INTERVIEWS

Alicia Malone: ‘Growing up in Australia, all films were foreign to me’

The TCM Host talks to Rudy Cecera about growing up Aussie and cinephilia in a film industry where opportunities for women are improving, too slowly

Although home isolation maybe getting to some, this is the perfect time to catch up on some classic films and the network synonymous with those is Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Last month, I had the great pleasure of speaking with host, author and film historian Eddie Muller. I am happy to now bring Alicia Malone into the conversation. Malone has been engrossed in film from her early beginnings in ... more >

INTERVIEW: Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance of “Slay the Dragon”

Pushing back on gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Colorado and Michigan and across the rest of the nation
(April 3, 2020; runtime: 101 min.)

The 2020 Census is upon us, and its results will determine how much representation each district will get in the House of Representatives. But for decades there have been various attempts to cheat the system in a trick called gerrymandering, wherein voting districts are redrawn to effectively divide certain blocs and thus reduce their collective representative power in Congress. “Slay the ... more >

INTERVIEW : Eddie Muller, Czar of Noir

Its most committed afficionado lays bare the cinema of the disenchanted

These are tough times for movie lovers. Theaters across the country are closed, many libraries shuttered and people are staying home. However, there is still a way to enjoy watching films. In fact, it may give people a chance to see the more classic cinema that they’ve otherwise been ignoring. The Turner Classics Network (TCM) runs films 24/7 and perhaps the highlight of their line-up is the ... more >

TALKING with the cast of “Gentefied,” the newest NETFLIX comedy

This is the first cast of characters to speak Spanglish like a boss

Much like the relationships between the native-born children and their Mexican immigrant parents in the new Netflix series “Gentefied,” many of the actors in the series grew up under similar circumstances. “I’m first-generation born here. My mom speaks English fluently and perfectly because she was actually born in the Dominican Republic but moved to New York when she was young,” said actress ... more >

ALA EDDINE SLIM : “In Tunisia, the army remains this hidden monster” (INTERVIEW)

Slim has won awards at the Thessaloniki and Venice Festivals

Born in Soussa, Tunisia thirty-seven years ago, a consumer mainly of ninja and Jean-Claude Van Damme VHS movies as a teenager Ala Eddine Slim came into cinema upon discovering, not without thrills, "The Sunchaser” [1996] by Michael Cimino on television, "on a Thursday evening after Special Reporter." For the last ten years he has run, along with a few close friends, a kind of collective derived ... more >

This land was made for you and me. We talked with Ariel Tweto, John Herrington and Jennifer Pharr Davis of “Into America’s Wild,” made for IMAX by Greg MacGillivray

Connect to your inner trailblazer

If you can’t physically go to see America’s National Parks and Monuments, the next best thing is to see them in IMAX. Oscar-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (“Journey to the South Pacific,” “National Parks Adventure”) has returned to the scene of the country’s wildest, most beautiful places with his new IMAX adventure, “Into America’s Wild.” Narrated by Morgan Freeman (who else?), the ... more >

INTERVIEW: “We got a lot of work to do” (The Assistant” director KITTY GREEN)

"The Assistant" premiered at Sundance last month

Much like Jane, the never-named hero of her film “The Assistant,” writer-director Kitty Green began her career in media at a production company. She wanted to be in the film business, where starting off at the bottom was the typical first step to where she now finds herself after years of hard work. Green, who is Australian, screened “The Assistant” at Sundance, and sat down with me in ... more >