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Directed by Steve Buscemi.
Written by David Schechter and Steve Buscemi.
Starring Sienna Miller and Steve Buscemi.
Release Year:  ?
Review Date:  1/30/07


Who doesn't love Steve Buscemi?  His new experimental flick "Interview" played here at Sundance and unfortunately, it is NOT his best work.

Buscemi stars as Pierre Peters, a White House correspondent who is in New York City to do a fluff piece for his paper on a celebrity--in fact, one of the world's biggest celebrities--named Katya (Sienna Miller).  Katya, one of the biggest box-office draws in the world thanks to her looks--and not her acting abilities--shows up late to her dinner appointment with Pierre but thanks to a few strokes of bad luck, the twosome hang out at Katya's downtown loft apartment to conduct the interview and do a whole lot more over the course of one night.

Based on a Dutch film of the same name, Buscemi's film is only meant to be a two-star, one-set piece that explores the variety of ways two people can interact with each other, and in that respect, "Interview" succeeds from a formatting standpoint.  Too bad what is happening onscreen isn't more interesting.  Miller is very good as the coked-out superstar, at least in terms of seeming to be an engaging personality; to undercompensate for this, Buscemi's Pierre is rather droll, a bit dry and oftentimes not enough to hold the screen with the character that Miller is playing.  For having just two sets (the restaurant for a few minutes, then the loft), "Interview" seems spacious thanks to a beautiful set design and Buscemi's ability to constantly reinvent the space during the film's 80-minute running time.  Sometimes, the script is quite funny; on occasion, the physical acting of the twosome is also well done in terms of the ability to generate comedy, passion, drama, whatever is needed.

But, mostly?  "Interview" is a bit of a drag, and not something I would recommend blowing cash on in a theater unless you are a big Buscemi fan.

Rating:  Matinee


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"Opening Weekend":  This is the highest rating a movie can receive.  Reserved for movies that exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development, setting...or Salma Hayek.  Not necessarily in that order. 

"$X.XX Show":  This price changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently, it is the $9.50 Show.  While not technically perfect, this is a movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.  "Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca", but you'll have a great time watching.  The $9.50 Show won't win any Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see "Office Space"). 

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"Rental":  This rating indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one."  Mostly forgettable, you couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the video store was out of copies of "Ronin."  If you can, see this movie for free.  This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a half stars." 

"Hard Vice":  This rating is the bottom of the barrel.  A movie that only six other human beings have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen.  A Shannon Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a movie.  Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or "Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!  (Warning:  strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard Vice"-rated movies.)

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