Director, and vampire victim, Jim Mickle in 'Stake Land.'
Joining us on the podcast is Jim Mickle, director of the apocalyptic vampire flick Stake Land – which has its New England premiere tonight at midnight at the Somerville Theater, as part of the Independent Film Festival Boston.
In this 25-minute interview, we discuss the making of Stake Land. And, most importantly, how Stake Land isn’t anything like Twilight or True Blood. Raw, rabid, gutsy action is good.
In this episode, we preview a number of films including Troll Hunter, The Future, 13 Assassins, Bellflower, The Catechism Cataclysm, Trigger, The City Dark, Being Elmo: A Puppeteers’ Journey, Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story, Tatooine, Superheroes, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (which closes the festival on May 4th at the Coolidge) and many more.
Please visit IFFBoston.org for a complete list of films, events and to purchase tickets.
We recorded this episode at Panera Bread in Brookline, Ma, across the street from the Coolidge. Our apologies for any obtrusive background noise.
John Black and I interview Tom McCarthy, writer and director of Win Win. We discuss McCarthy’s inspiration for Win Win, Harold Becker’s 1985 film Vision Quest (Believe it or not, Win Win and Vision Quest are directly related); as well as the representative meanings of Win Win‘s characters, played by Paul Giamatti, Bobby Cannavale, Amy Ryan, Alex Shaffer and the irreplaceable Burt Young, co-star of the Rocky films.
The intro and outro was recorded at Panera Bread next to the Regal Fenway 13 theater in Boston.
In this special episode, John and I are joined by director Neil Marshall, the man responsible for Dog Soldiers, The Descent and Doomsday, and actor/author Axelle Carolyn (It Lives Again!: Horror Movies in the New Millennium). We cover their careers, their inspirations, and the making of their latest film,Centurion, which is now playing in limited release.
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Total running time: 29:59
In this special episode, John and I discuss Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Plus, here in Boston, John participates in a roundtable interview with director Edgar Wright and stars Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman and Anna Kendrick.
When I was fourteen, I had a poster for the movie Prophecy. I’ve never seen the film. I think it was released in 1979. I came into possession of the poster because it was about to be thrown away. An employee at the Hawthorne Theater in Vernon Hills, Illinois, gave it to me. That, and posters for Murder on the Orient Express, Breaking Away, Murder by Death, Silent Movie (I think) and Spielberg’s 1941, folded in a box of used posters. I still have them, somewhere. But what I remember most about this poster for Prophecy – and I’m sure I can find the image online if tried, but I’ll stick with my memory – is the image of a newly born, or about to be born, mutant child. Claws and all. The kind of creepiness that sticks with you for years.
Which leads me to Splice. Vincenzo Natali, the director, came up with the film’s premise ten years ago, shortly after completing Cube – his calling card to SF fans. It’s kind of inspired by Frankenstein. (Note the names of Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody’s characters.) And what’s creepier than Frankenstein? A baby Frankenstein. A child, or half-child/half-something-or-other. Her name is Dren.
John and I spoke with Mr. Natali a couple weeks ago, while he was in Boston promoting Splice. We did the interview in the morning, the day after he participated in an informative, post-screening Q&A at Lowe’s Boston Common – which was moderated by our friend, fellow film critic Ed Symkus. (I want to say, Ed did a terrific job. Having a film critic introduce and moderate in-theater Q&As is really the way to go. The process makes the filmmaker, or actor, much more accessible to the audience.)
Now if you’re game, and you want to hear three guys in a hotel room talkin’ ‘bout movies, click on the link below. It’s all things Splice and more.
John recently participated in a round-table discussion with George Romero, iconic director of zombie movies. This conversations centers around the new release, Survival of the Dead, and provides insights into Romero”s approach to making movies.