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‘Dog Eat Dog’ Director Paul Schrader on Nicolas Cage, Trashy Cinema, and How to Make Strip Club Scenes Less Boring

by Britt Hayes November 4, 2016 @ 12:46 PM
RLJ Entertainment
After over 40 years of working in film, Paul Schrader remains as challenging as he was when he first caught Martin Scorsese’s attention with his screenplay for Taxi Driver. They made three more films together, but Schrader established himself as the more unconventional of the two when he took control of the camera. Decades later, Schrader’s filmography is just as prolific with singular titles like Hardcore, Cat People, and Dog Eat Dog — the latter is his most recent effort, a delirious crime thriller starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe that is every bit as wild as that simple description implies, and the reason for our conversation with the veteran filmmaker.

Tilda Swinton on ‘Doctor Strange’ and How Kevin Feige Inspired the Ancient One

by Matt Singer November 3, 2016 @ 12:04 PM
The pleasures of Marvel’s Doctor Strange are, first and foremost, visual. Here is a movie of incredible images and bizarre sights. In comparison to its mind-boggling special-effects sequences, the movie’s characters sometimes feel a little flat and generic. I sometimes found myself wanting the characters to stop talking so they could take us on another wild trip through the multiverse.

‘Van Helsing’ Screenwriter Confirms the Monster Hunter Will Show Up In Other Monster Universe Films

by Erin Whitney November 2, 2016 @ 3:17 PM
Right after completing a new entry in one cinematic universe, screenwriter Jon Spaihts is hopping into another. The Doctor Strange scribe is jumping from the Marvel Cinematic Universe into Universal’s Monster Universe. That’s a lot of universes in one sentence, but it’s exactly what Hollywood is so obsessed with at the moment – making a bunch of movies under the umbrella of a shared world. And now we have some new details straight from Spaihts on how the new monster movies will connect.

Jeff Nichols’ ‘Alien Nation’ Won’t Be a Remake, Will Be Based on His Original Idea

by Erin Whitney October 24, 2016 @ 9:45 AM
From Shotgun Stories to Take Shelter to Mud, Jeff Nichols’ has made his name as an indie filmmaker who tells the types of stories he wants instead of yielding to mainstream expectations. Just look at Midnight Special, a sci-fi thriller that refuses to give audiences overt explanations, or his latest biopic Loving, which is more of a love story than a didactic political drama. Considering the originality of Nichols’ work, it might have been surprising to some that the director’s next project will be a remake of 1988 sci-fi movie Alien Nation. But even that film won’t be what you’d expect.

Trevante Rhodes and Andre Holland on the Sublime ‘Moonlight’ and Telling a Nuanced Love Story

by Erin Whitney October 21, 2016 @ 9:53 AM
David Bornfriend
Barry Jenkins‘ Moonlight is already being called one of the best movies of the year, and not without reason. It’s a visual feast quaking with beauty and sadness, a hushed poem of pain and romance, and a piece of filmmaking that feels more alive . But most people will also be talking about Moonlight for its actors, and its triads of shattering, magnetic performances.

‘The Handmaiden’ Director Park Chan-wook on His Masterful New Thriller and the Universal Language of Filmmaking

by Britt Hayes October 21, 2016 @ 8:53 AM
Amazon Studios
After making his English-language debut with Stoker, Park Chan-wook returned to his native South Korea for The Handmaiden, a sensual and gracefully twisted new film that is equal parts clever thriller and, surprisingly enough, romantic drama. To say that this is his best film to date is an astonishing suggestion — this is the man behind Oldboy, after all — but a second viewing validated my belief that it is his masterpiece. As a longtime fan, I was anxious to interview Director Park, who was far less intimidating than I had imagined. He is warm and gracious, and spent the duration slowly pacing around the room (in a great sweater, by the way), speaking his thoughts to a translator with the patient consideration of someone dictating a heartfelt letter.

Ed Zwick on ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,’ Tom Cruise, and His Movie’s Unexpected Timeliness

by Matt Singer October 21, 2016 @ 8:15 AM
Mathieu Young, Paramount Pictures
The first thing I think of when I hear the name Edward Zwick is his Oscar-winning 1989 film Glory. Specifically, I think of the time my entire 7th grade class was assembled in Marlboro Middle School’s amphitheater to watch it. And when the same thing happened again in 8th grade. And then again in high school, where I was shown Glory two more times in history classes. My colleagues on the ScreenCrush staff all have similar stories. For a certain generation of American school kids, Glory was like a rite of passage.