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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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Governors Awards Last Night: Gena Rowlands, Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds

The Motion Picture Academy’s Governors Awards happened last night, honoring Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands with Honorary Oscars, and Debbie Reynolds (who was too ill to attend) with the Humanitarian Award. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy, started off … Continue reading

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Mia Farrow on Gena Rowlands

Mia Farrow on Gena Rowlands in Lonely are the Brave in 1962: “I had seen her when I was a teenager in Lonely Are the Brave with Kirk Douglas. I’d never seen anyone that beautiful with a certain gravitas. It … Continue reading

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Associated Press: “What is the movie experience you’d most like to forget or do differently?” Gena Rowlands: “If I have something I like to forget, then I forget it.”

Gena Rowlands celebrates 6 decades in film with honorary Oscar: The Associated Press interview with Gena Rowlands. That exchange in the title is my favorite bit, but there is tons more great stuff there, involving a funny anecdote about Bette … Continue reading

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Gena Rowlands: “What Movies Mean to Me”

The Lifetime Achievement Oscar ceremony is happening this Saturday, November 14th. The honorees for Honorary Awards are Spike Lee, Debbie Reynolds, and Gena Rowlands. If you’ve been following along, then you know my involvement in this whole thing, an experience … Continue reading

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October 2015 Viewing Diary

Moontide (1942; d. Archie Mayo – and an uncredited Fritz Lang) And John O’Hara wrote the screenplay. How I love this film. Ida Lupino plays a suicidal girl, rescued from the waves by Bobo (a to-die-for Jean Gabin). Bobo is … Continue reading

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