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Interview: On Ski Movies with 'Force Majeure' Director Ruben Östlund

Ruben Östlund

"I wanted to make the ski trip to hell!" That's exactly what he has made. I really, really love Ruben Östlund's Force Majeure, it's one of my favorite films this year and if you're looking for something fun and original to watch give this one a look. I've been pushing this film and highlighting it as much as possible because it's not easy to get Marvel audiences interested in Swedish films about a family on a "ski trip to hell". But this is one of those great films that stands out in a crowd, and you will probably want to visit the Alps after. While traveling to promote the release, I met up with Swedish writer and director Ruben Östlund (of the films Play, Involuntary and Gitarrmongot previously) to talk about Force Majeure. Watch the full video below.

 Posted October 28 in Feat, Foreign Film, Interview, To Watch | Comments

Check Out These Stunning Artistic Blu-Ray Covers for Sony Movies

Sony Blu-Ray Covers

Who would've thought it would be Best Buy bringing us awesome DVD covers? It is our general policy to skip most DVD/Blu-ray news, however this time I'm making an exception because this artwork is fantastic and I need to pay some compliments to whoever came up with this. A new promo called Project Pop Art has been announced involving Sony re-releasing 16 cult movie hits on Blu-ray this November. Each Steelbook Blu-ray is wrapped in gorgeous pop art from designers all over the world curated by Gallery 1988. They've chosen a handful of bestseller hits including The Fifth Element, Superbad, District 9, Snatch, Taxi Driver, Das Boot, Stripes, even The Who movie Tommy. All of them turned out great - see below.

 Posted October 28 in Artwork, Cool Stuff, Feat | Comments

Interview: Director Jason Reitman on His Passion for Honest Stories

Jason Reitman

It has been a while. So, how are things? Over the many years I've been running this website I've had a few amazing chats with Jason Reitman. I first met Jason way back in 2007, interviewing him for his second film Juno at the Toronto Film Festival. That was followed up with the legendary gondola interview from the Telluride Film Festival, where Peter Sciretta from SlashFilm and I talked with Jason about making Up in the Air as we slowly rode a gondola up the mountain and back down. It has been five years since I've sat down for a formal interview with Jason, despite meeting up at film festivals for Labor Day last year and Men, Women & Children this year, but as always it's so much fun to talk with him. Here's our latest chat.

 Posted October 27 in Feat, Interview | Comments

Review: Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar' is Ambitious, Affecting Sci-Fi

Interstellar Review

There used to be a time when we would look up at the stars and dream. We would wonder what it was like out there, what we might find out amongst the endless black of space. But then things changed, we became obsessed with ourselves again, with battling each other for money and power, and we forgot how to dream. Along comes Interstellar, an exhilarating science fiction creation that once again reminds us that we can dream, that we get to breathe this fresh air on this beautiful planet, that we get to smile, cry and laugh. And it's those feelings that matter the most. It reminds us that the desire to connect is one of the most important aspects of humanity and that nothing–whether it be time or space or others–can break those bonds of love.

 Posted October 27 in Feat, Review, SciFi | Comments

Interview: 'The Overnighters' Director Jesse Moss Talks Making Docs

Jesse Moss

One of my favorite documentaries, in fact one of the very best documentaries this year, is one called The Overnighters from director Jesse Moss. The film follows a wild, almost unbelievable story set in North Dakota about a local Pastor named Jay Reinke who risks everything to help his new neighbors. It won over crowds at the Sundance Film Festival this year, picked up a Special Jury Prize, before going on to play at the Tribeca, Sheffield, Montclair, Sydney and New Zealand Film Festivals, winning awards at Full Frame, Miami and San Francisco, too. Drafthouse Films bravely picked up the doc and it's now playing in select theaters. I was lucky enough to meet up with Jesse Moss for an interview in New York last week and it was wonderful.

 Posted October 22 in Feat, Interview | Comments

Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League Defends Both Digital & 35mm Cinema

Alamo Drafthouse

We're only a few weeks away from the release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which will be opening four days early in film only (35mm/70mm projection). The announcement caused quite a stir in the cinema community, as the response from some movie theater chains was not unexpected. Many of them got upset, many of them were pissed off that they weren't a part of this deal, the big reason being that they just gave up their 35mm projectors to transform to digital and now they're missing out on some of the best money of the year. So they blame the studios, and the filmmakers, but never themselves. In response to all of this, Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League (who owns a handful of theaters himself) wrote a passionate essay/response and published it on Deadline. It's brilliant, it gets everything right, and at the end of it all, it's inspiring too.

 Posted October 20 in Discuss, Feat, Movie News | Comments

Mondo Unveils 'Gremlins' & 'Fargo' Knit Sweaters in Time for Winter

Mondo

Now that fall is upon us, it's starting to get a little chilly out (at least if you live somewhere with all four seasons), and that means it's time for warmer clothes. Thankfully, if you're a cinephile who just always has to represent what you love with what you wear, then the folks at Mondo have you covered. After unveiling their 237 Collection inspired by The Shining, the collectible arthouse has now released two knit sweaters that will be perfect for fans of the cult classic holiday film Gremlins from director Joe Dante and producer Steven Spielberg and Joel & Ethan Coen's Fargo (though it's more of a tribute to the TV series). Look now!

