A look ’round the interview circuit:
Erm â€” these are alphabetical (they’re always alphabetical), so attach no significance to the order, please. First, Joel Stein at Time profiles the actor he proclaims is his hero, the "adorkable" Adam Brody:
"I’m a fake intellectual…I’m not that well read. Which I’m insecure about since I’ve gotten the [intellectual] niche." He’s not even sure how he pulled off the fake-nerd scam. "Maybe the sarcasm reads a little bit as intellect, even if it’s not," he says. "My best jokes are so cheap. All I do is say things sarcastically. I just say, ‘Yeah. Cool.’" As he says this, I feel the confusing disappointment that I imagine young women painters feel when they find out Joan MirÃ³ is a man.
Here he says he is sickened by Islamic fundamentalism, and suicide bombings, and yet, as befits a man of his age and phlegmatic wisdom, he is not above cracking the odd inappropriate joke. â€œGod represents the urge to make people, and life, better for everyone,â€ he says, starting on a serious tack. â€œImagine an interpretation of God that believed He wanted you to kill everybody, and that He had a brothel in Heaven with 72 virgins waiting for you.â€ He pauses, and the trademark Douglas smile starts to crack slowly cross his face. â€œOne virgin would be enough for me!â€ he says, before leaning down on his elbow and adding in a stage whisper, â€œOr maybe two!â€
[H]e doesn’t want to talk about the challenges of a Czech director making a movie about a quintessentially Spanish artist. "I don’t speak Spanish," he says gruffly when asked why he shot in English. "Look," he continues in his deep, heavily accented voice, "we tried to make this film as an entertainment that would somehow introduce the treasures of art to the audience on the way."
TV doesn’t suck. People suck. The TV is just a machine doing its job. If TVs were people, I bet they would hate themselves a lot of times for the dirty work they have to do, and end up on antidepressants or killing themselves.
Kaurismaki can trace his passion for cinema back to the spring of 1973 when he he was a teenager and went to see a double-bill of Robert Flaherty‘s Nanook of the North and Luis Bunuel‘s L’Age D’Or. "This woke me up to understand that cinema can be art. I remember I was in shock. I went around the little village where I lived saying, ‘This is great,’ but nobody understood what the hell I was talking about. They haven’t understood since."
‘I didn’t respect up till that point that I had a system. I thought, "if I’m good with non-actors I’ll be great with great actors." But the result was a muddle, a rom-com-cum-spaghetti-western-cum-social-drama. Yet Meadows refuses to blame anyone involved. ‘I agreed to everything. It was a working man’s bond.’ If he’d pulled out, ‘all these people [who’d been hired] were gonna walk away with nothing.’
â€œWithout comparing himself to Samuel Beckettâ€”and [Marienbad writer] Alain Robbe-Grillet, who has also made similar complaintsâ€”Beckett complained that people didn’t laugh enough in their plays. And yes, there are some very funny jokes in Marienbad. But that he hopes it doesn’t take away from the tragedy and some of the other passages. And he hopes that in Coeurs this mixing of tragic and humor will also be found.â€
+ Looking for Mr. Adorkable (Time)
+ Taking it on the chin (London Times)
+ ‘Goya’s Ghosts’: Spanish artist gets Forman treatment (Independent)
+ Look Out, Boston: Aqua Teen Hits the Big Screen, Frylock Tells All (Wired News)
+ Aki Kaurismaki: Finnish film-maker discovers a brighter side (Independent)
+ Another country (Telegraph Magazine)
+ "Hello, Glenn. I am Alain." (Premiere)