One of the greatest joys to experience in the fine city of Chicago is seeing a screening of a classic film at The Music Box Theater. It has been my favorite movie theater for quite some time and when the opportunity came to talk to the general manager of this theater, I could not have been more thrilled. Ryan Oestreich has a long history with the film industry, particularly film festival programming and theater management. He is now able to combine both of his passions alongside Josh Goldbloom, to put together a film festival that I can't wait to cover this summer: The Cinepocalypse!
Once again, for our yearly tradition in May, Austin-based journalist Dan Solomon joins me to discuss our favorite records from 1998. We also share memories, talk about the year in general, and have some laughs. Included are several song clips and hopefully a surprise or two along the way! This was definitely our best year in review yet when it comes to the favorites we chose and the overall conversation as well.
Jim + Patrick return! First up, we catch you all up on how things have been for the two of us, then we review two movies that we assigned to one another. Patrick assigned MANJI for me and I assigned one of my all-time favorites, TAKE SHELTER. After that, Score Bits begins after a brief intermission and that is definitely a highlight for the both of us. We challenge our sense memory, musical knowledge, and more with this wild take on "Name That Tune" revised as "Name That Movie!" As a birthday present for one of the main reasons for the inception of this podcast, please give it a listen and enjoy the rambling digressions you came to know and love back in the day. Thank you again to everybody for supporting me over the years and for subscribing to Director's Club & Voices + Visions!
Recently, I had the pleasure of seeing a very good new film called AND THEN I GO, directed by my first guest Vincent Grashaw. We had a great talk about the inspiration behind the film and his process. Then, I was absolutely honored and thrilled to talk to one of my all-time favorite actresses, Melanie Lynskey (HEAVENLY CREATURES, SHATTERED GLASS, THE INFORMANT!). It was a short but sweet interview with a lot of great insights about being an actress, as well as singing the praises of her incredible career.
It has been a very long time, but an interview came along that I didn't want to pass up. Brad Silberling is best known for some of his very personal albeit mainstream fare like CITY OF ANGELS or MOONLIGHT MILE. But he's made a couple of children's films as well as independent features where the emphasis is on character and performance. Brad's latest is more the latter, a subdued and intimate character study featuring the legendary Ben Kingsley. AN ORDINARY MAN is now available on-demand and streaming everywhere, and it's definitely worth a look. Brad shares some stories of his past work as well as what it took for him to return after a very long hiatus (sounds familiar).