Billy Friedkin Talks KILLER JOE and So Much More

Earlier this week I had a chance to talk with a Hollywood legend for well over an hour. From working with Hitchcock, to his extraordinary success with The Exorcist and The French Connection, through to his edgy and vital new... More »
  

From Boys to Men: A Conversation with FUNERAL KINGS writer/director twins The McManus Brothers

After Funeral Kings screened to a full house in J.A. De Seve Theatre at Fantasia, the brothers McManus, Matt and Kevin, as well as their co-producer Michael McGarry bumped into me first at one of the usual end of the... More »
  

Interview: Talking With THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND Actress Molly Ryman

David Spaltro's Things I Don't Understand is a wonderful independent film set in New York City that has been selected at numerous film festivals and won a number of prestigious awards over the past few months. The film's lead... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: SATURDAY MORNING MASSACRE dir. Spencer Parsons & actor/prod. Jonny Mars on Ghosts and Scooby Doo

Using Scooby Doo as a jumping off point, director Spencer Parsons's latest is a horror-parody of the classic cartoon series starring Ashley Spillers, Jonny Mars, Josephine Decker, and Adam Tate as questionably competent paranormal investigators. After the world premiere of... More »
  

LA Film Fest 2012 Interview: A BAND CALLED DEATH Co-Dirs Jeff Howlett & Mark Covino On The Discovery That Changed Punk Rock History

A BAND CALLED DEATH is the story of an all-black proto-punk band from Detroit who waited over thirty years to get their due. Active in the early 70s, Death--teenage brothers David, Dannis, and Bobby Hackney--were largely ignored and their only... More »
  

Rape as Occupational Hazard: THE INVISIBLE WAR Director Kirby Dick on Exposing the U.S. Military's Shameful Cover-up

Occasionally a documentary manages to attract enough attention that it begins to trickle into our collective conversation, perhaps even holding sway for some kind of proactive social response. One hopes that the impact of director Kirby Dick's (Twist of Faith,... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

Director Randall Cole Talks 388 ARLETTA AVE

Director Randall Cole's 388 Arletta Avenue offers a different perspective on the increasingly common and popular "found footage" aesthetic, which now seems to comprise its own genre. Following a (mostly) unsuspecting happily married young couple (Nick Stahl, Mia Kushner), the... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

Paul Williams Is STILL ALIVE And Has Only Just Begun!

I'm a kid of the 1970's and if you grew up when I did, then you pretty much couldn't go through life without coming into contact with the work of the diminutive Paul Williams, at least a few hundred... More »
  

Talking COSMOPOLIS with Cronenberg, Pattinson, Giamatti and co.

Toronto's Thompson hotel is a fitting locale to have a chat about Cosmopolis. If Toronto's Royal York harkens back to a time when fancy accommodation meant a copper roofed castle located across from the central train station, then the Thompson... More »
  

CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT Director Yung Chang Talks Boxing, Everyday People, and Fruit Hunter Bill Pullman

Following the critical and commercial success of his 2007 documentary, Up the Yangtze, director Yung Chang once again turns his camera towards a rapidly-modernizing China in China Heavyweight. The day before his film is set to have its Canadian premier... More »
By Rachel Fox   
  

SIFF 2012 Interview: THE MOST FUN I'VE EVER HAD WITH MY PANTS ON Director Drew Denny Talks Laughter, Tears, and Eating Her Dad's Ashes

Drew Denny is easily the most talented lady I know. Her CV is unreal -- she's arts editor for L.A. RECORD and a contributor at countless print and online magazines, songwriter and performer in Big Whup and Bon Bon, and... More »
  

Talking With OSLO, AUGUST 31'ST Director Joachim Trier

 Joachim Trier's second feature, Oslo, August 31'st is a day in the life of young Anders (played in a great turn by Anders Danielsen Lie), an affable and seemingly nice young man, who happens to be  a recovering junkie, day... More »
  

Interview: Introducing THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND Actress, Grace Folsom

Grace Folsom may not be a name familiar to many of you at present, but I have little doubt that you will see and hear a lot more from this actress in the years to come.  Her debut feature film... More »
By Hugo Ozman   
  

Hot Docs 2012 Interview: Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart of SEXY BABY

The temptation in the headline above is to say "Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart... the star of Sexy Baby." But aside from the fact that docs don't really have stars, she's also just one of the three subjects of Ronna Gradus and Jill... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Interview: Boris Rodriguez of EDDIE - THE SLEEPWALKING CANNIBAL

Of all the films I've seen this year at Tribeca -- and the tally is starting to add up -- none brings a smile to my face faster than Eddie - The Sleepwalking Cannibal. And I'm guessing I'm not the... More »
  

Tribeca 2012 Interview: Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead of RESOLUTION

I'll tell you what kind of guys Messrs. Benson and Moorhead are, in addition, of course, to being the co-directors of one of Tribeca's breakout hits this year, Resolution. When I met them a couple of days ago in the... More »
  

Ti West Talks THE INNKEEPERS Dvd Blu-Ray And THE SIDE EFFECT

Ti West first made an impression back in 2005, when his horror film The Roost premiered at SXSW. Since then, West has directed the somewhat ill-fated (and received) Cabin Fever 2, and the surprise hit House Of The Devil, a... More »
  

Talking CHIMPANZEE With Dame Jane Goodall, Chimp Lady Extraordinaire

Yes, I called Dr. Jane Goodall the "chimp lady", and I'm probably going to catch some sort of monkey ape hell for it. The best part, of course, is that she'd take it as a compliment. Meeting this pioneering naturalist... More »
  

What BULLY Director Lee Hirsch is "Not Willing to Cut," Plus: Earning Trust and Getting Footage

I sat down Monday afternoon with director Lee Hirsch to talk about his film Bully (read my review of the film here), the challenges of making a film about kids in terrible situations, and the latest on the ratings issue... More »
  

TWITCH talks with Drew Goddard about CABIN IN THE WOODS

I sat down with Drew Goddard when he was here in Toronto promoting his extraordinary debut, The Cabin in the Woods [my review of the film]. Tall, assured, with an infectious enthusiasm and a rapid fire way of talking,... More »
  
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