Monday, February 1, 2010

Ebert Sits Down With Jason Reitman

Roger Ebert has recorded a fascinating interview he held at his house with writer/director Jason Reitman. I have embedded two of the videos below, but be sure to check out Ebert's blog post in its entirety by clicking here.


This first video is by far the longest of the bunch (about 7 minutes), and it deals a lot with how Reitman sees his future career developing, along with the future development of cinema as a whole. In this segment, Reitman informs us that the current project he's working on is adapting the Joyce Maynard novel titled Labor Day. As Reitman puts it, Labor Day "deals with a very complex drama." He also, very interestingly, adds, "I may not nail it on this film. This may just be my first step."


It's refreshing and admiring to see an established director go for a change of pace. As he proved with Thank You for Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air, Reitman is a master of the comedy-drama, but he fully admits that he wants to go in a completely different direction with Labor Day. I, for one, cannot wait to see how it turns out.





In this next video, Reitman discusses some of his favorite films of the year. When asked about Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar chances, Reitman says, "The amount of directorial control in The Hurt Locker is second to none. She's going to win, and she deserves to win. Spectacular film."


Later in the video, Reitman also expresses a true love and appreciation for Neil Blomkamp's District 9.





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