Jason LeRoy

Spinning Platters Interview: Matthew Lillard on “Fat Kid Rules the World”

October 19, 2012

“Oh, that’s just semen.” Matthew Lillard is trying to put me at ease about a mysterious glob on the chair I’m about to sit in. As I express my comfort with this substance and take a seat, I stare across the table and look directly into one of the most unforgettable faces of my teen […]

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Spinning Platters Interview: Sam Rockwell and Martin McDonagh on “Seven Psychopaths”

October 13, 2012

Seven Psychopaths may only be the second feature-length film from writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), but it appears that he’s already having his 8 1/2 moment. A fragmented and bizarre but explosively funny crime comedy, it is ostensibly the story of Marty (Colin Farrell), a screenwriter attempting to write his next script, titled…Seven Psychopaths. There’s just […]

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Film Review: “The Paperboy”

October 5, 2012

starring: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray written by: Lee Daniels and Pete Dexter directed by: Lee Daniels MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content, violence and language

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Film Review: “Pitch Perfect”

September 28, 2012

starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Banks, John Benjamin Hickey written by: Kay Cannon directed by: Jason Moore MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language and drug references

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Spinning Platters Interviews: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson on “Looper”

September 27, 2012

Looper, the ingenious new sci-fi drama from writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick), has one hell of a setup. The year is 2044, and time travel hasn’t been invented yet — but it will be. And when it is, it immediately becomes illegal. But in the bombed-out dystopian American future of Johnson’s imagining, time travel’s illegality just […]

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Spinning Platters Interview: Michael Peña and Natalie Martinez on “End of Watch”

September 21, 2012

End of Watch is unlike any cop movie we’ve seen before. Its distinguishing traits range from its texture — the film is shot and edited to resemble a pulse-poundingly visceral “found footage” documentary — to its thoroughly realized characterizations of LAPD officers Brian (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike (Michael Peña), thrill-chasing partners and best friends who […]

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Film Review: “Trouble with the Curve”

September 21, 2012

starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Matthew Lillard, Robert Patrick written by: Randy Brown directed by: Robert Lorenz MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material and smoking

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Film Review: “The Master”

September 21, 2012

starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Ambyr Childers, Rami Malek, Laura Dern, Patty McCormack written and directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language

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Blu-ray Review: “Titanic”

September 14, 2012

starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Bill Paxton, Gloria Stuart, Frances Fisher, Kathy Bates written and directed by: James Cameron MPAA: Rated PG-13 for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language

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Spinning Platters Interview: Zachary Booth and Ira Sachs on “Keep the Lights On”

September 13, 2012

Ira Sachs’ Keep the Lights On is the luminously wrenching chronicle of a ten-year relationship between two men, Erik (Danish actor Thure Lindhardt) and Paul (Zachary Booth, best known as Glenn Close’s antagonistic son Michael on Damages). Erik is a sensitive and open-hearted documentary filmmaker, while the more reserved Paul has a successful job as […]

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