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John Michael McDonagh and Producer/Editor Elizabeth Eves on the Challenge of Making The Forgiven in the Sahara During a Pandemic

July 1, 2022 | By
John Michael McDonagh and Producer/Editor Elizabeth Eves on the Challenge of Making <i>The Forgiven</i> in the Sahara During a Pandemic

John Michael McDonagh came onto the scene with the one-two punch of The Guard in 2011 and Calvary in 2014, both of which were character-driven crime dramas set in the Irish filmmaker’s homeland that starred Brendan Gleeson. 2016’s War on Everyone was a very different kind of movie, a buddy crime-comedy starring Alexander Skarsgård... »

The Black Phone Director Scott Derrickson on Recreating His Childhood Fears From the ’70s and How He Met His Co-Writer

June 29, 2022 | By
<I>The Black Phone</i> Director Scott Derrickson on Recreating His Childhood Fears From the ’70s and How He Met His Co-Writer

Director Scott Derrickson has had a pretty interesting career since making The Exorcism of Emily Rose in 2005. He helmed the Keanu Reeves-led remake of the classic sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still, only to return to the horror genre with Sinister, which put him in business with prolific producer Jason Blum.... »

Tribeca Film Festival: Kyra Sedgwick on Directing the Quirky Romantic Comedy Space Oddity

June 18, 2022 | By
Tribeca Film Festival: Kyra Sedgwick on Directing the Quirky Romantic Comedy <i>Space Oddity</i>

A still from Space Oddity (image via Alar Kivilo) Kyra Sedgwick has been acting for most of her adult life, but five years ago, she transitioned into directing with Story of a Girl, which led to her directing episodes of television shows like Grace and Frankie, City on a Hill, Ray Donovan, and Brooklyn... »

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande Director Sophie Hyde on Casting, Chemistry, and Working With the “Amazing” Emma Thompson

June 17, 2022 | By
<i>Good Luck to You, Leo Grande</i> Director Sophie Hyde on Casting, Chemistry, and Working With the “Amazing” Emma Thompson

Growing up in a religious household, films like Sophie Hyde’s Good Luck to You, Leo Grande would be considered too “risqué” to watch. The film, which is now streaming on Hulu, is a powerful look at sex work and body positivity as well as self-pleasure and self-discovery, and it features both a standout performance... »

Jurassic World Dominion Director Colin Trevorrow on Working With Animatronics, Reuniting the Original Cast, and the Genius of Spielberg

June 10, 2022 | By
<i>Jurassic World Dominion</i> Director Colin Trevorrow on Working With Animatronics, Reuniting the Original Cast, and the Genius of Spielberg

Back in 2015, when Universal Pictures rebooted the Jurassic Park franchise with an entirely new concept, few insiders predicted that Jurassic World would wind up the top-grossing film of the year in terms of domestic box office — topping both a Star Wars movie and an Avengers sequel. What was certainly more predictable was the fact that there would... »

Dear Mr. Brody Director Keith Maitland on His Fascinating Documentary and the Fate of All Those Unopened Letters

April 29, 2022 | By
<i>Dear Mr. Brody</i> Director Keith Maitland on His Fascinating Documentary and the Fate of All Those Unopened Letters

Those who read my Top 10 list last year might recall that my #2 movie of 2021 was the documentary Dear Mr. Brody, which told the incredible story of Michael Brody Jr., a 21-year-old hippie millionaire who in 1970 promised to give away his $25 million inheritance in an effort to usher in a new... »

Director Series: Robert Eggers on His Epic Journey in Making Revenge-Fueled Viking Movie The Northman

April 21, 2022 | By
Director Series: Robert Eggers on His Epic Journey in Making Revenge-Fueled Viking Movie <i>The Northman</i>

Ever since his debut feature The Witch premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Robert Eggers has established a reputation as a visionary auteur, something fully confirmed a few years later by his second feature, the black-and-white oddity The Lighthouse. Now, Eggers returns to theaters with The Northman, an expensive Viking epic and a film... »

All the Old Knives Director Janus Metz on Why He Wanted to Work With Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton and a Female DP

April 8, 2022 | By
<i>All the Old Knives</i> Director Janus Metz on Why He Wanted to Work With Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton and a Female DP

I first heard of Danish director Janus Metz when he made the 2010 war documentary Armadillo, which featured striking poster art depicting a hand grenade with the veins and ventricles of a human heart. It was the kind of poster that made you want to see the movie. It was seven years before Metz made his feature... »

Umma Director Iris K. Shim on the Duality of Identity Within Her Sandra Oh-Led Horror Movie

March 23, 2022 | By
<i>Umma</i> Director Iris K. Shim on the Duality of Identity Within Her Sandra Oh-Led Horror Movie

The Evil Dead director Sam Raimi returns to his genre roots with the release of Umma, which marks the feature directorial debut of up-and-coming filmmaker Iris K. Shim (The House of Suh). The supernatural thriller stars two-time Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Grey’s Anatomy) as Amanda, who is living a secluded life on a remote property where... »

X Director Ti West on His Sex-Themed Slasher Movie and His First Question for Potential Cast Members

March 16, 2022 | By
<i>X</i> Director Ti West on His Sex-Themed Slasher Movie and His First Question for Potential Cast Members

Writer-director Ti West has been doing the “elevated horror” thing since long before A24, the distributor of his new film X, made the subgenre cool. The filmmaker made a name for himself with his low-budget independent horror movies House of the Devil (2009) and The Innkeepers (2011) before changing things up a bit with his 2013 horror-thriller The Sacrament (produced by Eli Roth and... »