We sat down to talk to Sika about how he got hooked to films growing up in Ohio. His mother was a dancer, and she was hooked to films. It was not uncommon for Sika to be whisked away to a local cinema by his mother to catch the latest picture. His addiction to film developed over the years and when he moved to the San Francisco Bay area he became involved with the radio show and the film critics circle and the rest is history.
We also wanted to find out from Sika about some of the films that resonated with him this year like Brooklyn, Trumbo,Spotlight,Love & Mercy and others. Tune in to find what are some of the films that make it to Sika’s 2016 Oscar list.
Eddie Redmayneplays the role of famous scientist Stephen Hawkingin the “Theory of Everything.” The film is based on Jane Hawking’s book about her marriage to Stephen Hawking. The Hawkings eventually divorced. Hawking was a young graduate student, when he suddenly developed symptoms for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He earned his PhD and eventually went on to teach. He and Jane started a family and stayed together for many years before calling it quits.
Redmayne is so convincing in “The Theory of Everything,” that it hard to believe that that is not the real Hawking on the silver screen.
Redmayne was in San Francisco, where we got to interview him and ask him questions about how he prepared for his role in the film. Here is a snippet from that interview.
Damien Chazelle’s new film “Whiplash” has got lot of positive reviews from the film festival circuit. The film was recently shown at the Mill Valley Film Festival.
We sat down with Chazelle to talk about the making of “Whiplash” that takes you behind the scenes and shows you the blood, sweat and tears that goes into making a successful musician. Draconian is not a word you normally associate with musicians, but apparently that is how some music teachers are, and they drive their students through a tough routine and toss them off if they fail to keep up with the rest of the group. We also talked about Chazelle’s next film project, which is a musical. He has already begun working on his next project.
The film stars JK Simmons, who is a tough music teacher and Miles Teller plays his student, who is hungry to achieve musical success.
Zach Braffis an actor, writer and producer. His directorial debut “The Garden State,” won him lots of praise and fans. He now has a second film that he directed, acted and co-wrote “Wish I Was Here.”
Braff was in San Francisco recently to promote his new film. Here is a teaser of the interview that we did with him. We were curious to know how Braff got Mandy Patinkin to act in the film given his busy shooting for Showtime’s “Homeland” series. He plays Saul Berensonin the series.
If you are wondering about the tile of the film – apparently it was inspired by those postcards folks used to send when they were traveling. Remember those postcards? Maybe postcards are a novelty for those who grew up in the Internet age.
Here is our interview with Braff on the making of his film, Mandy Patamkin and why he went the Kickstarter route to raise money for his film.