SXSW 2014 Interview: Some BAD WORDS, but Mostly Stellar Talent - Twitch Talks To Jason Bateman and Kathryn Hahn

"How about that bitch Kathryn Hahn?" said Jason Bateman as he walked into the second half of our 10-journalist-thick Bad Words roundtable at the Four Seasons on Saturday morning. "This is going to go a lot better than her interview, don't... More »
  

A Turkish Eye For Horror: An Interview With AMMAR Director Ozgur Bakar

The recent debut of the trailer for Ozgur Bakar's Ammar got quite a few people excited. Looking like a combination of The Evil Dead and old-school atmosphere reliant horror film, Ammar represents one of the ever-growing new wave of horror... More »
  

Interview: WAR OF THE WORLDS: GOLIATH Director Joe Pearson

On Friday, March 7, Joe Pearson's animated steampunk sci-fi animated film War of the Worlds: Goliath will be available on iTunes, Dish TV, Direct TV and cable VOD. It will also screen in select theaters in LA and NYC. I... More »
  

Interview: Actress Valeria Golino On Her Directorial Debut, HONEY (MIELE)

Italian actress Valeria Golino (Rain Man, Hot Shots!, Indian Runner, Respiro among others) makes an assured directorial debut with Honey/Miele, a drama about a woman who assists suicides for a living. It's a beautiful film that plays out like a... More »
  

MEXICO BARBARO Exclusive Interview: Six Directors, Including Lex Ortega And Isaac Ezban, Talk Horror Anthology

As our own Andrew Mack reported, México Bárbaro is an upcoming Mexican horror anthology featuring cinematic adaptations of traditional legends from this country. It was conceived by Lex Ortega (sound designer for Frankenstein's Army) and will be offering segments by... More »
  

Interview: Hany Abu-Assad Talks OMAR And The Purity Of Cinema

Hany Abu-Assad's Omar, a political thriller and a love story set in the Occupied Territories, is Palestine's official entry for this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This is Abu-Assad's second nomination in that category since Paradise Now... More »
  

WINTER'S TALE: Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman Talks About His Directorial Debut

One of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters, Akiva Goldsman is the man behind films like The Client, I Am Legend, The Da Vinci Code, and the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind. Goldsman makes his directorial début with the romantic Winter's Tale, a... More »
  

Ben Wheatley Talks A FIELD IN ENGLAND, Destiny, And His Characters

I first became aware of Ben Wheatley when I was assigned to write an essay on his film Down Terrace (2009) for Magill's Cinema Annual. What struck me while watching it was how carefully balanced and powerful it was and... More »
  

Watch This Interview With Joko Anwar, Director Of MODUS ANOMALI And FORBIDDEN DOOR

This is from RealTalk, a webseries of interviews with some of the most prominent voices in Indonesia, created by Hannah Al Rashid (Modus Anomali, V/H/S 2), where they tell the brutally honest opinion and stuffs that is rarely seen... More »
  

KILLERS Questions With Director Timo Tjahjanto And Stars Kitamura Kazuki And Takanashi Rin

After it's world premiere at Sundance director Timo Tjahjanto brought his latest film, Killers straight over to Japan for a screening ahead of it's February 1st release. Tjahjanto, one of half of the Mo Brothers with his filmmaking partner Kimo... More »
  

Sundance Speed Dating with... HELLION Writer/Director Kat Candler

Austin-based filmmaker Kat Candler's got a sweet spot for kids. (That sounds creepy, but I assure you it's not.) Many of her films, including her first feature Jumping Off Bridges, deal in the emotional space of children and what it... More »
  

Strasbourg 2013 Interview: David Perrault On His Film OUR HEROES DIED TONIGHT

One of my biggest discoveries at last year's Strasbourg Fantastic Film Festival, and subsequent favorite films of 2013, was David Perrault's Our Heroes Died Tonight (aka Our Heroes Are Dead Tonight). The film, as one French critic called it, is... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Strasbourg 2013 Interview: Xan Cassavetes On Shooting Sex, Sibling Rivalry, And The Vampire's Kiss

Xan Cassavetes has had one hell of a showbiz story. Daughter of John and Gena, she made her screen debut in her father's films Husbands and Minnie and Moskowitz. Trawling the Lower East Side art-punk scene during early 80's, she found herself... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Sundance Speed Dating with... FISHING WITHOUT NETS Director Cutter Hodierne and Lead Abdikani Muktar

Cutter Hodierne was at Sundance the first time in 2012, with his short of the same name that took home the Grand Jury Prize. This year, he's brought the feature-length version of a story about hardship, hard choices, family and... More »
  

WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW? Director Arvin Chen Talks Families, Stereotypes, And Coming Out As Gay In Taipei

US-born director Arvin Chen had a festival hit with his Taiwanese-made 2010 debut, Au Revoir Taipei. Chen's follow up, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? is the warm-hearted story of a husband and father at odds with the truth of... More »
  

Sundance Speed Dating With... WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Filmmakers Taika Waititi And Jemaine Clement

Writer/director/actor Taika Waititi, who's been at Sundance before with Boy (2010) and Eagle vs Shark (2007), comes back with something altogether different. Co-written and co-directed with Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Concords), What We Do in the Shadows is a... More »
  

Sundance Speed Dating with... LOVE IS STRANGE Writer/Director Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs has been bringing queer cinema to the screens since 1996, making him one of the few pioneers who have challenged the status quo of Hollywood's (and the indie world, for that matter) white, hetero-dominant stories. For this year's... More »
  

Sundance Speed Dating with... LAND HO! Cast and Crew

Co-writers and directors Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz bring a funny, sweet, bromance like none you've seen before to Sundance. One-liners from first-time actor/full-time physician Earl Lynn Nelson (who is Stephens' cousin and someone she always wanted to make a... More »
  

Sundance Speed Dating with... LAGGIES Writer/Director Lynn Shelton and Cinematographer Ben Kasulke

Laggies marks Lynn Shelton's sixth feature, four of which have premiered at Sundance, and her sixth collaboration with DP Ben Kasulke.Leading up to their premiere, I got to sit down with two long-time cold weather comrades and pick their brain... More »
  

Sundance Speed Dating with... COLD IN JULY Director Jim Mickle

Jim Mickle returns to Sundance for the second year in a row following his 2013 critical smash We Are What We Are, which also played at Cannes Director's Fortnight prior to its theatrical release this year by eOne. This year... More »
  
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