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Interview: Roy Andersson Talks ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch’

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Roy Andersson A Pigeon Sat on a Branch

Roy Andersson Talks ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch’  Swedish director Roy Andersson concludes his trilogy about the quiet desperation of human beings with his typical quirky humour ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’ (En duva satt pa en gren och funderade pa tillvaron), competing for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice Film Festival is   just as extravagant as its predecessors, ‘Songs from the Second Floor’ and ‘You, the Living.’ The common theme of the three films is human life in its many variations, using dozens of characters in 39 skit-like episodes. Sardonic humour is the pace with which human kind’s absurdities are captured through  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Fatih Akin Talks ‘The Cut’

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Fatih Akin The Cut

Fatih Akin  Talks ‘The Cut’   Fatih Akin’s Armenian genocide epic undoubtably draws blood. ‘The Cut’ is the story about Nazaret Manoogian (brilliantly interpreted by Tahar Rahim), a blacksmith, father of twins  who is conscripted into the army at the start of World War I. After a near-death experience , that injures his vocal chords, he remains mute and embarks in an eight year journey that starts in Mardin, (in what is present day Turkey, near the Syrian border, and includes stops in Lebanon, Havana, Florida and North Dakota), searching for his children, in the aftermath of a conflict cinema has tended to neglect. Director Fatih Akin, talks about the  [ Read More ]

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It takes much more than just a few drawings and clever dialogue to really make an animated film work, especially at the hands of such a prestigious studio. Walt Disney Animation Studios has been busy for the past couple years, creating their latest movie ‘Big Hero 6,’ which is the unlikely Marvel comic to get adapted into a feature film. The upcoming movie has been confirmed to be loosely based off it’s original source material, but a lot of Marvel fans aren’t fretting over that fact at all. In fact, there are many who are curious and excited for the latest superhero adventure, and one of the reasons is due  [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Interview with Zazie de Paris

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Les Nuits dete

Actress Zazie de Paris arrives at the 71st Venice Film Festival with all her charm, to present the film ‘Les Nuits d’été,’ (Summer Nights), the first feature by Mario Fanfani – in the section Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days). The story, with a delicate touch, explores the topic of gender politics in a provincial French  town, through a solicitor’s secret penchant for cross-dressing. The drama is set in the late 1950s, when the Algerian war claimed the lives of many young men and women, who slowly started to rebel. The manhood required in that era by males, violently clashed with the main character’s urge to step into the shoes (literally)  [ Read More ]

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There are so few men who can command the screen similar to actor Pierce Brosnan. Whether he’s in a romantic comedy or taking out hordes of enemies in the latest thrilling action film, Brosnan gives off a presence onscreen that many actors fail to achieve today. His bravado shines in each role, which is why it’s such a joy to have him kicking ass once more in ‘The November Man,’ one of the best action films this year. ShockYa was fortunate enough to sit down with Mr. Brosnan and converse with him about the film, and how he felt to be back in the action genre. “It took us five  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Julie McNiven Talks The Possession of Michael King

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 4 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Julie McNiven Talks The Possession of Michael King

Discovering the true emotional motivations of captivating characters, and how they relate to the other anti-heroes and troubled protagonists in a story, can be an exciting and captivating experience for actors to explore. Versatile and enchanting actress Julie McNiven powerfully explores the passionate depths of her characters’ complex relationships, which she previously began to do in the horror genre her recurring role as fallen angel, Anna Milton, in 2008 on the hit series, ‘Supernatural.’ The performer also naturally embraced how her character related to the troubled characters around her in her new independent found footage horror movie, ‘The Possession of Michael King,’ the first feature film from writer-director David Jung.  [ Read More ]

Erica Leerhsen Talks Magic in the Moonlight and Horror Films

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 3 - 2014 0 Comment
Erica Leerhsen Talks Magic in the Moonlight and Horror Films

Passionately pursuing your dreams and not letting anyone stand in your way as you set out to achieve your goals is a powerful message present in several aspects of Woody Allen’s latest independent romantic comedy, ‘Magic in the Moonlight.’ The main character in the film, Stanley Crawford, is an admired illusionist who isn’t afraid to let go of his fame as he sets out to prove that people in his field aren’t genuinely gifted. Actress Erica Leerhsen, who plays a supporting role in the movie, is also effortlessly and powerfully fulfilling her dream career with her third film collaboration with the Academy Award-winning writer-director. ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ which is  [ Read More ]

David Oelhoffen Talks ‘Loin des hommes’ (Far From Men)

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On September - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
David Oelhoffen Talks Loin des Hommes

David Oelhoffen Talks ‘Loin des hommes’ (Far From Men) We are in Algeria in 1954, a time when the rebellion is steaming up. Two men from opposites sides of the fence find themselves in the circumstances of having to flee together across the Atlas mountains. Daru, played polyglotly by Viggo Mortensen, is a teacher who has to escort a villager accused of murder, Mohamed, interpreted by Reda Kateb. The two fellows will confront the unknown together in pursuit of their freedom. French director Daivid Oelhoffen describes the making of his latest film, running for 2014’s Golden Lion: How did ‘Far From Men’ work out as an adaptation of an Albert  [ Read More ]

