Randall Honey Badger

Interviewing Honey Badger’s Randall: A Life Worth Narrating

These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone familiar with the Internet who hasn’t heard or uttered the phrase “Honey badger don’t care” or the more profane “Honey badger don’t give a s**t,” both of which have entered the lexicon via the immensely popular YouTube video The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger (2011). That short—featuring seemingly…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Julianne Moore in still Alice

Interviewing Denis Lenoir, Director of Photography for ‘Still Alice’

Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Still Alice is a heartbreaking and honest portrait of a woman struggling to maintain her identity as she copes with a rare disease. A huge part of the film’s resonance comes from the work of Denis Lenoir, the Director of Photography, who has been gracious enough to grant…

By Christopher Maynard
Keith Gordon Christine

Interviewing Keith Gordon: From De Palma to ‘Dexter’

Keith Gordon may not drive a Plymouth Fury like his character does in Christine (1983), but he finds other ways to get noticed – right now by directing hit shows for television. In truth, though, he has already made an indelible mark on cinema with sensitively crafted independent films such as A Midnight Clear (1992)…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Susan Seidelman

Interviewing Susan Seidelman: From Madonna to Menopause

With a perceptive eye and an ear for dialogue, Susan Seidelman has an understanding of human behaviour that might, had filmmaking not existed, have landed her in a more scientific profession. Yet she’s a director at heart, and films like Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Cookie (1989), as well as TV series like Sex and…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Hal Hartley

Interviewing Hal Hartley: Cinema, words and music

If Hal Hartley’s autobiography were written today, a fitting title might be Words and Music. The director, writer and composer, whose films have ranged from The Unbelievable Truth (1989) to the upcoming Ned Rifle (expected 2015), is as much concerned with the literary and musical components of his movies as the visual ones … and…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Whit Stillman

Interviewing Whit Stillman: A cinematic sense and sensibility

There’s a lot happening for Whit Stillman nowadays. Known for the wry, urbane quality of his films as well as the almost Kubrickian periods between them, Stillman always had a lot on his plate, and this year is no exception. With two major cinematic projects in the works, a pilot for a new series called…

By Simon Hardy Butler
Beverly Ross Ferris Butler

Interviewing Beverly Ross and Ferris Butler: Skits, films and rock ’n’ roll

To me, they’ve always been Uncle Ferris and Aunt Beverly, yet Ferris Butler and Beverly Ross have much more to them than merely a personal relationship. Ferris, a former film-school student of Martin Scorsese’s at New York University who went on to create the cult cable show Waste Meat News before writing for Saturday Night…

By Simon Hardy Butler