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I met her once in Central Park, actually â€” and I’m not a very forward person, especially with celebrities. But, we’re both dog lovers, as it turns out, and just as she was coming towards me, she stopped to pet a Labrador Retriever, and started a conversation with its owner. And I thought, that Lab’s cute enough, I’ll use that as an excuse, so I started petting it too. I looked down, and she was basically ignoring me, but she had allowed the dog to hold her hand in its mouth, and I thought, aw, I’ll put my hand in the dog’s mouth too. And pretty soon both of our hands were in this big drooling dog tongue, in intertwinement. Very slippery. Before we knew it, the dog and its owner were gone, and we were left with our hands hanging in the air, dog spit dripping off. By that time I had worked up the confidence to tell her I knew her ex-husband a bit, or that I didn’t really know him, but that he bought one of my films for his archives, "Tales from the Gimli Hospital," and that I was a filmmaker making a film, and that I had a part screaming to be played by her, an amputee beer baroness. We discovered we both loved Lon Cheney and silent films. We became instant friends, and it has been that way from then on.
Michael Atkinson tackles "Comedy of Power" and "How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman." About the latter, he writes: "Taken just on a political level, ‘How Tasty’ is one of sharpest satires of colonial history ever made, especially since it’s sourced out from the exploited culture’s sensibility."
I think you do have a certain responsibility to treat the subject matter responsibly, not to sensationalize it, not to play into people’s expectations. I’m a very politically aware, newspaper regime person. [laughs.] The thing I’ve been most struck by is when I come across the criticism that not putting in the context came out of some naivetÃ© on my part: "She doesn’t realize that terrorists have political or religious motives." I kind of resent that. I expect the audience to already know this, and I don’t think they’re going to learn anything from me telling them that. Part of my ethical responsibility is to not dumb down the film, and to expect my audiences are educated, free-thinking, and reading all the time.
And on the podcast, we’re inspired by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo directing "28 Days Later" and NimrÃ³d Antal‘s helming of forgettable slasher flick "Vacancy" to look over the choice English language debuts that have been landed by other recent acclaimed foreign directors.