Category Archives: Directors

Ebertfest Update: QA with Guillermo del Toro

Ebertfest 2016 starts this Wednesday, and the opening film is Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. I gave Crimson Peak 4 stars in my review, and I saw it in a relatively small press screening room, so the thought of seeing … Continue reading

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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 Rogerebert.com.

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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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