Feb 15, 2017 Web Exclusive

For Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans, Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff require no introduction. Together through five of the show’s seasons – including several of its most beloved episodes – Trace and Frank played the mad scientists (or “The Mads,” as they were affectionately known) who antagonized the inhabitants of the Satellite of Love from their villainous layer down on Earth. Recently, the Mads have reunited and launched a new touring show appropriately called The Mads are Back, where they riff bad movies in front of live audiences in movie theaters and auditoriums across the country. Trace and Frank had a chat with us about their new live show, the old days at Mystery Science Theater 3000, and other ventures. More

Feb 10, 2017 Issue # 59 - 15th Anniversary

In Jim Jarmusch's new film, Paterson, Adam Driver plays the titular Paterson in the titular town of Paterson, New Jersey. He is a bus driver and a poet, two things that may not coalesce in the minds of snap judgments or assumptions.  More

Feb 03, 2017 Web Exclusive

Wayne’s World is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a nationwide re-release this month. Film writer J.A. Kordosh spoke with Penelope Spheeris, the director of the comedy classic,  about the wisdom of being poor, why she didn’t direct the sequel and trademark bandanas.  More

Jan 13, 2017 Web Exclusive

The new film Patriots Day will be familiar to many viewers throughout the United States, especially New England. It is a dramatic retelling of the bombing that occurred at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, leaving three people dead and a city on edge. Its subject matter is ripe for adaptation as it has built-in tension and its setting will hit close to home, though it could be heavily scrutinized to ensure it’s not sensational in its depiction. As recognizable as the story may be, it is unlikely the names Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor would be the first to come to mind when thinking of the musical score. Ross and Reznor have collaborated on the David Fincher films The Social Network, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl, getting Academy Award recognition for the first. Despite a resume of highly regarded work, the duo is not the obvious choice to handle the material. And, according to them, that’s the point. More

Dec 07, 2016 Web Exclusive

Steven Okazaki is an Oscar-winning director whose latest project, Mifune: The Last Samurai, chronicles the life of Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune. Mifune rose from the destruction of post-war Japan to leave an indelible mark on cinema from Tokyo to Hollywood. I spoke with Okazaki over the phone about Mifune, nervously watching the minutes on my recording app be picked off like bandits against Kyuzo in Seven Samurai.   More

Dec 06, 2016 Web Exclusive

With dozens of genre credits to his name spanning the last three decades, fewer names or faces have been more synonymous with the horror genre than Bill Moseley’s. Devotees of ‘80s horror flicks will recognize him as Chop Top, brother of Leatherface, from Tobe Hooper’s wild classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2; new school horror fans may better know him as the demented Otis Driftwood in Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects. Others will know him for his music; in particular, the experimental albums he put out with Buckethead under the name Cornbugs. More

Nov 09, 2016 Web Exclusive

Long before he was the host of Food Network staples like Cutthroat Kitchen and Iron Chef America, and long before he’d taken his culinary variety show on tour or authored a shelf’s worth of books, Alton Brown was an aspiring filmmaker. Fresh out of college, the young Brown cut his teeth as a camera man and cinematographer, shooting the music video for “The One I Love” for fellow Georgians R.E.M., and landing steady work on commercials. By the mid-1990s he was overcome by the desire to do something more. Going off a hunch that food-related TV programming was on the brink of exploding, Brown walked away from his comfortable career directing commercials and enrolled in culinary school.  Good Eats was born of Brown’s dual loves for cooking and for visual storytelling. His seminal, award-winning food program—which ran for fourteen seasons, starting in 1999—helped countless viewers get over their fear of the kitchen by serving up the science and history of food preparation with a generous side of humor (and more than a few puppets.) More

Sep 23, 2016 Web Exclusive

Two very different films, Antoine Fuqua's remake of The Magnificent Seven and Terrence Malick's new documentary The Voyage of Time, have one direct through line joining them together. Simon Franglen composed music for both. The films debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival between September 8-18 with two versions of the Malick documentary, one a 45 minute IMAX experience, and the other a feature-length 90 minutes exploring creation and destruction through birth and death and humanity's place on Earth. The Magnificent Seven is a cowboy romp, and a familiar story brought back to the silver screen.  More

Aug 26, 2016 Web Exclusive

Hans Petter Moland has been a stalwart of Norwegian cinema for over two decades. Often playing with dark material, and skirting around the edges of multiple genres, he’s become a regular on the festival circuit, appearing frequently at Cannes and the Berlin Film Festival where his eighth film, In Order of Disappearance, premiered back at the start of 2014. Two and half years down the line and his mix of revenge thriller and black comedy has continued to launch strongly in a number of regions, leading to a US release. The film set in Norway stars acclaimed Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, best known to US audiences for blockbusters ranging from the Marvel films to Pirates of the Caribbean.

In their fourth film together, Skarsgård plays Nils, a taciturn snowplow operator who embarks on an amateur and very bloody revenge mission when his son is killed by local gangsters. His actions inadvertently spark a gang war, sending the body count spiraling. Hans spoke to us recently to discuss mixing genres, the rise of Norwegian cinema, and working with Stellan Skarsgård. More