2/3/20

MOVIES 'TIL DAWN' PODCAST #7: MARY HARRON!


Welcome back. If you're here it's either because A) You occasionally check in on this tired old blog, B) You're waiting for a bus or C) You've just heard the new episode of my 'Movies Til Dawn' podcast in which I suggest that if you'd like further info and video support of the artist who I've interviewed, you should come to this site. Choose one and one only, please.

Mary Harron is an iconic Independent filmmaker whose work includes 'American Psycho', 'I Shot Andy Warhol', 'The Notorious Betty Page' and other fascinating and provocative movies. Many of her films deal with the underbelly of show-biz--certainly 'Warhol' and 'Betty Page' do--but even her latest film, 'Charlie Says', which examines the Manson Family from the viewpoint of the women in the cult, recognizes that a very L.A. obsession with fame occupied Manson and its failure to be realized may well have been one of the motivating factors that lead to the horrific murders that he ordered and his gang carried out.

Below are some clips from Mary's movies--trailers, interviews and such. To hear my two-part conversation with Mary just go to your favorite podcast site--Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Youtube etc. Or go directly to my podcast site: www.moviestildawnpodcast.com

Here's a 'master class' video of Mary Harron:


Here's the Gene Siskel/Roger Ebert (remember them?) review of ' I Shot Andy Warhol', which was Mary's first feature.

Here's a clip from the outstanding 'Charlie Says'.

Here's Gretchen Mol discussing her role in 'The Notorious Betty Page'.
And here's Mary and her frequent screenwriting collaborator Guenevere Turner discussing 'Charlie Says'.

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1/1/20

'MOVIES 'TIL DAWN PODCAST' #6: JOHN SAYLES




Welcome to the year known repetitively as 2020 and to episode 6 of my podcast 'Movies Til Dawn'. If you've found this page without knowing about the podcast, click here to find said podcast. Once you're on the site, simply go to 'Episodes' and you'll find what you're looking for. And if you've come here because I told you too at then end of the podcast, then skip that step.

This month I present a two-part conversation with writer/director/novelist/editor/actor John Sayles. John has been a major force in independent filmmaking since the late 1970s (more or less) and his prodigious and distinguished output has inspired untold amounts of indie filmmakers such as myself to keep going, no matter what the odds/budgetary restrictions or any of the other things that often disillusion filmmakers from pushing on are. Here's his Wikipedia entry which will explain his multiple-fronts career--one unlike any other--and give you a timeline of the work. Below are clips of interviews, scenes from films etc. to supplement the interview I did with him. By the way, you can subscribe to the podcast on the above site and you can find it on pretty much any of your favorite podcast apps. Enjoy 2020. I'm planning on it.

Here are two interviews with John, one discussing his 1993 movie 'Passion Fish' and the other a discussion of 'The Howling' (which he wrote) and 1994's The Secret Of Roan Inish'.



Here's a powerful scene from 1985s 'Matewan'.


Here's the trailer for 2007s 'Honeydripper' which we discuss in episode 2.


And here is one of twelve clips from the 'Movie Clips' series from 1988's 'Eight Men Out', which we discuss in episode one.



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11/26/19

MOVIES TIL DAWN PODCAST: JERRY SCHATZBERG



This months guest on my 'Movies Til Dawn' podcast is filmaker/photographer Jerry Schatzberg. In addition to directing classic 70s cinema titles like 'Panic In Needle Park' and 'Scarecrow', he was also one of the 50s/60s and 70s leading photographers specializing in music, fashion and more. He was Bob Dylan's 'in-house' photographer and Jerry recently published a very handsome coffee-table book of his Dylan photos called 'Dylan/Schatzberg'.

Below are some clips from Jerry's work. You can access my show on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher.

Here's the trailer for 'Panic In Needle Park'.


Here's a great scene from 'Scarecrow'.
Here's Willie Nelson and Dylan Cannon performing in Jerry's 1980 musical 'Honeysuckle Rose.

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11/5/19

MTD PODCAST RETURNS WITH PETER BOGDANOVICH AND GRIFFIN DUNNE



For those of you who missed this announcement a month ago,  I've started a 'Movies Til Dawn' podcast, which features conversations between me and filmmakers of different stripes (whatever 'stripes' means in this context). The one thing they all have in common is a big body of work and a long, fruitful and sincere love for the medium. In other words: young punks need not apply. Last month I posted the first two interviews--Andy Garcia and the late John G. Avildsen. This month I've added two more--the legendary Peter Bogdanovich and the multi-talented (and very amusing) Griffin Dunne. You can  listen to all four conversations by clicking here or simply using whatever your favorite podcast app is to find it.

I've now converted this blog to a support system for the podcast, featuring video clips of the filmmakers I've interviewed. Below are various interview and movie clips featuring Messers. Bogdanovich and Dunne. More conversations are on the way...

Here are three five minute segments that Peter and Louise Stratten made for a CBS morning show in the late 1980s, discussing different classic films of the past. They're awfully good and I believe Peter has recently revived them (thus their presence on Youtube). The subjects are, in order: films from the year 1940, Howard Hawks' 'Twentieth Century' and John Ford's 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence'.





And here are few clips of Griffin Dunne in various incarnations. Dig his White House story, his Trump encounter and his SNL appearance from, oh, awhile back:



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9/26/19

MOVIES TIL DAWN'S MAIDEN VOYAGE: ANDY GARCIA AND JOHN AVILDSEN


As explained in the previous blog entry, my new podcast 'Movies Til Dawn' has finally launched. The show is a series of in-depth conversations between me and a variety of legendary, accomplished and always fascinating directors/actors/producers. The first two episodes are two-part interviews, one with Andy Garcia and one with the late John G. Avildsen ('Rocky', 'The Karate Kid', 'Lean On Me'). You can listen by going to https://moviestildawn.transistor.fm Once there, you'll find the episodes embedded on the site. Or if you prefer to listen via your favorite podcast platform/supplier/app/whatever just go to 'Subscribe' and you'll be given a list of many glorious options. You may be a Stitcher person, an Apple Podcasts guy, a Soundcloud girl, a Spotify sort, a Tune In type or a Youtube...whatever. Or maybe you don't really have time to listen to another podcast, in which case forget about the whole thing.

But I think you'll enjoy this new and enjoyable use of my phone book (still leather, non-electronic) in which I've accumulated the names/phone numbers/e-mails of a lot of filmmaking greats who I admire and whom I've badgered into participating in this venture.

This blog will now exist as a 'support' to the podcast. I'll be posting videos of the subjects of the interviews, beginning right now. See below for a series of clips from the work of Andy Garcia and John G. Avildsen. Enjoy!

Here's Andy Garcia and Cher discussing their work together on 'Mamma Mia 2'.


Here's Andy and his daughter Donimik Garia-Lorida discussing working with each other in my movie 'City Island'.

Here's a clip from Andy's movie 'The Lost City' which he starred in as well as directed and which we discuss at length in the podcast. And below that, a clip from his breakout role in 'The Godfather 3".



And now for John Avildsen. Here's John winning the best Director Oscar for 'Rocky'.

Here's the lovely scene of Rocky and Adrians first meeting in 'Rocky' and below that a clip from 1974s 'Save The Tiger' featuring Jack Lemmon's searing Oscar-winning performance.



And finally perhaps Avildsen's most beloved scene from 1985s 'The Karate Kid'.

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