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Interview: The Cast and Crew Talk About the Musical Drama Frank

Posted by Karen Benardello On September - 1 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: The Cast and Crew Talk About the Musical Drama Frank

Taking whatever means necessary to achieve your life-long dreams is often an emotional struggle people are willing to take in order to realize their goals and desires. But not everyone truly has the talent they believe they have in order to succeed, which makes the seriousness at which they take themselves much more comical and intriguing. That’s certainly the case with the musical comedy-drama, ‘Frank,’ in which the main characters, who are in a band together, aren’t able to achieve their musical aspirations, as they’re not as talented as they believe. But award-winning Irish director, Lenny Abrahmson, who previously helmed such films as ‘Garage’ and ‘What Richard Did,’ effortlessly engaged  [ Read More ]

Interview: Peter Facinelli Talks The Damned

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 30 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Peter Facinelli Talks The Damned

Stepping outside your comfort zone to truly embrace both new experiences and what you love most in life is the enthralling theme that not only pushes the actions of the lead character in the new independent horror film, ‘The Damned,’ but also the actor who portrays him. Versatile actor Peter Facinelli powerfully showcased the harrowing and realistic emotions and motivations of a protective father who’s desperate to take any means necessary to save his teenage daughter in the latest movie from director Victor Garcia. While ‘The Damned’ is the first horror film Facinelli has starred in, the actor creatively embraced shooting the film independently on location in Columbia to highlight  [ Read More ]

Interview: Sophia Myles Talks The Damned

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 28 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview Sophia Myles Talks The Damned

Exploring the motivations and secrets of the main characters of a film is often one of the most important aspects that truly allows audiences to relate to, and understand, the protagonists and antagonists of any story. While horror movies often forgo those character studies to instead frighten audiences with physical threats and stunts, the best entries in the genre are often the ones that incorporate the characters’ emotions in with the action. Actress Sophia Myles enthralling embraced the need to infuse her new horror independent film, ‘The Damned,’ which was helmed by genre veteran Victor Garcia, with both powerful emotions and physicality to showcase the true terrors of the story.  [ Read More ]

The November Man Interview: Director Roger Donaldson

Posted by philip On August - 25 - 2014 0 Comment

Roger Donaldson is one of the most underrated directors out there. While he’s not a household name, his films certainly are, ranging from ‘No Way Out’, ‘Dante’s Peak’, and ‘Thirteen Days’. One Donaldson’s best strengths is that he never allows himself to get in the way of the movie, but guiding it like a true master. Donaldson is back with ‘The November Man’, reteaming with his ‘Dante’s Peak’ star Pierce Brosnan. I was fortunate enough to sit down with the director to discuss the film, his penchant for political thrillers, and working with Brosnan once again. Political thrillers seem to be your calling in life. Is this your favorite genre?  [ Read More ]

Exclusive: Jason Patric Talks The Prince and More

Posted by bsimon On August - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
Jason Patric The Prince

He can be self-destructive, darkly debonair or a lot more dangerous, but Jason Patric is best known for bringing a smoldering intensity to his roles, be it in it something like “The Lost Boys,” “Geronimo: An American Legend,” ”Rush,” “Sleepers” or “Narc,” Joe Carnahan’s 2002 film that reminded people of his talent after a self-imposed four-year hiatus. In his latest movie, director Brian A. Miller’s crime thriller “The Prince,” Patric stars alongside Bruce Willis, John Cusack, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jessica Lowndes and South Korean pop star-turned-actor Rain, playing a retired crime boss and single father forced to team up with his best friend and go to dark places when his  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Alfred Molina Talks Love Is Strange

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Alfred Molina Talks Love Is Strange

A person’s ability to finally have the chance to publicly and legally state their love for the person who’s closest to them, particularly after spending years of fighting civil rights violations and social injustices, can be the most gratifying moment a person ever experiences. But when that long deserved union sets in motion a reversal of fortune that not only affects the couple’s relationship, but also those who are closest to them, what was meant to be one of the happiest moments of their lives can turn into a harrowing event. But British actor Alfred Molina, who contends with this emotional turmoil in his new drama, ‘Love Is Strange,’ which  [ Read More ]

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Interview: Ira Sachs Talks Love Is Strange

Posted by Karen Benardello On August - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
Interview: Ira Sachs Talks Love Is Strange

Striving to find a way to protect a strong emotional bond with someone you truly love can be a stressful situation for everyone involved in the situation. But when you find someone you truly care about, doing whatever it takes to maintain that bond, even if it goes against what’s morally acceptable, often becomes a top priority. That’s certainly the case in director Ira Sach’s new independent drama, “Love Is Strange,” which he co-scribed with his writing partner, Mauricio Zacharias. The independent drama, which is now playing in select theaters, emphasizes that no matter what struggles people are faced with in their lives, having a strong connection and love for  [ Read More ]

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