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Viva, “Las Vegas!” – Interviewing Director Mike Figgis

I couldn’t be more nervous on the elevator up to Mike’s suite. The brooding pictures of the multi-talented writer/director/actor/composer always make Mike Figgis look like a gangster instead of a Hollywood star. To my surprise, Figgis is neither. When I…

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Message in a Bottle (Rocket) – Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson

Bottle Rocket is one of those rare films that truly seems to defy placement in a genre. Part comedy, part romance, part drama, and part crime story, the studio’s hit-or-miss promotion strategy (with ad placements on MTV, Seinfeld, and at…

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The Year in Film – 1995

It is every film critic’s God-given right to start the new year with a top ten list from the previous 12 months, and 1996 is no exception. While 1995 proved to be one of the worst years for film in…

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Whole “Lotto” Love – Interviewing Barbara Gonzalez

Barbara Gonzalez is like buttah. I mean, when you talk to the darling 22-year old, you can’t help but melt at her bubbly personality and her amazingly positive outlook on life. ‘When you’re from the city,’ she tells me, ‘from…

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Faster! Faster! Russ Meyer! – The Old Devil Speaks!

‘It’s just a lot of hard, sweaty work. And I love it.’ Director Russ Meyer is blunt and vocal about what it’s like on the set of his movies. The controversial visionary behind such films as Mondo Topless, Supervixens, and…

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