Episode 647: Directors Who Act

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  1. Julius says:

    On female directors who act: Chantal Akerman was in a couple of her own and other people’s movies, and Lois Weber, one of the most important silent film directors, did lots of acting.

    On Tarantino’s acting: one of his that always comes to my mind is his brief role in Spike Lee’s Girl 6, where he plays a creepy director who tells the protagonist to take her top off during an audition. It’s a very uncomfortable scene that, for several reasons, has obviously become more uncomfortable.

  2. Marko says:

    Life Stinks was both written and directed by Mel Brooks, despite not being a parody.
    He did star in “To Be or Not To Be”, which he did not direct.

  3. Sabrina says:

    Just a note on the theater discussion… I had no idea about the Alamo Drafthouse management issues, which is really awful and obviously something needs to change at the top, hopefully soon.
    My observation: I live in West Virginia, right between MD and VA, so our only theater options were 1) chain AMC theaters with people on their phones, expensive food and 30 mins of trailers or 2) the dollar theater where you get what you pay for, with poor quality screens and sound.
    Getting an Alamo Drafthouse about 20 mins from our house is an incredible game-changer. It’s usually the only place we can see foreign films, indie films, attend special screenings, or go for big tentpole releases without hearing screaming children the whole time. Plus, now we don’t have to drive over an hour to get into DC and have an all-night excursion to see a movie.
    In a bigger city with bigger options, I can understand wanting to have the ability to pick and choose where and why you go, and that should be the norm. But in a small town, it’s really been one of the only ways we can still enjoy the ideal theater-going experience.

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      Yeah, I can’t say I blame you for seeing movies the only way that’s available to you. I may end up doing the same, depending on their programming here. But if I have a choice between Alamo and anywhere else to see the same movie, I’m going anywhere else.

      – David

  4. Steve B. says:

    Quentin Tarantino and David Cronenberg have something in common as they both did some real acting in episodes of J.J. Abram’s Alias. Tarantino as a major villian in the 2 part season 1 episode “The Box”, and a few cameos later on. Cronenberg as a quirky sleep-dream scientist in 2 season 3 episodes. In face Cronenberg has a rather long acting filmography, so I’m surprised he wasn’t mentioned. Jason X, Nightbreed, To Die For, Last Night (the one with Sandra Oh and Sarah Polley)…

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