THE WRESTLER—Interview With Darren Aronofsky

My interview with Darren Aronofsky for The Wrestler proved something of a benchmark because Aronofsky claims the honor of being the first director I've interviewed twice, indicating—I guess—that I have lasted long enough to achieve such a benchmark and that... More »

THE WRESTLER—Interview With Marisa Tomei

Although my vote for Best Supporting Actress at this year's Academy Awards would be for Viola Davis for her powerhouse performance in Doubt, there's no question that Davis will receive stiff competition from Marisa Tomei, whose performance as strip dancer... More »

TONY MANERO—Interview With Pablo Larraín

Though disgruntled that promotional obligations during his five-day stint at the Toronto International Film Festival prevented him from catching any other films in the festival line-up, Pablo Larraín was nonetheless appreciative of the opportunity to attend with his second feature... More »

TOKYO SONATA—Interview With Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Many years ago I was taught to dream in detail and that such details involve the discipline of placing one foot patiently in front of the other. Walking to my scheduled appointment with Kiyoshi Kurosawa—whose most recent film Tokyo Sonata... More »

BIRDSONG (EL CANT DELS OCELLS, 2008)—Interview With Albert Serra & Mark Peranson

The Q&A session following the TIFF08 screening of Albert Serra's Birdsong (El Cant Dels Ocells) started off contentiously with one fellow pointedly asking Serra: "Why?" Mark Peranson who played Joseph in the film and joined Serra on stage after the... More »

SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK—Interview With Charlie Kaufman

Topping the childhood tongue-twister of saying "unique New York" 10 times in a row, Charlie Kaufman's titular pun on Schenectady, New York arrived fraught with the hazard of mispronunciation (and just when I finally got Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless... More »

An Interview with DEADGIRL Writer Trent Haaga

The indie horror film Deadgirl emerged from nowhere to a world premiere as part of the Midnight Madness program at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival in mid-September. To say that the film, which plays like a mixture of... More »

An Interview with PONTYPOOL author Tony Burgess

During the hubbub and all around busy-ness of this years Toronto International Film Festival, there was one film that I found the perfect combination of smart, inventive and entertaining. I liked it so much that I managed to two screenings... More »


With his fourth narrative feature Un Barrage Contre Le Pacifique (The Sea Wall) boasting its world premiere at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, Rithy Panh adapts the eponymously-entitled 1950 novel by Marguerite Duras—a classic work of French literature—to make... More »


The premiere of JT Petty's horror western at the Toronto International film festival is mere hours away and yesterday I had the chance to sit down and chat with Petty about his creation, The interview was arranged for one... More »
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Marcel Sarmien and Gadi Harel's Deadgirl continues to be one of the more buzzed about films of this year's Toronto International Film Festival and earlier today I had the chance to sit and talk to a good crew of... More »
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TIFF: Mabrouk El Mechri Talks JCVD!

Leading in to this year's edition of the Toronto International Film Festival I had, as always, a small list of film makers who I hoped to meet and spend some time talking with. Right up at the top of... More »
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TIFF: AJ Annila Talks SAUNA

We are big fans and supporters of Finland's AJ Annila in these parts, impressed by his stellar work behind the camera and sucked in by his odd hybrids of arthouse and genre sensibilities. Yesterday I had the chance to... More »
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Seppuku Paradigm on Creating the MARTYRS Soundtrack

One of the key aspects of Pascal Laugier's film Martyrs is the soundtrack. The music ranges from creepy ambient to acoustic balladry, all of which adds an extra emotional depth to the film. The main theme is particularly effective as... More »

Guy Maddin talks My Winnipeg, self-mythologizing, psychological honesty, and even The Host.

During the first few days of the Toronto International Film Festival I managed to sit down with Canadian auteur Guy Maddin for a relatively loose and informal chat. After a long couple days of interviews (and the stress of narrating... More »

TIFF Report: MUNYURANGABO—Interview With Director Lee Isaac Chung and Scriptwriter Samuel Anderson

I seem to be on something of a Robert Koehler love fest recently, which I assure you is purely coincidental; but, when a critic of Koehler's stature champions a small, unknown film like Lee Isaac Chung's Munyurangabo, it serves to... More »

TIFF Report: Andrew McPhillips Talks BLOOD WILL TELL

Canada has been exceptionally well represented in the short film programs at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Madame Tutli Putli, Loudly, Death Unties, and Found Objects already receiving much love in these pages and animator Andrew McPhillip's sci-fi... More »
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TIFF Report: Gonzalo López-Gallego Talks KING OF THE HILL

A little over half way through this year's Toronto International Film Festival, Gonzalo López-Gallego's King of the Hill stands as my favorite picture thus far - my review here - and today I had the chance ot sit and... More »
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TIFF Report: Alexi Tan and Terence Chang Talk BLOOD BROTHERS

Alexi Tan's Blood Brothers takes a bow as tonights Gala presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival and earlier this morning I had the chance ot sit and talk with director Alexi Tan and producer Terence Chang. We'll aim... More »
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TIFF Report: Pang Ho-Cheung Talks THE EXODUS

I won't have the chance to see the latest from Isabella director Pang Ho-Cheung until tomorrow but the young Hong Kong director sat down with me earlier today to talk about what it is that women really do when... More »
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