For some reason I found this interview from 1977 fascinating. I have no idea who James Sinclair is but I didn’t find Mark Hamill overly egotistical at all. I would imagine he enjoyed walking around London and not being recognized or asked to talk about Star Wars!
“Cutter’s Way” is a character study wrapped in a film noir murder mystery about a group of friends and outcasts living in Santa Barbara, CA. If it had been released in 1976 it would probably be considered a minor classic of 70s cinema, instead it was barely released in 1981 and basically disowned by the studio that made it, and now it is another one of those great cult films that almost no one has seen or even knows exists.
Starring John Heard as the bitter, cynical and wounded in more ways than one Vietnam vet Cutter, Lisa Eichorn as his burned out and alcoholic wife Mo have the dominant parts in the film over Jeff Bridges vacillating beach boyish boat salesman and sometime gigolo Bone. Directed by the Czech Milos Forman associate Ivan Passer it is a film that I suspect that once you have seen it, you will either love it or hate it. “Cutter’s Way” is as far as 80s studio films got from the dominant summer blockbuster mentality of that decade as you could get.
James was right about modern action movies. No doubt about it.
“Buck And The Preacher” is a Western I remember seeing on TV a couple of times in the 1970s when I was a kid and I really enjoyed it but I wasn’t aware at the time how unique it was. To have a film of this genre, especially, with two black actors, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte, as the leads and to be told from their perspective is not something that happened a lot in 1972 or since . This was the first film directed by Sidney Poitier and that was unique in itself but Poitier would go on to direct a string of films in the 70s including Uptown Saturday Night and Stir Crazy. There is great chemistry and humor to the interaction between Poitier, Belafonte and Ruby Dee. You can figure out the plot fairly easily from the trailer.
Five excellent video essays on the career of Stanley Kubrick from his days as a photographer for Look magazine through to his final film “Eyes Wide Shut”. Extremely well done and highly recommended!
The 1970 film “Two Mules For Sister Sara” starring Shirley MacLaine and Clint Eastwood is not considered a great Western in Eastwood’s long career, but it is the most unique, and in some ways, the most enjoyable to watch. Directed by Don Siegel, with a fun score by Ennio Morricone, MacLaine and Eastwood have great chemistry and play off each other wonderfully. The trailer makes it seem like an action packed Western, which it is, but it also has a playful and sardonic sense of humor. As MacLaine and Eastwood were both well aware of, the role of Sara was the best part in the movie.
Here is a great, freewheeling 2013 interview with Director John Landis and Adam Savage. Landis is a great storyteller and he has many great stories to tell including working on Kelly’s Heroes in Yugoslavia to Once Upon A Time In The West in Spain. Stanley Kubrick comes up quite a bit also. Very entertaining.