Category Archives: Directors

For John Carpenter’s Birthday: His 1979 Elvis: “It’s a Personal Film.”

A re-post for John Carpenter’s birthday, which was yesterday. Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley, 1979 John Carpenter, director: In dealing with Elvis, I’m bringing a lot of my own feelings to it and how I feel about him, and how … Continue reading

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Sight & Sound Cover Interview with Quentin Tarantino by Kim Morgan

The interview with Quentin Tarantino that is Sight & Sound‘s February 2016 cover story is not the first time my friend Kim Morgan interviewed the director. In 2009, she and Tarantino talked about Inglourious Basterds for her great site Sunset … Continue reading

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My Interview with Stephen Cone, Writer/Director of Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party

I interviewed Stephen Cone, the talented Chicago-based writer and director of Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, a wonderful ensemble film opening this Friday. The interview is now up at

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Director/Screenwriter Shane Black on Christmas: “Being in a blizzard is wonderful.”

My friend Kim Morgan shares a small and beautiful excerpt of an interview she recently did with director/screenwriter Shane Black on why he is so obsessed with Christmas.

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Francis Ford Coppola on Cinema: “I feel like there’s a wonderful cinema in the future.”

My friend Miriam Bale reports back from the Marrakech International Film Festival, where Francis Ford Coppola gave what sounds like a hell of a talk to a group of journalists about the history of film and the future of cinema. … Continue reading

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Interview with Charles Hood, director/writer of Night Owls

One of the real movie-going treats in the last couple of weeks was the small rom-com Night Owls, directed by Charles Hood, and co-written by Hood and Seth Goldsmith. It’s confident, it’s touching, it’s openly screwball, proving that screwball is … Continue reading

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Actor/Director Kentucker Audley: Transparent and Mysterious At the Same Time

Kentucker Audley Director, writer, actor, editor Kentucker Audley has been working in independent film in various capacities for a while now. A self-starter, he began as a director and a writer, but he’s mostly becoming known now for his acting. … Continue reading

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Gena and Spike

Gena Rowlands and Spike Lee with their Honorary Oscars. Look at their hands. As my friend Felicia commented: “Game recognize game.”

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On This Day: October 30, 1938 – “Radio Play Terrifies Nation”

Conversation between Peter Bogdanovich and Orson Welles in This Is Orson Welles: PB: I’ve often wondered if you had any idea, before you did it, that War of the Worlds was going to get that kind of response. OW. The … Continue reading

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John and Gena (and Dog) by Sam Shaw

The awesome photographer Sam Shaw was very close to John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, both personally and professionally. He produced Husbands, Woman Under the Influence, Opening Night, Gloria. He was production designer on Killing of a Chinese Bookie. He designed … Continue reading

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