Category Archives: Those We Lost in 2018

George H.W. Bush in the Movies

Yesterday, former president George H.W. Bush passed away at the age of 94. In the clip above, the 41st president is interviewed by David Frost 20 years ago. He’s talking about his eventful experiences from serving in World War II as well as his successful political career. Barbara Bush also contributes her memories. She passed … Continue reading George H.W. Bush in the Movies

Bernardo Bertolucci, 1941–2018

In the clip above, from the BBC interview series Scene by Scene, director Bernardo Bertolucci talks to Mark Cousins about what his relationship with Marlon Brando looked like during the making of Last Tango in Paris (1972). That movie has become increasingly controversial over the years because of how Bertolucci directed an infamous rape scene and how … Continue reading Bernardo Bertolucci, 1941–2018

A Master of Visuals and Atmosphere

In this clip, a BBC interview that Mark Kermode did with director Nicolas Roeg in 2008, they talk about one of his most memorable movies, Don’t Look Now (1973), and how Roeg caught our attention right from the start, shaping our understanding of the family that dominates the horrifying story. Two days ago, Roeg, this master of … Continue reading A Master of Visuals and Atmosphere

William Goldman, 1931–2018

In the clip above from 1997, Charlie Rose is talking to William Goldman, the celebrated, Oscar-winning screenwriter, who criticizes Hollywood’s way of making movies. A starting point is Goldman’s most famous quote, “Nobody knows anything”, which is how he brilliantly began his much-respected book on the business, “Adventures in the Screen Trade”, published in 1983. … Continue reading William Goldman, 1931–2018

Burt Reynolds, a Georgia Hero

Yesterday we lost the most popular movie star of the 1970s, at the age of 82. In the clip above, a pleasant talk with Johnny Carson, Burt Reynolds flashes the charisma that made him so beloved among both men and women. One testament to his star power: he was allegedly offered but turned down virtually … Continue reading Burt Reynolds, a Georgia Hero

Neil Simon, 1927–2018

The same day I wrote about John McCain, another giant passed away, but a very different one. Neil Simon, truly an icon of the theater, is dead at the age of 91. In the clip above, a Johnny Carson interview from 1980, Simon (in a tuxedo) talks about how he writes his plays, the struggle … Continue reading Neil Simon, 1927–2018

Life is Too Short Not to Live Like Anthony Bourdain

Strangely, I was attending a food festival in Stockholm when I saw the news flash – Anthony Bourdain had taken his life. The celebrity chef made a career out of traveling and eating, sampling the flavors of different cultures. It certainly felt very appropriate to honor his legacy by having some chicken curry with a … Continue reading Life is Too Short Not to Live Like Anthony Bourdain

Wolfe, Roth and the Movies

In just a week, we’ve lost two literary giants, Tom Wolfe at the age of 88 and Philip Roth, 85 years old. Born in different places (Wolfe in Richmond, Roth in Newark), both passed away in New York City, the metropolis where they enjoyed the prime of their careers as writers. Wolfe became an observer … Continue reading Wolfe, Roth and the Movies

Margot Kidder, Speaking Her Mind

Margot Kidder seemed like a fun person to interview, the kind of celebrity who doesn’t shy away from telling you what’s on her mind. We see a little bit of that in the quick chat above, an interview in Perth from 2013. If you want more of that, you should read the excellent interview she … Continue reading Margot Kidder, Speaking Her Mind

Milos Forman, A Rebel

Director Milos Forman fought oppression. In the clip above, he’s talking to Charlie Rose in 1997 about his movie The People vs. Larry Flynt, released the previous year. He’s asked why make a movie about a man who published a magazine with such objectionable content and Forman’s reply is simple – and utterly relevant today. He … Continue reading Milos Forman, A Rebel