Tag Archives: Gena Rowlands

For John Wayne’s Birthday: Hondo (1953) at MoMA: John Wayne in 3D

Perfect timing: I’ve been absolutely loving Scott Eyman’s biography of John Wayne: John Wayne: The Life and Legend. It’s so good, people. It’s the biography that this icon deserves. I’m not done with it yet, and I’ll post more on … Continue reading

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Film Society at Lincoln Center: Anna Magnani Retrospective 5/18-6/1

In a recent radio interview about Gena Rowlands, host Jason Di Rosso asked me what other actresses might even enter the foyer of the foyer of what Gena Rowlands does as an actress. I’ve got my Top 4: Gena Rowlands, … Continue reading

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For International Women’s Day: Ladies I Love

I love them for a variety of reasons: they inspire, they entertain, they challenge, they leave me in awed silence, they provoke, or, most importantly, they were “there” in my most formative years, and held out a torch to lead … Continue reading

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On ABC Radio Australia: Talking Gena Rowlands with Jason Di Rosso

Had a great time talking with Australian film critic and radio talk-show host Jason Di Rosso, on ABC Radio National, broadcast out of Sidney. Di Rosso hosts a weekly show called The Final Cut and he had me on to … Continue reading

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Oscar Night: For Gena Rowlands

Gena Rowlands accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award at the Governors Awards last November Gena Rowlands’ Lifetime Achievement Oscar, presented to her at the Governors Awards last November, is the only Oscar that matters to me. There were many films and … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Vilmos Zsigmond, Part II

Glenn Kenny has a beautiful tribute to the work of this legendary cinematographer. Zsigmond not only worked in a flexible way, adjusting his style to the material, he was a personal artist: he shared with us how he saw the … Continue reading

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Film Writing in 2015

For Rogerebert.com: R.I.P. Edward Herrmann. “The moment lasts two seconds and consists of only two words: “Welcome home.” Two seconds and two words is all an actor like Edward Herrmann needs to get the job done.” On Seth Rogen’s controversial … Continue reading

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November 2015 Viewing Diary

Spotlight (2015; d. Tom McCarthy) Excellent newspaper movie. I reviewed for Rogerebert.com. Supernatural, Season 11, Episode 4, “Baby” (2015; d. Thomas J. Wright) Perfection, both formally and structurally as well as emotionally and spiritually. Truth (2015; d. James Vanderbilt) Another … Continue reading

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Gena Rowlands: A Life in Film

For Roger Ebert, I discuss Gena Rowlands’ extraordinary 6-decade career in all its facets, not just the productive Cassavetes years. She did a lot of television, and, as she got older, smaller parts in movies with large ensembles, but these … Continue reading

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Gena Rowlands’ Oscar Speech Last Night

Listen to that ovation. Feel the emotion in that room! The explosion when she mentions “my late husband …” She is one of a kind and every single person – even big stars and A-list actresses – know it. The … Continue reading

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