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Sunday, January 1 1995

Interview with Julian Schnabel: Before Night Falls

Julian Schnabel is what you might call an intense personality. He talks in large hunks of prose, language that is layered roaming, attentive to the details of the surfaces around him. He has a grand sensibility, full of passion and unstoppable opinion.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

Forest Whitaker is as cool as you'd want him to be, thoughtful and wise, of course, but also attentive and gracious.

The Brothers

In person, Morris Chestnut looks a lot like he does on magazine covers and on movie screens -- good-looking of course, but also self-confident and relaxed.

Sunshine State

Sayles has been praised for his independence and his enthusiasm for his work; he is also, unusually, a white filmmaker who deals consistently and repeatedly with race, as well as class, sex, and other issues.


Looking around corners I phone Michael Almereyda at home in New York. He’s funny and also careful as he speaks, his voice quietly energetic.


That's really the problem that people of color are up against: they're working within a system that still doesn't acknowledge them as equal.


+ Pollock review by Todd R. Ramlow An Intuitive Journey Ed Harris wears all black—pants, t-shirt, scarf, overcoat. As we sit for almost an hour

Faith in Free Trade: Interview with the Yes Men

They're campaigning for the President, on a bus for Bush, soliciting pledges from patriots. Look out.

Interview with John Cameron Mitchell

John Cameron Mitchell's new film, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is his first, and he is its director, writer, and star. And yet, he hardly seems the egotistical sort who might pursue and then effectively manage such a remarkable undertaking.

Scary Movie 2

: Shawn puts it this way: ''Scary Movie' is about pop culture, 'Menace' is about urban culture, and 'I'm Gonna Get You Sucka' is about urban throwback.'

Humorous Matters: A Conversation with writer and former TV host Michael J. Nelson

Michael J. Nelson talks about stand-up comedy, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and his new book.

Interview with Roman Polanski: The Ninth Gate

Roman Polanski is gracious and soft-spoken on the telephone from Paris. Once notorious for his eccentricity, ego, and offscreen misfortunes, the Polish director-writer-actor now seems, at 67, almost serene, or comfortable, as if he's come to terms with his genius and his excess.

Bring It to People: Interview with the Murderball Filmmakers

Alternately slouching, perched forward, and animated in their chairs, the filmmakers pick up on one another's points, ask each other questions. At the moment, they're talking about Murderball, their documentary about quadriplegic rugby.

The Chameleon’s Journey: An Interview with Neil Jordan

Playwright, author and filmmaker, Neil Jordan talks cross dressing, terrorism, and the brilliance of Cillian Murphy.

Bossa Nova

Tailor-made suits are coming back into fashion It is, of course, nothing new to remark on the distinctive age bias facing women in typical Hollywood

Interview with Catherine Hardwicke: Thirteen

Catherine Hardwicke talks about her film Thirteen, which is so different from other teen movies, except that the characters are flawed (and remain so), and the adults actually care about what the kids are going through.

The Caveman’s Valentine

'' is populated with characters who don't get much play in mainstream movies -- the homeless, a crazy man, sexualized middle-aged characters, interracial sex, a black woman with a gun, gay men, and an upscale art scene, all in a film that's considerably bigger than your first one. Was it difficult to put all these elements together.

The Patriot

I think it’s healthy to find it weird Jason Isaacs has a kind of energy that you don’t see every day. He’s

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