From the editor and writers of Bright Lights Film Journal
Action! Interviews with Directors from Classical Hollywood to Contemporary Iran
(Anthem Art and Culture), by Gary Morris (Editor), Bert Cardullo (Introduction), Jonathan Rosenbaum (Foreword). London and New York: Anthem Press, 2009.
"I dare anyone to squeeze between two covers a more varied, useful and flat out entertaining sampling of the personalities that make the seventh art the liveliest."
David Hudson,
Matt Brennan
Matt Brennan
New Orleans, LA, USA
Matt Brennan graduated from USC in 2009 with a BA in film studies and history. He files a weekly film criticism column, "Now and Then," for Thompson on Hollywood!, an Indiewire blog, and tweets about movies @thefilmgoer. His writing has also appeared in L.A. Weekly and Bright Lights. He lives in New Orleans.
» Ozymandias Melancholia: Woody Allen's To Rome with Love: A Personal History (BLFJ 79 - February 2013)
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed ...
— from Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Ozymandias"
» Bodies Politic/Body Politics: The Political and the Personal in Contemporary Film Essays (BLFJ 73 - August 2011)
"Your body is a microcosm of all existence." — Death: A Love Story
» Talk Is Cheap: On Aaron Sorkin's Moral Compass (BLFJ 73 - August 2011)
"You want answers?"
"I want the truth!"
"You can't handle the truth!"
A Few Good Men (1992), screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
» Things Fall Apart: On The Wild Bunch and Contemporary Westerns (BLFJ 69 - August 2010)
"There remain only intimations of squalor and suffering, of rough beasts stumbling across the landscape without any stability or security in sight."
» You Can't Go Home Again: Mad Men and the American Memory (BLFJ 69 - August 2010)
"In Mad Men, as in modern American politics, the past is a pre-lapsarian paradise to which it is imperative to return, and the fantasy is of those exiled from history itself."
» It Ain't Me Babe: On Dylan and Todd Haynes' I'm Not There (BLFJ 62 - November 2008)
See the incredible vanishing American.
» Bowling for America: Robert Warshow, There Will Be Blood, and the Topography of Desire (BLFJ 60 - May 2008)
"The king-times are fast finishing. There will be blood shed like water, and tears like mist. But the peoples will conquer in the end. I shall not live to see it, but I foresee it." ~ George Gordon, Lord Byron
» What a Waste: The Apocalyptic Prophecies of T. S. Eliot and Alfonso Cuarón (BLFJ 57 - August 2007)
"What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow / Out of this stony rubbish?"

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