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Why hasn't this site mentioned several awesome films from Alama Drafthouse that just started streaming? Kim Ki Duk's Pieta, the excellent Wake in Fright, the bizarre Wrong and a few others I forget.
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Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2011 on Reading my way into L.A. at Colin Marshall
Zeroville by Steve Erickson. That's a good 'un, plus it's all about 70s film, too!!
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2011 on Reading my way into L.A. at Colin Marshall
You know where that Culture of Complaint starts? My students.
Indeed, the best interviews I have had are the ones that turned into conversations. But that depends on both subjects being interesting and interested in the other. Many artists, when I get to them, are meeting me as journalist number 253 and are just tired of talking. Others don't like to be interviewed at all. For the heavy hitters, i have a sheet ready to go with topics if my mind goes blank, or things I think make good topics that nobody else has asked. You've gotta study all their previous interviews, digest the bio, and also make sure they don't go off on fruitless tangents. The best artists use interviews as a way of speaking through their own thought processes. (Brian Eno, as usual, comes to mind.) Some artists are rather guarded or bored with talking about craft. Edward Albee only got interested in talking about art. Tommy Lee Jones suddenly came alive talking about ranching. Rosanne Cash wanted to talk about her own combo of Christianity and Buddhism. Personal politics or issues are more important to certain celebrities than their latest work. So, should you make an interview about this? On one hand, you get an excited subject. On the other, you risk boring your audience because they tuned in to hear Tommy Lee Jones talk about acting, not his ranch. The other problem with the conversational approach is the risk of putting too much of oneself into the interview. When an artist talks about living in Japan, should I mention that I lived in Japan, like when I interview Sanford Biggers? Will that make him more open to talking? Does that make me sound egotistical? Does the audience care? These are all good, difficult questions which I still struggle with every interview. But I try to get the line "that's a good question" every time, and feel like I earned it.
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