She always has a history. "There were two managers at the 50s diner where I worked, a pothead and a cokehead,” Jessica Sugar Kiper tells me, and I can hear the train of questioning has long since leapt the tracks, grinding sparks into the wilderness, not tipping and not stopping, carrying me along. And what the fuck, I figure—I bought the ticket; I may as well take the ride.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Based on the novel by Jim Thompson
Featuring Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Elias Koteas, Simon Baker
Be afraid. The Killer Inside Me is a true story.
No, the events may not have happened just like this. The maze-like descent into manipulation and murder that director, Michael Winterbottom and the novel’s author, Jim Thompson detail likely never occurred...
Daybreakers has all the pieces of a great film. Its sole and constant disappointment is that it does not behave like one. The writer-director team of Peter and Michael Speirig diligently assemble a darkly brilliant vision of a future ruled by vampires, but the narrative that inhabits it is built from bombastic lines and cliché drama fitting a blockbuster action flick. They take a piece of art and use it for a newsstand-caliber comic book.
Jocelin Donahue is a thoughtful actress. Thoughtful films would be her genre: The former NYU Sociology-History undergrad has starred in period pieces like The Burrowers, a horror-western that was as much about settling the wilderness of the West as about what beasts lurk beneath that harsh terrain. She has been in abstracted short films like The Masquerade and Express 831. Sitting with me in a room at the Four Seasons, draped in the catalog-sharp attire that befits her past career as a model, Jocelin tells me she is drawn to acting because she is fascinated by the formation of identity.