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The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
He’s won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. His debut is in Roger Ebert’s 10 Greatest Films of All Time. He was instrumental to solving a murder case. He made Werner Herzog eat his shoe. He needs no real introduction, for Errol Morris is one of the world’s best makers of documentaries, if not the best.
In light of his forthcoming new film, The Unknown Known, which concerns ex-us Secretary of Defense and his interesting use of political language, Errol sat down with HeyUGuys and spoke at length about everything from his own obsessions, the legacy of The Thin Blue Line, the rise of digital technology in cinema, and Rumsfeld’s smile.
I guess I’d like to start by asking a very basic question. How did you manage to get Donald Rumsfeld to sit down and be interviewed?
I asked him. You know, there’s no great »
- Gary Green
In wake of the massive non-fiction success that was The Thin Blue Line, singular director Errol Morris really could have done any number of things with his new found critical clout and studio interest. Having been contacted by Steven Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Entertainment, who had purchased the rights to A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking’s pop-culture piercing piece of science literature, shortly after its release in 1988. The book, which attempted to explain the physics behind the history of our universe in terms digestible by anyone willing to waltz into an airport bookstore, was of philosophical interest to Morris, but it was the unimaginably brilliant man trapped within his own crippled body that the filmmaker found much more fascinating. How fascinating that the man to envision the cosmos as a thing with a lifespan like any other, a beginning and an end, expanding and collapsing, just as Hawking himself has, »
- Jordan M. Smith
The new trailer for legendary documentarian Errol Morris' (Thin Blue Line, Gates of Heaven) film about Donald Rumsfeld hit the web this weekend. It begins with Morris asking the former defense secretary to read from one of his infamous memos. Rumsfeld recites, "All generalizations are false, including this one," then looks at Morris with a Cheshire cat grin and says, "There it is." This moment, along with many others in the trailer, make one thing abundantly clear: Those hoping for a Fog of War-like confession or sense of humility from Rumsfeld, similar to what Morris extracted from
- Chris O'Falt
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