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April 2015 Viewing Diary

About Elly (2009; d. Asghar Farhadi). At long last. Wrote it up here. Misery Loves Comedy (2015; d. Kevin Pollak). Navel-gazing documentary about comedians and how they think about what they do. A cast of thousands. Lots of great anecdotes. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara was one of those “old” movie stars whom I grew up knowing about because of the yearly showing of Miracle on 34th Street on television, as well as my absolute obsession with Parent Trap. I wanted to be … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, John Wayne

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Peter Labuza Interviews Me for The Cinephiliacs Podcast: We Discuss John Cassavetes’ Opening Night

I had a great time talking with Peter Labuza for his wonderful Cinephiliacs podcast. You can download the episode here. We get into it! We talk about actors, movies, movie stars, John Wayne, Elvis, Judy Garland, gesture – and then … Continue reading

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Seen Recently: The Train Robbers (1973), Dark City (1998), Easy A (2010), His Girl Friday (1940), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

The Train Robbers directed by Burt Kennedy Somehow I missed this totally entertaining film, despite my love for John Wayne, Ann-Margret (and Ben Johnson)! An absolutely gorgeous LOOKING film (it was cinematographer William H. Clothier’s final film), it stars John … Continue reading

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Advice For a Young Actor

“If a kid came to ask me how to prepare for a screen career, I guess what I’d say would be to go to school, learn to handle liquor, mix with people, get into trouble, work in lots of different … Continue reading

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Coffee Bought For the Name Alone

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The Books: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: ‘John Wayne: A Love Story’, by Joan Didion

A second excerpt from the essay collection: Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays (FSG Classics), by Joan Didion This is one of the best things written about John Wayne. It’s not just an essay about who he is as an actor, or … Continue reading

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“In other words, he’d let you sweat it for a night. And he’d sweat it for a night.”

Lee Marvin on John Ford. Too many good quotes to list. And a great interviewer, too. He doesn’t ask questions. He just speaks, and Lee Marvin takes the prompt. Fantastic.

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True Grit: Opening Today

I have a new writing gig I am very excited about: contributing film reviews to Capital New York, a new and vibrant site “about how things work in New York”. They have a great bunch of people writing for them, … Continue reading

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