David Koepp: The Preeminent Scribe of the Screen

"It can, and should, be argued that you can make a bad movie out of a good script but you cannot make a good movie out of a bad script. If the screenplay has such impact on the resulting film, why does the preponderance of credit go to the director of the picture while the writer gets mentioned as an afterthought, if at all?" Jonathan Marlow spoke with screenwriter David Koepp about his craft and some of the films he's worked on including but not limited to; Spider-Man, Apartment Zero (now on DVD) and War of the Worlds.

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Babel: Bringing it All Together

The much lauded film drama Babel has made it's way to DVD, so let's take the opportunity to revisit our interview with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Michael Guillen spoke with Arriaga this past October.

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Lunacy as Auto-Therapy

Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmejer's latest film Lunacy is now on DVD. Jonathan Marlow attended a roundtable discussion with Svankmejer at the International Film Festival Rotterdam last year. That transcript is featured here for your reading pleasure.

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Win a DVD! Apartment Zero trivia contest

GreenCine is giving away copies of the new-to-DVD film Apartment Zero to five lucky winners of our new trivia contest. The 1988 black comedy/erotic thriller, directed by Argentinian Martin Donovan (no, not that one), is set in Buenos Aires and centers around two disturbed roommates (played by Brit Colin Firth and Canadian Hart Bochner). "Creepy and original," wrote Christopher Null on Filmcritic.com. "Donovan's direction recalls Polanski and his and [David] Koepp's script exudes Hitchcock. A better combo I couldn't give you."

To be eligible for the prize, send an email with the correct answer to contest@greencine.com, including your name, email address and, if you're a GreenCine member, your username in the email, and "Apartment Zero" in the subject header. Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries. The deadline is Friday, February 23, at 12PM PST. Winners will be notified by e-mail and announced in future editions of the GreenCine Dispatch newsletter, and right here on this space.

The Question: What epic 80s mini-series did Hart Bochner star in?

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Wild Camp: Sexy, Scary Sojourn in the Woods

The French erotic thriller, Wild Camp, directed by Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri is wonderfully cast, starring Isild Le Besco with Denis Lavant. The two are dangerously attracted to one another much to the dismay of Le Besco's on screen family and friends. Jonathan Marlow interviewed Le Besco back in November.

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Suggested Indie Rom-Com Viewing: Mutual Appreciation

Mutual Appreciation, a movie you might not have seen, but really should! (It's definitely a GreenCine staff favorite.) Directed by Andrew Bujalski, this Indie rom-com takes a look at the life of a dissilusioned musician who moves to Brooklyn and winds up falling in love with his best friend's girl. Hannah Eaves had a chance speak with Bujalski this past August.

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Thelma Schoonmaker Cuts It Up - Scorsese's The Departed

Thelma Schoonmaker has for decades been editing Martin Scorsese's films. The Oscar nominated film The Departed, is no exception. Thelma Schoonmaker spoke with Jonathan Marlow about her storied career as one of the worlds most accomplished film editors.

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Babbit, Cuthbert in The Quiet: An Unsettling Hush

The Quiet, just out on DVD, is the latest offering from Jamie Babbit, director of the wonderful satire; But I'm a Cheerleader. The Quiet is a disturbing thriller starring Elisha Cuthbert and Camilla Belle. Belle plays a deaf and mute teen who discovers some very awful secrets in the home of her adoptive family. Michael Guillen caught up with Babbit to discuss her films and philosophies.


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Director Michael Galinsky Does Punk His Way

Half-Cocked - from award winning documentary filmmaker Michael Galinsky - is an older film new to DVD. A group of bored kids steal the van of a punk band (fronted by Ian Svenonius) and procede to use the gear to crash some shows. Michael Galinsky spoke with Jonathan Marlow about his political documentary, Horns and Halos back in October, 2004.


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Infamous: Does This Capote Trump Capote?

Infamous, the second biopic in a years time about the author of the legendary novel, In Cold Blood. This film from director/screenwriter Douglas McGrath follows Truman Capote in his investigation of the 1959 Clutter Family homicide. Hannah Eaves interviewed McGrath this past October. Read On >>

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