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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Interview with Sean Schemmel

We we’re lucky enough to spend some time chatting with iconic voice actor Sean Schemmel (Voice of Goku & King Kai) about the upcoming movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly! Sean also talks about playing Goku Black, some of his favorite career moments in DBZ, and then we veer off into some Apocalypse talk, Yay!

 

Dragon Ball Super: Broly will be in theaters across North America on January 16, 2019.

Here’s a link to some of our great Dragon Ball Content – http://geekworldradio.com/?s=dragon+ball

 

 

Women in Hollywood Sci-Fi

The roles for females in science fiction films and TV has evolved over the years. Our friends at DUST explored the history of women in Hollywood sci-fi.

Does that voice sound familiar to you? It should!

 

Who is your favorite female character in Hollywood sci-fi?

Gaspar Noé Talks Sexy New Film, Love

We had a chance to sit down with acclaimed director Gaspar Noé (Enter the VoidIrréversible), and ask him about his new, sexually charged 3D drama, Love. Watch the video and see the transcript below.

First off, we loved the movie, we thought it was fantastic, I think the one question I really wanted to know is, this movie, you guys call it controversial, obviously there’s a lot of sexuality in it, why the decision to do it in 3D?

 

I don’t think this movie is controversial at all. There’s been movies shot in the 70s that were very daring for their time, but this one… there’s nothing shocking in this movie, because it’s a very relatable love story, as they happen in real life. Maybe the two main characters involved in the plot like taking risks but, no, it’s a loving movie. Also to remind myself of what the shocking movies, the controversial movies were I put all the posters of my favorite movies in the room of the main character who’s a film student in Paris. You see movies like Pasolini’s Salo, Flesh of Frankenstein, Freaks, An Andalusian Dog, Taxi Driver, Deliverance. You can say those guys put themselves in a risky situation, in my case it’s just an unwritten movie showing what it is to be inside a love addiction when you’re 25.

 

In the movie, you’re actually seeing sexual acts play on the screen, but the movie itself feels so far away from being pornographic, it feels very sensual. How is it skirting that line?

 

I would say making love to someone… love is the most natural thing, it’s like the conclusion of mutual attraction. When you fall in love and you spend the night with a girl you never say “I did a pornographic act”, you’ve just been kissing, hugging, doing the most natural things, and the most life affirming things. At the end the sexual instinct comes from a natural instinct of the species to reproduce the species and to survive on this planet, and so we all come from a sexual act, we all have a hidden program that pushes us to be attracted to the one we think is the best in order maybe to reproduce the species, but there are many situations that are not reproductive, they are still enjoyable, but it’s a very natural thing. And mostly what’s weird is that you never see images of carnal love in a narrative movie or in a commercial movie, you just see people talking about love then they wake up the next morning and the scenes that are the most important are always missing in commercial movies, there’s no reason. Now in America you can release unrated movies. Now if people who are young want to see images of love they end up watching very mechanical images of sex on websites and those images are feelingless. No one is kissing and also the girls don’t look like regular girls, whether they had plastic surgery or not, they’re all shaven, the guys they all look like bodybuilders, and I don’t think those images are relatable to affection or to lovelife. I’m really surprised in the Western world we all think we’re more developed than the religious societies around, but the truth is that what is almost the most taboo is to show the joy that we all take in those situations. Why in the American cinema is it so hard to find a non-erected penis? Is it because we live in a male dominant society in which most men are afraid of their neighbor’s penis that could excite their wives, their daughter, or their mother? I don’t know. But the genitals are as natural as hands or ears or faces. It should not be a problem. You can see guns in almost one movie out of two, you don’t see the natural part that is a part with which we are reaffirming life. And in the case of this movie the project was about showing how is life for young crazy but not so crazy film student in Paris who likes partying, drinking, and meets this gorgeous girl that he’s madly in love with, even if it’s maybe not the most positive way of loving a person, they still try to construct the future with their own patterns, and they fail. And the whole movie is in the past time because when the movie starts you know that something bad happened to the girl and during the whole process of the movie you see those images of joy with a very melancholic eye.

 

The actors in the movie, a lot of them weren’t really actors before this, what made you, when you met these people, decide that they were perfect for the roles?

