This week on IFC News:
On the podcast, there’s a rambling summer movie preview neglecting all films we’ve already seen at festivals and the like, which, naturally, leaves us expounding on the trailer of "Live Free and Die Hard" for ages (before anyone sees fit to email us, we realize that the music used is not, in fact, anything patriotic, and is, in fact, "Ode to Joy," but on first watching we so badly wanted it to be the national anthem that we managed to will our ears to hear that).
Aaron Hillis has a nicely punchy interview with Robinson Devor of "Zoo" in which he asks some pointed questions about Devor’s approach to his subject matter. We appreciate Devor’s desire to de-sensationalize his topic, but we, too, feel that he doesn’t do his subjects justice:
I do love the cinematography, which has a ruminative quality about it, but there were times when I was thinking less about the people than the images themselves. What do you hope audiences will be contemplating in these quiet moments?
I use myself as an example. I wasn’t exempt from letting my imagination get the most of me when I imagined who these people were and what they may be like. All I can ask is that audiences might just say, "Hey, these guys aren’t drug addicts," or that some of them might actually be intelligent and sensitive. They’re not too different from us on many levels. Again, a commonality was more interesting than the deviance.
Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus‘ film captures Franken, before and after the debut of Air America, at his most glorious (making royal public sport of the confident prevarications uttered by the Orwellian mole people at Fox News and elsewhere) and at his most dubious (depressed after the 2004 election, playing with his dog). It’s not a freestanding movie so much as a brickbat tossed in a larger battle â€” continuously being fought between the lying liars and the rest of America. (Notice I didn’t say "Democrats," though Franken might’ve.)
And Christopher Bonet has the round-up of what’s new in theaters.