Actor, writer and director Keith Gordon has enjoyed a long and successful Hollywood career, working as an actor with the likes of Brian De Palma (Home Movies, Dressed To Kill) and John Carpenter (Christine) on film, and on the New York stage with Joan Micklin Silver and Michael Bennett. In the first part of Top 10 Films’ interview with Keith, he discusses the production of A Midnight Clear, the World War II drama he adapted from William Wharton’s novel.
There was a bunch of sequels made in the late seventies and eighties that I’ve clung to as personal favourites ever since I first experienced them as a child.
In one of those moments of happenstance I was flickering through the movie channels on television recently when I found Jaws 2 about to start. In the film, whose teenagers-in-peril mark a spike in stories based around high school kids having to deal with unstoppable forces of evil thanks in no small part to the blossoming slasher genre, one of the group is non-other than recently interviewed A Midnight Clear writer-director Keith Gordon. Given the horror – and I don’t mean of the teeth-gnawing, bone-crushing kind – of Jaws after the mechanical shark, lovingly named Bruce, stopped working time and time again, it was perhaps unsurprising I should ask about 1978’s shark. One of the things that sticks in the memory when I watch the film is the sight of terrified teens with soaking wet clothes shivering incessantly. Being Gordon’s first feature film meant the exhilaration of a major Hollywood production rather overshadowed being sodden for most of his scenes. Clearly, the process of working in unconventional surroundings has meant doing so in his own films has come a little easier. Gordon says the production was like a home away from home as he had not only just worked with the director a year before but also co-star Nancy Allen. Gordon feels the great British actor from South East London hasn’t always received the credit his distinguished body of work demands. The experience working on De Palma’s Dressed To Kill was obviously hugely influential for Gordon, who was still in his teens. Certainly, De Palma was a great inspiration to Gordon who ultimately aspired to be behind the camera. Many people will recognise Keith Gordon from his role in John Carpenter’s Christine which was released in 1983. Gordon certainly recalls Christine with fond memories saying it was the film in which he had the most fun. Of course, working with the terrific acting talents of Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connolly on Waking The Dead helped.
The talented New Yorker has achieved a lot in a career spanning over thirty-five years that has seen acting largely move to one side as directing has taken over. About the AuthorEditor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list.
I worked with Keith on the set of Kent State we got to be friends and hung out together on our off days and so on.
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PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness look blissfully happy as they frolic in the sea on 20th anniversary trip to St. Bethany Hamilton, 23, the surfer who lost her left arm in a tiger shark attack in the waters of Hawaii in 2003 has got married to her Christian youth minister fiA?nce Adam Dirks on the island of Kauai.The pro-surfer tied the knot in a snall and intimate ceremony on Saturday and confirmed her happy news via Twitter saying, 'Today was the most beautiful, wonderful day of my life!
In July, the surfer who lost her left arm in a shark attack at the age of 13, opened up about her upcoming nuptials to fiance Dirks.The 23-year-old told InTouch that she thought it would be 'hard' to find meet someone, because she was 'different' after the incident that saw her lose her arm, as well as 60per cent of the blood in her body. Miss Hamilton lost her arm surfing off the coast of Kauai when she was attacked by a shark at the age of thirteen in 2003.
Romantic proposal: 'I cried tears of joy,' she said of the moment Mr Dirks got down on one knee while they were at her favorite beach. The bride-to-be is also a motivational speaker, and she tours the country telling her inspiring story. The characters in these films are perhaps fictional, but their romantic words still leave a great impact on us.
6It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together… and I knew it. 11You erased me from your memories because you thought you were holding me back from having a full and happy life. 21If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.

