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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

By David D'Arcy
Originally posted: September 19, 2006

Anyone who's seen Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's Gunner Palace is haunted by the fate of an Iraqi journalist proclaiming his innocence as he's taken prisoner in Baghdad. The Prisoner, or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair tells us what happened to him in Abu Ghraib. David D'Arcy spoke with Michael Tucker at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Prisoner... is now out on DVD.

Page 06/06/2007 - 12:00pm

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 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.

Blog entry 05/16/2007 - 12:56am

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