Hitting theaters this week is an incredibly entertaining action film titled Eagle Eye. After catching a screening of the film at Fantastic Fest in Austin last week, I met up with director D.J. Caruso to talk about making the film and, of course, Y: The Last Man as well. Caruso's past two directorial gigs were The Salton Sea and Disturbia, two films that showcase his talent for directing great characters and telling good stories. In Eagle Eye he steps above and beyond his past films and jumps into the action genre with an intense story that kicks off full of excitement and doesn't let up until the end. Whether you're a fan of D.J. Caruso or just curious to hear more about the behind-the-scenes of Eagle Eye, be sure to read this interview.
Ever since this 28-day worldwide film festival tour began, I've been in search of those elusive indie gems, foreign or domestic, to fall in love with. I've found a few of them so far, specifically Slumdog Millionaire and The Wrestler, but I've been coming up short otherwise. That finally changed tonight when I caught a screening of a Swedish horror film called Let the Right One In. I'm quite hesitant to call it a horror film because it is so much more than that, but at its base, it's horror, at least in its content. But as for the actual story, it is one of the most interesting and compelling relationship dramas you'll ever see on the big screen this year. Find this movie right now, watch it at any cost, as soon as you can - it is that amazing!
I kicked off my first ever Fantastic Fest down in Austin, TX with a comedy all about fanboys, which couldn't have been a more appropriate way to start this fest. Fanboys is a comedy from filmmaker Kyle Newman that follows four friends and their crazy cross-country adventure in an attempt to break into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch and steal a rough copy of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace to be the first to watch it. In essence, it's a movie about Star Wars geeks made by Star Wars geeks. And considering I'm a Star Wars geek at heart, it hit that special spot within me that few films can. Fanboys takes us back to a time before the prequels, back when being a Star Wars geek was still a good thing.