Alex Gibney, whose Hunter S. Thompson doc “Gonzo” opened last week, writes about his last film, “Taxi to the Dark Side,” at the Guardian Film Blog: “If you torture people they will tell you anything, and that way you get what you want to know, regardless of whether it’s true or not. At first I rejected that idea. Now I believe it. We’ve entered Orwellian territory.”
Stephen King reasons why “most really good horror films are low-budget affairs with special effects cooked up in someone’s basement or garage” at Entertainment Weekly.
Kevin Maher interviews director Nicolas Roeg, writer Fay Weldon and her son and film producer Dan Weldon on the subject of their film “Puffball” at the London Times: “We have to show people that we’re all parts of the same story. We’ll all go off and enact our endings differently, but our lives are all part of the one plot. We have exactly the same beginning and exactly the same end. The middle bit is just how we get there. And I love that.”
Sean O’Neal at the Onion AV Club runs down the various “WALL-E” controversies, from “It promotes liberal fascism!” to “It’s too popular!”
And Ed Halter looks at found-footage cinema “from the silent era to Web 2.0” at Moving Image Source.
[Photo: “Taxi to the Dark Side,” ThinkFilm, 2008]
+ Behind the scenes of Taxi to the Dark Side (Guardian)
+ Horror Movies: Why Big Studio Releases Are Rare to Scare (Entertainment Weekly)
+ Combining sex and procreation with Fay Weldon’s Puffball (London Times)
+ Your guide to the WALL-E controversy (Onion AV Club)
+ Recycle It (Moving Image Source)