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Living Things directed by Eric Shapiro

It’s Vegans vs. Carnivores in Living Things: an Interview with Eric Shapiro
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Eric Shapiro is the writer and director of Living Things: A Vegan & Meat Debate. A prolific horror writer, Shapiro translates his experience crafting scares into a tense drama about the politics of food, with Rhoda Jordan as a liberal yogini and Ben Siegel as her more conservative father-in-law. In this interview with MovieMaker Magazine, [...]

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Spend a Disturbing Evening Inside Peter Strickland’s Berberian Sound Studio
by Kyle Rupprecht

Set in the mid-1970s, the unnerving new psychological thriller Berberian Sound Studio stars Toby Jones (The Hunger Games; “The Girl”) as an introverted British sound engineer, Gilderoy, who travels to Italy to work on a gory horror movie at the post-production studio of the title. While there, Gilderoy encounters a culture clash with the Italian [...]

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From Precious to Violet & Daisy: Oscar-winning Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher Makes His Directorial Debut
by Kyle Rupprecht

In the audacious new comedy-thriller Violet & Daisy, Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel star as a pair of teenage assassins (and best friends), whose latest target—a sad sack loner (played by James Gandolfini)—leads them on a soul searching, bullet-laden journey.  Co-starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Danny Trejo, the hyper-stylized yet surprisingly emotional Violet & Daisy represents [...]

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Martha Marcy May Marlene: Interiors Journal dissects the space of Sean Durkin’s film

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Sean Durkin’s directorial debut makes extensive use of two locations: A farmhouse, where Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) lives before running away, and a lake house, where she stays with her sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and her sister’s husband Ted (Hugh Dancy). In an exclusive interview with Interiors, Durkin spoke with Interiors [...]

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Venus and Serena: A doc about two of the best tennis players in history goes for a winner
by Kyle Rupprecht

Superstars of the tennis world, Venus and Serena Williams have been winning championships for over a decade, showing remarkable longevity in a such a highly demanding sport. The new documentary Venus and Serena offers an intimate portrait of the tennis legends, as they battle a variety of challenges—including career-threatening health problems—during the 2011 tennis season. [...]

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Stand Clear of the Closing Doors: Sam Fleischner Weaves a Classic New York Tale
by Josh Ralske

This year, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors from director Sam Fleischner was my favorite narrative feature at Tribeca, where it had its World Premiere last week. Sam Fleischner’s film, which was shot mostly in Rockaway Beach and on the New York City subway, tells the story of Ricky (Jesus Sanchez-Velez), an autistic boy who gets [...]

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The Kill Team: Dan Krauss discusses the Whistleblowing Murderer in his new doc
Interview by Josh Ralske

Dan Krauss’ riveting, disturbing, morally probing documentary, The Kill Team, celebrated its world premiere this week at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The Kill Team tells the story of Specialist Adam Winfield, an American soldier stationed in the Maywand District of Afghanistan in 2010. When Winfield realized that members of his platoon, led by Staff Sergeant [...]

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Blackmailing Prostitutes: Antonio Campos explores the disturbing mind of Simon Killer
by Kyle Rupprecht

Judging by his two features—2008’s unsettling Afterschool (about a teenager who accidentally films the deaths of two students) and now Simon Killer—it’s clear writer-director Antonio Campos is attracted to the dark side. His latest film follows an aimless college graduate, Simon (Brady Corbet; Melancholia), who flees to Paris after a bad break-up and becomes seriously [...]

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It’s A Disaster: “Arrested Development’s” David Cross discusses his apocalyptic new comedy
by Kyle Rupprecht

Actor-writer-comedian David Cross probably needs no introduction. He’s worked on two of the funniest and most influential comedy series of the past 20 years: the HBO cult fave “Mr. Show with Bob and David” (which he co-created with Bob Odenkirk), and the beloved (and newly revived) “Arrested Development,” whose 15-episode fourth season premieres on Netflix May [...]

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Narcotic Harmony: An American provocateur wages a war against the senses with Spring Breakers
by Josh Ralske

I was never really a fan of Harmony Korine’s work. I saw Kids (directed by Larry Clark) and Gummo, and parts of Julien Donkey-Boy and Trash Humpers, and I felt as though a malevolent spirit informed his oeuvre. His work made me uncomfortable, but I also sensed he’d be just fine with that. Spring Breakers, [...]

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