Exclusive Interview: Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Talk "The Way Way Back", Growing Up, & More

faxon_rash_banner

The Way Way Back is this summer’s charming coming-of-age tale starring Liam James, Steve Carell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell. The directorial debut of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who won an Oscar for writing The Descendants and also wrote and act here, has received a positive response from critics who see it as a refreshing departure from the heavy-hitting action flicks and larger-than-life epics that have dominated the silver screen this summer.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Faxon and Rash just before the film’s release to pick their brains about their experiences with The Way Way Back. I came in a little bit nervous (knowing they had spoken to some reporters from the media heavy-hitters just before me), but they were incredibly down-to-earth and welcoming, so the conversation flowed naturally.

Jul
19
2013
Read more

Exclusive Interview: Michael Cera and Director Sebastian Silva Talk "Crystal Fairy" and How Even Good Things Come From Bad Empanadas

cera_silva_banner

Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus and 2012 follows a group of Millennials traveling through Chile. Jamie (Michael Cera), an American, is obsessed with indulging in the tenaciously illusive mescaline juice, of the San Pedro cactus, while his three Chilean hosts seem more interested in a beach holiday. Last minute invite Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman) is the catfish that stirs and disrupts Jamie’s idealized intentions. In a privileged moment with director Sebastian Silva and lead actor Michael Cera, I learn how their friendship bloomed into a road movie, with honed improvisational storytelling.

For the full interview, read on.

Jul
12
2013
Read more

Hear "Chronicle" Writer Max Landis's Thoughts on Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel"

max_landis_banner

One of the better, most genre-defying "superhero" movies of the last few years was Max Landis's found-footage style thriller Chronicle, in which three boys gain superpowers from a meteorite only to have one of them go a bit bonkers with rage issues. His use of superhero tropes in Chronicle wasn't just a gimmick, as it stems from his longstanding love of comic books and more specifically Superman. You might then jump to the logical conclusion that he, like many other people, came away from Man of Steel feeling rather conflicted over Zack Snyder and David Goyer's rather controversial take on the blue boy scout. Your conclusion would be correct, and since Mr. Landis is prone to making a movie-related rants into web videos, it's not all that surprising that he had some interesting words about the final showdown between Henry Cavill's Supes and Michael Shannon's Zod.

For the full, 9-minute rant keep reading. Oh, and if you haven't seen Man of Steel, stay aware as there are quite a few spoilers here.

Jun
25
2013
Read more

HBO and Best Buy Let Fans Choose the Box Art for "Game of Thrones" Season Three

game_thrones_banner

Eager to relive all the drama, dragony-goodness and horror (mostly horror) of the third season of HBO's Game of Thrones? Or, if you don't have HBO, waiting to catch up and understand why your friends were so traumatized a couple weeks ago? Then rejoice (or despair, if you're impatient) because HBO has announced the release date for the third season on DVD and Blu-ray to be February 18, 2014. To get you psyched for that far off day, today marks the launch of a poll on the Game of Thrones and Best Buy Facebook pages (though Best Buy isn't doing it yet) where you can vote on what you think the box art for the Best Buy-exclusive edition of the third season should be. Whether you favor the scarred visage of Peter Dinklage's Tyrion or the house logos of Lannister or Stark, the choices are pretty beautiful. Meanwhile, they've already released a preview of the box art for the general edition that will be available everywhere else.

Check it out below along with the candidates for the Best Buy exclusive artwork.

Jun
24
2013
Read more

Severely Indie Spotlight: James Christopher's "3 References"

3ref_banner

James Christopher's latest is a romantic comedy full of funny moments, solid one-liners and genuine heart. In an attempt to win the object of his affection over, Nick must go through his lineup of previous women and get a grasp on the concept of relationships and love.

"Peter Pan with a hard-on," is an applicable term for Nick, who's a terminal ladies' man. One-night stands, short relationships and general douchebaggery is how Nick makes his way through life, but like all good things, it's gotta' come to a close at some point, right? Nick's essentially the perfect asshole. He's Glen Gulia from The Wedding Singer meets Sack Lodge from Wedding Crashers. He's the reason nice guys can't find the nice girls, because they're too busy being used and abused by dudes like Nick.

