“Two Girls Coming into your House and Unleashing Havoc”: Eli Roth on Knock Knock

Ana de Armas, Keanu Reeves and Lorenza Izza in Knock KnockAna de Armas, Keanu Reeves and Lorenza Izza in Knock Knock

Eli Roth’s Knock Knock is to Fatal Attraction what that film was to Play Misty For Me: an homage that expands upon its source and intersects with the zeitgeist in immensely entertaining, provocative ways. Like both Attraction and Misty, Knock…  Read more


“If That Kid Hits Me in the Face, I’m Going to Hit You in the Face”: Tony McNamara on Ashby

Mickey Rourke and Nat Wolff in AshbyMickey Rourke and Nat Wolff in Ashby

In an early scene in Ashby, an English teacher asks the film’s young protagonist Ed (Nat Wolff) to expound on the themes of Ernest Hemingway. Wolff answers, “Proving you’re a man by trying to get killed,” tossing off the line as…  Read more


“If You Read the Script You’re Not Gonna Want to Do the Movie”: Mark L. Lester on Commando

Arnold Schwarzenegger in CommandoArnold Schwarzenegger in Commando

Thirty years ago this month, director Mark L. Lester changed the course of action cinema forever when he solidified Arnold Schwarzenegger’s persona in the gloriously excessive Commando. Schwarzenegger was already a star thanks to the Conans and The Terminator, but Commando…  Read more


“Most of the Movies You’ll Want To See This Fall Will Be Independents”: Edward Zwick on Pawn Sacrifice

Live Schreiber and Tobey Maguire in Pawn SacrificeLive Schreiber and Tobey Maguire in Pawn Sacrifice

Writer, producer, and director Ed Zwick is a singular presence in the American media landscape – and a presence whose gifts become increasingly valuable as they become less and less common. He’s a filmmaker committed to serious, important subject matter…  Read more