By Thom Geier
The son of a small-town Texas haberdasher and a piano teacher, Horton Foote headed to Dallas by train at age 16 to become an actor -- but even as he became a leading writer for the stage and screen he never really left home. Tiny little Wharton, Tex., and the stories his father picked up from his customers would fuel a remarkable body of work that included a Pulitzer-winning pl...Read more
Two years after Stanley Kubrick’s untimely death in 1999, British documentary filmmaker Jon Ronson was invited to Kubrick’s estate to explore the hundreds – perhaps even thousands – of boxes that the legendary director had collected during his decades at Childwick Manor in Hertfordshire, England.
The folks at Channel 4 described the documentary as “a fascinating biography of a remarkably talented man, as seen through the rich collection of material he left behind.” Any Kubrick fan would concur, I think. At the very lea...Read more
As some of you already know, I traveled to England this past summer with my friend and frequent collaborator, Charlie Gumbiner, in order to conduct research for a documentary film project that I'm supposed to direct later this year.
It was an absolutely fascinating trip and I tried to capture as much of it as I possibly could with my trusty Lumix DMC-LX3 digital camera. Panasonic hooked me up with this particular model a couple of years ago, hoping that, if word got around that I was an avid user, i...Read more
For a very long time now, I've been wanting to do a blog or, rather, a series of blogs featuring some of my favorite movie scenes of all time. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, I've never really gotten around to it.
Today, however, I was re-watching a scene from Milos Forman's 1984 film, "Amadeus," and decided the so-called "March of Welcome" scene would serve as the perfect opener for this long-delayed series.
For me, what makes this scene one of th...Read more
In case you haven't heard, Mickey Rourke won Best Actor for his performance as Randy "The Ram" Robinson in "The Wrestler" at the BAFTA Awards yesterday. And, in case you haven't seen it, the following clip is his acceptance speech.
World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko predicted he would knock out Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez in a mandatory bout in Stuttgart in March. par0
par1"You’re difficult to send to the floor but I’ll m...Read more
This interview is a few years old and, if you're a big Mickey Rourke fan like me, you're sure to enjoy it.
Long time, no blog.
I’ve been in New Orleans for the past six weeks or so, visiting my family, hitting the gym really hard, finishing up a writing assignment, and conducting research for my next personal project.
Anyway, my mom has been pretty under the weather lately, but she did manage to wrap some Christmas presents today and, in the process of doing so, uncovered a handful of old Christmas lists that I made back when I was a kid. Needless to say, it was great fun to revisit them af...Read more
Although Aronofsky is a fellow AFI alum, I have to admit that I've never been much of a fan of his films. That said, his new film, "The Wrestler," looks like my kind of movie. First of all, it features Mickey Rourke, one of my all-time favorite actors. Second of all, it's a heartfelt underdog story. In a perfect world, Rourke would win Best Actor for this. We'll see if that comes to pass. In the meantime, have a look at the following hi-def trailer and let me know your thoughts... I love it...
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