 

I would say some people have charisma and some people don’t. You can be a very willingful actor, if you’re not charismatic you can always work hard, it will not happen. You can be someone who’s charismatic without taking acting lessons. I like mixing, all my movies are a mix of people who are friends, people I found in the street or in bars, and people who are skilled for some particular jobs because they’re charismatic and also they can cry on demand like five times in a row, or also having one actor among non-professionals also helps the other people to find a pace so I know that the fact that Karl Glusman, who is an actor and really likes his job, that he was an actor really helped the girls who had never been on screen to understand how the whole process of lying, because as an actor you’re lying, there are things that you pretend to be that you’re not, there are things that come out from your own way of talking or moving that come from your personality so at the end when you see a movie what you see on screen is a mix of the person who played the part and the character that you wrote. For boys or girls who have never acted before they can get confused. Is it about me? Is it not about me? No, it’s not you, it’s really someone else but still maybe some aspects of your identity will appear on screen, for sure your face. Sometimes you just need to change the color of the hair, or sometimes you just change the clothes, and people already feel they’re in Halloween playing something else.

 

What made you choose to make the main character American?

 

I wanted the movie to be in English. I wanted the movie to contain some voiceover of the main character. So it would not have made sense if I had picked up an actor whose first language wasn’t English. You know if he had been a Danish actor, why would a guy speak with the Danish accent, but actually I was casting Americans, Canadians, Irish, British, and the best person that I found was Karl so one week before shooting I knew the main character would be American, but it was not in the script.

 

Do you have a love story, anything like you put on the screen for Love?

 

I would say the movie is about experiences that belong to my group of people. I never got a girl accidentally pregnant, or situations like that, but still I know those situations, I know these kind of girls, I know these kind of boys, I know the main character Murphy is a kind of little brother I would have who’s been through some similar situations, some I haven’t been through but I understand him. Although he’s not a hero, he’s like a younger brother that is also kind of an extension of the main characters from my previous movies who were also very cool, a bit of party kids, who are bright but not always bright, especially when they drink.

 

Can I just change gears for a second, do you like superheroes and superhero movies?

 

I can like science fiction movies, I can like horror movies, but no, the superhero genre is not my favorite. Maybe the only superhero that I really enjoyed when I was younger, when I was 8,9,10, was James Bond, but it was not because of him, it was mostly because of all the girls around him.

 

The first scene in love, it is a bit shocking because it kind of shows you exactly where the movie is going to go, what made you decide to go with that scene for the first scene?

 

Actually the opening scene was not meant to be there, it was meant to be a bit later in the movie. It was written in the script they’re having sex in the bed, they change positions, and so we filmed that and actually I said that particular take made sense in its full length, like it was two minutes long, and also I had this music from Satie that would really fit that scene, but in the middle of the movie it would kill the pace of the movie, so I said well where can I put it, where can I put it. So I keep it in its full length, and towards the end of the process I said well maybe at the very beginning it would make you feel that when he wakes up he’s dreaming of that, and also it was good to start the movie with the very frontal image and yeah I really like it much better there than where it was put originally.

 

What do you hope people take away from Love?

 

I think no, they will not take away, because it’s a very relatable story and I guess that most people will recognize maybe their friends, their ex-boyfriends, ex-girlfriends, or their own life in some aspects of the movie, and the movie is not teaching anything, it’s just showing something that’s around.

 

The scenes in this movie were done so beautifully, they came out so beautifully, were any of them particularly difficult to shoot?

 

I would say the one that I was the most afraid of, and also that Karl was the most afraid of, was the scene in the bathtub with the little baby, because in the script it said the father is crying in the bathtub and the young boy gets in and tries to calm down his father. Of course the kid was freaked out when he saw a bathtub because he thought we were going to give him a shower so actually we ended up having the two year old kid crying all the time, it was not the father crying it was the baby crying, but at one point I said you know Karl just try to cry harder than him and so he ended up crying and at a point the baby stopped because he’s not the focus of attention of the team, it was Karl, so he stopped and he stares at him and he hugs him. We kept that particular minute, that was the magic minute of the long scene we shot.

 

Interviewers: Anna Levine and David Lacey (Geek World)

To see our review of Love CLICK HERE!

Love Review!

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Click Here to watch our interview with Love Director Gaspar Noé!

 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the art of film making as we sit in dark movie theaters watching Dinosaurs attack the same island they attacked 20 years before, or watching Vin Diesel do something ridiculous in a muscle car for the 7th time. Our need to escape into movie-land can often times lead us down a redundant path, but if we’re lucky enough to see a film that transcends typical blockbuster fare, it can be the kind of experience that profoundly affects you in ways we often forget film is capable of. Love is that kind of film.

