You may or may not have noticed our aversion to interviews â€” we generally feel that the junket system and overly protective publicists have made getting an interesting interview out of anyone big enough to have a publicist and/or junket impossible. But Mary McNamara‘s LA Times‘ profile on Catherine Keener totally won us over with its odd opening anecdote about how McNamara’s purse gets stolen as she talks to Keener, and about how Keener insists on going out into the street with her and poking through trashcans to see if whoever stole it took the cash and dumped the rest. We’ve also always liked Keener:
"The big secret is I’m not movie star material," Keener says as she
walks along the streets of downtown a couple of weeks after the fateful
Purse Incident. "I’m costar material. I’m supporting material. Those
are the roles I like. And I just want to keep making the movies I like,
even though," she says, "hardly anyone goes to see them."
Elsewhere, in the kind of move that increases the agonizing admiration/aversion we have for him, David Poland reprints Time magazine’s entire "Munich" section, including Richard Schickel‘s lone Spielberg interview (because, as Poland puts it, "Since Time has the joy of being the only interview given so far and since no one really wants to capitalize financially on ‘Munich,’ I’m sure no one will object to me reprinting the story here so no one is forced to buy an online subscription to Time magazine just to read this one interview."). Schickel’s intro/overview of the film is here; he speaks to Spielberg here; Lisa Beyer’s take on the historical realities of who Mossad really ended up retaliation-killing is here.
The car wreck-watcher in us is totally in love with "Memoirs of a Geisha" (about which we’ve talked so much sight-unseen shit that at this point we feel we’ve really committed to seeing it), partially because, as much as we do like Zhang Ziyi, we’ve got our doubts about whether she speaks enough English yet to be thrown into the lead role of an English language film, even if said English is curiously written to be halting and articles-adverse. But judge for yourself, as Sony apparently has enough confidence to toss her at the New York Daily News‘ Sean Daly. Over at the San Francisco Chronicle, Ron Dicker interviews a very practical-minded Michelle Yeoh about the film.
This unprecedented realism is Yamadaâ€™s chief contribution to the genre. Instead of balletic sword battles, his alienated anti-heroes share banal small talk and messy love lives. When grudgingly forced to fight, they engage in long, clumsy duels before dying in agony. In the past, Yamada says, most samurai films were "full of lies."
+ She’s no movie star (LA Times)
+ Spielberg on Munich in Time (The Hot Blog)
+ T2 – Steven’s Prayer For Peace (The Hot Blog)
+ T3 – Munich Myths & Truths (The Hot Blog)
+ 5 minutes with … Ziyi Zhang (NY Daily News)
+ Action-film smart, ‘Geisha’ graceful (SF Chronicle)
+ The samurai commuters (London Times)