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12:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Interview: Adam Saunders, producer and CEO of Footprint Features

The role of a producer has always been kind of opaque to me. I just fundamentally get what directors do, cinematographers do, writers, etc., but "Producer" is such a broad term and encompasses so many things. For that reasons...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

NYCC: Thoughts on Disney's Tomorrowland panel photo
NYCC: Thoughts on Disney's Tomorrowland panel
by Nick Valdez

Yesterday morning was the official start of 2014's New York Comic Con. What was originally a press day was opened to the public thanks to the other three days filling up so quickly. We'll have smaller impressions up throughout the weekend, but for now, I'm going to dish out some details regarding the big opening panel: Disney's Tomorrowland.

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Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann (Cesar Chavez) photo
Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Gabriel Mann (Cesar Chavez)
by Nick Valdez

My final interview of SXSW was a three on one with Michael Pena, America Ferrera, and Gabriel Mann. I had just seen the screening for Cesar Chavez the night before, and we were all kind of pumped to talk about the movie. Just by talking to these three for the short time I had, I could tell they were excited about their project and excited to celebrate Cesar Chavez's life. 

During my short time with them we talked about the amount of pressure Cesar Chavez has on it because its the first, the kind of mindset you need to be in order to strike, and how Chavez is the first real step for the Latino community. 

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Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Tom Savini, Alexander O. Phillipe (Doc of the Dead) photo
Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Tom Savini, Alexander O. Phillipe (Doc of the Dead)
by Nick Valdez

For those of you who don't know Tom Savini, he's a big idol of mine. A special effect mastermind who's created some of the best creatures in the business. You might remember him from his stints in Knightriders, From Dusk Till Dawn, or even his spot on The Simpsons, but during SXSW I got the chance to speak with him and director, Alexander O. Phillippe over their newest documentary, Doc of the Dead. 

In our little chat we talked about the next evolution of the zombie genre, The Walking Dead's zombie school, and why World War Z might be a better zombie film than you realize. 

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4:46 PM on 03.12.2014

Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Hugh Sullivan and Hannah Marshall (The Infinite Man)

Coming out of the still ongoing SXSW film festival The Infinite Man was easily the biggest surprise. I expected very little and got a whole lot, including what's probably the best comedy of the festival. I was intrigued ...

Matthew Razak

Interview: Drinking Buddies (Cast and Director) photo
Interview: Drinking Buddies (Cast and Director)
by Geoff Henao

On an early afternoon in Austin, TX, I had a chance to sit down with the cast and director of Drinking Buddies, which consisted of Anna Kendrick (End of Watch), Jake Johnson (Safety Not Guaranteed), Ron Livingston (Office Space), and Joe Swanberg (V/H/S). With a face full of movie magic makeup (from an earlier interview, I promise!) and a mind full of questions from the film's Chicago setting to the fact that Anna Kendrick was sitting a few feet away from me (I'm a professional, I promise!), we dove head first into one of my favorite interviews.

Read on as we discuss all things Drinking Buddies. Caution: There are spoilers and jokes that don't sound funny reading them.

[This interview originally ran as part of our South by Southwest 2013 coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of the film.]

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Flixclusive Interview: Cutie and the Boxer photo
Flixclusive Interview: Cutie and the Boxer
by Hubert Vigilla

I might have missed Ushio and Noriko Shinohara's apartment if it wasn't for the doorbell and the little handwritten sign above it. Now it seems so obvious. Around their home there's a bridal shop, some nice places for lunch, and chic spots that speak of the city's continually changing face. Their building, however, has the vibe of an older New York, which is crucial to so much of the documentary Cutie and the Boxer. The film is about the unique relationship between Ushio and Noriko. The couple have been artists in the city for decades and continue to create and care for one another.

"They're the last of a dying breed in some ways," said the documentary's director Zach Heinzerling. "They live in this cave in DUMBO where nothing like this exists around it. Every other building has been renovated, and this one hasn't."

"We can make this like a history museum," Noriko laughed.

Their apartment is like a history museum already, or maybe a time capsule. They moved to DUMBO from SoHo in 1986, and the rooms feel long lived in. The book spines and VHS labels have all comfortably yellowed. This is how the New York artist lived when artists could still afford to live in New York.

I sat down with Zach, Ushio, and Noriko in the studio space that adjoins the living room. We were surrounded by a chaos of colorful artwork in various stages of completion.

[Thanks to Ryuhei Shindo, one of the film's producers, for translating Ushio Shinohara's responses.]

