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Brandon Bell & Marque Richardson | Black People in John Hughes Movies

Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 24 October 2014 18:39

dwp sqFruitvale Station opened the week of the George Zimmerman verdict. Art is a medium to express what’s going on in society.

 

James Rolfe & Kevin Finn | Angry Independent Movie Nerds

Written by Pete Timmermann Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:32

AVGN 75Movies are starting to look more like video games…and the cut scenes in video games look like the action scenes in movies.

   

Brad Schiff | Animation as a Social Act

Written by Pete Timmermann Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:03

schiff 75“A lot of animators, especially CG animators, I find are a little bit more introverted. Stop-mo, we’re a slightly different breed, you know?”

 

An Evening with Martin Short

Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 13 September 2013 06:22

Martin-Short 75I come out, jump and dance around, and then I start bringing out the characters. Jackie Rogers Jr. shows up, Ed Grimley, all those guys.

   

Betsy Baker | Surviving Hollywood and The Evil Dead

Written by Jim Ousley Wednesday, 31 July 2013 21:13

evildead sqThe Evil Dead star comes to town with “The Ladies of the Evil Dead” for the Con-Tamination Defcon 4 convention, August 2-4 at the Holiday Inn, South County Center.

 

Fonzie Lives: Henry Winkler on “Happy Days,” “Arrested Development,” and the “Bronze Fonz”

Written by Byron Kerman Friday, 22 March 2013 07:17

The Happy Days and Arrested Development star comes to town for the Wizard World St. Louis convention, March 22-24 at America's Center.

 

   

Beau Willimon | SLIFF 2012

Written by Matthew Newlin Tuesday, 13 November 2012 21:14

willimon“I’m a big fan of watching movies in the theater, where they’re meant to be seen.”

 

Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story (Tribeca Film, NR)

Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:39

booker sqAn interview with Booker Wright becomes a window into the life not only of one man, but of a whole culture that, one hopes, lies mostly in America’s past.

   

An Interview with Mike Birbiglia

Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 05 September 2012 20:19

birbiglia sqIt’s pronounced BUR-BIG-LEE-UH.

 

Tommy Wiseau | Midnight Showings

Written by Pete Timmermann Sunday, 15 July 2012 17:45

prof wiseau 75The Room is not just a movie, it’s an event.

   

Jay Duplass | Brotherly Love

Written by Pete Timmermann Wednesday, 14 March 2012 21:17

 

prof duplass_75When introducing writer/director Jay Duplass it’s hard to not start with something along the lines of, “Are you ready to get jealous?”

 

Horrible Bosses | “Sunny” Star Charlie Day Steps Into Limelight

Written by Jake Coyle, AP Entertainment Writer Thursday, 07 July 2011 20:09

Charlie Day can’t say no to a good scheme.

 

   

Contamination St. Louis 2011 | Joel Robinson

Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 29 June 2011 16:23

Robinson has a distinguished career in horror art (he was a runner-up for the Rondo Hatton Award for artist of the year in 2009), but I was surprised to learn that he became a full-time artist only fairly recently and not entirely by design.

 

 

The Bloodfest Club | Madrid and Ousley Are Back

Written by Laura Hamlett Monday, 06 June 2011 20:36

“The Bloodfest Club” is the directorial debut of Oscar Madrid and stars (sometimes PLAYBACK:stl contributor) Jim Ousley as addled-but-good-hearted janitor Sonny Kane.

   

Roger Corman | Vincent Price's Vincentennial

Written by Pete Timmermann Sunday, 15 May 2011 19:44

Of the eight films of the Poe/Price cycle Vincentennial is screening five, and Corman is speaking after two of them: The Tomb of Ligeia and The Masque of the Red Death.

 

Victoria Price | Vincent Price's Vincentennial

Written by Andrea Braun Saturday, 14 May 2011 18:11

He translated Albert’s lines back into German to better understand how the German prince thought, and trained himself to think in the language as well. Then he played the part in English with a German accent.

   

Drew Stewart | Documenting Hope

Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 20 April 2011 14:18

"Even though I'm the director I feel more like a courier—just passing along the awakening that I experienced from making this film."

 

Hometown Superhero | James Gunn

Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 15 April 2011 16:52

His dad, presumably not having heard what led up to this, looks up with a bored expression, clarifies that he raped James twice, and then goes back to eating his pizza.

