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Fantasia 2016 Interview: LET ME MAKE YOU A MARTYR Directors on Marilyn Manson & More

Directed and produced by Corey Asraf and John Swab, Let Me Make You a Martyr makes its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival tonight (July 22) --- and it's a sold-out show. From the clamoring of Marilyn Manson fans I've...

Interview: Jim Cummings Takes Hold on THUNDER ROAD

Generally, the one caveat that comes with the awesome privilege of conducting interviews with those whose work you admire, is that for the sake of said work’s future audience, the discussion must skillfully avoid spoiler territory while still driving at...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Sakaki Hideo on KIYAMACHI DARUMA, VERSUS and the Rules of Bad Taste

In 2000, Sakaki Hideo made his mark on Japanese cinema by costarring as the ruthless yakuza in the seminal zombie actioner, VERSUS.  Since then, Sakaki has worked steadily in both features and television.  He comes to the New York Asian...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Lee Joon-ik and Shin Yeon-shick on DONGJU: THE PORTAIT OF A POET's Unflinching Look at Japan's War Crimes

For someone who claimed retirement during our interview back in 2011, director Lee Joon-ik, has been one busy man.  Returning to the New York Asian Film Festival with Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet, his third film since his break,...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: THE BOYS WHO CRIED WOLF Director Kim Jin-hwang on Real Life Inspirations

Clocking in at a taut 79 minutes, director Kim Jin-hwang’s The Boys Who Cried Wolf is a sharp whodunit with engaging twists and fine performances. Before its screening at the New York Asian Film Festival, director Kim spoke with me...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: HK Superstar Miriam Yeung and Director Adam Wong on SHE REMEMBERS, HE FORGETS

Beloved in her native Hong Kong for a singing career encompassing more than 40 albums and for appearances in over 30 films, Miriam Yeung has come to the New York Asian Film Festival to receive their Star Asia award.  ...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: TEN YEARS Creators on Running Afoul of Mainland Chinese Government and Future of Hong Kong

The mainland Chinese government labelled Ten Years a “virus of the mind” and accused its creators of “spreading anxiety.”  After the film, a collection of shorts pondering Hong Kong’s future, was nominated for Best Picture by the Hong Kong Film...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Ayano Go on Acting, Awards and Otaku

After making his bones on the acting scene for a dozen years, appearing in films by esteemed directors like Sabu, Takashi Miike and Sion Sono, Ayano Go has finally had a breakthrough. His dramatic range and innate ability to transform...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: TWISTED JUSTICE Director Shiraishi Kazuya Talks Corrupt Cops and Comedy

With an attraction to capturing the seamier side of life, director Shiraishi Kazuya came to the New York Asian Film Festival with his darkly comic tale of a corrupt cop, Twisted Justice.  Director Shiraishi spoke with me about his star,...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Jelly Lin, Stephen Chow's Newest Muse, on THE MERMAID

After beating out 120,000 other actresses for the part, newcomer Jelly Lin made her film debut as the title character in comedy legend Stephen Chow’s latest box-office record breaker, The Mermaid. In town to receive the New York Asian Film...

New York Asian 2016 Interview: Superstar Lee Byung-hun Talks INSIDE MEN, Fatherhood and the Hollywood Balancing Act

With a career that has included some of South Korea’s biggest hits, including Joint Security Area, A Bittersweet Life, The Good, the Bad and the Weird and his latest record-breaker, Inside Man, Lee Byung-hun is simultaneously carving a place for...

Edinburgh 2016: Kevin Smith Part Two - On Making Movies

In this second part of my interview with Kevin Smith I asked the director about how, after some difficult years, he seems to be having more fun with recent projects. At this point does he have the freedom to do...

Interview: Trevor Juras Talks THE INTERIOR, And Why Our Personal Hells Can Be Both Horrific and Hilarious

Trevor Juras' wonderfully sharp existential-crisis-in-the-wilderness horror picture, The Interior, getting is gettting its commercial launch at Toronto's The Royal Cinema this Friday, July 8, and a VOD release (via Syndicado) shortly thereafter. Below is an interview done at last year's...

Edinburgh 2016: Kevin & Harley Quinn Smith Part One - Cam-Girl Controversy!

Regardless of what you think of his movies, Kevin Smith makes one hell of a festival guest. Before I even sat down with him for this interview I'd seen the man put in several performances around Edinburgh; at his sold-out...

Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn & Elle Fanning Talk THE NEON DEMON and the Art of Rewriting

On a balmy afternoon in the Silver Lake neighborhood in Los Angeles, ScreenAnarchy joined a few hipster film journos on a trip to a castle at the top of a hill. Inside the castle filled with taxidermied beasts, Nicolas Winding...

Edinburgh 2016: Talking HIGHLANDER's 30th Anniversary With the Immortal Christopher Lambert

Connor MacLeod, the Highlander, was reborn into the life of an immortal after dying on a battlefield in the highlands of Scotland in 1536. In 2016 he returns to his homeland once again for the world premiere of a glorious...

Interview: Anton Yelchin on GREEN ROOM, STAR TREK, Hardcore Punk & Softcore Porn

Getting to interview filmmakers and actors can sometimes be quite a thrill, sometimes a surprising dud. The fluctuation in quality is sometimes disheartening, when people you’d like to think of in glowing terms give pat answers honed by years of...

Interview: Ken Jeong On Why SEOUL SEARCHING Is His Favorite Korean-American Film Of All Time

Seoul Searching is a dramedy that firstly present us a peculiar real-life situation that, if you are not from Korea, probably has remained unknown. Back in the 1980's, the Korean government developed a summer program with camps that allowed the...

Oak Cliff 2016 Interview: PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE's Jessica Harper Returns To The Paradise

It’s crazy to think that at 24 years of age, Jessica Harper made her onscreen debut in a film that would live forever in the hearts of its passionate fans. Those who love Brian DePalma’s 1974 rock opera masterpiece, The...

Interview: TICKLED Director David Farrier On Internet Doxing And The American Paradox

On a lovely sunny afternoon in a completely empty Irish bar in Toronto's downtown core, I met up with New Zealand journalist and former television man David Farrier for a chat about his Sundance (and HotDocs) hit documentary (or in...