After 30+ films in 8 days, I’m glad to say the Nashville Film Festival is officially over. But, boy, was it fun while it lasted! I had a great time, and I rated more films 5 out 5 than any year prior. Here’s what I saw on days 6 through 8. IN THE FOG is WW2-era [...]
I’m back with a few quick blurbs about the films I screened during days 4 and 5 of the 2013 Nashville Film Festival. Part of the Kurdish cinema series, IN THE LION’S DEN explores the paths of two young men in post-Hussein Iraq. One signs up for the U.S. backed Iraqi National Guard, the other a resistance cell. Both [...]
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Oh Lord I can’t wait for the William Friedkin tribute this Saturday at the Seattle International Film Festival. Having only just seen THE EXORCIST for the first time, (I know, I know), but having been an admirer for some time of both SORCERER and the astonishing CRUISING, (forerunner of IRREVERSIBLE?), I trust this evening will [...]
After 8 exhausting and exhilarating days, the 2012 NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL is at an end. I was so consumed with the fest and my day job that I haven’t had a free moment to post on The Film Talk for the past three days. Here’s what I saw Tuesday though Thursday. LA CAMIONETA: THE JOURNEY [...]
While I sit in theatre chairs waiting for films to begin, my mind wanders. At film festivals, my mind wanders farther, deeper, and, at the end of 11 solid hours of screenings, straight off the deep end. Occasionally, I think of little nuggets to post. For example: Things to Bring to a Film Festival: 1. [...]
I’ll have to make this one quick. I have to leave to see ELENA in 25 minutes. First up on Sunday was BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING, a very nice documentary about artist and former Chattanooga resident Wayne White. Wayne is responsible for designing and voicing Randy, Dirty Dog, and other puppets on Pee Wee’s Playhouse. For [...]
After assembling my list of films to see at the 2012 NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL, I worked out a schedule. Unbelievably, Saturday (the day with potentially the largest audience of the fest) was bare. I had PILGRIM SONG at 1pm and V/H/S at 10pm with nothing in between. So I re-studied the films and worked out [...]
As I write this, the clock strikes 12AM on Saturday morning, and I come upon a realization: I’m going to be doing quite a lot of hustling this week. For the past two nights, I’ve hustled from work to cinema, cinema to concert, concert to computer, and computer to (presumably) bed. And those were the [...]
Los Angeles is not known for its film festivals. There are no Golden Bears, Silver Lions or Palme D’ors awarded to obscure auteurs whose careers rise and fall on a handful of impossible-to-get-into screenings presided over by the cinematic elite. There are no A-List celebrities conducting full press Q&As.
Episode 181: CAPTAIN AMERICA / THE ROCKETEER / BEGINNERS / COWBOYS AND ALIENS / Special Guest: Zaid Abu Hamdan director of Bahiya & Mahmoud
Episode 181 – Gareth and I watch COWBOYS AND ALIENS so you don’t have to.
More vids from the 2011 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and Film Market including a brief chat with John-Salcido and David Tenenbaum of CATAPLEXY. In-depth interviews with some of the fine filmmakers here, including HOTEL RWANDA director Terry George to follow later this week on The Show.
First dispatches from the 2011 Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and Film Market!
Episode 178 – SUPER 8 / Special Guest: William Eubank at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival
Episode 178 – We get another report from the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival including an interview with director of LOVE William Eubank and some thoughts on the end to the myth of redemptive violence in the Summer blockbuster SUPER 8 are proferred.
Episode 177 – The 2011 Seattle International Film Festival / TABLOID / HOT COFFEE / X-MEN: FIRST CLASS / Special Guest Carl Spence
Episode 177 – We get Jett’s dispatches from the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival including an interview with artistic director of the fest Carl Spence and brief thoughts on Errol Morris’ TABLOID and the must-see doc HOT COFFEE.
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In Which Jett Details His Adventures at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival.
Episode 170 – The Secrets of Pitching with Darris Hatch / The Nashville Film Festival / Erin Buckley on NDAPEWA
In today’s show Gareth and I talk with producer and manager Darris Hatch on the secrets of pitching and Erin Buckley stops by to discuss the child produced Namibian short NDAPEWA; all part of the 2011 Nashville Film Festival.
Episode 169 – The Nashville Film Festival / BUCK / An Interview with Director Cindy Meehl / THE CONSPIRATOR
In today’s show Gareth and I talk with Cindy Meehl, the director of the Sundance and Full Frame Audience Award Winning documentary BUCK as part of the 2011 Nashville Film Festival and muse slight on Robert Redford’s new historopic THE CONSPIRATOR.
In today’s show Gareth and I talk with Writers Guild of America East Lead Strategic Organizer Ursula Lawrence, discuss the new coming of age laugher SUBMARINE, and touch lightly on THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, 13 ASSASSINS and UNCLE BOONME WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES as part of the 2011 Nashville Film Festival.
My first day of The Nashville Film Festival was filled with some pretty spectacular cinema. Takashi Miike’s new film 13 ASSASSINS is a few dials less crazy than his average fair and a few notches more assured. Cut from the SEVEN SAMURAI mold, the film follows a group of samurai as they plot to kill [...]
Incredibly Gareth and I are in the same place at the same time Dear Reader – the 2011 Nashville Film Festival! We’ll be doing at least four shows from the fest – the first one kicks off tomorrow – an interview with TWO-LANE BLACKTOP/COCKFIGHTER director Monte Hellman.
Is BATTLE: LOS ANGELES the most important film of the year so far? Gareth and I think so and say why in this episode. Also discussed are the Bradley Cooper vehicle LIMITLESS and the new iPhone Film Festival.