The stark reality to Gaspar Noé’s vision of young reckless love is often shocking, sometimes beautiful and at times, completely crushing. It is a tumultuous journey that hits at the very core of our deepest emotions. It is love laid bare.

The characters at the core of Love are an American film student named Murphy (played by the charismatic Karl Glusman) who, while attending school in Paris, falls for a mysterious young art student named Electra (played with guile by model Aomi Muyock). The film perfectly showcases what it is to be in your early 20’s and completely, obsessively in love. All the sex, fighting, selfishness, poor judgement and fun play out in such a realistic way, at times the movie feels more like you’re peering through a young couple’s apartment window than sitting in a theater with 3D glasses on (Editor’s Note: We do not recommend you peer through anyone’s window).

The film takes in the present with Murphy, living with his new girlfriend and their son. He feels trapped and resentful of his station in life, when suddenly he receives a phone call that sends him into a spiral of recall and regret. The mother of his former love, Electra, believes that something may have happened to her daughter. It’s clear that Electra has been on his mind anyway, but now, questioning her fate, he can’t stop his mind from flooding with memories of their love, for better or worse.

The power of Love’s narrative comes from its non-linear storytelling. With each scene played out as a vignette in the memory of Murphy, who is remembering all the key moments of his affair with Electra, but never in any kind of chronological order. This gives the film the ability to be as emotionally versatile as it chooses, picking the moments to be happy or sad, not a slave to the ABC’s of a typical movie. It’s a wonderful method, and as a viewer you’re never too confused by the story, it doesn’t matter when this moment or that moment happened, what matters is the overhead view of this relationship and how it affected you while watching it. That being said, this emotionally targeted way of telling a story can leave the viewer in a bit of a mangled emotional wreck by the time the end credits roll, which of course is the point.

But enough with all this film talk, let’s get to the sex!

Many headlines about Love will focus on sex, after all the vast majority of the movie involves graphic scenes of bodies intertwined, so much so you might be able to create a Youtube comparison video split screening scenes from Love with the Kama Sutra. There is a ton of graphic sex in this movie. You get many scenes of Murphy and Electra engaging in various risque acts, threesomes, public sex, sex clubs, and more. We know it sounds like a lot, and it might feel overwhelming and strange to some of you, but we have to stress that it would be entirely incorrect to view this movie as pornography.

The sex in this movie plays to the emotions of the characters, it morphs and changes as their relationship changes, it is as much a character as Murphy and Electra. In Noé’s masterful hands, we see a true artist who is able to depict sex in a way that feels sensual, real, and never edges towards exploitative. That doesn’t mean some of you won’t be clutching your pearls from the get go.

The only way to truly enjoy Love is to throw away your preconceived notions about watching sex acts play out onscreen, and you need to do it before you sit down to watch, because the first scene will hit you like a truck. Two people, naked in bed, experiencing the pleasure of indulging in each others’ bodies. There is a reason this movie is unrated, and no one under the age of 18 should be watching.

Love is an apt name for this film, because anyone who has been in a true relationship knows that love is a double edged sword. Love can be beautiful, love can be pain, love can be poetry, love can be a weapon, and if you’re lucky love can be art. Noé has created one of the most visceral and impactful visions of realistic people in love that we have ever seen.

If you can get past the taboo feeling of seeing people make love in front of you, you will get the luxury of watching something honest, riveting, painful, sexy, funny, and brutal. The kind of rare film that is as equally emotionally gratifying as it is devastating.

If you can see it in 3D, it’s a strange experience, but well worth it! Also, you might want to have at least a one seat buffer between you and the other strangers in the audience. Not recommended for a first date.

Love will be in Los Angeles theaters Nov. 6.

Review by Anna Levine and David Lacey

Watch our interview with Love Director Gaspar Noé:

Attack on Titan Live Action World Premiere!!

We we’re lucky enough to be some of the select few people to see the Attack on Titan Live Action movie for the first time at the World Premiere at The Egyptian in Hollywood on July 14. Check out the pictures on the red carpet and watch our review of the movie (plus spoilers) on Anime Vice!

 

Colossal Titan running amok at the front gate

Japanese cast members Haruma Miura (Eren) & Kiko Mizuhara (Mikasa) with Director Shinji Higuchi

Movie posters outside of The Egyptian

After Party!

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