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Interview: Director Jared Cohn Talks STREET SURVIVORS: THE TRUE STORY OF THE LYNYRD SKYNYRD PLANE CRASH

Lynyrd Skynyrd is arguably one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands ever, responsible for several indispensable tracks when you talk about genuine classics: just think “Free Bird”, “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Simple Man” for starters. In retrospect, it’s unbelievable...

Interview: I AM VENGEANCE: RETALIATION Director Ross Boyask Talks UK Action

Stu Bennett and Vinnie Jones star in the action-packed film, out in North America this week from Saban Films.

YOU DON'T NOMI Interview: Director Jeffrey McHale on the Unique Legacy of Paul Verhoeven's SHOWGIRLS

After the success of Basic Instinct, director Paul Verhoeven joined forces again with screenwriter Joe Eszterhas for another highly provocative and sexually-charged film, the biggest NC-17-rated studio release ever: Showgirls, which follows a young woman (Nomi played by Elizabeth Berkley,...

BECKY Interview: Directors Jonathan Milott And Cary Murnion On Their Approach To The Home Invasion And Revenge Subgenres

In 2014, directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion presented their debut feature, Cooties (starring Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and Alison Pill), a humorous take on the zombie subgenre with infected kids and their teachers as the victims. Later on, in...

CREEPSHOW Interview: Greg Nicotero on Reviving the Iconic Horror Anthology As a Series

Greg Nicotero is a living legend of the horror genre. I mean, his first credit is the masterpiece Day of the Dead, in which he assisted special makeup effects artist Tom Savini under the direction of the man who certainly...

Interview: Michael Shannon Talks THE QUARRY and Religion, Plus Lessons From Scorsese, Herzog, del Toro

Michael Shannon is, absolutely, one of the very best actors working right now in cinema, television and theater. A versatile performer, he has been a leading man (take his collaborations with director Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter and Midnight Special, for...

BUTT BOY Interview: Director/Star Tyler Cornack on One of the Craziest Movies in Recent Memory

If you talk about ridiculous movie premises that not anyone would think of, and filmmakers that take them to even more extreme and unthinkable places, it’s imposible not to mention Butt Boy, Tyler Cornack’s debut feature, which world premiered last...

BEASTIE BOYS STORY Interview: Spike Jonze and Beastie Boys Ad-Rock, Mike D Talk the Movie and Their Lives

When first learning of the existence of a Beastie Boys story brought to us by Spike Jonze, their most prolific music video director, next to MCA’s Swiss filmmaker uncle, Nathanial Hörnblowér, there was little expectation it would look much like...

TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG Interview: Justin Kurzel on Returning to Australia, Exploring a Legendary Life

The director of 'Macbeth,' 'Assassin's Creed,' and 'Snowtown' talks about returning to his homeland and tackling a story that won't be for everybody.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE! Interview: Kirill Sokolov On His Violent And Fun Apartment Western

Russian director Kirill Sokolov wears his influences on his sleeve in Why Don’t You Just Die!, a revenge tale in which a boyfriend (Matvey, played by Aleksandr Kuznetsov) will try to fulfill his girlfriend’s (Evgeniya Kregzhde as Olya) wish: kill...

SEA FEVER Interview: Neasa Hardiman On Her Psychological Sci-Fi Thriller That Now Feels Even More Relevant

In Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever, which played at last year’s Fantastic Fest, Hermione Corfield plays Siobhán, a young marine science student who’s working on her doctorate. But not everything is theory, she has to get her “hands dirty”, try to...

VIVARIUM Interview: Director Lorcan Finnegan On His Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi Horror Allegory Of Suburban Life Monotony

In Lorcan Finnegan’s Vivarium, which world premiered at last year’s Critics’ Week (parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival), a young couple is looking forward to take the next step in their relationship: get their own home. Guided by an...

Interview: Rebecca Zlotowski Talks AN EASY GIRL

Before everything went to hell with the COVID-19, I was prepping for attending Film at Lincoln Center's annual Rendezvous with French Cinema Festival, as I've been covering it for Screen Anarchy for the last several years. I was even lucky...

FICUNAM 2020 Interview: Chris Fujiwara On The Legacy Of Jacques Tourneur

French filmmaker Jacques Tourneur is, certainly, an important part of the history of horror cinema, because he was one of the directors in Val Lewton’s low-budget horror unit at RKO Pictures. In the forties, Tourneur directed the Lewton-produced classics Cat...

Interview: BACURAU Directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles

Flipping the idea of first world hegemony on its head, a Brazilian Western sci-fi genre mashup Bacurau is a campy, violent, funny, angry, energetic and carthartic film that is extremely enjoyable for both genre fans and politically minded. It is...

Rotterdam 2020 Interview: Mattie Do Talks About THE LONG WALK

A few years ago, the International Film Festival Rotterdam re-instated its genre segment, the Rotterdämmerung, as part of the general program. And ever since it's back, it is always literally the first part of the programming where I will look....

Interview: Angela Schanelec on I WAS AT HOME, BUT...

It's never about interpretation, it's never about meaning, it's never about where we are going. Maren doesn't ask these because films are not about where we are going. (laughs) It's about a scene. Then another scene.

Rotterdam 2020 Interview: Fest Director Bero Beyer Talks Indie Cinema in the Age of Streamers

"It´s a rigged game," IFFR director says, on the situation of independent cinema in the era of constant transformations.

Interview: Richard Stanley Talks COLOR OUT OF SPACE, Nicolas Cage, and Clear and Present Dangers

The filmmaker talks about creating a believable family around Nicolas Cage and the relevance of the Cthulhu Mythos to the modern day.

Interview: Director Jennifer Reeder On The Sadness And Hopefulness Of KNIVES AND SKIN

In Knives and Skin, a date between two high school students, Carolyn Harper (Raven Whitley) and Andy Kitzmiller (Ty Olwin), goes terribly wrong, leading to misogynistic attitudes and the disappearance of the young girl. While writer/director Jennifer Reeder uses the...