Review – Man Under Table (2021)

Imagine That: 

A Review of Noel David Taylor’s Man Under Table

By Christopher Rzigalinski

What is avant-garde creativity in a quasi-apocalyptic post-Covid world that’s still recovering from the surreal nightmare of Donald Trump-era politics? What is the relationship between reality and imagination in our landscape of ubiquitous content? Man Under Table OR: I’m Writing a Movie, Noel David Taylor’s feature-length directorial debut film, magnifies these questions. It works against conventions and viewer expectations to macably majestic effect. A film like this deserves an uncommon review. So this article challenges readers by weaving together an analysis of the film and an interview with Taylor. The threads seek to push you out of your comfort zone in much the same way as Man Under Table.

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Sleep No More (2018) – Interview with Keli Price

Keli Price Talks a Life in Film, Making a Difference Through Art, and Sleep No More

Keli Price

Headshot Courtesy of KeliPrice.com

By Christopher M. Rzigalinski

The best acting roles are those that allow artists to build on the best parts of their personalities to develop authentic characters. The characters that develop are more relatable and strengthen the projects to which they contribute. Keli Price (Side Effects) relies on his own resilient drive and determination to portray Joe, the leader of a graduate student cohort performing a sleep study under dubious ethical circumstances, in the horror film Sleep No More. I had a chance to talk with Keli about his creative approach and making the film ahead of its October 2nd release on DVD ($27.97), VOD, and digital platforms.

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Housewife (2017) – Interview with David Sakurai

David Sakurai Talks Diversity, the Inspiration of Jim Morrison, and Housewife

David Sakurai’s Headshot courtesy of his Instagram Page (@davidsakurai)

By Christopher M. Rzigalinski

There are many indirect paths to Hollywood. David Sakurai may be playing Krall in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald later this year, but his journey to mainstream notoriety within the Harry Potter universe was cemented by his pivotal performance as Bruce O’Hara in last year’s Housewife.

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The Last Witness – Interview with Piotr Szkopiak

Who Gets to Call it History?

Director Piotr Szkopiak Talks Justice, Katyn, and The Last Witness

Director Piotr Szkopiak on the set of The Last Witness

Photo courtesy of Momentum Pictures

 

By Christopher M. Rzigalinski

History is written by the victors and those with power. Significant events in the lives of ordinary citizens often go missing from news reports, calendars, and textbooks. But May 11th, 2018 was a monumental date. The Last Witness, Polish-Anglo writer and director Piotr Szkopiak’s second film, opened in Poland that day. Red carpet arrivals and press coverage mattered little compared to the importance of Szkopiak’s mother being present to watch the film.

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Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb – Interview with Casey Tebo

Director Casey Tebo Talks Inspiration, the Rebirth of Steven Tyler, and Out on a Limb

Director Casey Tebo (left) and Steven Tyler (right) at the 2018 Nashville Film Festival

By Christopher M. Rzigalinski

A 45 year-old male audience member once asked English writer and actor Quentin Crisp what he should do about his thinning hair. “Shave your head. This is the principle on which [style] works. You are losing your hair. So you embrace the loss of your hair. You swim with the tide, but faster,” Crisp responded. “Embrace what you alone have.” I’ve always considered this argument to be the most effective defense against aging. Director Casey Tebo’s film called Steven Tyler: Out on a Limb (2018) proves that, at the age of 70, the Aerosmith frontman is just beginning to find his greatest inspiration.

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AND THEN I GO – Interview with Vincent Grashaw

Friendship, Childhood, and Guns in the Post-Columbine Era

Director Vincent Grashaw Discuss And Then I Go

By Christopher M. Rzigalinski

How far would you go for your best friend? If they were the only person in the world to which you felt connected, would you let anything jeopardize that bond? Would you sacrifice your own life to make them happy? Director Vincent Grashaw uses the United States cultural epidemic of school shootings to examine the roots and depths of friendship in his latest project, And Then I Go (2017). But he was quick to point out that this film is not about topical tragedies; rather, mass shootings by disaffected young boys are treated as manifestations of a broken society.

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Survivors Guide to Prison – Interview with Matthew Cooke

Matthew Cooke talks art, activism, and Survivors Guide to Prison

By Christopher M. Rzigalinski

What does it mean to be an activist? On the basest level, it means promoting social change by raising awareness about an issue or idea. Activism is often depicted in historical narratives through larger-than-life figures and mass movements. But the greatest activism takes place when ordinary individuals work to connect with others on a one-on-one level. From those small gestures, hope transforms into promise for everyone. Director Matthew Cooke (How to Make Money Selling Drugs) and I discussed this interpersonal activist approach as it appears in his latest documentary project, Survivors Guide to Prison (2018).

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Entanglement (2018) – Interview with Jason Filiatrault

Jason Filiatrault Talks Physics, Thomas Middleditch, and Entanglement

By Christopher M. Rzigalinski

Consider the circumstances that led to this moment. You’re in front of a screen, reading the words I wrote. One difference in either of our lives could have prevented this moment from happening. We’ve hurdled along almost infinite combinations of pathways just to get here. Was it a conscious trip, or were we guided by quantum entanglement?

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Cinephellas Podcast – Episode 21 (Interview with Brian O’ Malley)

The Freedom of Escape: A Conversation with Brian O’ Malley

by Christopher M. Rzigalinski

On this edition of the Cinephellas Podcast I chat with director Brian O’Malley about The Lodgers, which premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8th, 2017 at 7:15PM. The film is a gothic ghost story about orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) who share a crumbling manor in 1920’s rural Ireland. But a sinister secret threatens their residence. They share the house with unseen entities who control them with three absolute rules. As separate fates draw them apart, the twins must face the terrible truth about their family’s ghostly tormentors.

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