Keith Gordon who you might remember from such films as CHRISTINE, DRESSED TO KILL, BACK TO SCHOOL and many more, decided to focus primarily on directing in the late 80s / early 90s. I wanted to have him back on to discuss the experience of directing one of my favorite shows on TV, LEGION, since I couldn't have been more excited about his work on the recent (and divisive) season 2 finale. We then transition into a thorough conversation on overlooked films from the decade of the 90s as well as a brief foray into Keith's favorite Coen Brothers film. It's a must-hear for fans of Keith's past podcast appearances as well as cinephiles looking to add some titles to their queue. Thank you so much for listening and again, thank you to the great Keith Gordon for his third appearance on the podcast(s).
Director Matthew Ross worked with actors like Michael Shannon on FRANK & LOLA previously, which captured the attention of Keanu Reeves who saught him out to work on a script by A SIMPLE PLAN's Scott Smith entitled SIBERIA. I talked with Matthew about what it's like working with Keanu Reeves, Scott Smith's screenplay, as well as some of the hurdles of the filmmaking process. Immediately after, you'll hear some Cinepocalypse coverage since I was able to snag an interview with director Johnny Kervorkian as well as producer Jack Tarling about their terrific Christmas sci-fi horror tale AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, which has been compared to both Black Mirror & THE THING.
Aside from the fact that today's guest is a gifted actress that starred in the BTTF trilogy, among many other classics, the great Lea Thompson has just directed her first feature film entitled THE YEAR OF SPECTACULAR MEN! Written by and starring her daughter Madelyn Deutch, it's a very personal story about being in your 20s and searching for direction as a young woman.
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.