Jun 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

It would have been so easy for Anna Rose Holmer's debut to be mired by any number of cliches. But just like the prodigious teen dancers and boxers in her film, The Fits, the director nimbly sidesteps any such tropes. More

Apr 29, 2016 Web Exclusive

Baxter Fang is a young adult novelist whose career is floundering. His sister, Annie, is a washed-up starlet and former tabloid “wild child” similarly on the decline. Their parents, Caleb and Camille, are performance artists and provocateurs, infamous for roping their two young children (sometimes unknowingly) into their projects and impromptu “happenings.” The now-grown Baxter and Annie Fang are estranged from the famous parents they feel exploited them, but when Baxter injures himself and is taken in by their folks, it leads to an unplanned—and most unusual—family reunion.  More

Apr 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

We sat down with Harrod Blank to discuss his father’s masterpiece, which was just released on Blu-ray and DVD from the Criterion Collection. More

Apr 13, 2016 Web Exclusive

There are no aliens, evil empires or other tired tropes in Benjamin Dickinson’s new sci-fi flick, Creative Control. Instead, the director, co-writer and star’s vision of the future is myopically dystopic: one in which his protagonist dons a pair of glasses, only to lose sight of reality. That’s because said “Augmenta” specs allow him to create a 3D representation of his best friend’s girlfriend that only he, the gadget’s wearer, can see, ogle over and eventually fall in love with. Indeed, the film’s take on tomorrow is cynically satirical—rife with tech addiction, couples driven to dysfunction by those electronics, and the neurotic ad men who shill them. Dickinson tells us about blending fact and fiction for the film’s take on advertising, the pros and cons of being a film’s director and star, and more. More

Apr 06, 2016 Web Exclusive

The heartland that American country musicians have long mythologized is in fact real—a prospect that enthralled filmmaker Anna Axster as she accompanied her husband, Oscar-winning songsmith Ryan Bingham, on tour. “You end up in places that you wouldn't go as a tourist when you go from one city to the next and have to stop in between,” says the burgeoning auteur of the inspiration for her debut film, A Country Called Home“I was intrigued by what the differences between these places, and all the cultural landscapes that exist in this one country.” More

Apr 01, 2016 Web Exclusive

At 21 years old, Haley Lu Richardson is too young to have TV memories of Kerri Strug's heroics at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta or the phenomenon that was the Magnificent Seven, but she learned about them by watching videos to prepare for her role in the gymnastics comedy, The Bronze, where she plays a rising star from Amherst, Ohio named Maggie Townsend. More

Mar 25, 2016 Web Exclusive

Julie Delpy remembers reading screenplays when she was a young actress and being frustrated by the limitations of female characters. It fueled her already-existing desire to write scripts and bring to life complex women characters that reflected her own anxieties and wild thoughts. More

Mar 18, 2016 Web Exclusive

Arnaud Desplechin’s latest, My Golden Days is a prequel to his breakout film, My Sex Life…or How I Got Into an Argument from 1996. My Golden Days provides nostalgic insight into protagonist Paul Dédalus’ childhood and the origins of his romantic tumult. Desplechin is known not only for intellectual, clever, and emotionally brutal films, but also for directing unknown actors to stardom. Quentin Dolmaire and Lou Roy-Lecollinet who portray young Paul and Esther (roles originated by now Desplechin regulars Mathieu Amalric and Emanuelle Devos when they were just starting out) both make their feature film debuts. More

Feb 27, 2016 Web Exclusive

Matthew Heineman went to Arizona in 2013, camera in hand, with the aim of filming a U.S. veteran who had declared war on Mexican drug smugglers. Tim Foley, the former soldier, had built his own task force called the Arizona Border Recon. Heineman filmed them toting assault rifles and patrolling the border. But his best footage came from a parallel vigilante group waging war on those cartels within their own country. This people’s army had dubbed themselves the Autodefensas, and were lead by the black hat-clad, charismatic Jose "El Doctor" MirelesHeineman stood on the front lines of Mexico’s drug war with these local vigilantes, shooting violent, visceral footage that helped earn his ensuing documentary, Cartel Landan Academy Award nomination.  More