Mamoru Oshii and The Sky Crawlers

Mamoru Oshii and The Sky Crawlers

Iconic master of animation, Mamoru Oshii discusses his 2008 existential science fiction movie about the lives of clones, and war for entertainment. This is coupled with Kurt’s original review of the film.

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The Director’s Club: SAM FULLER

The Director’s Club:  SAM FULLER

Kurt joins Patrick Ripoll over at the Director’s Club to talk about the great, rip-roaring force of cinema that was Sam Fuller.

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Errol Morris on The Unknown Known

A Q&A I recorded at one of the Toronto International Film Festival screenings of Errol Morris’s new documentary on Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Morris talks a bit about language, and a bit about the contradictions and snowflakes of a political lifer that is still in his bubble of denial. It is a rather excellent 12 minute supplement to the...

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TIFF Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune

One of, if not the, most famous films never made was Dune. Sure, we got the mid-eighties David Lynch version – admittedly that is a significant guilty pleasure of mine – and some terrible TV miniseries in the early 2000s, but every science fiction cinephile worth their salt has drooled over the folklore behind Chilean writer-director-mime-surrealist...

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Guy Ritchie Merges Indie with Hollywood Again

In recent years Guy Ritchie has swapped his indie film making roots for mainstream. With a successful slew of Sherlock films in the bag, he has somehow managed to not be too heavily influenced by Hollywood and continues to bring his own unique brand of directing and producing to the big screen. Now it seems that Ritchie’s relationship with Hollywood big guns,...

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Is Woody Allen “Irrelevant?”

Is Woody Allen “Irrelevant?”

In a recent Cinecast Episode, the guys were asked where they would place Woody Allen amongst the elite directors of all time and the word irrelevant was thrown around. So is Woody Allen an “irrelevant” director at this point in his career? Well first of all, what does it mean to be irrelevant? And what does “this point in career”...

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Steven Soderbergh’s Address on the State of Cinema

At the San Francisco International Film Festival, semi-retired (His HBO Liberace film is still in the queue) Steven Soderbergh gave a 35 minute talk to participants on his feelings on cinema, art, the business and all those things in between. The organizers politely asked nobody to record or repost this (although several were live tweeting the event) but as...

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Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. Say Wha? [UPDATED]

Is this simply nothing more than a commercial for a perfume by a couple of well known directors or is this a tease at something greater? I’m too lazy to do the leg work on this one, so if any Third Row reader has any knowledge about this, let me know. Here’s maybe a clue: I don’t recognize the gentlemen in the commercial/teaser, but I...

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How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song: Available March 26th!

At last year’s Flyway Film Festival, Matt and I were honored to be among jury members for the fictional narrative feature category. While voting, it was a pleasure to award best director to Gary King for his musical, How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song. Now, some may be screaming bias, but our jury is not alone in the festival world of awarding HDYWAJSS...

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Jurassic Park IV Director Confirmed: Colin Trevorrow

Apparently Colin Trevorrow was high in the running for the Star Wars VII gig (as reported by the internet). I saw the new and thought, “who?” Looking him up on the ever faithful IMDb, it seems he’s done very little; the most visible part of the repertoire being the much underseen Safety Not Guaranteed. The short of the long of this is, I still...

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