Interview: Jake Johnson

We talked to current New Girl television sensation Jake Johnson about his role in the indie time travel/internet meme comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, how to create a sympathetic jerk, and why he thinks the film is a perfect summer movie.

More From WSFF 2012!

Following the kick-off to our coverage of the CFC’s 18th annual Worldwide Short Film Festival on Friday, here’s a look at a handful of programs from this year’s gathering of some of the best short films from around the world that starts tomorrow night. Today, we take a look at several more of the high profile Official Selection Programs, indie comedy, music video, and science fiction showcases, and the highly anticipated all night horror marathon The Night Shift and the always star studded Celebrity Shorts.

This Week in DVD: 5/15/12

This week’s a busy one at the video store, as we take a look at Chronicle, Hard Core Logo 2, a BBC remounting of Great Expectations, Rampart, Albert Nobbs, the first season of Hell on Wheels, Wrestlemania XXVIII, and a very brief, curt message about The Devil Inside.

Hot Docs 2012 Reviews: Part 4

We break out the big guns for today’s Hot Docs 2012 preview with a lot of titles that have gone rush, including Indie Game: The Movie, We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists, Detropia, Finding Truelove, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, and The World Before Her. Also looks at Sexy Baby, Mom and Me, Beware of Mr. Baker, and The Job.

Hot Docs 2012 Reviews: Part 1

Our first batch of reviews for Hot Docs 2012 are in! Today we have a look at opening night film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, The Invisible War, Wildness, Smoke Traders, Playing the Fool, Jeff, The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche, Inocente, The Great Liberty, and James Franco’s Francophrenia (Or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is).

Band of the Month: The Elwins

In this month’s Band of the Month showcase, we take a look at indie pop rockers The Elwins about playing shows for kids, recording, and selling their own special brand of underwear.

Interview: Drew Goddard

We sat down with Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard and tried not to spoil the movie for any of you in the process.

Interview: Bully Director Lee Hirsch

We had an extensive conversation with Bully director Lee Hirsch about the gritty nature of making a documentary about schoolyard bullies, his film’s battles with the MPAA in the States, and his hopes for the film to bring about real change.

The Sylvester Stalloeuvre: Sylvearly Work

In the weeks leading up to the release of Expendables 2, Will Sloan takes a look at the career of the one and only, Sylvester Stallone, from the beginning, to the bitter middle, to his resurgence. First up, the early works: Woody Allen’s Bananas and The Party at Kitty and Stud’s.

This Week in DVD: 3/25/12

Your course schedule for This Week in DVD: Psychology (A Dangerous Method), philosophy (Confuscius), physical education (Monster Brawl), American Studies (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), film studies (Corman’s World), and detention (Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked).

The New Old: Battle Royale & Dead Man

In our new archival DVD column, Andrew Parker takes a look at the splatter action classic Battle Royale, while Phil Brown takes a look at Jim Jarmusch’s revisionist western Dead Man.

This Week in DVD: 3/13/12

It’s another big week of DVD/Blu-ray releases. This week Phil Brown takes a look at Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation of The Adventures Of Tintin, Lars Von Trier’s crushing end of the world tale Melancholia, Jason Reitman’s dark comedy Young Adult, HBO’s Game of Thrones Season One box set, and more!

This Week in DVD: 2/28/12

It’s a Beauty Day for DVD releases with the release of the Academy Award winning Hugo, The Kid With a Bike, and one of the best films of last year. Also, Johnny English Reborn and the Canadian action thriller Bounty Hunters.

Band of the Month: The Fires Of

In this interview with guitarist Steve Canning of The Fires Of, he explains all the growth the band has gone through to get to where they are now musically and the recording process. He highlights what it’s like in the indie scene here and how to make the most of it, and we find out that they have a pretty impressive general collection of whats on their Dork Shelves.

This Week in DVD: 2/14/2011

Not much of anything romantic on DVD this Valentine’s Day (unless you count the family dynamic in the brilliant Take Shelter), but there are a pair of decent horror films, a drunken Johnny Depp, Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones arguing in a room for 90 minutes, and some pretty great philosophical discussions. Something for everyone! Except romantics.