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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.

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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

 

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"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

By Michael Fox

Claude Chabrol

"The murderously genteel Claude Chabrol has been compared to Alfred Hitchcock by so many critics, capsule biographers, trailer producers and pressbook writers that the label "France's master of suspense" is forever stuck to his lapel. The seed was planted back in the '50s when Chabrol co-authored an early book on the then-undervalued British filmmaker with fellow Cahiers du Cinema critic (and soon-to-be fellow Nouvelle Vague instigator) Eric Rohmer."

Two of Claude Chabrol's films starring Isabelle Huppert are now available on DVD; The Comedy of Power (2006), and Violette (1978). Read on as Michael Fox shares an overview of some of the director's most memorable works.

Blog entry 05/08/2007 - 11:39am

By Shannon Gee

Shannon Gee was able to catch the premiere of Guy Maddin.s Brand Upon the Brain! at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. It was the very first screening of the film with all the elements in place: The live Narrator, there played by Louis Negin, the live score by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, vocals performed by a .castrato found in the steam baths of Winnipeg. and three Foley artists to provide the silent film.s sound effects.

Brand Upon the Brain! will be screening at the San Francisco International Film Festival -- click here for ticket info.

Blog entry 05/07/2007 - 12:58am

By Cathleen Rountree

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, directed by Sophie Fiennes (sister to Ralph and Joseph), was a popular draw at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. A blueprint for approaching cinema through a psychoanalytic lens, the three-part series consists of substantial film clips and tongue-in-cheek, meticulously recreated settings of famous films (Melanie under siege on Bodega Bay in The Birds; a cadaverous Mrs. Bates in the basement of Psycho; a lunatic Frank on the couch in the unquestionably "perverted" Blue Velvet).

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema is currently working the festival circuit -- You can search dates and locations here.

For those of you in the San Francisco Bay area, the film will be screening at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts May 3rd - May 6th. For times and ticket info click here.

Blog entry 05/04/2007 - 12:55am

By Sean Axmaker

There's an introduction that puts an unexpected burden on an interview. "I promised myself that by Christmas I could stop," explains Kelly Reichardt at the beginning of our phone interview, conducted back in December. She laughs and continues: "I ran out of things to say about the film a long time ago. But woo-hoo, here we go."

Old Joy--a GreenCine Best of 2006 title--is now available on DVD.

Blog entry 05/02/2007 - 12:57am

By Shade Rupe

With El Topo and The Holy Mountain seeing a limited theatrical release earlier this year, and now, at long last, official DVD releases as well, most of the well-justified hoopla has focused on these films as cult classics, landmarks in the early history of the pre-video era's "midnight movie" phenomenon. Some of the coverage has gone further, telling the story of the dispute between Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky and Beatles manager Allen Klein, who has owned the rights to these films and kept them out of circulation for three decades.

Blog entry 05/02/2007 - 12:55am

By Cathleen Rountree

Upon first meeting one of the great humanist filmmakers, Hirokazu Kore-eda, last September at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by his modesty and peacefulness, characteristics embodied also by Soza (Junichi Okada), the reluctant swordsman/hero in Kore-eda.s most recent film Hana, screening this week at SFIFF. An aficionada of his four previous films: Maborosi (1996), After Life (1999), Distance (2002), and Nobody Knows (2004), I was ecstatic at the opportunity to meet and speak with this foremost world cinema director, who, as far as I.m concerned, should be considered one of Japan.s Living Treasures.

Blog entry 04/30/2007 - 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 first of two parts.

The San Francisco International Film Festival is underway! Click here for more info.

Blog entry 04/29/2007 - 12:56pm

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