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Sunset Gun
Los Angeles
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Mikey: You call me "The Echo." And you tell everybody that I have to say everything twice because I got a tunnel in my head. The second time is the echo. Nicky: Mikey, everybody says everything. I mean, what's the difference? I was kidding. Don't you ever kid? Mikey: You make me out a joke to Resnick. Just like you made me out a joke... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Sunset Gun
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Jonathan Demme has passed away. To honor his life and his musical, deeply humanistic films, in love with the odd and the beautiful, and the oddly beautiful, the art of everyday people who aren't so everyday, and the depth and complications of love -- I'm posting my New Beverly piece on one of the great films of the 1980's -- Something Wild. Rest in peace,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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"The risk is high but so is the profit. I wasn’t born this way. I trained myself. I eliminate personal feeling. I feel hot. I feel cold. I get sleepy and I get hungry.” -- Claude (Vince Edwards) My next piece for Ed Brubaker's issue 8 of "Kill Or Be Killed" with art by the great Sean Phillips: Irving Lerner's spare masterpiece, Murder By Contract... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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The April Sight & Sound is out -- I interview the brilliant Anna Biller -- discussing her varied influences (Dreyer, Demy, Losey, Fassbinder, Hitchcock, John Stahl's Leave Her to Heaven and John Brahm's The Locket) as well as Biller's unique style and complex, intriguing ideas about ... many things. See The Love Witch. And pick up this issue. Here's a small excerpt: Kim Morgan: Writers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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From my essay at the New Beverly. I wrote stories from the time I was a little girl, but I didn’t want to be a writer. I wanted to be an actress. I didn’t realize then that it’s the same impulse. It’s make-believe. It’s performance. The only difference being that a writer can do it all alone. I was struck a few years ago when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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The day after Prince died, I happened to catch a moving screening of Jeremy Saulnier’s punk-band horror thriller Green Room (2015) in the ArcLight cinema in Hollywood. If you’ve not seen it, one of the film’s threads is that perennial test of musical fandom – which one musician or musical group would you keep with you on a desert island? To begin, the film’s various... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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From my piece that ran at the New Beverly Memories of adolescence can come to you in a multitude of ways. Some thoughts are often so hazy, and in many of us, so strange, that even happy reminiscences take on a peculiar sensation of both centered familiarity (we are all still who we are), our teenage years directly in our body and in our being,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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Farewell, King Milo de Venus was a beautiful lass She had the world in the palm of her hand But she lost both her arms in a wrestling match To get a brown eyed handsome man She fought and won herself a brown eyed handsome man. Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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Out now! My essay in the newest Ed Brubaker "Kill Or Be Killed" # 7 all about Noel Black's Pretty Poison starring Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins. Art by the great Sean Phillips. Order here. Here's the first paragraph: Those little eyes So helpless and appealing One day will flash and send you Crashing through the ceiling -- Maurice Chevalier (Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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From my piece written for the New Beverly. “David set it up . . . There are eighteen different places in that film, if you look at it, where he could have stopped the whole thing. He didn’t. He let it go on . . . As so often in life, we let things happen to us because we want it to . . .... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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Sad day. Rest in Peace, Robert Osborne. A big part to my enjoyment and learning while watching classic cinema. A King in the household. So it was a thrill and an honor sitting across from him as a guest programmer for TCM. That day Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was shooting a segment and we were getting hair and makeup at the same time (I was already nervous... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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“What was serious was when critics followed suit. But then they became afraid of appearing old-fashioned by defending the cinéma de papa, as we call it. And they made fun of its French quality, which is there. They didn’t do anything – nothing important, anyway. They never made a Carnival in Flanders, a Grand Illusion, or a Children of Paradise, forgive my saying so. They... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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From my piece written for the New Beverly. “With my own memories to draw upon, you would think would have an easy time of it. But it was very hard for me to relive my girlhood terror and at the same time to transform the reality of my feelings into the role I was acting. In memory, I still looked at my experiences with the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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Out now! My essay in the newest Ed Brubaker "Kill Or Be Killed" # 6 all about the 1962 "Naked City" episode starring Rip Torn & Tuesday Weld. Art by the great Sean Phillips. Order here. Young and beautiful oddballs Tuesday Weld and Rip Torn -- together -- in sickness and in health. Underscore sickness. Madly in love, madly in lust, the actors play two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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My piece on True Romance, running Feb. 17 & 24 at the New Beverly From my interview with the late, great Tony Scott in 2006: KM: This question is asked so often and hard to answer, but I am curious: Do you have a favorite film? TS: “True Romance.” I love all my films but “True Romance” was the best screenplay I ever had. And... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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From my piece on Paper Moon for the New Beverly “There was a part in the script and I asked my dad to help me with it, I was still learning to read… and it said that I had to say: ‘I love you’ to him in the movie… And I looked at him and said, ‘I can’t say that! They don’t want me to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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From my piece written for the New Beverly “Then she crept into my waiting arms, radiant, relaxed, caressing me with her tender, mysterious, impure, indifferent, twilight eyes – for all the world, like the cheapest of cheap cuties. For that is what nymphets imitate – while we moan and die.” – Vladimir Nabokov Adrian Lyne’s Lolita? At the time, the very thought made certain cinéastes... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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From my piece written for the New Beverly. What will happen to Debbie? What will happen to Martin? I always ponder this when watching the ending of John Ford’s masterpiece, The Searchers. Most certainly I’ve long soaked in, reflected on and studied the famous final shot of John Wayne’s Ethan Edwards, standing outside that beautifully-framed doorway — the warmth and domesticity, darkened, on one side,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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My piece published at The New Beverly. “Of all the people in Thalia, Billy missed the picture show most. He couldn’t understand that it was permanently closed. Every night he kept thinking it would open again. For seven years he had gone to the show every single night, always sitting in the balcony, always sweeping out once the show was over; he just couldn’t stop... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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Out today! The first of my monthly essays for Ed Brubaker's acclaimed "Kill or Be Killed" with artwork by the great Sean Phillips. Read my take on Alan Arkin's adaptation of Jules Feiffer's darkly comic Little Murders starring Elliott Gould (with a brilliant scene by Donald Sutherland, as well standouts by Vincent Gardenia, Marcia Rodd and a hilariously strange Jon Korkes). Pick it up or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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From my New Beverly piece on the trials, tribulations and tragedies of Leo Gorcey & Bobby Jordan and looking at Kid Dynamite. Leo Gorcey was once a plumber. He was in his last year of high school and worked for his Uncle’s plumbing business earning six dollars a week. He didn’t like that kind of money. It was 1935 and though, not dirt poor, times... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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I took this photo in Lincoln City, Oregon after the seagull hovered... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at Sunset Gun
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I contributed to Sight & Sound's Best Films of 2016, choosing five pictures among so many released this year, some I hadn't seen yet (the list was due in November), so I must add. From the magazine: "We asked 163 critics and curators to name their five top movies of the year – and atop what may be our most diverse annual poll yet, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Sunset Gun
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From my New Beverly piece on Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, the perfect Christmas movie, especially now. Kathy Hale: Why did you tie me up like that? I mean, you thought I’d call the police. I wouldn’t have. Joe Turner: Why? Kathy: Well, sometimes… I take a picture that isn’t like me, but I took it, so it is like me. It has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at Sunset Gun
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Happy Christmas Eve! The New Beverly is showing The Silent Partner tonight, and I talked with my friend, the iconic Elliott Gould about starring in a very Canadian thriller. And more. Go see it tonight! Kim Morgan: Thank you for talking with me about The Silent Partner. The theater is showing it on Christmas Eve… Elliott Gould: I love that you’re doing that. It’s great.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at Sunset Gun