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4 items from 2009


Tarantino Week: Revisiting ‘Jackie Brown’

19 August 2009 5:05 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

When Jackie Brown was released twelve years ago expectations were off the charts. It had been three and a half long years since Quentin Tarantino had rocked the movie world with the one-two punch of Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994). Since then he had laid relatively low, directing a segment of the anthology Four Rooms, writing the vampire hybrid From Dusk Til Dawn, and performing several forgettable “acting” roles (remember Destiny Turns On The Radio? ……didn’t think so.) I remember my own expectations and anticipation for Jackie Brown when I first heard that Tarantino had cast ebony action icon Pam Grier in the lead. I assumed that he was going to take a crack at the Blaxploitation genre that he was a such a fan of and was honestly expecting afros, pimps, and bell-bottoms but, with the exception of it’s lead and some funky music from those films, »

- Tom

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Minority View: Medium Cool by Haskell Wexler

8 July 2009 9:37 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Medium Cool takes up the issue of the opportunistic voyeurism of TV journalism (its ‘coolness') and opens with two TV cameramen photographing a road accident in careful detail. After they have gone about it meticulously, one of the two suggests to the other that they should call an ambulance. Wexler was not known as a director but as a famous cinematographer, essentially, and he tries to use the motif of TV journalism to present a ‘real' picture of Chicago in 1968 at around the time of the Democratic convention. In order to do this he eschews dramatic narrative and tries to capture the moment in all its frantic intensity. »

- M. K. Raghavendra

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Robert Forster: The Hollywood Interview

14 April 2009 12:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Actor Robert Forster at West Hollywood eatery The Silver Spoon.

The Whole World Is Watching: Robert Forster Remembers Chicago ‘68

by Jon Zelazny

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on EightMillionStories.com August 21st, 2008

When the Democratic National Convention begins next week, a deeply divided party will strive to reunify, and attempt to forge a nationally acceptable policy to extricate the nation from a failed war.

Forty years ago this week, the Democratic Party was in similar straits. But the political wrangling at the 1968 convention in Chicago’s International Auditorium was wholly eclipsed by the events happening directly outside: the heavily-televised spectacle of brutal, ongoing street battles betweens thousands of Vietnam war protesters, the Chicago police, and the Illinois National Guard.

Robert Forster was there. Best known for his 1997 Oscar-nominated role as bail bondsman Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, the veteran actor covered the tumultuous ‘68 convention as a local TV news cameraman. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Roger Spottiswoode: The Hollywood Interview

12 April 2009 12:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Director Roger Spottiswoode.

Neglected Gems of the 1980’s: Roger Spottiswoode Remembers Under Fire

by Jon Zelazny

Editor's Note: The following article appeared on EightMillionStories.com in 2008.

The name may not ring a bell, but Roger Spottiswoode has been directing feature films for nearly thirty years, including popular hits like Turner and Hooch (1989), Air America (1990), and the James Bond adventure Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), as well as outstanding made-for-cable dramas like And the Band Played On (1993), Hiroshima (1995), and Noriega (2000).

2008 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of his remarkable third feature Under Fire, which starred Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman as journalists covering the 1979 revolution in Nicaragua.

It’s generally a given that every Hollywood movie endures a long, tortuous road to find financing, but not Under Fire. It had a long, hard road as well… but only after the film had been completed. Roger Spottiswoode and I spoke by phone:

You began your career as an editor, »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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