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RIP Stuart Gordon

March 25th, 2020

. When I moved to Chicago in 1993 to pursue a career in theater, I was lucky enough to get hired by Touchstone Theatre to work in the Box Office.  A couple of years after that, in 1996, Touchstone merged with Organic Theater – the former artistic home of Stuart Gordon.  Stuart had done a […]

Rattlesnake Chili

January 30th, 2020

… Here’s a sketch I wrote for the Lumpy & Sasquatch podcast about the difference between Science Fiction and Fantasy. Rattlesnake Chili by John Weagly (Lights up.  A kitchen in a farmhouse.  SCOTT sits at the table, a pot of chili in front of him.  GREG enters.) SCOTT:  Want some rattlesnake chili? GREG:  Yes!  Wait […]

RIP Harry Dean Stanton

September 15th, 2017

Here’s the thing with Harry Dean Stanton – There aren’t a lot of movies that can necessarily be called “Harry Dean Stanton” Movies (Only “Paris, Texas, “Lucky”” and “Repo Man” come to mind). He was more of a “Cool!  Harry Dean Stanton is in this!” kind of actor.  Even if he’s just sitting in the […]

R.I.P. George Romero

July 17th, 2017

. The world of cinema lost an icon yesterday with the death of George A. Romero. His influence on the horror genre cannot be understated.  Before Night of the Living Dead, zombies were just brainless automatons used as cheap labor.  After Night of the Living Dead, they will forever be associated with flesh-eating monsters. George […]

RIP Bill Paxton

February 26th, 2017

I’ve never thought of Bill Paxton as one of my favorite actors, but he sure was in a lot of great movies. He was also an excellent director.  His film FRAILTY is terrific and one of his only other directorial efforts is the video for “Fish Heads.” Rest in peace to the only actor to […]

A Mitchum in Every Stocking

December 12th, 2016

Tomorrow night December 13, come see (and maybe perform) a reading of my holiday monologue “A Mitchum in Every Stocking.”  It’s part of The Make Ready, which is done every other month by the good people at Dandelion Theatre. Here are the details: Tuesday, December 13 7:00 The Make Ready Featuring “A Mitchum in Every […]

Happy 100th Kirk Douglas!

December 9th, 2016

Happy 100th birthday Kirk Douglas! Here are a dozen Douglas movies to celebrate with: Out of the Past, 1947 Champion, 1949 Ace in the Hole, 1951 Detective Story, 1951 The Bad and the Beautiful, 1952 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, 1954 Lust for Life, 1956 Paths of Glory, 1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, 1957 […]

R.I.P. Gene Wilder

August 29th, 2016

About 10 years ago, while I was a tour guide for Wendella Boats in Chicago, my co-worker Jacob and I were sitting around waiting for our next tour to start.  Jacob turned to me and said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if Gene Wilder came on board and took a tour today?” What a wonderful, joy-filled […]

. This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to see film director/composer John Carpenter perform live.  He played music from his films (while clips played in the background), as well as tracks from his two recent albums (Lost Themes I and Lost Themes II). It was amazing – 13 year old me fainted 27 times! […]

Favorite Tony Scott Films

February 21st, 2016

Just for the heck of it, here’s a list of my favorite films directed by Tony Scott: True Romance (1993) Revenge (1990) Domino (2005) Man on Fire (2004) Crimson Tide (1995) The Last Boy Scout (1991) Finally, just as we started the new millennium, BMW made some cool, short films about a Driver played by […]

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