Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Interview: Compliance Writer-Director Craig Zobel

Written and directed by Craig Zobel, the tremendous psychological drama Compliance is based on a series of true crimes in which a man pretending to be a police officer “prank”-called fast-food restaurants. Over the phone, often over the course of hours, the caller used a mix of manipulation, coercion, flattery, and sometimes bullying to convince […]

Interview: For a Good Time Call… Star Ari Graynor, Co-star and Co-writer Lauren Miller, Co-writer Katie Anne Naylon, and Director Jamie Travis

When Katie Anne Naylon and Lauren Miller first met at college a decade ago, they couldn’t have known the basics of their experience (their completely different personalities and styles, Katie’s past work as a phone-sex operator) would inspire their co-authored For a Good Time Call… screenplay. The R-rated but charming raunch-com For a Good Time […]

Interview: Lawless’ Matt Bondurant, Author of The Wettest County in the World

In 2008, author Matt Bondurant published his second novel, The Wettest County in the World, a fictionalized historical account of his own grandfather and grand uncles’ real-life experiences as rural-Virginia moonshiners in the early 1930s. Bondurant based the novel on family stories and historical records from Franklin County, Virginia, about his grandfather Jack Bondurant and […]

Interview: ParaNorman’s Writer and Co-Director Chris Butler and Co-Director Sam Fell

It seems the world of animated features for children is forever growing more crowded, more competitive, louder, and more about marketing and studio brands than genuinely imaginative and entertaining works. But every year (a couple times, if we’re lucky) an animated film comes along that doesn’t pander to kids and fast-food toys and leaves grown up […]

Interview: Celeste and Jesse Forever’s Co-Writers and Co-Stars Rashida Jones and Will McCormack

These days, for the sake of promotion, it doesn’t hurt for a smaller indie film to have a “meet cute” story behind it. In the case of the alt-minded romantic comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever, the hook is that co-writers Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation, Our Idiot Brother) and Will McCormack dated briefly but intensely […]

Interview: Searching for Sugar Man’s Star Rodriguez and Writer-Director Malik Bendjelloul

At first the documentary Searching for Sugar Man feels like a music-industry murder mystery, but it turns out to be a much more interesting and uplifting story of the power of song and life’s odd twists, turns, and surprising renaissances. In the late ’60s and early ’70s Detroit singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez recorded two albums of Dylanesque […]

Interview: Killer Joe Screenwriter and Playwright Tracy Letts

As adapted by Tracy Letts from his 1993 play and directed by William Friedkin, the unsettling, brutal, but mesmerizing film noir Killer Joe presents a grim (and often darkly funny) portrait of a poor Texas family that hires a professional hit man, only to find their deal with him increasingly complicated and twisted. In life-threatening […]

Interview: From Broken Lizard, The Babymakers’ Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan

Though it’s not technically a Broken Lizard film, thanks to director Jay Chandrasekhar and co-star Kevin Heffernan, the new raunch-com The Babymakers shares the outrageous, often offensive sensibilities of the New York comedy troupe responsible for Super Troopers, Beerfest, and Club Dread. The Babymakers follows Tommy and Audrey (Parks and Recreation‘s Paul Schneider and Magic […]

“While all the other arts were born naked, [film], the youngest, has been born fully-clothed. It can say everything before it has anything to say. It is as if the savage tribe, instead of finding two bars of iron to play with, had found scattering the seashore fiddles, flutes, saxophones, trumpets, grand pianos by Erhard and Bechstein, and had begun with incredible energy, but without knowing a note of music, to hammer and thump upon them all at the same time.”

--Virginia Woolf