Jun
23
2013
Read more

Exclusive Q&A: Director Jason Trost Talks Superheroes, Hatchet 3 and Eyepatches!

jason_trost_banner

I was lucky enough to get in touch with Jason Trost, who you can see in This Is The End, playing a cannibalistic survivor of the apocalypse. The second he popped up on-screen, I may or may not have said “I just interviewed that dude!” to my group of unimpressed friends who are never impressed by anyone I’ve interviewed. Not even Tommy Wiseau.

Anyways, if you haven’t seen this dude’s work, you’re missing out. The FP is nothing short of brilliant and All Superheroes Must Die has become one of my favorite superhero films ever made. It’s a testament to the dude’s ability both in front of and behind the camera that the work he’s generated has been thoroughly enjoyable.

Jun
20
2013
Read more

How Much Would You Pay for a "World War Z" Mega Ticket?

wwz_banner1

Are you eagerly anticipating Marc Forster's zombie apocalypse blockbuster World War Z? Is it the film you've been most excited about all summer? Are you a die hard fan of Max Brooks's original novel and you're just so pumped to see it on-screen that you don't even mind if the movie bears any real resemblance to the book? If you said yes to all three of these questions, then you're probably the target audience for Paramount's gambit that there's an audience out there willing to shell out $48.75 for an IMAX 3D screening of the Brad Pitt horror thriller along with a free popcorn, a movie poster, some custom 3D glasses, and a digital copy of the film. The only problem is, if you break down the package piece by piece, you realize just how desperately Paramount is trying to milk the consumer for every cent they've got.

For a breakdown of this nonsense, just keep reading.

Jun
13
2013
Read more

Make 'Em Laugh: Gabriel Iglesias's "Aloha Fluffy"

gabriel_iglesias_banner

The aspect of Gabriel Iglesias's personality that makes him such an endearing comedian, even if the occasional joke doesn't land, has to be how down to earth he comes across in his routines and how genuinely thankful he seems to be for the career he has. He's just so happy to be up on stage and his enthusiasm is contagious. His latest stand-up special Aloha Fluffy brings that quality to bear on his audience in Hawaii and with it comes a barrage of amusing anecdotes about his time on the road with the highlights easily being his emotional recounting of his trip to the Middle East and the ridiculously (and intentionally) racist prank he pulled on a fellow comedian.

Jun
09
2013
Read more

In June, Criterion Collection Ponders the Things to Come, Gathers Wild Strawberries, & Goes to Shoah

cc_june13_banner

Rather than let older films fade from memory or into a state of disrepair, Criterion Collection gathers up works by classic and modern filmmakers that they deem to be culturally or artistically significant and then they remaster them on modern mediums (currently, that's DVDs and Blu-rays). Each month sees a new assortment of 5 or 6 films and this June that includes: Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, H.G. Wells's Things to Come, Harold Lloyd's Safety Last!František Vlácil’s Marketa Lazarová, and an expansive 4-disc edition of Claude Lanzmann's look back at the Holocaust in Shoah. For a full rundown on all the extras offered in these release, just keep reading.

Jun
08
2013
Read more

Exclusive Interview: Cheech & Chong Talk Animation, Ghostbusters, Marijuana and more

cheech_chong_Banner

Cheech and Chong are comedy legends. Long before Harold and Kumar decided to go to White Castle, Cheech and Chong were busy smokin’ blunts and having adventures while a good majority of us were either in diapers or not even alive yet. Of course, most movie nerds are probably more familiar with Cheech Marin’s various appearances in Robert Rodriguez movies while the rest of the moviegoing public has rediscovered Tommy Chong thanks to That 70’s Show.

Cheech and Chong’s Animated Movie takes a lot of the duo’s classic bits and turns them into an animated flick (review coming soon). I was lucky enough to chat with Cheech and Chong for a little bit about their careers, the transition to animation and something I was always curious about re: Ghostbusters 2.

May
24
2013
Read more


Popular

New Reviews