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Interview: Greenberg Director Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach kicked off his directing career with a film called Kicking and Screaming in 1995, but it wasn’t until he teamed up with Wes Anderson to co-write The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou that he began to assume a more prominent position in filmmaking. From there he wrote and directed The Squid and the Whale and, most recently, reunited with Anderson to pen the script for Fantastic Mr. Fox. And now here we are with Greenberg.

You know how (500) Days of Summer was touted as ‘not a love story?’ Well Greenberg is even more atypical than that. Ben Stiller stars as the titular character, a guy from New York who heads out to Los Angeles to housesit while his brother and his family vacation in Vietnam. (Yeah, Vietnam.) While there he reunites with a former pal, Ivan (Rhys Ifans) and takes some time to recover from a recent nervous breakdown. But that’s not all he does in LA. He also befriends his brother’s assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig). The two strike up a romantic relationship – if you can even call it that – and canoodle while sorting through each other’s idiosyncrasies.

Check out what Baumbach had to say about this strange yet endearing amalgamation of romance, drama and comedy.

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Interview: The House Of The Devil’s Ti West, Tom Noonan And Greta Gerwig

TomGretaTiNobody can deny that the horror genre has transformed into a quick money making vehicle in Hollywood. The House of the Devil director Ti West is well aware of the trend, but his movie is far from that. The House of the Devil wasn’t made to appeal to the masses; it was made to satiate Ti’s own creative mind and share his vision with anyone who’ll appreciate it. The result is a very different kind of scary movie that has a depth unlike its peers.

Adding to the film’s peculiarity are stars Greta Gerwig and Tom Noonan. I was completely taken aback by Gerwig’s attitude. The character she plays in the film, Megan, is crass and unruly while Greta herself is soft-spoken and extremely polite. Then there’s Noonan who’s exactly like his character, Mr. Ulman. Even his kids are uneasy about introducing him to their friends fearing he might scare them off. Ironically, Noonan has a fantastic sense of humor.

There’s something terrifying about sitting down for a roundtable interview with those responsible for creating a horror film. You think the director must be insane for coming up with such a concept and it’s extremely difficult to separate the actors from their characters. By the end of the session I was fully convinced that West is a deeply passionate filmmaker, Gerwig is a kindhearted up and coming actress and Noonan is just a very tall guy who likes to crack jokes. No satanic rituals were performed and I survived.

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Review: The House of the Devil

HouseoftheDevilPosterThe House of the Devil is like a mediocre haunted house. You meander through expecting something terrifying to be lurking around every corner, but when it’s over, you’re thinking, “That wasn’t so bad.” Part of the reasons so-so haunted houses are scary at all, is that you walk into them with the mentality that you’re going to be scared. The only reason The House of the Devil is unnerving is because you know what’s coming. You wait and anticipate nearly the entire movie and when the time finally comes for the big reveal, it’s not so frightening.

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