Home » Search in archive Search results for: “matthew sorrento”

Homegrown Rebel: An Interview with Kirk Marcolina and Matthew Pond on The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne

By Matthew Sorrento. Beginning as a rather conventional documentary – at times so familiar we fear it will play like formulaic television – The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne soon finds a matter-of-fact style that nicely reflects its subject. A career jewelry thief, Doris Payne (born 1930) has used swift methods while never losing […]

Posted in Interview | Read More »

So It Goes in What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

By Matthew Sorrento. In his essay “A Spanner in the Works?: Genre, Narrative and the Hollywood Comedian,” Frank Krutnik details how classical Hollywood comedies were built around a star comedian. Designed to showcase the talents of the star, these vehicles present him/her as a fish-out-water, to provide comic bits, and then redirect his energy towards success […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

New Perspectives: John Boorman on Queen and Country

By Matthew Sorrento. John Boorman’s status as a major filmmaker was sealed with five words from Lee Marvin: “I defer those to John.” The actor then left the room, which contained Boorman and the producers of Point Blank (1967); they had just conferred that Marvin had approval over the script and cast of the film, which […]

Posted in Interview | Read More »

Games We Play: Nick Antosca and Armen Antranikian on The Girlfriend Game (2015)

By Matthew Sorrento. Of all the writers busy in print and onscreen, it’s great to see Nick Antosca having made a place for himself. With a sizable talent from the start, he began publishing fiction – novels and stories – upon finishing undergraduate work. His early speculative works, like the stories “Amphibian” and “Mammals,” depict […]

Posted in Interview | Read More »

The Best of 2014 – and the Most Overrated

By Film International. Another film year has come to an end and it’s time to sum up. Here are the films that some of the current and former members of the Film International editorial team particularly liked this year. And those that we found particularly – annoyingly – overrated. As some of us are based […]

Posted in Features | Read More »

She Plays Me: Filmmaker Marjorie Sturm on The Cult of JT LeRoy

By Matthew Sorrento. “Victim culture” was a loaded term long before the recent killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others at the hands of police or, in the first case, an armed wanna-be officer. Giving a new face to the victimized, these tragic events are fueled by gun fanaticism and racist violence, […]

Posted in Interview | Read More »

Nightcrawler: Blood from All of Us

By Matthew Sorrento. He can “work all day, and creep all night,” stated Dr. James Grigson, nicknamed Dr. Death (for his penchant for sending the accused to the chair) about Randall Adams, the man wrongfully accused for the murder of a Dallas policeman featured in Errol Morris’ exemplary documentary The Thin Blue Line (1988). Grigson’s diagnosis […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

Breaking the Western Trail: Hawks’ Red River on Criterion

By Matthew Sorrento. In 2008, the Criterion Collection issued Anthony Mann’s The Furies (1950) with the restored film sleeved alongside the 1948 source novel by Niven Busch. The film will remain “lesser” Mann, with The Naked Spur (1951), The Man from Laramie (1955) and Man of the West (1958) as standouts in the decade’s psychological […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

The Time of His Life: Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

By Matthew Sorrento. I honestly hope the “sublime” trend ends soon, with the recent output of Terrence Malick, his bombastic, excessive Tree of Life and To the Wonder, and gaseous muck like Cloud Atlas, cramming together years of history and a speculative look to the future, to signify nothing. Thankfully, Richard Linklater saw past the […]

Posted in Review | Read More »

John Sayles to Attend First Annual REEL EAST FILM FESTIVAL in New Jersey, August 22-23rd; Deadline for Short Film Series Announced

Oaklyn, NJ (July 16, 2014) – The Reel East Film Festival (REFF), a premiere event in South Jersey to be held on August 22-23, 2014 at the historic Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, NJ, is proud to announce the appearance of John Sayles. Noted filmmaker (Return of the Secaucus 7, The Brother from Another Planet, Matewan, […]

Posted in Blogs | Read More »