This week on IFC News:
Was it difficult playing August while he was sitting behind the camera?
It’s painfully awkward in the beginning, but there’s so much trust
between John and me that he really gave me license to go for it. He
said, "Expose me, warts-and-all." A lot of what that character is
dealing with is hubris, and that’s not a flattering trait to be
portraying in somebody who’s standing in the same room as you. A lot of
that stuff is improvised, and that made it even more of a challenge.
I’m aping things I’ve heard him say. I’d have conversations with him
and go home and furiously take notes on everything he said, and I would
somehow find a way to [include those things] within a scene.
Not to make any insinuations, but what attracts you to a dysfunctional family story?
Oh, I think every family is dysfunctional, or everyone assumes their
family is. There’s almost a competitive pride in people’s dysfunctions.
It’s a natural inclination to assume we are the result of the way we
were brought up. We spend our lives trying to overcome, embrace or
blame that, use it as an excuse. People love telling stories about it:
"You think that was bad? You know, when I was a kid…" I think about
what kind of stories my kid is going to tell about me.
Michael Atkinson looks into Haneke‘s "The Castle" and Ishii‘s "Horrors of Malformed Men": "In Kafka’s writing, essential anxiety isn’t supposed to be ‘felt,’ viscerally, by the reader, but observed from a wry, appalled distance, and it’s this sense that Haneke nails â€” despite the fact that often the dithering irrationality of ‘The Castle”s paranoid minions is so in your face you can smell the clammy sweat."
On the podcast, we salute the indie musical.
In light of recent media fixations, we’ve excavated a piece from two years ago: Notable Cinematic Self-Offings.
Matt Singer reviews "Romance & Cigarettes" here ("You kind of have to be as nutty as John Turturro to appreciate it") and "In the Shadow of the Moon" here ("Awe-inspiring and uplifting, a reminder that when mankind puts aside its squabbling and works towards a goal, it can achieve great things").
And Chris Bonet has what’s new in theaters.