 Posted October 17 in Cool Stuff, Feat | Comments

Video Interview: 'Birdman' Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu Discusses Life

Alejandro G. Iñárritu Interview

"A journey should always be mysterious..." One of the best films of 2014 is Birdman, the fifth feature from Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, following up Biutiful four years ago. Birdman premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Telluride Film Festivals, and will also play at the New York Film Festival before landing in theaters this October. After catching the premiere up in the mountains in Telluride (my review), I met up with Iñárritu for a 15 minute chat about all things: from life to filmmaking to laughter to turning 50 and the lessons he has learned. It happens to be one of the best chats I've had with a filmmaker, and it's rejuvenating to listen to him talk. "If you don't do something that does not terrify you, why do it?"

 Posted October 17 in Feat, Indies, Interview, Telluride 2014 | Comments

Coolest Movie Swag Ever? Fox Searchlight's 'Birdman' Action Figure

Birdman Action Figure Swag

Birdman 4?! I honestly try not to use hyperbole in headlines (anymore), but this time I just couldn't help it. It's Birdman! And this little piece of movie swag is actually quite awesome. It's unquestionably one-of-a-kind and I'm so glad to see Fox Searchlight make something so special for the release of this film. I am one of the lucky few who has received an action figure maquette of Birdman, from the new film by Alejandro González Iñárritu titled Birdman, now playing in select theaters. Michael Keaton plays Birdman, and the film is about how his ego is manifested in the form of this superhero character who follows him around. I love the film and this swag is a great way to get press, and fans, more excited for its opening. Photos below.

 Posted October 17 in Cool Stuff, Feat, Hype, Photos | Comments

Video Interview: 'Fury' Director David Ayer on Making Action Movies

David Ayer Interview

"Action is a magic trick... And good editing and good sound are your friend." In theaters this weekend is Fury, the latest from writer/director David Ayer, following-up his Schwarzenegger flick Sabotage and the LAPD movie End of Watch before that. This time he brings us a movie set during World War II, following one American tank as it continues to work its way through Germany near the end of the war. I really loved the movie, it's brutal yet emotional and was everything I was hoping to see out of this kind of tank action movie. I met up with David Ayer in New York City earlier this week for a chat about making action movies. "Action takes time, and it takes articulation. And you've got to think of it like stop-motion photography."

 Posted October 16 in Feat, Interview, To Watch | Comments

Monthly Must See: John Curran's 'Tracks' Starring Mia Wasikowska

Tracks - Monthly Must See

"Like any journey, it's not what you carry, but what you leave behind." Continuing our latest feature, the Monthly Must See profile, this time around I'm highlighting an extraordinarily beautiful film called Tracks, set in Australia directed by John Curran of We Don't Live Here Anymore and The Painted Veil previously. Tracks is now playing in limited theaters and first premiered at the fall film festivals in 2013, where I first caught it. Actress Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn in the true story of an independent young woman who decides to hike 1,700 miles across the Australian desert on her own. Aside from her dog and three camels.

 Posted October 14 in Editorial, Feat, Indies | Comments

Debating Passionately with Fans on NYCC's 'Fans vs. Critics' Panel

Fans vs Critics Panel - NYCC

This past weekend it was New York's time to geek out. The New York Comic-Con took place at the Javitz Center on the west side, with over 100,000 geeks/nerds/fans of all ages attending. On Friday evening I was invited to participate in a panel called Your Opinion Sucks! Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans where a small group of "professional critics" sit in front of a room full of fans and argue about what they like/didn't like. This isn't the first time this panel has appeared, as Rotten Tomatoes has been hosting it in San Diego and at conventions like CinemaCon for years, but it was my first time on it. I really wanted to have fun, see what people wanted to debate, and enjoy the experience of being on a panel instead of covering it (for once).

 Posted October 13 in Discuss, Editorial, Feat | Comments

Watch: Pharrell's 'Gust of Wind' Music Video Directed by Edgar Wright

Pharrell's Gust of Wind

He's back! No, not Pharrell, director Edgar Wright. Ever since dropping out of Marvel's Ant-Man movie, we've been wondering where he would end up and what he would be directing next. Would it be Star Wars maybe? Or something else? No, actually, his next project is a music video for a Pharrell Williams track with Daft Punk. Hell yes! The video has finally debuted in full after Edgar teased it on his blog recently. The track is titled "Gust of Wind" by Pharrell Williams featuring a little bit of Daft Punk, which is a promo for Pharrell's new album "G I R L" released March on iTunes/Amazon. It's perfect for autumn as it takes place in a forest with lots of red & orange (& white) colored dancers and giant rock Daft Punk masks. Oh it's fun.

 Posted October 7 in Feat, To Watch | Comments

A Love Letter to Fantastic Fest - The Land of Horror, Beer & Friends

Fantastic Fest

There's a film festival that takes place down in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse (the one on South Lamar) every fall that is one of the best in the world. No it's not the overrated and overcrowded SXSW, it's a "genre" festival conceived by and run by Tim League, CEO and mastermind of the Drafthouse. The festival is called Fantastic Fest, now in its 10th year, and I have been attending since 2007, its 3rd year. For the last few years I've let The Golden Briefcase guys Tim and Jeremy (an Austin local) go wild and cover the fest on their own while I return from Telluride and Toronto back-to-back, but this year I had to go back. And I'm so glad I did. It was like coming back to my home again after years of being away. I missed you, Fantastic Fest.

 Posted October 2 in Editorial, Fantastic Fest 14, Feat | Comments

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