Nov 21, 2014 Web Exclusive

Pulp: a Film About Life, Death, & Supermarkets was a collaboration between Jarvis Cocker, Pulp, and filmmaker Florian Habicht. The director approached it as a documentary that would be as much about the city of Sheffield and its inhabitants as it is about the famous band that hailed from there. Yes, Pulp are interviewed—but so are a local fish monger, a newspaper salesman, and fans waiting outside the arena. The resulting film captures a city and its people at a very specific time, and actually helps us understand the band far better than a more traditional rockumentary ever could have hoped to. More

Nov 14, 2014 Web Exclusive

Rosewater might surprise fans of Jon Stewart, who probably won’t expect a film of such serious tones to mark his directorial debut. The Daily Show host has been long cemented as one of America’s great satirists, and a film that tackles politics through humor—like Dr. Strangelove or Wag the Dog—might seem more likely. For Stewart, he doesn’t retain a sense of humor despite all the wrongs in the world, but because of it. As he puts it, “[Comedy] is the enzyme that I use to process these events.” More

Nov 14, 2014 Web Exclusive

Alex Essoe uses the word ravenous to describe how much she wanted the part of Sarah Walker, the lead character of Starry Eyes, a horror film from co-writers/directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer that magnifies the dark side of the movie industry. Essoe knew that the role would allow her to employ a wide array of tools learned while training to be an actor. More

Nov 10, 2014 Web Exclusive

Barbara Kopple is a legend in documentary filmmaking. Her debut film, Harlan County USA (1976), made while she was still in school, won the Best Documentary Oscar. Kopple’s latest film, Running From Crazy, is an intimate documentary portrait of actress Mariel Hemingway as she fights back against her famous family’s long history of mental illness and suicide. Kopple intertwines family home video, an unfinished documentary by Mariel’s sister Margaux (who committed suicide in 1992), and contemporary footage of Mariel as she raises two teenaged daughters and participates in various suicide prevention activities. I had the chance to speak with Kopple about watching Mariel watch those home videos for the first time and how Ernest’s legacy impacts the Hemingway family. More

Nov 07, 2014 Web Exclusive

The Better Angels is a breathtaking cinematic interpretation of three critical years in Abraham Lincoln’s youth. Starting before the death of his birth mother in 1818 and spanning through his stepmother’s arrival in his life, the film is not only a realistic, un-romanticized portrayal of American frontier life, but a poetic study of the bonds between a child and its mother. The Better Angels speculates on the impact these two women had in shaping the future leader, and does so quite convincingly. More

Oct 31, 2014 Web Exclusive

In his four decades of filmmaking, Lucio Fulci created a body of work that established his legacy as one of Italy’s masters of horror. Among euro cult and horror fans, Fulci’s best films are held in the same regard as those of directors Dario Argento and Mario Bava.

Getting his start in the late 1950s with comedies and spaghetti westerns, Fulci eventually moved into the realm of giallos – an Italian horror subgenre that shares elements with the American slasher film – and eventually, the more surreal and supernatural style of horror that became his trademark. Fulci is most famous – or, at least, notorious – for his heavy use of realistic (and disgusting) gore effects, which are on best display in the director’s zombie films of the late 1970s and early 1980s. More

Oct 30, 2014 Web Exclusive

In Horns, Daniel Radcliffe stars as Ig Perrish, a young man who finds himself accused of murdering his girlfriend—a crime he knows he didn’t commit, but lacks any proof to clear his name. Perceived as a villain in the public eye, Ig awakes to find he’s sprouted a pair of devilish horns, and possesses powers that compel others to tell him their darkest, most tucked-away secrets. With his new abilities, he sets out to prove his innocence by finding the person who took away the love of his life and bringing them to justice. More

Oct 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the offshore oil drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, killed 11 crewmen and triggered the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. Margaret Brown's documentary, The Great Invisible, examines the emotional, psychological, and physical toll that the explosion had on Gulf Coast residents and workers while raising questions about the safety of offshore drilling and Americans' reliance on oil. More

Oct 24, 2014 Web Exclusive

Writer/director Tommy Wirkola enjoys zombie movies, but has held a special affinity for movies that combine horror and gore since he was a child. The result was 2009’s Dead Snow, a horror/comedy film about a group of Norwegian skiers who do the unthinkable: reincarnate a regiment of Nazi zombies. The sequel—Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead—could have strictly been a continuation of a hilarious premise, but Wirkola has more tricks up his sleeve. More