   

Interview with Filmmaker Kyle Smith

Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 14 March 2011 13:41

Turkey Bowl is about a football game, but it’s also about the relationships among the characters and how their lives are going off the field.

 

Interview with Jeff Malmberg

Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:47

“The more you can get rid of the technical aspects and just make it a human connection, that’s where documentary will beat fiction every time.”

   

The Halloween Horror Party | 10.16.10

Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 08 October 2010 13:04

If you’re a fan of the movie The Lost Boys, this Saturday could be a memorable kickoff to your Halloween festivities. 

 

The Instrumental Hefner

Written by Sarah Boslaugh Saturday, 21 August 2010 00:04

What impressed her most about Hefner? She said it was his willingness to fight for what he believed in, whether it was breaking down segregation in the entertainment business or defying the McCarthy-era Communist witch hunt by hiring blacklisted writers.

   

Interview with Hans Zimmer

Written by Matthew F. Newlin Tuesday, 20 July 2010 12:16

“You know, I keep coming back to the same filmmakers who tell very different stories.”

 

Seattle International Film Festival—Interview with Debra Granik and Jennifer Lawrence of Winter’s Bone

Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 17 June 2010 10:26

"[Granik] strove to make each character an individual living in real circumstances who might have made other choices had they been available."
   

Joe Pilato/Gary Klar | Very Much Alive

Written by Jim Ousley Friday, 30 April 2010 11:48

Monster kids, your prayers have been answered by the horror gods on high.

 

Jason Reitman | In Search of the Authentic

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 11:21

prof_reitman.jpgHe was funny, and spoke with a lot of candor; you never got the politician vibe that he was lying to you for the sake of good PR.

   

Wyatt Weed | Bringing St. Louis Out of the Shadows

Written by Matthew F. Newlin Thursday, 23 July 2009 15:09

film_shadowland_sm.jpgWith Shadowland, Wyatt Weed says that he wanted to "tackle the vampire idea dramatically and do something different."

 

 

Melora Hardin | All About You

Written by Jason Gonulsen Wednesday, 01 July 2009 06:00

you_melora_sm.jpgYou, which was written by her husband, Gildart Jackson, has already achieved considerable success since its release.

 

   

Up's Pete Docter & Jonas Rivera | No Looking Down

Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 29 May 2009 15:58

prof_docter-rivera_sm.jpgOver the course of the interview, both Docter and Rivera were doodling both while listening to and answering questions, and would only lift pen from paper if they needed to pantomime a part of a story they were telling.

 

 

Joy Division | Atrocity Exhibition

Written by Joe Bowman Thursday, 10 July 2008 08:40

dvd_joydiv_sm.jpgFor Control, Williams had been toying with the idea for over ten years before a desire to work with Corbijn and to make a Joy Division film fell into place.

 

   

Wong Kar-wai/Norah Jones | My Blueberry Nights

Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 25 April 2008 02:26

prof_blueberry_sm.jpgWhen Norah Jones was cast as the lead in My Blueberry Nights, the English language debut of maybe my favorite living director, Wong Kar-wai, I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

 

 

The Kite Runner's Hamayoun Ershadi

Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 11 December 2007 07:56

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There's a bigger story here, though, one that all of us can relate to, one that will force all of us to feel, think, believe.

 

   

Once Upon a Time

Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 24 May 2007 12:33

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After two or three days of shooting, John kept on saying, "Pull back, pull back from character," until eventually it was just me saying the line as meself, and he was like, "Perfect." The closer we got to non-acting, the happier John seemed to be.

 

 

The Life of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Written by Joe Bowman Friday, 02 March 2007 08:35

love3Henckel von Donnersmarck's remark about it being easier to make a cold film than a warm one really struck me. Pulling off true emotions without seeming annoyingly sentimental is a serious accomplishment.

 

 

 

   

The Polish Brothers | Building a Rocket Ship

Written by Drew Stewart Thursday, 22 February 2007 16:00

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"We became writers; we became producers; we became actors; we became financiers. You just build yourself up with more responsibility. I think that's the key to everything: empowering yourself to get it done."

 

 

Paul Feig | Geek Cool

Written by Pete Timmermann Friday, 08 December 2006 03:53

film_freaks"That's why we all got into the creative world, because we want to do stuff, and we want people in large numbers to enjoy it. I'd rather go through a studio route and then put my personal stamp on—bring that personal experience, bring that love of character, bring more human and real reasons why a character is doing something, and add that to a bigger thing."

 

 

 

   

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