Bay Area filmmakers Shane King and Arne Johnson totally know what you're about to ask them, because it's the question everyone springs right off the bat: What are a couple of dudes doing behind the camera of Girls Rock!, a film about an all-girls rock 'n' roll camp?
The answer is so meaningful that the pair don't seem to mind sharing it (again). Once King and Johnson (friends since fifth grade) heard about Portland, Ore.'s Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, they were irretrievably inspired. Read more »
Anyone who knows me understands -- or at least acknowledges -- my Freddy Krueger obsession: the holographic Freddy watch, the Freddy sweater, the talking Freddy doll, the glazed-over look in my eyes when I rhapsodize about the human-head pizza served in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master's scene at the "Crave Inn" diner. (Best...crunching sound effects...ever).
A Nightmare on Elm Street -- specifically the third installment, a.k.a. 1987's Dream Warriors, possibly the series' strongest entry -- is also the reason I became a Dokken fan. Read more »
HORROR FILM Jacob Gentry, one of the three codirectors of The Signal, assures me he's "fully prepared for the zombie apocalypse." His cohorts, David Bruckner and Dan Bush, agree that they love zombie movies. Read more »
Any movie that kicks off with a warning to epileptics -- high strobe content ahead! -- is gonna attract a certain lurid interest. Adam Wingard's Pop Skull follows a small-town drug addict (co-writer Lane Hughes) as he lurches from hallucination to barely-tolerable reality; his flash-happy mind often seems garbled from the ghosts of experimental films past. The film's jarring sound design, in particular, owes a lot to the avant-garde. Read more »
On returning to his independent filmmaking roots: When we made [1968's Night of the Living Dead] we were just a bunch of young people in Pittsburgh. We had a commercial production company, so we had our own equipment, and we audaciously decided that we should go out and make a movie. So the first one was real guerrilla filmmaking but actually the first five or six films that I made were completely independent. After Dawn of the Dead  we hooked up with a distributor-production company, and they financed us to some bigger budgets. Read more »
George A. Romero's new movie, Diary of the Dead, isn't really by Romero. It's not even called Diary of the Dead. It's actually called The Death of Death, and it's by ambitious student filmmaker Jason (Joshua Close), who happens to already be shooting a horror movie when zombie o' clock rolls around. Read more »
“She has the boobs and brains of a queen, she’s every man’s dream ..." When have truer words been spoken? As sung by Monkees heartthrob Davy Jones in the film's theme, Sexina: Popstar, P.I. is the long-awaited answer to critically renowned films like Austin Powers and Legally Blonde.
"This is not a midlife crisis," 51-year-old John Zeigler insists. "I see this as a wonderful adventure." But when the this in question is a 3,000-mile rowboat race across the Atlantic Ocean, it's hard not to speculate about his motivation. Read more »
In 2005, Xiu Xiu embarked on a tour and invited their fans to send them blank Polaroid instant film and an SASE. In turn, photographer David Horvitz took on the task of documenting the group's travels, snapping shots in places ranging from backstage nooks to hotel bathrooms. Each day, Horvitz mailed packages containing 10 unique candid photos to the fans who provided film and envelopes: anyone who participated was rewarded with personal art from the tour. Read more »
In his third report from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, it's Midnites for Maniacs programmer and Guardian contributor Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reflects on his personal best of the fest.
Downloading Nancy - directed by Johan Renck (Canada)
Pain and sadness inhabit most of us. Extreme anger can turn into apathy, and relentless insecurity can turn into absolute self-destruction. Read more »