This week on IFC News:
We met up with Matt Singer to do a video interview (fancy!) with an affable Shane Meadows, whose "This Is England" got its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival after setting all of the critics a-flutter in the UK. You can watch it here.
On the podcast, inspired by the less than fresh "The Wendell Baker Story" and "The Salon"‘s telllingly dated dialogue about Bennifer, we delve into the reasons films tend to get put on the shelf and some of the better-known shelvers and shelvees.
Berg pulls the mother of all documentary tropes â€” getting the guilty monster at the core of her controversy to not only cooperate with the film but to virtually assist in its making. Gaining the complicity of the morality-challenged makes for jaw-dropping cinema, just as it has since 1975’s "The California Reich" and its dumbfounded portrait of all-American neo-Nazis. Why would these people â€” be they pedophiles, politicians, fascists or just plain assholes â€” consent to a documentary crew shining a camera light on their actions?
"Severance" is to "Hostel" as "Shaun of the Dead" is to "Night of the Living Dead." As such, it’s yet another pun-intended stab at combining scares and laughs with mixed results. I’m always amazed by how often filmmakers try to marry these two antithetical concepts. As genres go, horror and comedy aren’t peanut butter and jelly; they’re not even peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. Terror and joy are at such odds, they don’t make very good bedfellows, even in a movie as good as "Shaun of the Dead," which is funny at first, and scary at the end, but rarely both at the same time. In his recent appearance on KCRW’s "The Treatment," "Shaun" director Edgar Wright even admitted that, successful as his film is, it doesn’t really mesh the gags (as in laughing) with the gags (as in choking as you gorge yourself on human flesh).
Christopher Bonet has the round-up of what’s new in theaters.
And now we’re headed off to Cannes (it’s a tough life, yes) â€” be on the lookout for the Cannes Cam, which goes live on Wednesday.