All posts by Paula Schwartz

  • “Every Movie I Make, I Commit My Entire World:” Derek Cianfrance Talks The Light Between Oceans

    It’s just plain fun to watch Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, whose real-life romance is the stuff of celebrity gossip fodder, fall in love against...

  • The Rock Star Without a Voice: In A Bigger Splash, Tilda Swinton Finds Joy in Muteness

    A Bigger Splash, which reteams Tilda Swinton with Italian director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), features a brilliant opening flashback of Swinton as Marianne Lane,...

  • Do Actors Make Good Directors? Paul Bettany Talks Shelter and Becoming a “Monster”

    In Shelter, Paul Bettany’s directing debut, he pushes his wife, Jennifer Connelly, into dark places as a grief-stricken heroin addict. Connelly plays a homeless woman,...

  • Handling the Truth: Director James Vanderbilt and Mary Mapes Search for the Light

    “I have to take some kind of perverse pride in the fact that I was fired so epically—so spectacularly—that only a feature-length film could do...

  • Grandma, What Big Roles You Have: How Paul Weitz Became a Feminist Director

    In Grandma, Lily Tomlin does not play your typical grandma. She doesn’t bake cookies or assume a beatific and benign smile through adversity. Tomlin, as Elle Reid,...

  • Can an “Older Woman” Open a Movie? Lily Tomlin and Patricia Clarkson Steer Grandma and Learning to Drive to Success

    “How fabulous that we have two films opening Friday that are driven by women north of 50,” Patricia Clarkson told me last week at an...

  • Love is a Losing Game: Asif Kapadia Navigates Guilt and Pain in Amy

    Amy, the beautifully detailed and heartbreaking documentary about singer-songwriter Amy Jade Winehouse, who died four years ago at age 27 of alcohol poisoning, premiered at...

  • An Outsider Comes In: Felix Thompson on his Tribeca Winner, King Jack

    With King Jack, a coming-of-age tale about a complex kid with a talent for getting into trouble, Felix Thompson makes his impressive feature film debut....

  • go site Seymour: An Introduction: Ethan Hawke and Seymour Bernstein Create the Opposite of Whiplash

    “Do you know anyone who became a movie star at 87?” joked Seymour Bernstein, the subject of Ethan Hawke’s documentary directing debut, Seymour: An Introduction....

  • “Perhaps I’m a Twisted Person:” Damián Szifrón on Wild Tales

    The Oscar-nominated Argentine film Wild Tales is an anthology of six bizarre stories written and directed by Damián Szifrón—a mash up of Jorge Luis Borges,...