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Jim Van Maanen takes an in-depth look at Film Movement, an independent distributor of fine eclectic American and International films that are often overlooked.

Jim says, "Pay attention to the distributor--and in particular, a company called Film Movement. This rather unusual group came to my notice some years back, after I had rented several of its movies and began to realize that, if the Film Movement (FM) logo/sales pitch was the first thing I saw on screen, I would probably enjoy the film that followed very much."

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Blog entry 02/06/2007 - 5:20pm

By Jonathan Marlow
January 26, 2007 - 4:34 PM PST

At the fourth annual Noir City festival in San Francisco, Jonathan Marlow cornered actor Farley Granger to discuss his fabled and fascinating career. Granger's long time friend, Robert Calhoun sits in and helps reminisce about Alfred Hitchcock, living in Italy and the trials of working under a studio contract.

Page 01/26/2007 - 1:00am

By Hannah Eaves
January 19, 2007 - 9:46 AM PST

"From China to a jeans outlet near you, China Blue's greatest contribution is not to film culture but to human-rights activism, exposing myths and truths about our cruel global market," writes Ed Gonzalez at Slant. Hannah Eaves talks with Bay Area documentarian Micha X. Peled about his "illegal project."

Page 01/19/2007 - 1:00am

By Jeffrey M. Anderson
January 16, 2007 - 4:22 PM PST

"Singapore-born filmmaker Djinn, 38, made his feature debut with the horror cheapie Return to Pontianak (2001), which was successful enough to allow him to direct the much more polished, more mature Perth, recently released on DVD by Tartan Video." Jeffrey M. Anderson spoke to the director about his actors, working with the Shaw Brothers and how he got his unique name.

Page 01/16/2007 - 1:00am

By Jeff Shannon
January 12, 2007 - 1:43 PM PST

"While everyone chatters about how Clint Eastwood has been 'snubbed' in various year-end awards and nomination announcements, one simple fact remains: Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima represent a milestone achievement in Eastwood's long and storied career." Jeff Shannon spoke with Eastwood about his latest feature, Letters from Iwo Jima, which made it onto multiple Best of 2006 lists.

Page 01/12/2007 - 1:00am

By David D'Arcy
January 7, 2007 - 1:29 PM PST

"[I]t's the depth of [Ellen] Bruno's commitment - not to abstract principles of liberal idealism, but to flesh-and-blood people - that creates tension within her films," writes Jim Ridley in the Village. David D'Arcy talks with the filmmaker about her unique aesthetic and the extraordinary circumstances behind her glimpses into seldom seen worlds.

Page 01/07/2007 - 1:00am

By Sean Axmaker
December 19, 2006 - 12:25 AM PST

"I've been very curious about trying different kinds of film, to develop a new kind of cinema language," Chen Kaige tells Sean Axmaker in a conversation sparked by The Promise and touching on a series of differences: between Chinese and American audiences, between The Emperor and the Assassin and Hero and between the "Fifth Generation" filmmakers and those that have come before - and those following now.

Page 12/19/2006 - 1:00am

By Craig Phillips
December 18, 2006 - 12:59 PM PST

You know him as that Texan who has long been a champion of drive-in theaters and B-movies, of "aardvarking," fu, counter of breasts. But he's also author of several fine film books, co-publisher of a renowned religious satire magazine, actor, cable TV host and, now, head of programming at a new horror network. We've got some short attention span interview fu working and Joe Bob says check it out.

Page 12/18/2006 - 1:00am

By John Esther
December 15, 2006 - 12:19 AM PST

John Esther actually hates roundtable interviews. And understandably so, of course. But we asked him not to pass on this one: David Lynch and Laura Dern, talking about their latest collaboration, Inland Empire. And towards the end: a few words in remembrance of Robert Altman.

Page 12/15/2006 - 1:00am

By Jeffrey M. Anderson
December 13, 2006 - 3:00 PM PST

Time will tell whether 2003's Bad Santa really does become the seasonal classic many suspect it will. But though it's been a hit in theaters and on DVD, director Terry Zwigoff hasn't been completely satisfied with it - until now. He tells Jeffrey M. Anderson about the thousand-plus changes he's made to his Director's Cut.

Page 12/13/2006 - 1:00am

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