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,
Lee Weston Sabo
Lee Weston Sabo
Corning, New York, USA
Lee Weston Sabo is a filmmaker who has written extensively about the cinema scene in his native Rochester, New York, on several blogs. He has an MA in literature and lives in Corning, NY.
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"The zombies, horrified by the overwhelming stimuli of television and set upon by hordes of trigger-happy rednecks and torch-wielding schoolteachers, are one of the film's many desperate victims of bullying and xenophobia. At its core, ParaNorman is a family comedy about American lynch mobs."
» The Man Who Shot John Ford — in 3D: Spielberg Retrofits Jurassic Park with Mixed Results (BLFJ 80 – May 2013)
"As cold and insincere as it may be for Spielberg to flush an 'updated' version back into theaters as a marketing blitz for the forthcoming 3D sequel, Jurassic Park still exemplifies, for better and worse, the staying power and effectiveness of Spielbergian theme park ride filmmaking, independent of the fact that it is actually about a theme park, and its success is a testament to how skilled he can be at showing an audience what it wants to see."
» Uncle Sam's Love Letter Samuel Fuller's Park Row on DVD (BLFJ 78 – November 2012)
"If you can get past all these potentially off-putting deviations, Park Row offers Samuel Fuller at his most free, exuberant, and even experimental. As unfocused as the narrative is, it is essentially a realist fable, or collection of fables, condensing an entire rough-and-tumble era into a coincidence-riddled pill."
» Reactionary Riffs: The Failures of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises (2012) (BLFJ 77 – August 2012)
"The final result of this pretentiousness is The Dark Knight Rises, a Batman film in name only, a joyless endeavor that ignores its heritage and puts on airs to conceal the half-baked politics and juvenile head games hiding behind its dark and scowling mask."
» Auteurs in the Arena: Anthony Mann's The Fall of the Roman Empire (BLFJ 76 – May 2012)
It's thumb's up and thumb's down for Mann's sprawling, fascinating, multi-auteur epic that inspired "bone-headed" imitations from Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and Mel Gibson (Braveheart)
» The Bird Identity: Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (BLFJ 75 – February 2012)
"Some of the most refreshing aspects of Ghost Protocol are the ways in which it defies so many of the accepted conventions of modern action movies, most of which can probably be attributed to Bird's economic and meticulous mise en scène."
» Selling Yourself: Banksy's Exit Through the Gift Shop (BLFJ 70 – November 2010)
When Banksy sits in silhouette during his onscreen interviews, we have no proof that it's really him, nor even that Banksy is a real individual."
» "A Walking Childish Id": Matthew Vaughn's Kick-Ass (BLFJ 68 – May 2010)
"Superheroes live best in their own world..."
» The Greenest Green World: James Cameron's Avatar (BLFJ 67 – February 2010)
"Cameron is Hollywood's dream boy: a superficial auteur with impeccable brand recognition."
» Serious Joke: The Coen Brothers' Emergence as Jewish Humorists (BLFJ 67 – February 2010)
"The films of the Coen brothers seem to take place in a postmodern Chelm, displaced chronologically and geographically."
» Inimitable Charm: Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox (BLFJ 67 – February 2010)
"Anderson, like Dahl, seems to have told a story to appeal to a child's inner adult."
» "Do You Find Me Sadistic?": Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds 2 (BLFJ 66 – November 2009)
"This is the World War II film confronting its Jungian shadow, acknowledging its darkest impulses and finally purging them."
» Dark Harvest: Robert Kenner's Food, Inc. (BLFJ 65 – August 2009)
"It's not a tomato, it's the idea of a tomato."
» Pixar's Up: The Japanese Connection (BLFJ 65 – August 2009)
"It's just a little less Disney."

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