24I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss of her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. 40Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. 45The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and that makes us reach for more, that plants the fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. 57The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.Christian, Moulin Rouge! 95Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me… it brought me to you.
Since the late 1980s he has turned his attention to work behind the camera, making critically acclaimed feature films such as A Midnight Clear, The Singing Detective and Waking The Dead. In this, the second part of our interview, we delve into Keith’s earlier acting career, looking at how De Palma, Carpenter and a mechanical shark inspired and educated his love of directing.
It was a period where the sequel, although clinging to the same commercial goals as today’s trite long-winded franchises (how many Saw’s and Final Destination’s is there now?), was a fresh and exciting continuation of a great story.
The brilliant Roy Scheider returned to the character of Chief Brody for another twelve rounds with the sea-dwelling monster plaguing the happy-go-lucky bathers of Amity Island. Having avoided buying the Jaws box set for fear of having to watch parts 3 or 4 ever again (although admittedly, I have soft spots for both), I only have Spielberg’s original on DVD.
And, since the young actor had aspirations to make a career out of this, in front of and behind the camera, he was too busy soaking up the vibe of a movie set to care about uncomfortable situations. In A Midnight Clear the production took place in the snow and freezing temperatures of a wintry Utah.
However, he did find himself back in the deep-end once again straight after Jaws 2 working with director Bob Fosse in All That Jazz and his first collaboration with Brian De Palma in Home Movies.
For example, De Palma, whom everyone thinks of as a technician, was actually great with the actors. The film adaptation of the Stephen King novel saw Gordon take on the lead role as Arnie Cunningham, a high school student who buys the car of his dreams – a 1958 Plymouth Fury – only for it to turn out possessed. Gordon took some time out to talk to Top 10 Films during the busy shooting schedule of US drama series The Killing which has just started screening its second series on television.
An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana. I did t even know he was such a big star back then etc… But I knew he was a super nice guy that was destined to be good at wharever he set his mind too.
The blonde almost spilled out of her top - which was obviously buttoned down to enhance the look of her chest - as she quite possibly had the help of a small trampoline beneath her.The wardrobe choice enabled her yellow bra to be seen as she pranced about outdoors, fashioning an orange top to keep her arms warm and a tiny pair of shorts. It represents the strong and deep emotional desire to connect with another person intimately and brings out the best in each of us.
We have chosen the best 101 love quotes from popular movies so that you can find all the most romantic love lines in one place. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still gonna think the sun shines out your ass. This has involved work with some of the industry’s top actors like Robert Downey Jr., Ethan Hawke, Billy Crudup, Robyn Wright Penn, Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise. Aliens is certainly the stand out, one of the finest sequels ever made, while the troubled production that plagued Superman II failed to diminish the entertainment of another adventure with the eponymous superhero. Yes, you’re right, we all saw Jaws explode at the end of Spielberg’s 1975 classic in that memorable “Smile, you son of a bitch” moment but the world of fiction has its own rules. So I hadn’t seen Jaws 2 for many years but it was a film, back in the 1990s, that saw its constant use send our VHS copy to magnetic tape heaven. Memorably, Gordon’s character is the nerdy tag-along of the group who’d rather pretend to be engrossed in a book than wallow in contempt for the jocks enjoying seventies free love.
Indeed, he wasn’t about to waste time while the crew were fishing Bruce mark II from the ocean floor.
When you look at his work, the extreme range of roles he’s played, the way he’s at home in the darkest drama, or the silliest comedy, and how easy and effortless he makes it look – I really think he’s one of the great screen actors ever. We took time to rehearse, he encouraged questions about character, and he also shot in a way that encouraged playfulness and experimentation.
Each director works their own way, a way that fits their personality and artistic temperament.

I strive to make everyone – cast, crew – feel like a part of the artistic process as much as possible. I worked on physical things like having my voice slowly change register over the course of the film. Even though we’d worked a long last day, Billy and I just sat there drinking beers and reminiscing until the sun came up. As a young kid dreaming of making movies, running around shooting short films with his super-8 camera, he’s every right to be proud of his achievements.
Keith if you read this in reply glad to know you fufilled your dream of writing and directing.
Excited to live life with my husband Adam Dirks.'The couple met on the beach in the spring of 2012 and their engagement was announced in April.
We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. He has also directed episodes of top US-based television drama including Dexter, House M.D. Thankfully, at least for those safely hiding behind the flickering image of a cinema screen, Jaws (or his sister, brother, mother or grandpa) returned because Jaws 2 remains one of the most enjoyable sequels ever made. The film features Amity Island’s Commander-In-“Chief Brody” having to clean up the mess of another spate of sea-based deaths while the local mayor, again played by Murray Hamilton, denies any possibility the “accidents” could be associated with another deadly Great White.
Within a couple of days of watching the film I found out the actor, writer and director had made himself available to talk about the new home video release of A Midnight Clear. He says, “One of the things I did to pass the time was write two full length scripts from novels, and got halfway through an original script with one of the other cast members, Billy Van Zandt. But he’s so unassuming about it – on and off screen – that sometimes he doesn’t get the notice he deserves. So I tried as much as possible to use my time on sets (or on stage) as an actor to learn about directing.
You’d do a take, and Brian would say, ‘Great, that was the angry one, now let’s try a lighter one, now lets try it quieter, etc. I want to surround myself with great people and let them make me better, show me things I might not even know about my own script.
Hyde role, John Carpenter, the great cars, and the chance to act out all sort of adolescent fantasies like terrorising your parents was pretty unbeatable,” he laughs. Indeed, Christopher Nolan has just hired him as director on a supernatural thriller he’s developing. I wish I had font to that casting call in California Mary Faffeney too you and me to be at, I was in FL and missed it and spent all these years as a salesman lol. I hoped, once the formalities of promoting his critically-acclaimed 1992 film had been crossed off the check list, we could talk about some of his early work as an actor.
I was lucky to work with directors like Brian De Palma and John Carpenter on film, and Joan Micklin Silver and Michael Bennett on stage, who were all absurdly patient with my endless questions, and my desire to learn how to do what they did. You see your unborn children in her eyes and know that your heart has at last found a home. However, when he learns his two young sons and their friends have gone out cruising the sea in small sail boats, he sets off to bring them in safely.
These include personal favourites such as Brian De Palma’s incredibly effective Hitchcockesque Dressed To Kill where Gordon worked with actors Michael Caine, Nancy Allen, Angie Dickinson and Dennis Franz, and John Carpenter’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel Christine. He also told endless brilliantly funny (often X rated) stories about all the films he’s worked on. When I was acting in a film, I’d try to go to the set every day when I wasn’t acting, so I could just watch. He taught me that what takes most time on a set is preparing the shot, and there’s always time to do an extra take or two, and try something different with your actors, or see if they had some other idea they wanted to try.
To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven’t lived a life at all.

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