The Wes Anderson Collection’s Matt Zoller Seitz On His New Sci-Fi Puppet Series for The Rushmore Academy
Could you sum up the premise of the series in a few sentences?
Space Rabbit is an anti-fascist fable that’s basically Animal Farm by way of Looney Tunes, with a happy ending. It’s set on the far side of the galaxy, on an all-animal planet called Planimus, which has been governed for generations by a republic called the Democratic Republic of Animal Territories, or D.R.A.T. Then this fascist squirrel rises to power and becomes a dictator, and all the animals who believe in the ideals of democracy have to band together and take their planet back. There’s a swashbuckling cat, a cat senator, an alcoholic lion, a praying mantis who’s the only honest reporter on the planet, and an old turtle who has incredible fighting skills and can use his shell as a shield. A lot of the characters play jazz to unwind.
Joanna and David discuss how the creators of 24 and 24: Legacy continue to have their fingers on the geopolitical pulse of our times. TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz joins from Vulture.
This week on Talk Easy, NY Magazine TV critic and RogerEbert.com EIC Matt Zoller Seitz joins Sam to talk about the state of film criticism. They also discuss director Oliver Stone, whose the subject of Seitz latest book The Oliver Stone Experience, a rollicking compendium of essays, interviews, and analysis that took five years to write. The wide-ranging conversations hits on the legacy of Roger Ebert, raising children, and some advice Matt gave Sam about a year ago that changed his life.
Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall explain how they ranked the shows in their argument starting book TV (the book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time.
A look at "Documentary Now!" with guest host Matt Zoller Seitz of New York Magazine, and co-creators: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and Seth Meyers.
In the 1980s and '90s, Oliver Stone was one of the most vital and high-profile directors working in Hollywood. Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers and more collected awards - or controversy - but were never ignored. It’s been a while since Stone has demanded that kind of attention, but a new book about Stone by critic Matt Zoller Seitz aims to revive his reputation. This week, Seitz shares his Top 5 Oliver Stone Scenes. Plus, Adam and Josh give Stone’s '89 Oscar-winner BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY the Sacred Cow treatment and review Stone's latest, SNOWDEN.
Matt Zoller Seitz on Oliver Stone’s movies, his archives and his ability to take criticism for The Washington Post
I wanted to talk about the book as a physical object. … Between this and the Wes Anderson books, you’ve put together a couple of really monumental film books here. What do we lose when we move away from the physical book and into the digital, kind of Kindle-type realm?
When we experience books digitally we lose the bookness of books. … I was really adamant at the very beginning that these have an integrity as objects. And I have a lot of really good film books, coffee table books. But a lot of them are basically an interview with some pictures stuck in. And what I really wanted to do was make this more like the experience of watching a film, where there’s, you know, an aesthetic relationship between the book that you hold in your hand and the subject of the book.
And, in a way, in all four of those books that I did with Abrams are portraits of a subject. There’s two of Wes Anderson, there’s one of “Mad Men,” and there’s one of Oliver Stone. We really tried to make them in the spirit of the thing being discussed. The “Mad Men” book is a small fat paperback, it’s printed on the same paperstock that was used in the first edition of “Portnoy’s Complaint” and the illustrations are done in an early 1970s-style, and, in fact, they’re modeled on the illustrations in a paperback book that I had when I was a child, Ray Bradbury’s “The October Country.” So, yeah, there’s definitely a lot of, we’re thinking about it as a total experience and not just as an interview with pictures. Because if it’s just an interview with some pictures thrown in, you could go to Wikipedia.
TODAY's Joelle Garguilo sits down with Matt Zoller Seitz for a preview of Sunday’s 2016 Emmy Awards.
Seitz spoke with TheWrap via phone after hosting the Fathom Events “Snowden Live” program (which included an interview with Edward Snowden via satellite from Moscow) and on his way to interviewing Stone and members of the film’s cast on “Charlie Rose.”
The transition from Wes Anderson to Oliver Stone seems unpredictable, to say the least.
I wanted to do another director book, and the main order of business was, “Who would put up with me for the number of hours it takes to do a book like this?” And also, “Who do I find interesting?” The next obvious candidate for me was Oliver Stone.
For one thing, I’m from Dallas, and Oliver Stone shot four movies there: “Talk Radio,” “JFK,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and portions of “Any Given Sunday.” I was actually an extra in “Born on the Fourth of July.”
Guest host Matt Zoller Seitz leads a conversation on "Snowden" with director Oliver Stone and the film’s stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto.
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