This week on the rather late IFC News:
Aaron Hillis interviews Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who snarks briefly about the state of indie film ("‘The Lookout’ is far from an indie movie, y’know; it was made by Miramax. But even though it was produced by a corporate studio that’s ultimately owned by Disney, it has the integrity of an independent because Scott Frank cared so deeply about it…"), discusses Pearl Jam, and reveals he has a website of his own.
Matt Singer and, er… us (it’s situations like these in which the royal "we" can get a little challenging) put together a list of small town noir films:
With its closely cropped lawns, sun-drenched streets and its very own traffic directing cop (who is apparently on duty all day, every day), the town of Santa Rosa, California, the picturesque setting for Alfred Hitchcock‘s familial film noir "Shadow of a Doubt," could legally change its name to Mayberry and pull it off. And of course, that’s the point (with Hitchcock, everything has a point; the setting, the clothes, even the catered lunch for the crew). "Shadow of a Doubt" is perhaps the prototype of the now endlessly mimicked and frequently parodied set-up where the seemingly idyllic suburbs hide darkness beneath their chlorophyllous exteriors.
"Re-Animator" is such a fierce, energetic, high-flying concoction that every aspect of it feels like a well-tuned joke â€” from its timeless, TV-tinged university setting to the iconic acting to the balls-out comic gore, which predated Sam Raimi‘s "Evil Dead 2" by a few years, and in any case set a new standard for discomfiting dismemberment satire.
On the podcast, we look at the rise of IMAX and the return of 3D (and the this-goes-to-eleven 3D IMAX) and past gimmicks to pull in crowds that claimed to improve the moviegoing experience (we heart William Castle).
Despite the talented cast and creators, the project never gels and, like a lot of festival films, it’s drenched in human anguish, heavy on the symbolism, and light on entertainment or enlightenment. And mostly it’s just Giamatti with a big leather glove on his hand and a hawk on his arm grunting and sweating as the hawk flaps and squawks around. For two hours.
And, as always, Christopher Bonet has the round-up of what’s opening this week.