“We’d Revert Back to the Idea of a Cauliflower”: Debra Granik on Stray Dog

Ron Hall in Stray DogRon Hall in Stray Dog

Much more than a companion piece to her Oscar-nominated feature Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik’s Stray Dog sets its sights on a peaceful and welcoming side of Missouri rarely seen in American cinema. Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, a Missouri-bred Vietnam vet…  Read more


Queer Film Pioneer Monika Treut on Of Girls and Horses

Monika Treut's Of Girls and HorsesMonika Treut's Of Girls and Horses

A legend in lesbian cinema, Monika Treut has been making films for 30 years, starting with her 1985 narrative feature Seduction: The Cruel Woman (featuring Udo Kier – not bad for a debut film), and right through to this year’s…  Read more


“Nikki Sixx Told Me He Didn’t Like It When I Called Him a 40-Year Old Heroin Addict”: Penelope Spheeris and Anna Fox on The Decline of Western Civilization

Faster Pussycat in The Decline of Western Civilization Part IIFaster Pussycat in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II

A holy grail for both cinephiles and rock and roll enthusiasts finally arrives on DVD this week in the form of Shout Factory’s superbly assembled The Decline of Western Civilization boxed set. The first two Decline films are essential artifacts…  Read more


“Acceptance of The Other”: Iva Radivojevic on Evaporating Borders

Evaporating BordersEvaporating Borders

Using the island of Cyprus as its setting and object of pointed criticism, Iva Radivojevic’s Evaporating Borders views the third largest island in the Mediterranean as both a place of familiarity and disconnect. With immigrants currently making up 25% of…  Read more