Often when I am interviewing a filmmaker who made a film or films that I greatly admired but wasn't necessarily there to interview them about, I would wait until the formal interview was nearly over and then I would launch into a barrage of enthusiastically posed questions about the films I admired. Such was true of times spent with Francis Coppola, with Arthur Penn, Warren Beatty, and George Miller.
During the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, director Lindsay Mackay and actress Julia Sarah Stone sat down with me to talk about their perfect indie film, Wet Bum. At the time, it was my favorite film that I had screened around the start of TIFF, and all these months later is still stands up as one of the best Canadian films to come along in a while.
Joss Whedon probably never wanted it to turn out like this. Maybe he even regrets getting on board for the whole Marvel experience. I don't know. All I do know is that there's very little of what we've come to expect from him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and I doubt he's all that happy with what ended up on the big screen in his latest superhero smash-up.
The stars of Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom might not have been available to chat about their big film this Earth Day, but last week there was a great opportunity to talk about the toque macaque monkeys with Maria Franke, the Toronto Zoo's Curator of Mammals.
Disney and Lucasfilm gave Star Wars fans a surprise last night with the long-awaited news that the Star Wars Saga--dubbed the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection--will arrive on Digital HD this Friday, April 10.
If they ever brought back the classic "in a world" voiceover treatment for trailers, Last Knights would be the film that needed it. I can just hear it now... "In a world, where knights still reign, one man will rise to strike down injustice."
Catherine Keener has a passion for Canadian film that she earned while working on director Charles Binamé's Elephant Song alongside actors Bruce Greenwood, and Xavier Dolan, and she's proud to talk about it, especially now that she understands how hard it is to make a film in Canada.
Rachel Skarsten is one of the kindest, smartest and most interesting people I've been lucky enough to interview. When I recently spoke to her over Skype from her home in Los Angeles, she was relaxed and very, very funny.