Interviews: Bjork! Murakami! Cillian!

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Skeleton fight.Björk, talking to Luke Crisell at New York magazine about "Drawing Restraint 9": "Because of how Matthew [Barney] uses character, it’s more like sculpture. Me and Matthew actually sculpt each other in the film, we remove each other’s legs [with flensing knives at the film’s climax] and we end up swimming after the ship as two whales. It’s not acting like Dustin Hoffman does."

Novelist/director Ryu Murakami, talking to Kim Tae-jong at the Korea Times about how his 1992 "Tokyo Decadence" is finally being released in Korea: "Before I directed this movie, I made three other films, which I and other people weren’t happy with. The dissatisfaction could have resulted from my inability but also the fact that I worked with major film production companies and I couldn’t get my points accepted. So when I made ‘Tokyo Decadence,’ I worked with young staff, whose average age was 27, and with a low budget (to give myself more freedom in expressing my ideas)."

Cillian Murphy, talking to Jessica Winter at the Village Voice about "Breakfast on Pluto" and walking in high heels: "Oh, you just need that confidence to go for it and fall down as much as you need to. I hung out with these transvestites in London, and their advice was, ‘Learn when you’re drunk,’ so I did."

The great Ray Harryhausen, talking to William Shaw at the Observer about his career and how he inspired the recent return of stop-motion: "A lot of [the figures] were cannibalised at the time because we were short of time and money. The tentacles from this character became a dinosaur tail in the next movie."

Filmmaker Debra Granik, talking to Jeremiah Kipp at Filmmaker Magazine about "Down to the Bone": "At Sundance, an actor I admire had a cup of coffee with me…He told me, ‘You guys had so much freedom. It was like nobody was telling you what to do.’ This is an actor who has been in $15-20 million dollar films. What dawned on me was that he was right. On this project, there was no one greater than our selves. It reminds you what slogans like ‘fiercely independent’ really mean. Some days, this level of filmmaking feels like you’re in the ghetto with both hands tied behind your back. You’re unable to raise a penny. At other times, it feels like the only freedom there is exists on the margins of the filmmaking community."

Actor Donal Logue, talking to Don R. Lewis at Film Threat about his directorial debut, "Tennis, Anyone?" (which, incidentally, is going to be one of the first films released through Mark Cuban’s Truly Indie filmmaker-financed distribution arm): "The distribution environment for little movies that aren’t about blondes with big tits shooting machine guns is more grim these days than ever. We could sell rights to our movie for fifty grand, but beyond that you will never see anything again. We own our movie and are now close to breaking even, even without finishing domestic DVD deals. It is rough. Even ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ had millions to keep it pumped up until it found an audience. All I have is my ATM card and I can’t do that with kids."

Heath Ledger, talking to Belinda Luscombe at Time about you know what: "I feel like I’ve never been in a film that people have liked before."

+ New Björk (New York)
+ Japanese Author Brings ‘Decadent’ Film to Seoul (Korea Times)
+ Change Clothes (Village Voice)
+ The origin of the species (Observer)
+ CUTTING CLOSE TO THE BONE (Filmmaker Magazine)
+ Heath Turns It Around (Time)

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

USA Films/Everett Collection

Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

via Giphy

Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

Spider coke

Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

Bill Hader Jerry Wallach

With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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