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Los Cabos 2019 Interview: THE IRISHMAN Producer Gastón Pavlovich On Martin Scorsese's Great Goodbye To Mobster Cinema

In 2016, the legendary Italian-American filmmaker Martin Scorsese managed to release Silence, a highly personal project that took him more than 25 years to complete. It's no secret that the key producer in the culmination of this effort was Gastón...

Interview: PRIMAL Director Nick Powell On His Old-School Action-Adventure Thriller

In Nick Powell’s Primal, the always entertaining Nicolas Cage stars as Frank Walsh, the movie's ultimate antihero who served in the military and worked at several zoos before becoming a professional hunter.  After spending some time in a Brazilian rainforest,...

SYNONYMS Interview: Nadav Lapid on Israeli Identity, Art of Persuasion, and Actor Tom Mercier

Synonyms, Nadav Lapid's semi-autobiographical film about a young Israeli man struggling with his country's identity, won him many accolades this year, including the Golden Bear at the Berlinale. The film is greatly aided by its fearless star Tom Mercier. I...

Interview: Fabrice du Welz Talks About First Love and His New Film ADORATION

For over 15 years, Belgian director Fabrice du Welz has been thrilling and challenging audiences with his transgressive genre features like Calvaire and Alléluia. With his latest film, Adoration, he explores the coming of age of 12-year-old Paul (Thomas Gioria),...

PARASITE Interview: Choi Wooshik on His Second Time Around with Bong Joon-ho

In the two years since Choi Wooshik made his appearance in Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, the sky has been the limit.  Choi has rocketed from bit parts in television dramas, to award-winning feature performances in Set Me Free and co-starring in...

PARASITE Interview: Park So-dam on Failure, Family, and "Appa" Song Kang-ho

After facing the rejection of 17 failed auditions a month, Park So-dam held to her dream, and is now one of South Korea’s most sought-after actresses.  Receiving worldwide acclaim for her role as the crafty, whipsmart baby sister of Parasite’s...

PARASITE Interview: Acting Legend Song Kang-ho on his "Relentless" Relationship with Bong Joon-ho

The term “God of Acting” gets thrown around pretty freely these days.  However, LMD got to meet the real deal.  In his fourth collaboration with Bong Joon-ho (after Memories of Murder, The Host and Snowpiercer), South Korea’s superstar, Song Kang-ho,...

JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT Interview: Jason Mewes Looks Back On 25 Years Of The View Askewniverse

It’s been 25 years since a 24-year-old filmmaker from New Jersey, very much inspired by Richard Linklater’s Slacker, went on to direct his own low-budget, independent and dialogue-driven effort. Of course I’m talking about Kevin Smith and his debut feature-length...

Los Cabos 2019 Interview: Ira Sachs Talks FRANKIE, Isabelle Huppert, The Influence Of Satyajit Ray And More

After world premiering at Cannes, where it competed for the Palm d’Or, writer/director Ira Sachs’ Frankie is now heading to the Los Cabos International Film Festival. Frankie centers on one day of the family of the titular character (an actress played...

Fantastic Fest 2019 Interview: Richard Stanley Talks COLOR OUT OF SPACE, Part 1

The filmmaker shares his favorite color, farm animal and Superman actor.

Interview: Miike Takashi on FIRST LOVE, Yakuza Subtypes, and the Joy of Not Evolving

After over 100 projects over 30 years, Miike Takashi has more than earned his status as one of the world’s most celebrated and fascinating directors.  Unrestrained by style, or genre, or the limits of “good taste,” Miike has fearlessly made...

Toronto 2019 Interview: Julie Delpy Creates MY ZOE

There are two excellent films contained within My Zoe, Julie Delpy’s latest turn as writer/director and co-star. One is a bleak breakup drama, worthy of Ingmar Bergman at his starkest, that relentlessly explores a former couple’s escalating worst nightmare. The...

HAUNT Interview: Bryan Woods And Scott Beck On Their Haunted Attraction Horror Effort

Haunted attractions have been a quintessential location for horror films. Just in 2019, It Chapter Two has a major scene involving James McAvoy’s Bill trying to save, at a funhouse, an innocent kid from Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård); and prior to their...

Interview: Danny Trejo Talks 3 FROM HELL And Reveals Why Rob Zombie And Robert Rodriguez Are Such Distinctive Filmmakers

Danny Trejo might just be the ultimate badass character actor. Of course, his lead role in Robert Rodriguez’s exploitation effort Machete took Trejo to superstardom, but his filmography goes a long, long way. During my interview with Trejo for the...

3 FROM HELL Interview: Rob Zombie On The Manson Family, Spaghetti Westerns, Lucha Libre Masks And More

It’s been 14 years since we last saw musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie’s most iconic movie characters. At the end of arguably Zombie’s finest film The Devil’s Rejects, the notorious killers Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), Otis (Bill Moseley) and Captain...

Toronto 2019 Interview: SYNCHRONIC Directors Moorhead & Benson's Favorite Cinematic Representations of Altered States

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson have wowed audiences with their mind-bending (and genre-bending) films Resolution, Spring, and The Endless. All of these films share the similarity of slyly tackling complex philosophical and/or metaphysical subject matter in an entertaining package. The...

TONE-DEAF Interview: Amanda Crew Talks Comedy Horror, Millennials vs. Baby Boomers Battle And More

In Richard Bates Jr.’s Tone-Deaf (now in theaters and On Demand), Amanda Crew (of Silicon Valley fame) plays Olive, a young woman whose life is not going that well. She loses her boyfriend and her job and on top of...

GWEN Interview: Director William McGregor On His Slow Burn Folk Tale

In William McGregor’s first feature-lenght film Gwen, available in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD this Friday, August 16, the titular character is a teenage girl (played by Eleanor Worthington-Cox) who lives in a farm in 19th century rural...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: Director Toyoda Toshiaki Talks Quiet Rebellion in THE MIRACLE OF CRYBABY SHOTTAN

The films of Toyoda Toshiaki are known for their brash and exciting style, laced with acid takes on society.  Returning to the big screen after four years with The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan, director Toyoda shows his quieter, more contemplative...

Japan Cuts 2019 Interview: Cut Above Winner Tsukamoto Shinya Talks KILLING and TETSUO: THE IRON MAN

From his beginnings as a 14-year-old with a Super 8 camera, to his latest film, KILLING; a twist on the classic samurai movie, Tsukamoto Shinya has always blazed his own cinematic path.     Receiving Japan Cuts 2019 Cut Above award...