Interviews

TSR Exclusive: ‘Third Person’ Interview with Writer/Director Paul Haggis

TSR Exclusive: ‘Third Person’ Interview with Writer/Director Paul Haggis

Writer/director Paul Haggis puts himself behind the camera once again for Third Person, an unraveling ball of yarn that tells of a writer (Liam Neeson) who becomes involved with his protege (Olivia Wilde) in Paris, a New York artist (James Franco) and the mother of his son (Mila Kunis), and an American (Adrien Brody) who becomes involved in the plight of an […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Cold in July’ Interview with Co-writer/Director Jim Mickle

TSR Exclusive: ‘Cold in July’ Interview with Co-writer/Director Jim Mickle

I first met Jim Mickle when he was in Chicago last fall to promote his family cannibal tale We Are What We Are. At that time, his newest Cold in July was only known to me an intriguing plot synopsis,  but as Mickle shares below, it was in the middle of finding the form it claims now. The film stars […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Blue Ruin’ Interview with Writer/Director Jeremy Saulnier

TSR Exclusive: ‘Blue Ruin’ Interview with Writer/Director Jeremy Saulnier

Blue Ruin is a barebones thriller that takes the motivations of revenge to the psyche of non-killers. Echoing the lawless nature of a western, the film from writer/director Jeremy Saulnier follows a broken man named by Dwight (Macon Blair) as he learns firsthand about the capacity for violence, by ways of self-defense and in offense aggression. His act of revenge […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Locke’ Interview with Writer/Director Steven Knight

TSR Exclusive: ‘Locke’ Interview with Writer/Director Steven Knight

Having scripted films like Eastern Promises and Closed Circuit, Steven Knight will argue to you that he writes conventional Hollywood stories that get made into conventional films. However, as a burgeoning director, he distances from such expectation with his second behind-the-camera project Locke, which stars The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy in a car, dealing with an “ordinary tragedy” […]

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‘Under the Skin’ Interview with Director Jonathan Glazer

‘Under the Skin’ Interview with Director Jonathan Glazer

After being away for ten years, director Jonathan Glazer returns with his first film since 2004’s Birth, his followup to debut Sexy Beast in 2000. The new project is Under the Skin, a sci-fi horror half-documentary that features Scarlett Johansson playing an alien, who drives around in a van picking up random Scottish men. I sat down with Glazer in […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ Interview with Actor Iko Uwais

TSR Exclusive: ‘The Raid 2: Berandal’ Interview with Actor Iko Uwais

Writer/director/John Woo junkie Gareth Evans assembled action genre euphoria with The Raid: Redemption, a film that made an artform out of ass-kicking, while utilizing filmmaking that laid hundreds of shakicam movies to shame. In front of the camera, the hero was Rama, a SWAT member played by Iko Uwais, who had to fight his way to the top of an […]

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‘Labor Day’ Interview with Author Joyce Maynard

‘Labor Day’ Interview with Author Joyce Maynard

Set in a quiet New Hampshire town, Labor Day is the story of single mom Adele (Kate Winslet), her son Henry (Gattlin Griffith), and Frank (Josh Brolin), a fugitive that the two initially house against their will. As they begin to see more of his true character, he starts to fill in the role of husband and father. Based on […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ Interview with actors Andrew Jacobs and Jorge Diaz

TSR Exclusive: ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ Interview with actors Andrew Jacobs and Jorge Diaz

The fifth film in the found footage franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones takes its arc of supernatural shenanigans to Oxnard, CA, where teens Jesse (Andrew Jacobs), Hector (Jorge Diaz), and Marisol (Gabrielle Walsh) encounter strange forces in their apartment complex. It is written and directed by Christopher Landon, who previously wrote Disturbia and three Paranormal Activity movies. The film […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Interview w/ Director Justin Chadwick

TSR Exclusive: ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ Interview w/ Director Justin Chadwick

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is the long-gestating feature project about the famous South African leader Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, each who played significant roles in their country’s revolution against apartheid. Boasting the biggest budget for a film to come from South Africa, the film (as directed by Justin Chadwick), features spirited embodiments from Idris Elba and Naomie […]

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‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Interview with Actor Oscar Isaac

‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Interview with Actor Oscar Isaac

A folk movie in the key of Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis is a drama about a folk singer named Llewyn (played by Oscar Isaac) who seeks direction after the death of his musical partner Mike. Blown by the same winds of fate and/or bad luck as seen in the previous Coen film A Serious Man, Llewyn journeys in and out […]

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