Monthly Archives: August, 2013

Interview: Drinking Buddies Writer-Director Joe Swanberg

For almost a decade, Detroit-born, Chicago-based film maker Joe Swanberg has been one of the leading figures in the micro-budget, naturalistic film movement. The films of the highly prolific Swanberg (15 features in eight years, plus acting in a number his and others’ films, including the horror film You’re Next, also opening today) usually focus […]

Thank God Kick-Ass 2 Stinks So Bad

I was worried that Kick-Ass 2 might come somewhere close to the subversive fun, aesthetic coolness, and philosophically deranged comic-book glee of the first Kick-Ass movie in 2010. You see, all this year I’ve been struggling with gun violence in new mainstream cinema and my attitude toward it. I’m not going to get into all […]

Interview: Jobs Co-Star Josh Gad and Director Joshua Michael Stern

The first Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, stars a terrific Ashton Kutcher as the late, mercurial, sometimes unknowable Apple Computer co-founder and visionary genius. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern (Swing Vote), the film co-stars Josh Gad (The Book of Mormon, Love and Other Drugs, 1600 Penn) as Jobs’ one-time partner Steve “Woz” Wozniak. Jobs follows Jobs […]

Interview: In a World… Writer-Director Lake Bell

Actress Lake Bell’s career in film and television has followed a familiar “outsider” arc. Some may recognize her from various “that girl” character-actor roles, often as the quirky-sexy “best friend” in rom-coms like What Happens in Vegas, It’s Complicated, and No Strings Attached, or from TV shows like Boston Practice and Boston Legal. Meanwhile, fans […]

Interview: Prince Avalanche Writer-Director David Gordon Green

In recent years, writer-director David Gordon Green’s become known for big, profane, anarchic and silly R-rated comedies like Pineapple Express (2008), The Sitter (2011), and Your Highness (2011), starring folks like Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill. But amid all the pot jokes and groin punches, it’s easy to forget that prior […]

Elysium Shouts Big, Loud Messages About Health Care and Immigration Reform… Gun Control, Not so Much…

Us older sci-fi fans are always bitchin’ and moanin’ about how no one makes science fiction movies about ideas anymore. How it’s all just special effects and big stars and non-stop action. Which is why fan-boys and –girls of a certain age got very excited (probably too excited) about South African writer-director Neill Blomkamp’s debut […]

“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