Features and Creatures

… interviews, essays, miscellaneous

Lisandro Alonso (Los Muertos)
Brad Anderson (The Machinist)
Paul Thomas Anderson (Punch-Drunk Love) by Mitja Okorn
Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums)
Jack Angel (voice of Teddy, A.I.)
Thomas Arslan (In the Shadows)
Barbato, Bailey & St James (Party Monster)
James Benning: Homeland Security (full transcript)
-“- : Circling James Benning (abridged version for CinemaScope magazine)
Jonathan Breck (actor, Jeepers Creepers 2)
Kim Chapiron (Sheitan)
Paddy Considine (actor, In America)
Denis Côté (Curling)    
Brian Cox (actor, Red) [Edinburgh Film Festival 2008 video]
Jan Cvitkovic (Bread and Milk)
Willem Dafoe (actor) << LATEST
Ken Duken (actor)
Robert Duvall (actor, Open Range)
Marc Evans (My Little Eye)
Juan-Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto)
Cesc Gay (writer-director, In The City)
Eva Green (actress, The Dreamers)
Hare & Martin (Amber Collective; writer-directors, Like Father)
Toby Kebbell (actor, Dead Man’s Shoes)
Norman Leto (Sailor)    
McCarthy, Dinklage & Cannavale (The Station Agent)
John McNaughton (Henry – Portrait of a Serial Killer)
Mackenzie brothers (The Last Great Wilderness)
Mahamet-Saleh Haroun (Abouna)
Shane Meadows (Dead Man’s Shoes)
David Morrissey (actor, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin)
J T Petty (Soft For Digging)
Julian Richards (The Last Horror Movie)
Graham Robertson (Able Edwards)
Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers)
Paul Sarossy (Mr In-Between)
Cate Shortland (Somersault)
Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me)
Ondi Timoner (Dig!)
Paul Verhoeven
Peter Webber (Girl With a Pearl Earring)
Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums)
YING Liang (Taking Father Home)
ESSAY-LENGTH REVIEWS (usually 1,000+ words)
After Murder, Park : Paul W S Anderson’s Death Race
All That Labour to be (re-)Born : David Rudkin’s Artemis 81
Barking Up the Wrong Tree : Lars Von Trier’s Dogville
Boon Docks : Dany B.’s Welcome to the Sticks
Boys from the Black Stuff : Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood
A Capital Offence : Gabriele Muccino’s The Pursuit of Happyness
The Case Against Vera Drake (dir. Mike Leigh)
Chilly Scenes of Wintour : David Frankel’s The Devil Wears Prada
China Crisis : Rob Cohen’s The Mummy – Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
China In Your Hand : Xiaolu GUO’s How Is Your Fish Today?
The China Syndrome : YING Liang’s The Other Half
Confessions of a Barge-Hand : David Mackenzie’s Young Adam
Cracked Actress : David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE
The Creature Wasn’t Nice : Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield
Crimes of the Future : Richard Loncraine’s Firewall
Dark Sarcasm in the Classroom : Richard Eyre’s Notes on a Scandal
Defending Troy (dir. Wolfgang Petersen)
Disinterring The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue (dir. Jorge Grau)
Distant Relatives: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Uzak
Dum Dum Diddle : Phyllida Lloyd’s Mamma Mia!
Fear of a Black BMW : Christian Petzold’s The State I Am In
Fun with a Fin : Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Gone, Baby, Gone : Andrei Zvyagintsev’s The Banishment
Gonna Fly Now : Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa
Hard Out Here For a Pimp : NA Hong-jin’s The Chaser
The Horror of Ingmar Bergman : Persona
Is Chaos Director an Incomprehensible Demon-Man? : MIIKE Takashi’s Izo
Kerbside Justice : Nick Love’s Outlaw
K is for Chaos (dir. KUROSAWA Kiyoshi)
Lost in Translation : Lone Scherfig’s Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
Love and Monsters : Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy II – The Golden Army
The Mayan Event : Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto
(Michael,) Marty and Howard : Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator
Mind Warp : David Fincher’s Zodiac
Motown Junk : Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile
Nathan Algren’s Blues : Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai
A New Wave : John Stockwell’s Blue Crush
Nothing Up There : William Peter Blatty’s The Ninth Configuration
O Brother : James Gray’s We Own the Night
Ogre and Out? : Chris Miller’s Shrek the Third
Oh, Carolina! : Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain
Oh Mercy : Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There
Out Come the Greeks : Friedberg & Seltzer’s Meet the Spartans
Palace of Excess: Powell & Pressburger’s Black Narcissus
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Patriot Games : Shane Meadows’ This Is England
Plague It Again, Sam : Stephen Hopkins’ The Reaping
Pulling the Strings : Hranitzky & Tarr’s Werckmeister Harmonies
Resisting the Bait : Tim Burton’s Big Fish
Road Kill : Robert Harmon’s Highwaymen
Robertson In Space : Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Passenger
Santa Claus Conquers the Nazis : Andrew Adamson’s Narnia
Saves the Day : KAZUAKI Kiriya’s Casshern
A Sleight Case of Murder : Neil Burger’s The Illusionist
Slices of Layer Cake (dir. Matthew Vaughan)
Sloppy Joe and Me : Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane
The Slow Road to Perdition (dir. Sam Mendes)
Songs of Innocence and Experience : M Night Shyamalan’s The Village
Standard Liege : the Dardenne brothers’ The Child
Strangers on the Shore : Luis Bunuel’s The Exterminating Angel
Theme From Sparta F C : Zack Snyder’s 300
Tolkien Transcended : Peter Jackson’s Return of the King
Travels in Hyperreality : Michael Mann’s Miami Vice
Uncertain Foundations : Vadim Perelman’s House of Sand and Fog
Unfortunate Travellers : Eli Roth’s Hostel
Unwise Blood : Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ
Upstairs, Downstairs : Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger
Very Mild Superpowers : Peter Berg’s Hancock
‘A Weapon Loaded With Future’ : Achero Manas’ November
What’s an Art-movie Anyway? : Reha Erdem’s Times and Winds << NEW (29.Sep.08)
Would You Adam ‘n Eve It? : James Watkins’ Eden Lake

