This is Sunset Gun's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Sunset Gun's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Sunset Gun
Los Angeles
Recent Activity
Image
"Hello there ladies and gentlemen!" Excited to be a part of this Arrow release -- it's long been one of my favorites -- Jonathan Kaplan's Over the Edge -- with an Illustrated collector's booklet featuring a new essay I wrote -- Also inside is writing by Henry Blyth, and the original San Francisco Examiner article that inspired the film. There are so many great extras... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sunset Gun
Image
Christine: Men are such fools. Men want to be heroes and their widows mourn. Labiche: Perhaps men are fools. There were over a hundred involved in stopping that train. Switchmen, brakemen, yard gangs, stationmasters. God knows how many will be shot, like Jacques. You know what’s on that train? Paintings. That’s right, paintings. Art. The national heritage. The pride of France. Crazy, isn’t it? The... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Sunset Gun
Image
“She listens, wants, cares. I catch her laughing across a room and I bust up. Every pore of that lovely translucent skin is alive, open every moment-even though this world could make her vulnerable to being hurt. I would rather work with her than any other actress. I adore her.” -- Montgomery Clift Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe! Clift quote via The Marilyn Monroe Collection Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2021 at Sunset Gun
Image
"The fool who walks in motley..." I was thrilled to be a part of this edition. Edmund Goulding's Nightmare Alley starring Tyrone Power in one of his best performances (his very best?) came out this week on Criterion in a beautiful edition. Special features include an interview with Imogen Sara Smith, an interview w/ performer and historian Todd Robbins, a 1971 interview with Henry King... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2021 at Sunset Gun
Image
Eddie: [to judge] I knew all that stuff about you helping us was baloney. I'll tell you why we can't go home—because our folks are poor. They can't get jobs and there isn't enough to eat. What good will it do you to send us home to starve? You say you've got to send us to jail to keep us off the streets. Well, that's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Sunset Gun
Image
“So in ’67, we do this little motorcycle movie, Cameron Mitchell, the group of six, plus Miss Diane. We’ve got a little swagger under our belts. We’ve got ‘The Wild Angels’, which did okay. Jack has already done almost a decade of independent movies on his own, plus working for Roger. I’d been around almost a decade now. I’m a Kazanite, and so is Cameron... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2021 at Sunset Gun
Image
There's a moment in Heath Ledger's far too short, sometimes brilliant film career that makes me so filled with wistful emotion, that no matter how many times I watch it, I'm still taken aback by its deceptively simple power. It's his final scene in Catherine Hardwicke's great, beautiful, moving Lords of Dogtown, a far too under-discussed picture featuring one of Ledger's most poignant performances. As... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at Sunset Gun
Image
A brief look at Phil Karlson's Gunman's Walk... “Look, times don’t change in this country where you breed a man soft… without any spirit in him. A man’s like a horse. If you don’t buck the first time you put a saddle on him, he ain’t worth having, you know that!”— Lee Hackett (Van Heflin) In Phil Karlson’s Gunman ‘s Walk – you wonder how... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at Sunset Gun
Image
“Life is on the wire; the rest is just waiting.” – Karl Walenda “On the snap Vincent!” This is uttered to pool player and obnoxious kid, Vincent Lauria, via his manager girlfriend, Carmen -- almost like a boxing trainer -- in a smoky bar on a regular night of nothing particularly special in the 1980s. Phil Collins' “One More Night” plays on the soundtrack (and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Sunset Gun
Image
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: Listen, 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... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at Sunset Gun
Image
Blood Simple is a lonely movie. The movie sweats, cries and bleeds loneliness. The road the two lovers, Ray (John Getz) and Abby (Frances McDormand) drive down at night, opening the film, is lonely. Never mind that they are together and about to consummate their union in a hotel room – it’s a lonely road – as remote as Hank Williams’ “Lost Highway,” as friendless... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2020 at Sunset Gun
Image
“What a week. I met you on Monday, fell in love with you on Tuesday, Wednesday I was unfaithful, Thursday we killed a guy together. How about that for a crazy week, Sue Ann?” There’s a scene in Noel Black’s 1968 Pretty Poison that’s so unnerving and memorable, it still makes a viewer feel off balance today. Tuesday Weld’s beautiful 17-year-old high school majorette named... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Sunset Gun
Image
A somewhat short riff on Too Late for Tears... “I let you in because, well, housewives can get awfully bored sometimes…” “What is it, Jane? I just don’t understand you.” So asks Arthur Kennedy’s upright husband to Lizabeth Scott’s kinked, cryptic wife in Byron Haskin’s Too Late for Tears, a movie as much about one woman suffering her own private hell (infernal boredom with the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at Sunset Gun
Image
Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe. Here's a letter Thomas Pynchon wrote to his former Cornell friend and roommate, writer Jules Siegel, in the early 1960s. MM is brought up -- she "got out of the game" as Pynchon wrote. Siegel published a portion of the letter in a 1965 issue of Cavalier magazine. He wrote that, "Pynchon, hiding out from the world in Mexico City, wrote... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2020 at Sunset Gun
Image
Originally published at The New Beverly “He rushed out and rented a white convertible, and he’d drive around L.A. He’d call and say, ‘It’s a dream here!’” – Agnès Varda on her husband Jacques Demy in Los Angeles In Jacques Demy’s Model Shop, George Matthews (Gary Lockwood), a 26-year-old unemployed architect, drives. It’s 1968 in Los Angeles (1969 when the movie was released), and he... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2020 at Sunset Gun
Image
"She was a nonconformist too . . . a believer in her own intuition. Intuition, that’s what Joan’s voices were. She never killed anybody. She just wanted everybody to go home and mind their own business.” -- Jean Arthur on Joan of Arc Up now! My Criterion essay on one of my favorite actresses -- the complex, charming, beautiful, funny, serious and seriously smart iconoclastic,... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2020 at Sunset Gun