Post Tagged with: “Interviews”

TSR Exclusive: ‘Red Army’ Interview with Director Gabe Polsky

TSR Exclusive: ‘Red Army’ Interview with Director Gabe Polsky

Americans know very well that we beat the Soviet Union hockey team in the 1980 Olympics. It is a celebrated, symbolic victory that we have nicknamed the “Miracle on Ice,” which inspired the 2004 film Miracle with Kurt Russell. What Americans may not know is Russia’s side, which boasts an incredible story about elite hockey players chiseled from a regimented government […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Kill the Messenger’ Interview with Director Michael Cuesta

TSR Exclusive: ‘Kill the Messenger’ Interview with Director Michael Cuesta

In the 1980s, the CIA was complicit in the marketing of Nicaraguan cocaine to lower class Californians in order to fund the country’s Contra rebels. This was a thesis that San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb put out into the world in the late 90s, and was eventually destroyed because of it. The new film Kill the Messenger is […]

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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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‘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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‘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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‘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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TSR Exclusive: ‘We Are What We Are’ Interview with Co-writer/Director Jim Mickle

TSR Exclusive: ‘We Are What We Are’ Interview with Co-writer/Director Jim Mickle

Based on a cult favorite 2010 Mexican film of the same name, We Are What We Are is a brooding genre film from co-writer/director Jim Mickle about family traditions. For a vampirical family made of actors Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, and Julia Garner, their tradition happens to be cannibalism. When bones start trickling into a small town’s river supply, a […]

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‘The Grandmaster’ Interview with Actor Tony Leung

‘The Grandmaster’ Interview with Actor Tony Leung

Before Bruce Lee, there was his instructor, the Kung fu Grandmaster Ip Man. The tale of this incredible non-fictional character is presented in The Grandmaster, the latest film from perfectionist director Wong Kar Wai. Tony Leung stars as the title character, and is at the center of the film’s numerous wondrous sequences of Kung fu, as choreographed by Woo-ping Yuen, […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Drinking Buddies’ Interview with Writer/Editor/Director Joe Swanberg

TSR Exclusive: ‘Drinking Buddies’ Interview with Writer/Editor/Director Joe Swanberg

Set in the hip universe of craft beer and fixed-gear bikes, Drinking Beers is the relationship study of two work friends, Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson), whose bonding challenges the concept of a platonic pairing. This relationship is witnessed by their own respective dating partners, like Kate’s shady boyfriend Chris (Ron Livingston) and Luke’s uncertain longtime girlfriend Jill […]

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TSR Exclusive: ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Interview with Actor Forest Whitaker

TSR Exclusive: ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Interview with Actor Forest Whitaker

Based on the Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This Election,” Lee Daniels’ The Butler is an expansive film that tells the life story of our country’s civil rights revolution through the eight presidents-long employment of a black butler in the White House. With the butler played by Forest Whitaker, he is joined by a cast list that […]

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