[A] number of people in the movie have complained or filed suit, claiming they’d been hoodwinked. Cohen isn’t exactly sympathetic. "This wasn’t ‘Candid Camera,’ " he says. "There were two large cameras in the room. I don’t buy the argument that, ‘Oh, I wouldn’t have acted so racist or anti-Semitic if I’d known this film was being shown in America.’ That’s no excuse."
I always envisaged Ghosts as a drama, not a documentary. Partly this was a practical decision (the employers who hire these workers would never agree to speak to us on camera, because what they do is illegal). But mainly it was a creative one. I wanted to straddle the line between drama and documentary – on the one hand using real people and improvised dialogue but on the other imposing more of a narrative structure. Drama always works best when it feels real, anyway.
Brian Ashcraft at Wired gets an update on the still-anonymous "Train Man," the 23-year-old otaku who, with the help of his always-in-touch internet friends, navigated his way into a successful relationship. The events were chronicled in a book and also became the basis of a rather adorable movie that Viz released briefly last year.
Black Book, with its femme fatale heroine and Second World War setting, is like his "best of" selection with ideas, scenes and characters coming from the whole of his oeuvre. He even returns to "that scene" from Basic Instinct when he shows his heroine dying her pubic hair blonde so that the Nazi officer will not guess that she is an impostor.
"But it is a different angle," argues Verhoeven. "And in fact it was a result not so much to copy but as a discussion as to what she would do having dyed her black hair blonde and realising she would have to sleep with the German officer that she would have to do something with her pubic hair. So it was not really, ‘let’s do a pubic hair situation again’."
At Ain’t It Cool, Elston Gunn interviews Leo Grillo, the producer and star of "Zyzzyx Rd," current record-holder, at $30, for lowest box office returns. It’s an all-business interview, sadly; Grillo has no grand aspirations, and the theatrical run was to fulfill a contract.
Finally, is there anything YouTube can’t do? It’s even bringing new life to Neil LaBute‘s epically bad "Wicker Man" â€” some of the sillier scenes of Nicolas Cage over-emoting and punching out Leelee Sobieski have been cobbled together, completely out of context, into a montage of hilarity. We challenge you not to want to see it after watching the clips.
+ Out of character (LA Times)
+ Lettting the scat out of the bag: Borat’s boys speak (Movie City Indie)
+ The cockles of his heart (London Times)
+ Modern slaves without a ghost of a chance (Guardian)
+ An Interview with Kim Jee-woon (KoreanFilm.org)
+ Love Train (Wired)
+ Paul Verhoeven: Scars of my youth (Independent)
+ Elston Gunn interviews producer/actor Leo Grillo of the lowest all-time B.O. film ZYZZYX ROAD!!! (AICN)
+ Best Scenes From "The Wicker Man" (YouTube)