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Exclusive Interview: Calvin Vanderbeek

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — There is a feature length film in the works, and I wanted to be one of the first to let you know that the mysterious and intriguing “Who Wants Dessert?” looks like a wild ride. One of the film’s producers, Calvin Vanderbeek, gave It’s Just Movies a s[...]

Exclusive Interview: Suzi Quatro

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — Suzi Quatro was and continues to be a trailblazer. Her voice is as unique as is her style, no-nonsense attitude and how she pursued her career on her own terms. “Suzi Q” is a compelling documentary by director Liam Firmager that includes a slew of great inte[...]

An exclusive interview with Tilda Del Toro

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — From an early age, Tilda Del Toro has had a fascination with film. She and her siblings were raised by her father and one day, he took Del Toro to see the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece “2001 A Space Odyssey” at an art theater in Chicago. She wound up falling i[...]

An exclusive interview with actor Pat Finn

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — You know his face and you recognize his voice. Pat Finn is a character actor who has embraced all kinds of role opportunities and crafted his career playing fun, lovable and sometimes quirky characters. In almost every instance, you think, “This is a guy who I[...]

Interview: Director/Writer Patrick Wang

— by BEV QUESTAD — I’ve seen four of Patrick Wang’s exceptionally thoughtful films. In response to my request and explanation of my difficulties with his work, he magnanimously responded: “Thanks for taking the time to watch and think about all these movies. I also love your honest[...]

Interview: Director Thomas Morgan

— by BEV QUESTAD — The Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) has chosen eight, from nearly 90 films it featured this year, for encore showings. Festival publicist Nick Bruno reports these films were chosen because they met two criteria: viewer popularity and distributor permission [...]

Interview: Filmmaker Daniel Miller

— by BEV QUESTAD — In “Discovering James Blue” (2014), created by students and supervised by Daniel Miller, filmmaker and professor at the University of Oregon, Blue is shown in teacher-mode with a bookcase lined up with video cassettes. He says, “Now what I thought … that if we [...]

Interview: Filmmaker Robert Sickels

— by BEV QUESTAD — There is more to Robert Sickels and his work than immediately meets the eye, just like the little town he portrays. Five of his shorts, featured at the Northwest Film Center Aug. 2, were all shot in cozy, tree-lined Walla Walla, Wash., the complicated home of Walla Wal[...]

Interview: Nicholas Alexander, retired CIA

— by BEV QUESTAD — I’m becoming more interested not only in the content of a documentary, but in investigating its truth. This is why I interviewed a Sovietologist and retired CIA operations officer in the clandestine service of the CIA’s covert action section about Oliver Stone[...]

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Interview: Filmmaker John Alan Simon

— by BEV QUESTAD — Philip K. Dick, dead by a stroke at age 53 in 1982, was early in his career reduced to buying horse meat, sold for dogs, in order to survive. Now revered as one of the great sci-fi writers of all time, with his work mined for ideas to turn into […][...]

Interview: Filmmaker Katherine Brooks

— by JESSIKA OWENS — Mental illness in film and TV is not uncommon. Mental illness done accurately is not so common. But that’s not to say that there aren’t some brilliant performances caught on film. Edward Norton in “Primal Fear” portrayed an imprisoned man sufferin[...]

Win a Space Warriors Blu-Ray Pack!

— by SEAN GERSKI — Walden Family Theater is proud to announce the Space Warriors Blog App and a chance to win a family trip to Space Camp! Watch “Space Warriors” on the Hallmark Channel (May 31 at 8/7C) for a chance to win a trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp[...]

Win a Copy of To Rome with Love

— by SHERICE ANTOINETTE — Roughly six months ago, I reviewed Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love,” which opened the Los Angeles Film Festival at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. There in support of the iconic director’s latest effort were costars Penelope Cruz, Greta Gerwig, Aless[...]