As a huge Western fan, I appreciated director Timothy Woodward Jr.’s latest feature The Outsider. Asians are rarely featured in the genre, and Jon Foo is actually the film’s lead. Couple that interesting element and pair solid work from vets Trace Adkins (Hickok, which Woodward Jr. also directed) and Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), and you have a pretty promising film. I ended up digging the film, and check out my post below as Woodward Jr. talks about the challenging but ultimately gratifying journey of making The Outsider.
Joseph Arthur is hitting the road this Fall in support of his new album Come Back World which comes out October 11. Arthur’s first tour stop is an October 7th stop at Knuckleheads (Kansas City, MO). Album details and tour dates are below:
Directed by Stéphane Brizé, At War (En Guerre) centers on the decision to shut down a factory that is obviously met with disapproval from its 1100 employees. Laurent Amédéo (Vincent Lindon) is the leader of the workers who will do everything it takes to keep the plant alive. Brizé shoots his feature in an arresting style sans sacrificing the truth, and in our interview he explains why, in cinema, the truth has been a foundation of his work.
Directed and penned by Oscar winning filmmaker Guy Nattiv, Skin centers on the true story of Bryon Widner’s (Jamie Bell) journey of shedding his life as a racist skinhead. Danielle Macdonald (Bird Box, Patti Cake$) co-stars as his girlfriend Julie, a woman who believes Widner is ready to make that change.
“…an unconscious picture of what I actually think will happen when it happens..” John Lennon on Revolution No. 9, The White Album.
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, and possibly the film with the lowest stakes. There is no vengeful bride or Nazi hunters or evil slave traders. By lowering the stakes and decreasing the violence, Tarantino has presented arguably his most fully-realized characters.
The majority of the film follows fading Hollywood leading man, Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Rick’s stuntman/personal assistant Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Ultimately, this is a slice-of-life buddy movie.
Filmmaker Rick Alverson’s The Mountain is a sublime piece of cinema that will frustrate some viewers while pulling others into its narrative. I fell into the latter category, and was intrigued about what Alverson had to say about his film and challenging cinema’s oftentimes predictable narrative stylings during our interview.