Betting on the 2001 Oscars (for The Independent)
China In Your Hand : Xiaolu Guo’s How Is Your Fish Today? (for Ekran)
Christmas 2002 Oscar Stocktaking (for Oscarwatch)
Coming: (for Contrapicado)
Day-Lewis Waxes Lyrical For Gangs (for The Independent)
Flowers, Iron, Whisky and Violence : Top Ten for 2005 (for Tribune)
A History Of A History of Violence (for Schokkend Nieuws)
High Priests of Harmful Matter : The Libertine, Stoned, Factotum (for Tribune)
House of Quentin, House of Daggers (for Impact)
Reese vs Ross : Final Fantasy and Legally Blonde (for The Independent)
The Wizard’s Sleeve : Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Preview (for City Life)
The Trouble With Bond : Die Another Day preview (for City Life)
“You Talking to Me?!” : the perils of movie accents (for The Independent)

NB: for film-festival reports, check out the “film festivals” section of the site

A Failure of Vision : A polemic by the Amber Collective
Laurence Boyce on Killing Me Softly
Christopher Errington on Veronica Guerin
one anonymous reader’s take on Kissing Jessica Stein
Adam Maxwell on Dead or Alive, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Sheila Seacroft on Confidences Trop Intimes & Nathalie…, Father and Son, Hellboy, King Arthur, Touching the Void, Troy and Werckmeister Harmonies

American Splendor
A Cock and Bull Story (aka Tristram Shandy : A Cock and Bull Story)
Colossal Youth
Un Chien Andalou
Dog Star Man
Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani?
Fight Club
The Five Obstructions
Intolerable Cruelty
Last Days
Notre Musique
No Frank In Lumberton
That Obscure Object of Desire
Planet of the Apes

Raise Your Voice
Red Lights
The Rules of Attraction
The Shining
Touching the Void

In Memoriam : Pauline Kael (2001)
New Wave : Point Break (1991)
Nobody’s Goat : a Modesto/Lucas cutup (2005)
Second Opinions : other critics worth reading (2000)
Tedious 007 search : our two penn’orth (2005)

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