In Part II we look from his takes on Shakespeare with "Othello" and "Chimes At Midnight", through his acidic noir "Touch of Evil", to his 'deconstructumentary' film "F for Fake", and along the way talk about his many unfinished films (one of which may see the light of day yet). His work proved so inspiring we not only looked to compare them to the efforts of Jacques Tati and Alfred Hitchcock, but had to invent words to describe some characters and even hairstyles in his movies!
In this episode the Director's Club tries to grasp the enormity of the works of Orson Welles. It's an extended look at the creative audacity that led to so much artistic triumph and career tragedy, and to make sense of it we include a look at his pre-film life and the many cinema endeavors that sadly never made it to the film screen. In part 1 we look at his start working for the movie studios, from his epic "Citizen Kane" through his take on Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
Alan Parker, whose atmospheric visuals, ability at world-building, affinity to and for music, and brushes with controversy are some of the themes pulsing through a wide range of films in his career. This led us to an epic conversation which ranged from rampant praise to stupefying anger and to several extended arguments about the value of his work. We were treated to a return visit from Chicago cinerenaissance man Collin Souter, who not only joined in the conversation from coming back from a U2 show, but provided the DC with some excellent U2 music clips to introduce each film!
In this episode the Director's Club tokes a look at the works of South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, who has made several remarkable movies (often in the same movie!) Joining us on the journey is Robert Reineke (podcaster of "Still Watching the Skies"), and we had a blast talking about the many zany and fascinating details of his films.
Since my guests today are both tremendously talented filmmakers with a lot of insights, stories and new projects to promote, I decided to include this in both feeds for this show and Voices and Visions. After my introduction to the proceedings, I first speak with writer/director Jonathan Millott who alongside collaborator Cary Murnion have recently made a film called BUSHWICK that couldn't be more timely. We delve into exactly why that is as well as the history between this team who is also responsible for the indie horror/comedy COOTIES. Then around the 40 minute mark, I then speak with someone I've known for quite awhile since she also happens to be the wife of one of my closest friends and former guests, Mr. Dan Solomon. Katherine Craft is an established writer in many forms with a lot of success stories, both as an activist and as a creative artist. Her latest endeavor involves HBO (yes that HBO) so we discuss the experience surrounding that as well as her IndieGoGo campaign for her personal project CHARLOTTE AND CHARLIE, which I hope you'll contribute to.
The Director's Club looks at the films of Sofia Coppola (a.k.a., "The Good One"), whose movies had a dreamlike feeling of melancholy isolation, level of visual composition, and focus on young womanhood that was evident from the start of her career. We're joined in our journey through her film work (that takes us from L.A. to Tokyo to Versailles to the Civil War South) by Rebecca Martin, an ultra-promoter of film appreciation in the Chicago area and host of Now Playing Network's "Fresh Perspective."
In this episode of the Director's Club, we take a look at the unrestrainable visions of legendary German director Werner Herzog, following his quest to give audiences a sense of the "ecstatic truth" through his films. He'll use any tool at his disposal to deliver this truth, from documentary techniques to hypnosis (and if there isn't a tool, he'll make one himself!). We'll look at how the films span the globe from the Amazon to the Sahara to Wisconsin, and how his Muses of Madness Bruno S. and Klaus K. enhance the journeys we take.
This episode alongside guest film critic Collin Souter, we're taking a look at Jonathan Demme, whose interest in fascinating people, music, and minutiae was evident from his early work for Roger Corman through his final concert film. It's a wide-ranging discussion about the vast scope of his work, fun details in his films, recurring concerns, and his varying levels of success in the Hollywood system
The Director's Club concludes our look at the films of Terrence Malick, from an appropriately epicexamination of "The Tree of Life" through the more improvisational and abstract efforts of his later movies. Thanks to the help of Peter Richards from the Chicago Film Discussion Group, we aim to get a fuller look at what's amazing, infuriating, and fascinatingly unique about this later part of his movie career!
The Director's Club puts our heads together with Peter Richards from the Chicago Film Discussion Group to have an epic discussion about the movies of Terrence Malick. With three different perspectives, there's a comprehensive and fair look at his movies, here in part 1 dealing with "Badlands" through "A New World". Whether you adore Malick's films, hate them, or just want to learn more, you'll find something interesting about them through our exploration of his work!
Cross-posted from Voices & Visions. This time around, we talked about his last feature, THE SINGING DETECTIVE, working on shows such as THE LEFTOVERS, FARGO & BETTER CALL SAUL, having the pleasure of directing an incredible actress like Carrie Coon, as well as a conversation about directors he considers to be underrated. One of the highlights of this episode is an in-depth look at how television is changing the way directors like himself find work, which has been both good and bad.
We go through the entire year chronologically covering titles that range from THE STEPFATHER to SPACEBALLS and everything in between (LA BAMBA, BROADCAST NEWS, WALL STREET, THE GATE and so much more). Yes, some big titles come up, but have no fear, we talk OVER THE TOP and ISHTAR too. Some debates come up mainly revolving around horror films, but for the most part, it's a friendly 4-hour conversation between 3 die-hard movie fans that enjoy sharing memories, insights, and reviews. At the end of this, we list our favorite films of 1987. We hope you enjoy each the conversation, and yes, consider this our major malfunction! Eventually, we snapped out of it. This is Part Two.
PART ONE (OF TWO): Nothing's gonna stop us now! Ladies and gentlemen, let's go back thirty years to when three film critics fell in love with going to the movies. The mid-80s informed a lot of my taste, and much like previous years' retrospectives, it's always a blast to go back and see what holds up and what we each consider to be personal favorites from a particular year. RogerEbert.com's very own Erik Childress and Collin Souter return for what is officially a yearly tradition that started thanks to original podcast creator Jim Laczkowski (that's me). We started with 1985 two years ago, and plan to do this all the way up until 1999 as a bonus excursion for reflection, nostalgia, and to celebrate those 80s and 90s kids that adored film as much as we did.