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Interview: Joshua Oppenheimer, The Look of Silence

“Joshua Oppenheimer has dedicated the last decade of his life to exposing the Indonesian genocide that occurred between 1965 and 1966, but he first began to tell his story to the world back in 2013, when Drafthouse Films released Oppenheimer’s film The Act of Killing to critical acclaim and an eventual Oscar nomination. 74 more words

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(More Than) Halftime Report: The Best Of 2015 To Date

This post is late. Every hip critic on the web has already published a top ten for the year despite the fact that 2015 is only half over and going through the ranking rigmarole every fall is enough of a pain in the ass on its own without having to do the same song and dance six months in advance. 144 more words

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Interview: Sean Baker, Tangerine

“If you keep up with the buzz humming off the festival circuit, then no doubt you’ve heard of Sean Baker’s Sundance hit Tangerine, which he shot using a handful of iPhone 5s (outfitted with anamorphic lens adapters). 76 more words

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Interview: Matthew Heineman, Cartel Land

“Depending on how you look at him, Matthew Heineman is either brave to a T or a madcap with a death wish. The very notion of willfully exposing oneself to the routinely barbaric activities of Mexican drug cartels, both south of and along the U.S./Mexico border, sounds completely ludicrous: Most Americans are lucky enough to live far beyond the reach of that conflict (though as films like 2013’s Narco Cultura suggest, maybe we’re not quite as removed as we like to think). 17 more words

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Interview: David Gordon Green, MANGLEHORN

What’s it like to go from directing non-professional actors to the craft’s living legends? David Gordon Green’s career began with 2000’s George Washington, and in the decade and a half since, he’s had the chance to work with actors ranging from… 68 more words

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INSIDE OUT & Pixar's Philosophy of Melancholy

“Pixar’s Inside Out feels like a miracle for two reasons: deprivation and reclamation. Last year marked the first since 2005 that the studio failed to bless pop culture with new material. 68 more words

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Interview: Patrick Brice, CREEP/THE OVERNIGHT

“Patrick Brice wants to make you squirm. Two features into his career as a filmmaker, Brice has made a found footage performance piece-cum-Craigslist nightmare (Creep), and a raunchy adult sex comedy bolstered by a healthy dollop of dangling male prostheses (The Overnight). 52 more words

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