In this interview the infamous New Yorker and director Woody Allen he discusses his hopes for the future legacy of his films, writing for different mediums, and why humour is the source of many of his great successes. Originally conducted in 1985 and then pieced together over several phone interviews at a later date, journalist Michiko Kakutani gets a great insight into the directors process for the Paris Review.
Director Damien Chazelle still isn’t 30 years old, and he’s written and directed the Sundance smash and Oscar contending feature Whiplash. After adapting the film from an initial short he made in 2013, Chazelle’s second feature brims with an electric all or nothing tension, where the stakes are high and failure is unthinkable. Chazelle owes more to films like Darren Aronofksy’s ‘Black Swan,’ or Kubrick’s ‘Full Metal Jacket’ then it does the musical themed film lineage, as it focuses on the intensity of it’s subject rather then the music itself.
The film is a sharp and electric tale of a young talented jazz drummer Andrew (Miles Teller), who studies at the best all male music school in the country “Shaffer Conservatory”. When he attracts the attention of Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) and gets a spot in Fletcher’s prestigious jazz band, he thinks his potential has been recognised, and he is on the verge of greatness, but Simmons abuses his musical prodigies mercilessly in an attempt to bring out the genius.
In January 2013 Laura Poitras received an email that would change her life forever. The email was from an anonymous stranger who had taken note of Poitras latest film project on surveillance in the USA. He requested a secure link for which they could communicate through and insisted she had strong pass phrases, strong enough to withstand a brute-force attack by networked computers. “Assume that your adversary is capable of a trillion guesses per second,” the stranger wrote. That stranger would turn out to be the single greatest whistleblower in American history, Edward Snowden.