INTERVIEW: Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, Bryan Sipe, and Jean-Marc Vallee talk ‘Demolition’

INTERVIEW: Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, Bryan Sipe, and Jean-Marc Vallee talk ‘Demolition’

Conversation, or the lack thereof in many cases, hangs over almost all of Demolition, the new film from director Jean-Marc Vallee opening this weekend. Whether it’s star Jake Gyllenhaal or supporting players like Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, and Naomi Watts, the characters in this Bryan Sipe penned movie struggle to explain themselves and what’s going […]

Interview: Oscar-winning ‘Triple 9’ composer Atticus Ross on why he thrives with collaboration

Interview: Oscar-winning ‘Triple 9’ composer Atticus Ross on why he thrives with collaboration

Composer and music producer Atticus Ross won an Oscar with his writing partner Trent Reznor for their score for The Social Network. They worked together for David Fincher’s next two films The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl, but when he’s not working with Reznor he’s often working with his wife Claudia Sarnes and his brother Leopold Ross. […]

Interview: Director Arnaud Desplechin on the nostalgia and complicated romance of ‘My Golden Days’

Interview:  Director Arnaud Desplechin on the nostalgia and complicated romance of ‘My Golden Days’

In our current moviegoing climate of remakes, reboots and sequels, not even the arthouse is immune to the nostalgia. Indeed, acclaimed French director Arnaud Desplechin proudly embraces both the regret and longing for days gone by with his latest film My Golden Days. A loose sequel to his My Sex Life… or How I Got […]

Oscar Nominated Short ‘Day One:’ A Conversation with Star Layla Alizada

Oscar Nominated Short ‘Day One:’ A Conversation with Star Layla Alizada

The Best Live Action Short Film category at this year’s Oscars is packed with talent. Chief among them is “Day One,” the AFI master’s thesis brainchild of writer and director Henry “Hank” Hughes. “Day One” features Feda, a US Army interpreter, and her first day in Afghanistan that goes horribly wrong. The film is told […]

‘The Look of Silence’ Interview: A conversation with director Joshua Oppenheimer and film subject Adi Rukun

‘The Look of Silence’ Interview: A conversation with director Joshua Oppenheimer and film subject Adi Rukun

  I was incredibly fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to interview Joshua Oppenheimer, director of the Oscar-nominated The Look of Silence, and his film protagonist Adi Rukun. Oppenheimer was nominated previously for his astounding film The Act of Killing, which documented perpetrators of the 1965-66 Indonesian massacres reenacting their murderous past as a means of […]

Interview: Ciro Guerra talks ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ and the rise of Colombian cinema

Interview: Ciro Guerra talks ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ and the rise of Colombian cinema

From the Amazon jungle, to the Cannes red carpet and beyond, it has been a long but successful journey for Ciro Guerra and his Oscar-nominated film Embrace of the Serpent. Now released in North American theaters and with the big Oscar night ahead, this magnificent film will surely captivate new audiences, as it did when […]

Interivew: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Talks ‘Mustang,’ Female Filmmakers, and Oscars

Interivew: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Talks ‘Mustang,’ Female Filmmakers, and Oscars

Amidst the chatter about the need for more female voices in cinema, it’s ironic how director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s tale of femininity corralled, “Mustang” has been compared to Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides.” Based almost exclusively on one image the talk of the two’s similarities reminds audiences that female-centric films are almost always left competing against […]

Interview: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Screenwriters Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman

Interview: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Screenwriters Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman

There have been many movies that have hit the zeitgeist on the way to some awards season success, but few do it as convincingly as Straight Outta Compton. The movie is the highest grossing musical biopic ever and its success on the guild circuit (PGA, SAG, and WGA nominations) have many thinking Oscar. WGA nominees Andrea […]

Interview: Legendary composer Howard Shore on what inspired his score for “Spotlight”

Interview: Legendary composer Howard Shore on what inspired his score for “Spotlight”

Howard Shore – the man needs no introduction. He’s won three Oscars for his work on The Lord of the Rings – 1 for Fellowship, 2 for Return of the King including Best Song – and returned to score The Hobbit trilogy. He also scored Best Picture winners The Departed and The Silence of the […]

INTERVIEW: ‘Creed’ composer Ludwig Göransson Talks the Score

INTERVIEW: ‘Creed’ composer Ludwig Göransson Talks the Score

  Rebooting a franchise can be hard, especially when the film you’re making is going to be the seventh in the series.  You want to be somewhat reverential to the franchise proper, but you also want to stake your own claim.  That was the challenge presented to Ludwig Göransson, the Swedish composer to the breakout hit, Creed. […]

INTERVIEW: Olivia Wilde chats about ‘Meadowland’

INTERVIEW: Olivia Wilde chats about ‘Meadowland’

I don’t think people realize just how long Olivia Wilde has been in the business. For years now she’s been doing memorable work, often in supporting roles. This year though, she broke through in a big way for me with Meadowland, a darker drama than you might not be used to seeing from her. Wilde […]

Stars React to their Nominations for the Golden Globes

Stars React to their Nominations for the Golden Globes

With nominations for the Golden Globes taking place today, many of the nominees are giving their reactions to the news of their honor. Check them out below: __________________________________________ “I’m so grateful to be acknowledged by the HFPA for my work. I know they are true devotees of the cinema and I can tell every time […]

Interview: “Mustang” director Deniz Gamze Erguven talks tensions in Turkey and bonding with her actresses

Interview: “Mustang” director Deniz Gamze Erguven talks tensions in Turkey and bonding with her actresses

Deniz Gamze Erguven’s directorial debut Mustang, about five sisters oppressed by their uncle and grandmother who desire nothing but freedom, won the Label Europa Cinemas prize at the Cannes Film Festival and has since been submitted to the Academy Awards by France despite the film being about Turks, made by Turks and set in Turkey. Erguven spoke […]

Interview: Documentarian Chad Gracia Talks About Finding ‘The Russian Woodpecker’

Interview: Documentarian Chad Gracia Talks About Finding ‘The Russian Woodpecker’

The Best Documentary Feature shortlist was just announced and the saddest omission is director Chad Gracia’s illuminating work, The Russian Woodpecker. A stark and terrifying tale of conspiracy theories and government collusion, it’s a story that demands attention the world over. Regardless of its awards prospects, Gracia’s examination of the Chernobyl disaster and the man […]

Interview: Director Gabriel Ripstein talks ‘600 Miles’ and cinematic realism

Interview: Director Gabriel Ripstein talks ‘600 Miles’ and cinematic realism

Arriving in US theaters at the tail end of a banner year for TV shows and films about the drug cartels, Gabriel Ripstein’s award-winning debut 600 Miles is a film that impressively stands out. A Mexico-US co-production, 600 Miles eschews some of the more lurid conventions of the subgenre, offering a thoughtful rumination on the […]

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