newest film, The Bow, is now out on DVD.

Page 06/26/2007 - 1:35pm

"It likely goes without saying that Bridge to Terabithia is not the sort of movie you'd generally find discussed on this site. Clearly, no self-respecting cineaste would squander their time on a movie supposedly made for families, right? Why, then, are we running an interview with the co-screenwriter/co-producer of this film? Because David Paterson is (to borrow a memorable piece of dialogue from Freaks) 'one of us'." Jonathan Marlow recently spoke with David Paterson about the film adaptation of his mother's novel, Bridge to Terabithia.

Terabithia is now out on DVD.

Blog entry 06/19/2007 - 12:36pm

Steve Skrovan was a stand-up comedian when he met Henriette Mantell. Mantell had worked for Ralph Nader's office in the late 70s and had stories about the bizarre and incredible requests Nader would get from people around the country. At that point, Nader's political celebrity revolved around his consumer watch-dogging.

Skrovan and Mantell didn't begin exploring the story of Ralph Nader as a documentary first. Comics by trade, Skrovan and Mantell began their look at Nader to fulfill a development deal for a sitcom. The project eventually became the film An Unreasonable Man, which is now out on DVD. Click on to read the interview.

Page 06/12/2007 - 3:07pm

Interviewed by Michael Guillen

Rory Kennedy's probing HBO documentary Ghosts of Abu Ghraib now debuts on DVD today. As David Courier wrote, introducing the film when it premiered at Sundance in January, Kennedy "explores how, given the right circumstances, typical boys and girls next door can commit atrocious acts of violence...."

Michael Guillen spoke with Rory Kennedy about the unique and unsettling experience of shooting at the Abu Ghraib prison facility in Iraq.

Blog entry 06/06/2007 - 12:58pm

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