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The Raid 2: Berandal will be bigger and
The Raid 2: Berandal will be bigger and "more cinematic"
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Did you know that The Raid: Redemption director Gareth Evans co-directed a short for the upcoming V/H/S/2? It's true, and it's freaking awesome. It's by far the best part of either V/H/S film, so I was extremely excited when I got a chance to talk to him and Timo Tjahjanto, who co-directed. We talked about their short, of course, and the full interview transcript will be up early next week, but we also talked about what's coming up for the two of them. Right now, Gareth (I can call him that; I asked) is deep in the production of The Raid 2: Berandal, and he gave a few vague but goddamn tantalizing details about the direction the project is heading:

We’ve got about another month and a half left to shoot. It’s going good so far. We’re kind of taking the film in a slightly different direction. So we have the same action discipline and the same sort of action beats, but we’re changing up how we shoot it. We’re going a little bit more cinematic on this one, and sort of like expanding the universe.

In practical terms, I have no idea what that means, but I like the idea of going bigger both from a narrative standpoint and from a technical standpoint. The original film was amazing and insane and I rewatch it every so often to remind myself that action cinema is still alive and kicking, but more of that in that same way would just be disappointing. The second film needs to up the stakes on every level, and it sounds like it's going to do that.

I'm so freaking excited.

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Flixclusive Interview: Jason Blum (producer of The Purge) photo
Flixclusive Interview: Jason Blum (producer of The Purge)
by Sean Walsh

This job has a lot of perks. One of those perks is getting to interview some really awesome people. Case in point, I had the privledge of getting to talk with founder of Blumhouse Productions; producer of the Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious, Sinister, and most recently The Purge (along with many, many others); and all-around awesome dude Jason Blum.

We talk about The Purge, what producers do and what led to his becoming one, the nature of found footage, how awesome Ethan Hawke is in real life (spoiler alert: as awesome as you think!), Blumhouse's forthcoming movies, what it's like working with a comedian on a horror film, and lots more.

Check out the interview below!

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4:00 PM on 05.31.2013

Interview: Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me)

Upon sitting down with Jesse Eisenberg he started asking me questions, which is the opposite of how an interview is supposed to go, but totally awesome of him. That pretty much sums him up so our conversation about magic led ...

Matthew Razak

Flixclusive Interview: Malcom McDowell (A Green Story) photo
Flixclusive Interview: Malcom McDowell (A Green Story)
by Matthew Razak

Malcom McDowell is in everything. I mean it. Check his IMDB. He's in everything. One of those everythings he is in is a new film called A Green Story, which tells the true life tale of Van Vlahakis, who created Earth Friendly Products, one of the largest environmentally friendly cleaning product manufacturers around.

We got a chance to talk to him about the film, but the conversation quickly veered elsewhere as we chatted about his career, work and why he hasn't been cast as a comic book villain yet (it's not his fault). Read on to learn about his prolific career and when he plans on retiring. 

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Tribeca Interview: The makers of Lil Bub & Friendz photo
Tribeca Interview: The makers of Lil Bub & Friendz
by Hubert Vigilla

Juliette Eisner and Andy Capper delve into the odd and adorable world of cat memes in their film Lil Bub & Friendz. The documentary provides an overview of the internet cat phenomenon, with special focus on Mike Bridavsky and his famous cat Lil Bub.

I had a chance to speak with Eisner, Capper, and Bridavsky briefly last Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival prior to the free outdoor screening of the film. Though I wasn't there for that night's festivities, I did attend the premiere of the doc two nights before, which played to a large crowd of cat meme enthusiasts. (Thanks to Steve at Unseen Films for his red carpet photos that night.)

I began talking with Eisner and Capper about the making of the documentary. While that was going on, Bridavsky and Bub were just a few feet away taking photos and meeting a small and adoring crowd. I admit, as soon as Bub was nearby, my usual semi-professional veneer melted and I sort of acted like a goofy cat fanboy. Such is the power of that cat.

Look for our review of Lil Bub & Friendz tomorrow. If you live in the United States, you can actually watch Lil Bub & Friendz and other select festival films online as part of the Tribeca Online Festival.

[For the next few weeks, Flixist will be covering the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 17-28 in New York City. Check with us daily for reviews, interviews, features, and news from the festival. For all of our coverage, go here.]

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5:00 PM on 04.09.2013

Interview: Henry Alex Rubin (Disconnect)

Anyone who has seen Murderball knows that Henry Alex Rubin is fantastic at weaving disparate stories together. The documentary director has decided to take that skill and apply it to narrative film with this Friday's rel...

