This week at IFC News:
Aaron Hillis talks to Tim Roth about "Youth Without Youth" and the state of things:
You haven’t been as ubiquitous as you were in the ’90s. Where have you been hiding?
I don’t know. I went off and directed a few years back, then I did a
slew of trying-to- get-money-in-the-bank movies, and it’s hard to find
stuff that you’re interested in. Also, I was caught up in the tail end
of what was really an interesting time in American film, and then it
changed. The way that films are financed and the structure of them
became radically different. As a consequence, the stuff that was being
made became uninteresting, so I just got bored. This film, and a couple
of others I’ve done recently have made me interested again in acting.
Our ten best list will come out next week, but we’ve kicked off the year-end fair with a few other lists.
Lily Oei presents her picks for the ten best soundtracks of the year.
Nick Schager offers up five directors who shifted gears for the better, or at least more interesting.
And R. Emmet Sweeney does the top five action scenes.
Michael Atkinson does "Two-Lane Blacktop" and "The Way I Spent the End of the World." On the former:
Few films display such brilliant visual wisdom about our relationship with the automobile (dare you to triple-bill this with Spielberg’s "Duel" and Cronenberg’s "Crash"); however, Hellman sees the car as an extra-human, quasi-cinematic consciousness, designed both to conform to our bodies’ limitations and powerfully extend them into the world like the manifested projections of a collective ego, complete with the Panavision-shaped screen of the windshield. "Blacktop" even lists its cars as cast members. Roadtripping may have been a drop out, turn on hot rod clichÃ© even in 1971, but nobody told Hellman, whose frustrated odyssey feels sui generis â€” the first and last of the real road movies.
On the podcast, we look at how Jason Reitman and other offspring of established directors have done when they’ve tried to make a go at moviemaking themselves.
Matt Singer reviews "Youth Without Youth": "Though Coppola would almost certainly never couch it in these terms, he’s made a comic book flick, albeit one that looks like a beautiful old Italian movie and is based on a Romanian novel."
And Christopher Bonet has what’s new in theaters.