Category Archives: Current Blog Entries

Sam Shepard 1943-2017

In the clip above, Sam Shepard is interviewed during the 2014 Sundance film festival where he had a new movie, the crime drama Cold in July. He died a few days ago at the age of 73, but the news wasn’t made public until today. I’m sure that several news sites will refer to him as … Continue reading Sam Shepard 1943-2017

Jeanne Moreau 1928-2017

In the interview above from 2002, Charlie Rose talks to what he refers to as the “grande dame of French cinema”, Jeanne Moreau. Rose is often flattering her, but Moreau keeps pushing back. This is a no-nonsense lady. Today we lost her at the age of 89. Born in Paris, Jeanne Moreau also spent the … Continue reading Jeanne Moreau 1928-2017

Highlights of Comic-Con 2017

This year’s Comic-Con in San Diego ended last weekend and even though I wasn’t terribly excited about it this year there were memorable panels and trailers. Even if you weren’t there, thanks to Youtube you can enjoy all of it from home. Let’s take a look. The first trailer for the second season of Stranger Things … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2017

Martin Landau 1928-2017

In the clip above, film historian Neal Gabler talks to Martin Landau in 2008. The actor does a great impression of Woody Allen and talks about the ambiguous sexuality of his character in North by Northwest (1959). Which obviously gives Landau a reason to imitate Alfred Hitchcock as well. We lost Martin Landau two days ago … Continue reading Martin Landau 1928-2017

The War of Currents Roars Back to Life

In the clip above, a Google Talk from last November, author Graham Moore discusses his new novel “The Last Days of Night”, published in August. The book tells the real story of the “War of Currents”, a competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse (which also involved Nikola Tesla) over which system of electric power … Continue reading The War of Currents Roars Back to Life

Waiting for the Black Flags Miniseries

In the PBS clip above, former CIA analysts Nada Bakos and Cynthia Storer talk about the “the sisterhood” that helped the U.S. military find and kill Osama bin Laden in 2011. Featured in the documentary Manhunt: The Search for bin Laden (2013), which premiered at Sundance and was subsequently distributed by HBO, this is a sisterhood waiting … Continue reading Waiting for the Black Flags Miniseries

Michael Nyqvist 1960-2017

Swedish star Michael Nyqvist passed away yesterday at the age of 56. Only those who were close to him knew that he had cancer. International moviegoers will always remember him primarily as the investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist in the Millennium franchise – and obviously as bad guys in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) and John Wick (2014). … Continue reading Michael Nyqvist 1960-2017

Democrats Need to Learn How to Speak to Working Class Voters

What to make of the Democrats’ current situation? On the one hand, the Republicans can’t seem to get anything right. President Donald Trump spends most of his time at his golfing resorts, shows no interest in or knowledge about serious issues, is constantly mired in scandals (often caused by his own Twitter account) and suffers … Continue reading Democrats Need to Learn How to Speak to Working Class Voters

John G. Avildsen, Friend of Underdogs

Director John G. Avildsen died yesterday at the age of 81. He will always be remembered for making Rocky (1976) and The Karate Kid (1984). In the interviews above, Avildsen talks about the lessons he’s learned behind the camera. Words of wisdom for filmmaking students. Born in Illinois, Avildsen picked up a thing or two from working as … Continue reading John G. Avildsen, Friend of Underdogs

Adam West: Farewell to a Caped Crusader and a Mayor

When I was on vacation in Boston last week, news came that Adam West had passed away at the age of 88. In the interview with Conan O’Brien above, from 1997, the actor and the host banter in a funny, relaxed way. This is how we remember Adam West, hilarious and cool, in on the … Continue reading Adam West: Farewell to a Caped Crusader and a Mayor

Fry and Laurie, Double the Fun

Finding this clip on YouTube was quite a treat, a special called Fry and Laurie Reunited (2010). At first, we get the two comedy stars’ background. Then these guys who’ve been best friends since the 1980s sit down to talk about their achievements in British television. Many laughs are shared, and it’s obvious how close Fry … Continue reading Fry and Laurie, Double the Fun