LESLIE EPSTEIN’S HILL OF BEANS: A NOVEL OF WAR AND CELLULOID

“If you have an historical imagination, and that’s what the book demands — in fact, it’s what every work of art demands, in fact, it’s what life demands — if you have an historical imagination then (a) you won’t rename Abraham Lincoln high school, right? And (b) you’ll be open to this book and other books that try to deal honestly with the times that they’re writing about.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/26/2021

Comments Off on LESLIE EPSTEIN’S HILL OF BEANS: A NOVEL OF WAR AND CELLULOID Posted in Books, Interviews

STORIES FROM TOMORROW: CASEY AFFLECK AND THE WORLD TO COME

“You transform pain into other things as you go through life. That was all him working through it. I like stories about storytellers and I like stories within stories. Obviously, I wrote and directed a movie that starts with a twelve-minute bedtime story. I love that. I know that other people don’t love it as much as I do, so I have to be careful about it.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/17/2021

Comments Off on STORIES FROM TOMORROW: CASEY AFFLECK AND THE WORLD TO COME Posted in Interviews

A CONVERSATION WITH FREDERICK WISEMAN

My November conversation with the legendary Frederick Wiseman is part of the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s satellite programming for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Discussing his latest masterpiece City Hall, the filmmaker reflects on the heroism of local government and the madness of Donald Trump. Also, I got to tell Fred about Four Seasons Total Landscaping.Coolidge Corner Theatre, 01/29/2021

Comments Off on A CONVERSATION WITH FREDERICK WISEMAN Posted in Interviews

IT DOESN’T SUCK: ADAM NAYMAN ON SHOWGIRLS

9AFA2F3C-7DE9-458B-8447-9DDE1D49307B

“There are all kinds of ways a ‘bad’ cultural object can be redeemed. What’s amazing about Showgirls is that it ticks nearly every box: it’s been reclaimed as camp, as kitsch, a grist for the academic mill, as auteurism, as ideology, as a fun night out with friends, as everything. Maybe this resurgence is simply a case of an idea whose time has come.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 08/15/2018

Comments Off on IT DOESN’T SUCK: ADAM NAYMAN ON SHOWGIRLS Posted in Books, Interviews

SKATING ON THAT BRESSONIAN ICE: PAUL SCHRADER AT IFFBOSTON

95A63EFA-0643-45F8-B822-0CBB1A0F0F43

Last night living legend Paul Schrader brought his stunning First Reformed to the Independent Film Festival Boston. Starring Ethan Hawke as a pastor struggling with his faith, the movie feels like a culmination of the obsessions with which this filmmaker has been wrestling onscreen for more than four decades. Some edited highlights from his Q&A moderated by critic Jason Gorber:

Continue reading

Comments Off on SKATING ON THAT BRESSONIAN ICE: PAUL SCHRADER AT IFFBOSTON Posted in Interviews

FORGOTTEN FLOWERS: SOFIA COPPOLA AT THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE

8838952ae

Just shy of a year after winning Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for her brilliant remake of Don Siegel’s The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola dropped by the Harvard Film Archive for a special screening and a wide-ranging Q&A with HFA curator Haden Guest. Some edited highlights of the conversation:

Continue reading

Comments Off on FORGOTTEN FLOWERS: SOFIA COPPOLA AT THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE Posted in Interviews

FROM COBAIN TO GOODALL: BRETT MORGEN FINDS THE LIGHT WITH JANE

IMG_3597

“I’m seeing a shot of Jane sort of being composed looking out somewhere. And then at end of the shot, before it flares out, I see her look over to the camera and start smiling. I instantly recognize what’s happening, in that she’s breaking down that fourth wall and we’re going to be able to tell this love story in a rather unique manner.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 11/03/2017

Comments Off on FROM COBAIN TO GOODALL: BRETT MORGEN FINDS THE LIGHT WITH JANE Posted in Interviews

CALL HIM LUCKY: JOHN CARROLL LYNCH ON DIRECTING HARRY DEAN STANTON’S SWAN SONG

IMG_3496

“Harry made it look so easy for sixty years. His work doesn’t seem like anything’s happening. He walks onscreen fully in life, three-dimensional with his own key light and his own shadow. He lived that way, and he played that way. That is an estimable thing. That is something to be inspired by and aspire to. I’m so happy we got this movie made.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 10/06/2017

Comments Off on CALL HIM LUCKY: JOHN CARROLL LYNCH ON DIRECTING HARRY DEAN STANTON’S SWAN SONG Posted in Interviews

CHARLES TAYLOR, ALFREDO GARCIA AND THE SHADOW CINEMA OF THE AMERICAN ’70S

IMG_3276

“The tragedy of the film is that it’s about a fellow who is put in situations with other men where violence and force is the common coin. It’s the tool that he has to deal with the situations in which he finds himself, and it’s also the thing that separates him from everything in life he wants, including finally the love of a woman. It’s made by someone who knows this.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 07/26/2017

Comments Off on CHARLES TAYLOR, ALFREDO GARCIA AND THE SHADOW CINEMA OF THE AMERICAN ’70S Posted in Books, Interviews

SPECIFIC ABOUT BEING NON-SPECIFIC: BEN WHEATLEY AT THE BRATTLE

IMG_2874

“Scripts are sort of slippery documents. You write this stuff and it’s real easy to write and it’s really, really hard to do. The next step would be storyboarding, but again storyboarding can be full of bullshit as well. It lulls you into a false sense of security that it’s actually doable. So then we built models and stuff and started to plan it out, and I eventually used Minecraft.” – Boston Reel, 04/22/2017

Comments Off on SPECIFIC ABOUT BEING NON-SPECIFIC: BEN WHEATLEY AT THE BRATTLE Posted in Interviews