I love interviews where professionals get to act like fans. It’s nice, and often very instructive, to hear filmmakers talk about their work, but most actors and directors spend weeks promoting their movies by giving the same 15-minute interview over and over again. How many times do you need to hear someone explain, in the blandest platitudes possible, what it was like to work with a certain movie star? It’s a lot more fun to hear them discuss movies they’re really passionate about.
Case in point: this interview-turned-video-essay with The Raid 2 director Gareth Evans on his five favorite fight scenes. /Film’s David Chen turned Evans’ remarks into a running commentary over select clips from his picks. It’s an enjoyable way to spend 14 minutes:
Evans is an accomplished martial-arts filmmaker in his own right, but as this video shows, he’s also a knowledgeable student of the genre’s history as well, and he’s got some smart ideas about what makes these scenes work. His comments on They Live, for example, made me see that fight in a whole new way. (As opposed to “God, this scene is so dumb it’s kind of brilliant.”) Let’s have more interviews like this, please.