Category Archive: Video

Nov
07

John Sayles and Yolanda Ross Speak Up for INSIDE THE FANTASTIQUE

You gotta give John Sayles his props — he is, after all, the man behind BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET, THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH and, oh yeah, ALLIGATOR and PIRANHA. Now, along with Yolanda Ross, who’s co-starring in his latest film, GO FOR SISTERS, he proclaims his  support for our Kickstarter for the new video …

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Nov
01

Larry Fessenden & Rob Kuhns on BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD: Inside the Fantastique [FULL VIDEO]

From the societal upheavals of the 1960’s to the not-all-that-more-quiescent twenty-first century, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has managed to chill the blood of horror lovers everywhere and simultaneously cast an unsettling light on the media, racial politics, and the American way of life in general. Now there’s a new documentary, BIRTH OF THE LIVING …

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Aug
02

Fernando Trueba & Aida Folch on THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

Aida Folch and Jean Rochefort explore the creative spirit in THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL.

In occupied France, an aging sculptor (Jean Rochefort) strikes a bargain with a young, Spanish runaway (Aida Folch): shelter and board in return for modeling for his latest, and possibly last, work. THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL is about seeking beauty in dire times, about reconciling one’s artistic soul when reality intrudes, and about the …

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May
28

[Sponsored Video] What’s Romance Got to Do With It?: Thoughts After Watching BEFORE MIDNIGHT

Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Midnight directed by Richard Linklater.

This, you see, is the eternal question for me: Am I a romantic or not? As a film journalist, I need to serve many masters — drama, documentary, comedy, horror, etc. — and since I tend to favor independent releases, ’cause that’s where the truly exciting, innovative stuff is going on, I suppose my narrative …

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Apr
28

Pierce Brosnan on LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm connect in ways neither expected in LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED.

Sometimes the wedding videographers are pointing their cameras in the wrong direction. Susanne Bier’s LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED takes place mostly in a villa in Sorrento, where a young and rather conflicted couple (Molly Blixt Egelind and Sebastian Jessen) are getting married. But the kids are not the only ones being put through changes; …

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Apr
19

Which Cartoon Lagoon Will Make You Swoon?

Well, this is awkward. Kevin Smith has just put out a show on iTunes called Kevin Smith’s Cartoon Lagoon — judging from the trailer, he’s doing the Ricky Gervais Show thing: taking the audio from his podcasts and bringing them to animated life, hopefully to humorous effect. Which is all well and good — Smith …

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Mar
20

Brendan Fraser on STAND OFF

Brendan Fraser (left) and Colm Meaney are in the middle of trouble, but not quite as the ad materials portray, in STAND OFF.

Look at the promotional materials being floated around the U.S. for STAND OFF, and you’d think the film was a crime thriller in the Guy Ritchie mold, with Brendan Fraser backed up by Colm Meaney in some heavy badassery. What it turns out to be is an acerbic comedy in which Fraser, as an American …

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Mar
14

Matteo Garrone on REALITY

Aniello Arena gets distracted by the prospect of fame in REALITY.

Luciano (Aniello Arena) only looks like an affable fishmonger with a side business running purloined kitchen appliances from a small village near Naples; within him beats the heart of a true Snooki. When, in the new comedy REALITY, he’s called in to audition for a spot on the Italian edition of BIG BROTHER, the siren …

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Mar
10

Lucien Castaing-Taylor on LEVIATHAN

LEVIATHAN'S view in the midst of fishing.

LEVIATHAN is being called a documentary. That’s as much for convenience’s sake as anything else — it’s clearly not fiction, so what else could it be? Except in no way does the film hew to conventional notions of documentary storytelling. Filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel brought a multitude of cameras onto a commercial fishing …

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Mar
08

Sponsored Video: Heineken’s THE CANDIDATE Throws Job Interviewees Some Curves

Hoo-boy, hidden-camera comedy. I admit my relationship with the genre is at best ambiguous: I’ll laugh, but not always with a clear conscience. Tom Green harassing innocent bystanders in a giant, inflatable ball can be funny, but mostly because it’s Green who bears the brunt of the ensuing abuse. David Letterman deploying an army of …

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