Masacre En Xoco 2013 Interview (Part 2 Of 3): Mauricio Matamoros, José Luis Ortega & Jorge Grajales Name The Essential Mexican Horror Movies

Mexican cinema has been a very important part of each Masacre en Xoco edition and 2013 is no exception: curators Mauricio Matamoros and José Luis Ortega have ready two films by Juan López Moctezuma, a homage to Rafael Corkidi and... More »
  

Masacre En Xoco 2013 Interview (Part 1 Of 3): Mauricio Matamoros & José Luis Ortega On The Origin Of The 35mm Horror Showing

Since 2010, Masacre en Xoco has been Cineteca Nacional's annual showing of both classic and contemporary horror cinema on 35mm (or 16mm). As we all know, digital projection has replaced celluloid and at Mexico's Cinematheque things are no different. Hence... More »
  

17th Japanese Film Festival 2013: Twitch Interviews Two Greats!

The 17th Japanese Film Festival is on full swing in Melbourne, playing commercial fare, classics and festival favorites that have been igniting the rest of the world this year.Twitch colleagues Andrew Mack and Diva Vélez got to sit down with... More »
  

Interview: ROCANROL '68 Director Gonzalo Benavente Takes A Trip Back To The 60s

True story: back in the 1960s, a Peruvian band called Los Mads were playing a gig that, through sheer chance, had Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the crowd. The Stones were so impressed with the band, they offered to... More »
  

HELLIONS: Bruce McDonald Shares The First Bloody Still And Discusses Shooting In Infra Red

Last week I found myself driving through the countryside outside Hamilton, Ontario, where I eventually rolled up to a small working farm populated by very small horses, regular sized horses, and ten or so llamas who were not even remotely... More »
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CAUGHT IN THE WEB: Chen Kaige Talks Cyber-bullying And Media Manipulation

For thirty years, director Chen Kaige has exposed the ills and societal unrest left behind by China's Cultural Revolution in films like Yellow Earth and the Oscar-nominated Farewell My Concubine. With his latest film, Caught in the Web, the story... More »
  

OLDBOY: Screenwriter And Producer Mark Protosevich Talks Blasphemy, Honor, And Respect

Controversy has followed the US remake of the classic Korean psychodrama, Oldboy, since its proposal years ago. I had a few words with screenwriter/co-producer Mark Protosevich, who has been along for the film's entire ride from Will Smith and Steven... More »
  

Interview: Spike Lee On OLDBOY - Don't Call It A Remake

Don't call it a remake: writer, director, online provocateur, and recent Kickstarter entrepreneur asks that audiences consider his Oldboy a "reinterpratation" of the source material. "John Coltrane did not perform the same song that Julie Andrews sang in The Sound... More »
  

Donnie Yen Teaches Action Star 101, Reveals Troubles With SPECIAL ID

We caught up with superstar Donnie Yen, who gave us the facts about his never-ending schedule of projects, some words of wisdom for wuxia wannabes and revealed his struggles with the film he came to premiere at the New York... More »
  

Miki Satoshi on IT'S ME, IT'S ME, Directing 33 Kamenashi Kazuyas, And His Weird New TV Drama

I had the chance to speak with one of the brightest directors in Japan; Miki Satoshi moved to features after finding fame as a television comedy writer. Miki blends his wonderfully weird humour with the question of identity in the... More »
  

Tokyo 2013 Interview: Film REKORDER Mikhail Red Talks Cinema Pirates And Pioneers

At just 21 years of age Filipino filmmaker Mikhail Red has written and directed his first feature length film. Mikhail started his career early under the guidance of his father Raymond Red, a key figure in Filipino independent cinema and the... More »
  

Interview: Andrea Pallaoro Talks About His MEDEAS

Andrea Pallaoro's Medeas, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, is a strong and true piece of cinema, dealing with topics like alienation, desire, family and violence. In his first feature film, the Italian director explores the life of a... More »
  

Talking THE BOOK THIEF With Emily Watson, Sophie Nélisse, And Director Brian Percival

Based on the bestselling novel by Markus Zusak, The Book Thief shows us World War II through the eyes of a young, illiterate German girl. I spoke with Oscar-nominated actress Emily Watson, director Brian Percival and 13-year-old star Sophie Nélisse... More »
  

Interview: John Sayles Talks GO FOR SISTERS

Go for Sisters, a new film by director/writer John Sayles, the godfather of American independent cinema (Return of the Secaucus Seven, Brother from Another Planet, Lone Star, Limbo), is just as I expect in a John Sayles film; beautifully... More »
  

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Bong Joon-ho On Casting SNOWPIERCER (Part 2 of 3)

Last week, Twitch was gifted the opportunity to spend an hour talking to South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho about his hugely-anticipated science-fiction thriller Snowpiercer. The film opened in Bong's homeland back in August, where it quickly became his most succesful... More »
  

EXCLUSIVE Interview: Bong Joon-ho On The Weinsteins, Tarantino And SNOWPIERCER (Part 1 of 3)

One of the best - and for the vast majority of people still hotly-anticipated - films of the year is Bong Joon-ho's fantastic science fiction thriller, Snowpiercer, in which the sole survivors of a nuclear winter reside within a single... More »
  

Interview: Matt Zoller Seitz And THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION

Matt Zoller Seitz is an acclaimed film and television critic. His current roles include editor-in-chief for rogerebert.com and television critic for New York Magazine. He has just published The Wes Anderson Collection, a filmology-turned-chronological insight into an epic conversation, and... More »
  

Tokyo 2013 Interview: Watanabe Hirobumi, The Not-So-Foolish Piggy, Talks AND THE MUD SHIP SAILS AWAY

And the Mud Ship Sails Away is an entertaining indie comedy set in Tochigi prefecture, a few hours north of Tokyo. It stars Shibukawa Kiyohiko as Takashi, an unemployed, unmotivated slob who one day gets a visit from a girl... More »
  

Keanu Reeves And Tiger Chen Talk MAN OF TAI CHI And The Meaning Of Martial Arts Films

Talk to Keanu Reeves and Tiger Hu Chen about their new film Man of Tai Chi? Whoa! Joking aside, it was a rare chance and one for which I was grateful. Reeves is a fascinating figure who has crafted a solid... More »
  

Tokyo 2013 Interview: Fukada Koji On His Rohmer-Inflected AU REVOIR L' ETE

Director Fukada Koji is no stranger to the Tokyo International Film Festival. His first feature Hospitalité was awarded the prize in the Japanese Eye section in 2010 before going on to screen at many other film festivals. Au revoir l'... More »
  
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