Archive for category: Interviews

From Animals to Arks, How ‘Noah’ the Movie Compares to the Bible

28 March, 2014 (07:58) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

The new movie Noah, director Darren Aronofsky’s $130 million epic retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood, carries this advisory: “While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of […]

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From Nollywood to New Nigerian Cinema: Obi Emelonye interviewed

25 March, 2014 (08:12) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Nollywood—Nigeria’s direct-to-video industry of scruffy, cheap films cranked out on hurried schedules and dumped onto the market at low prices—became the third largest producer of movies in the world in the 1990s. Obi Emelonye is one of the filmmakers challenging the Nollywood paradigm with the New Nigerian Cinema, a concerted effort to create domestic films […]

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Watching with Larry Fessenden, director of ‘Beneath’

24 March, 2014 (15:59) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Horror, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Larry Fessenden loves horror movies. As a director he has brought his own unique approach to the classic horror stories and conventions in such films as Habit, Wendigo, and his animist ghost story / environmental thriller The Last Winter. Through his production company Glass Eye Pix his has produced or co-produced dozens of films, including […]

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‘Torremolinos ’73′: Applying a coat of beige to fertility, pornography and filmmaking in Franco’s Spain

11 February, 2014 (09:05) | by Sean Axmaker, Essays, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Though he’s directed only two films in the ten years since his feature debut, Pablo Berger has proven himself one of the most inventive and accomplished filmmakers to come out of Spain in a couple of decades. His most recent film Blancanieves, an ingenious re-imagining of the “Snow White” story as a silent-movie melodrama in […]

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Interview: Stewart Stern on ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

11 November, 2013 (17:35) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Two time Oscar nominated screenwriter (for Teresa and Rachel, Rachel), Emmy winner for the acclaimed TV movie Sybil, and writer of the groundbreaking drama of teenage crisis and alienation Rebel Without a Cause, Steward Stern is a storyteller. I’m not just referring to his screenplays. When he speaks to you in his measured, deliberate manner, […]

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Watching with Nathan Fillion & Clark Gregg

19 October, 2013 (18:25) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Back in May, as the Seattle International Film Festival launched with the opening night gala screening of Joss Whedon’s modern-dress Shakespeare take Much Ado About Nothing, I had the pleasure of talking with two of the film’s stars, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg. Fillion, of course, is best known as Richard Castle on Castle and […]

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Watching with Louis Letterier, director of ‘Now You See Me’

2 September, 2013 (11:18) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

French director Louis Letterier came out of the Luc Besson school of action filmmaking. He is probably best known in the U.S. for a pair of big-budget Hollywood action films, The Incredible Hulk (the second one with Edward Norton) and the Clash of the Titans remake, both of which went into production without a script […]

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Interview: David Lowery on ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’

22 August, 2013 (16:20) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints plays like the cinematic answer to an outlaw folk song. Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck play lovers Ruth and Bob, separated when Affleck heads to prison and Mara settles down to raise their daughter, looked after by Affleck’s shady but loyal father figure (Keith Carradine) and looked in on […]

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Interview: David Gordon Green on ‘Prince Avalanche’

10 August, 2013 (09:52) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

David Gordon Green rose to prominence as a kind of folk poet of southern regional cinema, creating unconventional but compassionate portraits of young folk in rural cultures in the films George Washington, All the Real Girls and Undertow. With Pineapple Express, a stoner buddy comedy with James Franco and Seth Rogen, he began a three-year sojourn […]

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Interview: Jeff Nichols, director of ‘Mud’

5 August, 2013 (18:33) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Mud (Lionsgate), the third film from Jeff Nichols, is a story of childhood adventure steeped in the rural culture of life on the Mississippi and the mythology of Huckleberry Finn, but this boy’s adventure is also tangled in the world of adults and family bonds. Matthew McConaughey is the man called Mud, a scruffy but […]

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Interview: Peter Cowie

22 June, 2013 (11:41) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Film historian Peter Cowie has launched a new series of essays for Criterion called “Flashback,” a series of pieces devoted to the filmmakers he has gotten to know over the course of his career. To mark the occasion, I reprint an interview I conducted by Mr. Cowie via E-mail back in 2007 and originally published […]

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Interview: Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg on ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

20 June, 2013 (22:54) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, shot in 12 days between the principle photography and the post-production of The Avengers with a cast of friends and colleagues old and new in Whedon’s own home, was the opening night film at the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival. It was a testament to the commitment of the […]

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Taking ‘Flight’: An Interview with John Gatins

7 February, 2013 (12:21) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

You could say that Flight is new territory for John Gatins. Before he finally got the film off the ground, a journey that took twelve years from his first draft to principle photography, he was a specialist in scripting such sport-centric stories as Hard Ball, Coach Carter, and Real Steel. It was an unexpected change […]

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Watching with David Ayer, director and writer of ‘End of Watch’

21 January, 2013 (14:02) | by Sean Axmaker, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

David Ayer is something of a specialist when it comes to cop movies. And by that, I mean the day to day lives of cops on the beat, the kind of stories that tend to get overlooked in favor or big action movies or corruption thrillers. End of Watch, which adopts a found-footage aesthetic by […]

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Milestone Achievements

9 January, 2013 (06:37) | by Sean Axmaker, Industry, Interviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Dennis Doros and Amy Heller created Milestone Films in 1990, a company dedicated to the restoration and rediscovery of forgotten and neglected films, be they classic or contemporary. They first brought Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Mabarosi (1995) and Takeshi Kitano’s Fireworks (1997) stateside and they distribute such silent landmarks as South (1920), Beyond the Rocks (1922), and […]

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