This week on IFC News:
Michael Atkinson posts his picks for the 15 best straight-to-DVD releases of the year. Number one? Ryuichi Hiroki’s "Vibrator."
Matt Singer interviews "Persepolis" co-directors Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud:
How did the fact that you two are old friends affect your collaboration?
MS: The trust you have in people, that really helps. We knew
each other for many years before this project. I knew who he was and he
knew who I was. For instance, Vincent is someone who hates to read
contracts. I hate to read contracts too. So my husband read the
contracts, I signed the contract and I told him, "You have to sign,"
and then he signs.
VP: [laughs] You get the best results in a climate like this â€” of trust and affection and friendship.
MS: Basically, most of the problems start there. One person
wants to get more credit. We were always a "we." And as I always say to
people, "You know the Coen brothers?" "We’re the Satrapi/Paronnaud
brother and sister."
Guitar Sam is based on Guitar Slim, who was the guy who had a big hit with "The Things I Used to Do," and he was known for, among other things, missing his gigs. [laughs] So there are a bunch of guys who later became R & B icons, who at some point in their young lives were told, "Tonight, you are Guitar Slim," because nobody knows what this guy looks like because it was before album covers and MTV. And he was also the guy who came up with the thing of the long extension cord and he used to go out from his club in New Orleans and go to the doorway of the other clubs and just play people back into his set. I’m fascinated with that period, just that moment in the world of music when I think the first time [the guitar players] heard that solid body electric guitar, [they] realized, wait a minute, something’s going to change really fast and we might get left behind if we don’t jump on it. And I’m always interested in those transitions.
And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.
We’re still hoping to post some thoughts on "There Will Be Blood," but other than that, we are so done for 2007. We’ll be back in new year â€” happy holidays, all.