Moviemaking

  • Roman Keeps on Rolling

    I was fifteen the year Roman Polanski’s Chinatown came to the screen. My grandmother had been a dancer in the Hollywood of the twenties, as...

  • Peter Coyote is Not P.C.

    "Eternity for me began one fall day in Paris…" So speaks Peter Coyote’s latest character, Oscar, in Roman Polanski’s Bitter Moon. His distinctive voice slides...

  • Grant’s a Hugh Success

    Easier? Why? Grant slips into a "DeNiro-esque” street twang for this answer.  "Well, you know Americans are kinda looser, you know. ‘Hey- you’ fuck my...

  • The Movies are Shrinking

    Here I am, in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, where Hollywood has spent the last week throwing one of its biggest annual bashes,...

  • Bit Men and Hitmen

    You know they’re part their prime when a Roger Corman movie receives a degree of critical acclaim, Diane Ladd ends up in a Jurassic Park...

  • Intravenous Video

    By definition (my own), Intravenous Video causes a physical change in the viewer, whether real or perceived. By this definition I would include any film...

  • Bullets as a Gimmick

    “You want what?” The voice on the other end of the phone asked, politely, but obviously taken aback. "Some spent bullets," I replied, wondering if...

  • Letters

    Austin Applauds Dear Tim, My ad in MovieMaker has brought students into my workshop from the Seattle film community. I assume I wouldn’t have met...

  • Marty and Me

    I had a chance to sit down with Dan Algrant when he was in Seattle a couple of weeks ago to talk about his just-released...

  • Are Women Psycho or is it Just Hollywood?

    I have recently noticed a disturbing trend in Hollywood cinema: the psychotic woman. The films that come to mind are Basic Instinct, The Hand That...