The Gunman Actor Peter Franzén on Being a Global Artist (and Working with Sean Penn)

Above Dark WatersAbove Dark Waters

“Peter Franzén – remember that name,” is what I told everyone who asked me if I’d made any big discoveries covering the Finnish Film Affair in Helsinki in September 2013 — I’d even called this talented thesp “Finland’s ridiculously charismatic…  Read more


Screwball Comedy, Marriage and Filmmaking: Lawrence Levine and Sophia Takal on Wild Canaries

Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael  LevineSophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine

A loose-limbed caper comedy that lovingly mashes Hollywood screwball conventions with Brooklyn relationship drama, Lawrence Michael Levine’s sophomore picture, Wild Canaries, tries two things most independent films don’t, and largely succeeds. It’s narratively complex — maybe not Inherent Vice-level, but…  Read more


Annie Sprinkle on Reuniting with Golden Era Porn Legends for CineKink’s “A Tribute to Club 90″

Club 90 Graduation (Photo: Andreas Hummel)Club 90 Graduation (Photo: Andreas Hummel)

It’s splendidly ironic that the birth of Club 90 — “the world’s first porn star support group” — occurred in 1983 at a baby shower, the ultimate celebration of sex positivity. Porn actress Veronica Hart (who may be familiar to…  Read more


“He’s Like Napoleon”: Tom Noonan on Making Michael Mann’s Manhunter

Tom Noonan in ManhunterTom Noonan in Manhunter

With Michael Mann’s Blackhat opening this Friday, last night was an appropriate time to screen an earlier film at New York’s IFC Center. Generally noted as the first Hannibal Lector film (“Lektor” here), 1986’s Manhunter relegates Brian Cox’s (delightful, to be sure) take on the character to…  Read more