Sun July 20, 2014
Movie Interviews

The Secret Behind Romero's Scary Zombies: 'I Made Them The Neighbors'

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 1:59 pm

George A. Romero says zombies are just the disaster in his films. "My stories are more about the humans," he explains. Romero's latest project is a comic book called Empire of the Dead.
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Director George A. Romero grew up on classic movie monsters — and he says he never dreamed he'd be responsible for creating the modern zombie that now lurks alongside those monsters. "I never expected it. I really didn't," he tells NPR's Arun Rath. "... All I did was I took them out of 'exotica' and I made them the neighbors ... I thought there's nothing scarier than the neighbors!"

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Fri July 18, 2014

Imagination, Obsession Sets The Stage In 'Venus In Fur'

Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigneur in Roman Polanski's 'Venus in Fur.'
IFC Films

It’s not unusual for filmmakers as they age to grow interested in theater. Jean Renoir did it toward the end of his career. Ingmar Bergman’s last major film, Fanny and Alexander, takes place in a theatrical family.

Now 81-year-old Roman Polanski, who has made films about Satanic cults, murderous insanity, Nazi atrocities and other terrors, has directed and written Venus in Fur, based on the play by David Ives.

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Fri July 11, 2014

Poignant Cinema Sprung From 'The War To End All Wars'

Gary Cooper (left) & Jack La Rue in 1932's 'A Farewell to Arms.'
Paramount Pictures Film in the public domain

As we commemorate it's 100th anniversary, it's worth noting that films about World War I are nothing like the movies about World War II. While World War II films typically picture the end of the war as triumph, World War I movies reflect that ghastly absurd logic, and tend to end on notes of waste, loss and futility.

Most WWI films are anti-war, and there’s no such thing as triumph.

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Tue July 8, 2014
Movie Interviews

Richard Dreyfuss' Kids Revisit 'Jaws,' Conclude It Makes No Sense

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:59 pm

Robert Shaw (from left), Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss play a shark hunter, a police chief and a marine biologist in 1975's Jaws.
Universal/Kobal Collection


Fri July 4, 2014

'Korengal,' A Retread Whose Subject Matter Still Grips

Second Platoon Soldiers on patrol near table rock.
Outpost Films

The new documentary Korengal shows American soldiers in Afghanistan, yet the footage is less new; it’s made from material not used in an earlier film by the same directors.

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