403 Forbidden


nginx
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx
Follow us:
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx

Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 14, 2010 at 11:10 AM

A chat with Nicole Holofcener

I was on the phone with writer/director Nicole Holofcener earlier this week, talking about her new movie “Please Give” (which will open in the Seattle area in June). Holofcener has an interesting and unique film career: She’s made four features in 15 years (“Walking and Talking,” “Lovely and Amazing,” “Friends with Money” and “Please Give”), each one starring Catherine Keener, each focusing on the lives and concerns of its female characters, and each one a smart, sharply funny treat. Some of us love her movies and eagerly await them, recognizing in them the issues that so many of us face; some of us dismiss them. (When I reviewed “Friends with Money,” a guy wrote to me and told me he hated it and asked why he should care about a movie that was just about “women and their problems.” Well, OK, but if I ruled out movies about men and their problems, I’d certainly have a lot of free time to twiddle my thumbs here.)
I’ll write up the whole interview for publication closer to the movie’s opening, but one interesting thing we discussed was the sidebar career Holofcener has directing TV episodes for HBO. She’s worked on “Sex and the City,” “Six Feet Under” and most recently “Bored to Death.” (When I said that I hadn’t seen “Bored to Death” but hoped HBO would repeat it, Holofcener deadpanned, “I hope they will too, because, you know, I’ll get the check.” She’s wryly funny, very much like Keener in her movies, who she’s described as a cinematic alter ego.) The HBO work, she says, is like making a movie — “a single camera, very similar schedule to my movies, much bigger budgets. These are movie actors, really talented people, same with the crew. It’s really no different.” And it’s been a chance to work on shows that she admires — sometimes, she says, she’ll ask her agent to try to line her up work on a show she really likes.
Such was the case with “Six Feet Under,” for which she did a couple of episodes for the third and fourth seasons. “That was really fun,” she said. “I was such a fan of the show when I got on the set. It was weird: I’m in the funeral home! I’m in David and Keith’s apartment! These myths are real! I even started eating the mints at the funeral home, and people would yell, don’t do that, they’re from the first season!”

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx
403 Forbidden

403 Forbidden


nginx