Tag Archives: John Cassavetes

“If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role.” — Judy Garland

It’s the great, the irreplaceable, Judy Garland’s birthday. The screengrab above is from John Cassavetes’ 1963 film A Child is Waiting. This film is not really well-known, except among Cassavetes/Garland completists – but some serious Cassavetes fans don’t know about … Continue reading

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Substack: on John Cassavetes’ Minnie and Moskowitz

This is a re-vamped post I resurrected for my Substack. A freebie for all subscribers. I saw it again recently and elaborated on my original thoughts. Outside-Inside: John Cassavetes’ “Minnie and Moskowitz”     Thank you so much for stopping … Continue reading

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“Some of the time, when you’re walking out there where the air is thin, you just hope you can walk back again.” –Gena Rowlands

It’s her birthday today. The quote in the headline was Rowlands talking about playing Mabel in A Woman Under the Influence, but it could be said about many of her roles, particularly the ones she did in her husband’s films. … Continue reading

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Substack: Interview with actor/director/teacher Ryan Czerwonko

I’ve written about Adult Film before here, and had been wanting for a while to sit down and interview one of the founders, Ryan Czerwonko, about what he and his group are up to. Finally, we carved out some space … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Stella Stevens

My pal John Beifuss writes for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and his tribute to Stella Stevens – a Memphis native (although not born there) – is the one to read. There are so many good anecdotes, all culled from the … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Seymour Cassel

Seymour Cassel has died. A John Cassavetes regular, an essential member of that merry band of actor misfits, who followed their own sense of truth with an improvisatory and free-flowing jazz-riff style so impossible to replicate (even though so many … Continue reading

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“Masters of the Acting Art”: An Interview with Author Dan Callahan

Dan Callahan is one of our best writers on the craft of acting. Not only does he describe why a performance is good, he digs into the much thornier issue of how it is good. This is where most critics … Continue reading

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October 2018 Viewing Diary

Supernatural, Season 11, episode 4 “Baby” (2015; d. Thomas J. Wright) This episode just grows in stature the further away we get from it. It’s quite brilliant. Mandy (2018; d. Panos Cosmatos) I went into Mandy not knowing much about … Continue reading

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A deliberate nod? See for yourself.

1. Julianne Moore as “Amber Waves”, sitting across from her husband, with a lawyer and a judge present, fighting for visitation/partial custody of her son in Boogie Nights. 2. Gena Rowlands as “Sarah Lawson”, sitting across from her husband, with … Continue reading

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John and Gena (and Dog) by Sam Shaw

The awesome photographer Sam Shaw was very close to John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands, both personally and professionally. He produced Husbands, Woman Under the Influence, Opening Night, Gloria. He was production designer on Killing of a Chinese Bookie. He designed … Continue reading

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