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It’s taken two years for THE CURRENT WAR: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT to finally make it to your local cinema. For more on that, as well as my interview with the director, … Continue reading

November 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Alan Rickman — Art and Politics and Wine

So little time with Alan Rickman when he was here for Bottle Shock in 2008 (interview here). I did, though, get in a question that mixed two things about which he … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Week in Interviews 8/8/15

From the hollowness of fame, to the cleverness of sheep, this week’s interviews cover a lot of territory. Mark Burton and Richard Starzak dropped into San Francisco to introduce us … Continue reading

August 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

EFFIE GRAY is Worth Knowing

On her first night as a wife, the title character of EFFIE GRAY is disconcerted to see her husband spirited away to his bath after his long trip from Scotland … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM — Rory Kennedy Interview

I speak as someone who can remember the fall of Saigon, and the iconic images that graces magazine covers in the days and weeks that followed. Yet, when I saw … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN (Zhì qu weihu shan)

THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN has blood, guts, and sentiment.  Based on actual events, and on the novel by Bo Qu, it’s a sweeping epic of a war film set … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

MR. TURNER and Mr. Spall

There is a wonderful juxtaposition in the modesty Timothy Spall evinces about his work, and the enormous talent he brings to it. When I mentioned his winning the best actor … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Stark Poetry of THE BETTER ANGELS

No plaster saint, nor marble effigy of Abraham Lincoln is to be found in THE BETTER ANGELS. Based on the recollections of Lincoln’s surviving family, as spoken by his cousin … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Bennett Miller on Truth, Facts, and Fake Noses in FOXCATCHER

  During a press day, it’s usually the publicist who gives the signal that time is up. In the case of Bennett Miller, though, he was concerned that the opening … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

ROSEWATER — Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari Interview

As God is my witness, I thought that Jon Stewart knew that Aryan had more than one definition. He didn’t, but it made for a lively way to start my … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment