Interviews

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.

Blog entry 06/06/2007 - 9:30am

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.

Blog entry 06/04/2007 - 12:55am

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Australian-born Mark Savage, 44, is a true D.I.Y. filmmaker, having begun making scads of short films while in his teens. He eventually graduated to features, shot on the cheap with lots of exploitation elements. He is also something of an expert on Hong Kong action cinema, having directed the "making of" documentary on Jackie Chan's Mr. Nice Guy (1997).

Savage's 2004 film Defenceless is now on DVD.

Page 06/01/2007 - 12:57am

By Caveh Zahedi

Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (who interviewed Henry Jaglom awhile back to very engaging affect) talked with Israeli director Amos Gitai, who has made the personal political repeatedly in his ever-increasing filmography. In his new film Free Zone, Gitai used an American star - Natalie Portman - for the first time.

Free Zone is now on DVD.

 

Page 06/01/2007 - 12:55am

Interviewed By Craig Phillips

 

In the not too distant past, Mike Nelson was host of the long-running cult TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000, which had run for years on cable.s Comedy Central before moving over to the Sci-Fi channel (both channels, oddly, embraced the show for its cultdom while simultaneously screwing it over). When MST3K finally disappeared, those of us who had been fans from nearly the beginning were in a state of disbelief. The wisecrackers on the Satellite of Love gave us our fix for cheesy genre movies, making the horrible not only tolerable, but also damned entertaining.

Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy, have brought Rifftrax back to the Bay Area and will be performing May 27th & 28th. You can find event times and ticket info here.

Blog entry 05/28/2007 - 12:55am

By David D'Arcy

"What distinguishes Venus is that it strips the May-December clichéo the most basic equation, and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi isn't one to take the power of sex lightly," writes Nick Pinkerton at indieWIRE. Here, David D'Arcy talks with Kureishi about lust and life's "last lap" and about how to ensure that films studios don't want get made.

Venus is now on DVD.

Page 05/22/2007 - 1:23pm

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.

Blog entry 05/22/2007 - 12:55am

By David D'Arcy

"They're not ironic," Guillermo Del Toro says of his films. "Not even a thing like Blade II, not even a thing like Hellboy. I believe in these things. I love these things. I'm not being postmodern about it." David D'Arcy's conversation with the director of Pan's Labyrinth touches on the Spanish Civil War, Mexican film today, the books Del Toro reads (and rereads), the art he collects and the filmmakers he admires.

Pan's Labyrinth is now available on DVD. Don't overlook the bonus disc packed with some fantastic special features, including a Charlie Rose interview with del Toro and his creative parnters in crime Alfonso Cuaróa> and Alejandro Gonzáz Iñitu.

Page 05/16/2007 - 12:55am

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.

Blog entry 05/12/2007 - 12:58am

 

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.

Blog entry 05/08/2007 - 11:55am

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