Every Film Is a Consciousness Working Through an Idea: Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan on For the Plasma

For the PlasmaFor the Plasma

As an anxious, post-youth New York City cinephile with a dismaying penchant for missing out, I found For the Plasma, Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan’s debut feature, an intimidatingly hep first watch. The tone, somewhere between goofy and morbid, between…  Read more

By Jul 29, 2016

Susan Seidelman on Smithereens, Fashion Influences and the Early Days of Public Access TV

Susan Berman in SmithereensSusan Berman in Smithereens

In the opening shot of Smithereens, a pair of checkered black-and-white sunglasses dangle in the frame. Self-starter Wren (Susan Berman) swoops in, grabs them from the owner and keeps pushing through the subway station as if nothing’s happened. Wren wants to be…  Read more

By Jul 28, 2016

Screenwriter Eric Heisserer on Lights Out, The Rules of Horror and Collaborating with James Wan

Lights OutLights Out

Eric Heisserer bristles at the label of horror movie screenwriter. It’s understandable. While his produced credits include a Final Destination sequel and the remakes of The Thing and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Heisserer points out that he has authored…  Read more

By Jul 27, 2016

Danny DeVito on The Ratings Game, Storyboarding and Test Screenings

The Ratings GameThe Ratings Game

In 1984, Danny DeVito made one of the most assured and entertaining directorial debuts in comedy history when he helmed The Ratings Game, a hilarious satire that premiered on Showtime only to disappear from circulation in the decades that followed.…  Read more

By Jul 26, 2016

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