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DVD Review: “Interview”

(Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 2007. 1 Disc. Color. Widescreen. Rated R. 84 minutes. Directed by Steve Buscemi.) Steve Buscemi, Sienna Miller. Music by Evan Lurie.

Pierre Peders (Buscemi), an aging war correspondent/political reporter, is sent to interview Katya (Miller), a young pop starlet. The interview immediately goes south, but after Pierre gets involved in a fender bender (inadvertently caused by Katya), they continue their conversation in Katya’s spacious loft, drinking and verbally sparring into the night. Based on a movie by the same name by Dutch director Theo van Gogh, Interview is quite the odd duck. I want to like it, partially because I’ve always liked Buscemi. However, it left me strangely cold, despite a well-written script, deft performances, surprisingly deep characters, and engaging staging (despite the action taking place mostly in one location – I want a really awesome loft like that). There’s an interesting underlying commentary about truth and the relationship between celebrities and the media, and the verbal pugilism helps to highlight that. But the more I learned about the characters, the less I liked them, which is a real problem in such a character-centric story. The weak twist at the end just frustrated me further. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette; a look at the Holland-to-New-York adaptation process, and a commentary track by Buscemi. A likable film about unlikable people.

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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