Sean Fantasy, Taika Waititi, Joanna Robinson discussed on The Big Picture

The Big Picture


I'm Sean fantasy and this is the big picture, a conversation show about gods and goddesses. Later in today's episode, I have a conversation with the European film deity Claire Denis about her career and her new film both sides of the blade. Honestly, I was very intimidated to speak with Claire. I hope you'll stick around for my conversation with her. She is a legend. First, the big movie event of the weekend is Taika Waititi's latest installment in the MCU Norse God, Thor's story. It's love and thunder, joining me to discuss it another all powerful being its Joanna Robinson hi Joe. Oh hi, Sean. What an intro for me. What an expectation to disappoint people. No, I think you'll be wielding mjolnir with the power of a mighty Thor in this conversation. I gotta say, before we begin, terrible news in the world of movies right before we got ready to record this episode, we got word that James Khan passed away. So before we get into Thor, I just want to I just want to talk. I just want to get some feelings off my chest about Jimmy Kahn if you don't mind and of course willing to hear yours as well. Definitely one of my favorite actors of my lifetime who has been a part of some of my favorite films ever made. He passed away at 82 years old this week. I actually just got a chance to see him in person a few months ago. I saw The Godfather on the big screen, the restored version at paramount on the studio lot, which was one of the best film going experiences in my life. And before that film started, Francis Ford Coppola, Italia Shire and James Kahn spoke about their experience on the movie. And Khan, even though he was in a wheelchair, was in great spirits and also could not hear well, and so he didn't really take any questions or follow any of Coppola's lead. He just talked about what he wanted to talk about. And it was delightful. He was charming and funny and a little weird as he always is and a little threatening, but in like a soft way, he's such a unique actor. He really reminded me of the New York tough guys from The Bronx in my family. And so I always felt like a kind of personal affinity watching him and he wasn't just sunny Corleone, though that's the character that he's probably best remembered for. He had a lot of range he was in musicals and comedies and science fiction movies and he always had this bearing of an athlete and it was best known for Brian's song when he was in roller ball and he was a very believable in those movies as professional athletes. He was a big guy. He wasn't like the Dustin Hoffman or Al Pacino diminutive kind of angsty character actor who became movie star. He was a real handsome strapping movie star in the 1970s who had great taste who always worked with great filmmakers Altman and Norman Jewison, Alan bakula. He worked with John Wayne and Howard hawks and El Dorado in the 60s. He worked with Jon Favreau. He worked with what Wes Anderson. He's got a 6 decade career. He directed movies, he made this movie called in haydn play in sight in 1980, which is really, really great. He was in misery, which was just on the rewatchables as Paul Sheldon, who was fantastic, the gambler, freebie and the bean. I mean, he really had an extraordinary career. He's somebody I just was always so happy to see.

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