Monthly Archives: July 2021

Talking RELATIVE with Hollywood Chicago’s Pat McDonald

Pat “Uber Critic” McDonald interviewed me about my forthcoming feature, RELATIVE, at http://HollywoodChicago.com. He also gave me the chance to talk about some of my favorite artists including Agnes Varda and Bob Dylan. It’s always a pleasure talking to Pat! Listen to our two part podtalk interview below:


The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. The Campus Corpse* (Curtis) – C-
2. The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant* (Finn)
3. Heat (Mann) – A
4. The Most Popular Things in the World to Do* (Higgins)
5. Kitâb al-Isfâr: The Book of the Journey* (Hillman)
6. Topology of Sirens* (Davies)
7. Her Name Was Europa* (Dornieden/Monroy)
8. Bloodshot Heart* (Malfitano)
9. Patching Topias* (Deltrieux)
10. Skagit* (Thompson)

* – First-time watch

Most of the titles on this list are submissions that I previewed for an upcoming film festival and I’m therefore not assigning them letter grades. I have made no secret of my fondness for Topology of Sirens, however, a film I consider to be one of the year’s best. You can read my review at Letterboxd here.


RELATIVE in Screen Mag Again

We are deep into post-production on RELATIVE and every time I see the footage, I couldn’t feel more proud of the work put in by our tremendous cast and crew. I anticipate a World Premiere in early 2022. In the meantime, Screen Magazine published a second article to coincide with the wrap of our shoot that you might be interested in checking out. It features new quotes from me and producer/actress Clare Cooney about the making of the film:


The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Seven (Fincher) – B+
2. Manhunter* (Mann) – A-
3. The Revolt of Mamie Stover (Walsh) – A-
4. Rachel Getting Married* (Demme) – B+
5. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It* (Chaves) – C-
6. Gates of Heaven (Morris) – A-
7. The Thin Blue Line (Morris) – A+
8. Her Man* (Garnett) – A
9. Spring Blossom* (Lindon) – B
10. Shiva Baby* (Seligman) – B+

* – first-time watch


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