Category Archives: Directors

“The New Yorker” on the Criterion release of Love Streams

“The movie is a mighty, intimate, kaleidoscopically subjective, bravely self-searching summation of a career, an era, and a life. For decades, it was a rare VHS tape, a treasured occasional revival screening, and, more recently, a covert YouTube treasure. Its … Continue reading

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John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands and Love Streams

In a little bit over a month, John Cassavetes’ final film, Love Streams (1984), starring him and his wife/collaborator/muse/genius Gena Rowlands (who just turned 84) will finally be released on DVD, via Criterion, with a video-essay about Gena Rowlands’ acting, … Continue reading

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Jafar Panahi: “Remember, a few months ago, because they didn’t allow me to go outside of the house, I said, ‘OK, I’ll open my windows and take shots of the sky.’”

Jafar Panahi, the Iranian director who was convicted in 2010 of crimes against the Islamic Republic (for basically making films that criticized the regime), was given a 6-year prison sentence as well as a 20-year ban on making films/writing/giving interviews. … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Paul Mazursky

John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands in Paul Mazursky’s “Tempest.” “I seem to have a natural bent toward humor and I seem to make people laugh, but I think there is in me a duality. I like to make people cry … Continue reading

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John and Gena

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John and Gena

In 1992, Gena Rowlands gave an interview to Gary Indiana for Interview magazine. It was a generous interview, with a gorgeous spread of photographs, many of them taken by the legendary Sam Shaw (who took so many famous photos of … Continue reading

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Announcement: John Cassavetes’ Love Streams on Criterion

I’ve held back on sharing this news until Criterion made the announcement. John Cassavetes’ 1984 film Love Streams will be one of their August releases, and a video-essay, written and narrated by yours truly, will be included in the special … Continue reading

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Spike Lee on Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951)

One of the Criterion Collection’s latest releases is Billy Wilder’s scathing and cynical Ace in the Hole, starring Kirk Douglas. Spike Lee considers Billy Wilder to be one of his main influences, and an interview with him is included in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Orson Welles

Much of the Welles story is difficult to put together because he himself was such a teller of tall tales. You know, he went to Morocco when he was 16 years old and the hung out with a sheik in … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Alain Resnais

There was a strange comfort not only knowing that Alain Resnais was “out there”, but that he was still making films, after eight decades of extraordinary work – EIGHT DECADES, and that those new films coming to us felt fresh, … Continue reading

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