Interview: Between jobs, longtime MLB reporter Mark Saxon finds rejuvenation in teaching the game to his sons

While the rain made plans to fall and the St. Louis Cardinals were getting set for first pitch at Busch Stadium Thursday afternoon, Mark Saxon was at home. For the first time in 23 years, he didn’t have a team to cover or a ballpark desk spot to sit at. He couldn’t, however, miss Cardinal … More Interview: Between jobs, longtime MLB reporter Mark Saxon finds rejuvenation in teaching the game to his sons

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Directors Interview: How a great film was made from scratch

There are some stories that simply need to be told. Movies that are required to find the light of day. There’s no true financial push; just an obligation to a certain group of people and a moral that the world must know. When it came to the writing/directing team of Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, … More ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Directors Interview: How a great film was made from scratch

Samuel L. Jackson interview: The veteran actor has presence to spare, is a leader on set

Samuel L. Jackson has presence to spare. Whoever first said, “his reputation precedes him,” must have been thinking about Jackson when they were carving that idea out in their head. He’s at the origin of that tale. The minute he walked into the lower level comfort lounge of Old Harlem’s Red Rooster, the room no … More Samuel L. Jackson interview: The veteran actor has presence to spare, is a leader on set

‘Point Blank’ screenwriter Adam G. Simon doesn’t remake movies, he re-imagines them

Adam G. Simon is intense. When you are on the phone with this guy, the connection between cell phones feels like a sizzling piece of dynamite just waiting to explode. The man is a proud live wire, unapologetic about what he says or how he says it. The thing about intensity, though, is that it … More ‘Point Blank’ screenwriter Adam G. Simon doesn’t remake movies, he re-imagines them

Karyn Kusama Interview: St. Louis native hits new high with ‘Destroyer’

For Karyn Kusama, making movies requires a labor of love and a high level of passion. And a strong and conflicted heroine at the center of the story. For instance, the Brooklyn, New York born and St. Louis, Missouri raised writer/director fought hard for Michelle Rodriguez to star in 2000’s Girlfight. At the time, Kusama … More Karyn Kusama Interview: St. Louis native hits new high with ‘Destroyer’

How ‘DriverX’ star Patrick Fabian pulled from his own life to play Leonard

At last year’s St. Louis International Film Festival, I caught a film at the last minute. The movie was called DriverX, and it was a low budget go-for-broke independent film written and directed by Henry Barrial. The subject matter intrigued me, though: rideshare driving and the real stories behind it. Barrial, who one drove for … More How ‘DriverX’ star Patrick Fabian pulled from his own life to play Leonard

Jason Reitman: Hugh Jackman was the only choice to play Gary Hart

It’s been thirty years since Gary Hart was a sure-fire Presidential Candidate one week and out of the race completely two weeks later with the future of politics changed for good, but no one in Hollywood has touched his story…until Jason Reitman came along.  The Front Runner opens in St. Louis this week, and it … More Jason Reitman: Hugh Jackman was the only choice to play Gary Hart

Stephanie Beran interview: St. Louis native became a badass off-screen before becoming one on it

Before Stephanie Beran could play a bad-to-the-bone femme fatale on screen, she became one in real life. By the time the St. Louis native stepped in front of a camera for this week’s western, Big Kill, Beran had achieved a high level of renegade human being. Beran not only acquired a Bachelor of Science Degree … More Stephanie Beran interview: St. Louis native became a badass off-screen before becoming one on it