A odd beast of a film that actually delivers, the "Precious" screenwriter's directorial debut is a surprising amount of fun for a somber, surreal tale of two teen assassins who wake up to their lives during what should be a routine hit.
After mastering one medium, the creator of "The Sopranos" and "Northern Exposure" gets personal with his first film, a passionate, tough love letter to Jersey and making it in the music business.
The "Being John Malkovich" and "Where the Wild Things Are" director spoke of his relationships with the late Maurice Sendak and James Gandolfini during a wide-ranging conversation with David O. Russell at the Los Angeles Film Festival Saturday night.
By not making the final cut of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," James Gandolfini joins a fairly illustrious club of actors who have seen major roles cut down to size.
The Oscar-winning screenwriter behind "Precious" talks about his darkly funny and strangely transporting directorial debut about a pair of celeb-obsessed hit girls.