Matthew Razak

Flixclusive Interview: Shane Carruth (Upstream Color) photo
Flixclusive Interview: Shane Carruth (Upstream Color)
by Hubert Vigilla

Shane Carruth had a cult hit on his hands with Primer back in 2004. His second film, Upstream Color, is more ambitious, more enigmatic, and much more emotionally charged. It was met with raves as well as confusion at the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and New Directors/New Films. The movie comes out this Friday in New York, and opens next Friday in LA, Chicago, Denver, Washington DC, and other major cities across the country. For a full list of cities, theaters, and release dates, click here.

I had a chance to sit down and talk with Carruth last week following the first New Directors/New Films screening of Upstream Color. He was really thoughtful throughout our conversation. What surprised me is that right up front he acknowledged the divisiveness of the movie, but it seems natural given the creature he's made: an existential love story about people whose identities are destroyed and the attempt they make to rebuild their lives together.

I didn't want to ask Carruth to systematically decode symbols and themes since he's probably gotten that a lot and will continue to field those questions in the coming weeks. I was more interested in his broadstrokes about the film so most of the particulars could be left alone. This actually did two things: one, it revealed in some ways that Upstream Color is an outgrowth of Carruth's larger and evolving concerns as a storyteller; and two, it made me realize I had a pretty good understanding of the film's major concerns the first time around.

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8:00 AM on 03.20.2013

SXSW Flixclusive Interview: Junya Sakino (Sake-Bomb)

[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] While...

Geoff Henao

10:00 AM on 03.19.2013

Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Grow Up, Tony Phillips

[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] Grow ...

Geoff Henao

10:00 AM on 03.18.2013

Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Swim Little Fish Swim

[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] Direc...

Geoff Henao

9:00 PM on 03.11.2013

Flixclusive SXSW Interview: Good Night

[From March 9th - 17th, Flixist will be providing coverage from South by Southwest 2013 in Austin, TX.  Prepare yourselves for reviews, interviews, features, photos, videos, and all types of shenanigans!] In an...

Geoff Henao

7:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Interview: Im Sang-Soo (Director, The Taste of Money)

Director Im Sang-Soo has a very interesting filmography. From the political black-comedy The President's Last Bang to the Palm D'or nominated erotic thriller The Housemaid, he has carved out a specific niche, one fueled ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

2:00 PM on 02.01.2013

Flixclusive: Why Henson shelved Del Toro's Pinocchio

We just reported that Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio has been put on the back burner by the Jim Henson Company. The film's co-writer, Gris Grimly, tweeted that the box office numbers on Frankenweenie were partially to blame f...

Hubert Vigilla

Flixclusive Clip: Sleep Tight photo
Flixclusive Clip: Sleep Tight
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Way back at Fantastic Fest 2011, we reviewed a Spanish horror/thriller called Sleep Tight. It sounded pretty interesting, but the lack of a big release/marketing push meant that I kind of totally forgot about it.

That changes now, because the film is finally getting released thanks to Dark Sky Films, which is putting the film out on home media this very week. To celebrate, we are officially becoming part of that film's marketing push (yay!), because we have an exclusive (or flixclusive, for you fancy-types) clip of the film for y'all to enjoy. Now, I can't give you any context for this clip, because I haven't had a chance to see the film myself. I can say that it involves bugs, is in Spanish, and is either the buildup to a pretty significant moment in the film or a ridiculous tease. I don't know anything else, but I can't say I'm not intrigued.

Fortunately, I don't have to wait in cliffhanger limbo for much longer, because Sleep Tight comes out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrrow (January 8th). If you are also intrigued, residing in America, and not particularly interested in spending money, you still have one more day to win a Blu-ray copy from us. You should do that and then gloat at me about it, because I'm not eligible for the contest (even though I like ice cream too, damn it).

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Flixclusive Interview: Jeremy Regimbal (In Their Skin) photo
Flixclusive Interview: Jeremy Regimbal (In Their Skin)
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

A long, long time ago, we here at Flixist did some rocking coverage of the Tribeca film festival. It was an interesting festival, and there was some pretty good films amidst quite a lot of not so good. The best film of the bunch was a home invasion film called Replicas, which won our imaginary "Best Narrative Film" award. Since then, the film has seen a name change to In Their Skin along with a both a VOD and theatrical release thanks to IFC.

I got a chance to talk to the film's director, a wonderful Canadian fellow named Jeremy Power Regimbal. It was a pretty awesome chat, and one of the more enjoyable interviews I've done. We generally stayed away from spoilers, and one that involves the beginning of the film only references the beginning of the film, so I don't feel particularly bad about it being there. You'll probably get more out of it if you've seen the film, so go do that. It's great.

Then come back and read this, because we're great and you're great and so was this interview.

What are you waiting for?

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