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Kim Morgan
Kim Morgan is a film and culture writer whose contributed to numerous outlets including Playboy, the Los Angeles Review of Books, GQ, Criterion, Filmmaker Magazine and Sight & Sound. She wrote Playboy's cover story on Marilyn Monroe, in 2012, for the 60th anniversary of Marilyn's first cover. She's appeared as a film critic on AMC's "The Movie Club," sat in for Roger Ebert as guest host on "Ebert & Roeper" and guest contributor on "Ebert Presents: At the Movies." She's also guest programmed for Turner Classic Movies, was a Short Films juror at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, presented movies at The Telluride Film Festival and co-wrote and starred in the short film, "Bing & Bela," directed by Guy Maddin. She wrote and produced all of the segments for Danny DeVito's documentary series, "Jersey Docs" and wrote for Peter Bogdanovich's "Golden Age of Movies" through Morgan Freeman's Clickstar. She contributed to Guy Maddin's "Seances" at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, co-writing and appearing in various shorts based on lost or unrealized films now called the feature film, "The Forbidden Room." Most recently she was guest director of the 2014 Telluride Film Festival. You can read more at her blog, Sunset Gun.

Entries by Kim Morgan

Totally, Tenderly, Tragically: By the Sea

(4) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 7:04 AM


By the Sea Angelina Jolie doesn't care if you like her. But it's not out of snobbery, some kind of looking down on the little people; she's too focused, too mysterious, too fascinatingly complicated for that. It's from a yearning to express herself,...

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September's Sight & Sound: Talking With John Waters

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 7:15 PM

John waters smoke

Talking with John Waters: Endlessly funny, erudite, charming and so well-read, just try to keep up (he reads two books a week). I was...

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Guy Maddin's Forbidden Room

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 7:18 PM

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The Forbidden Room.

Here's on-set pictures I took just about three years ago in Paris while working on what...

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Desert Eyes: Happy 70th Birthday Udo Kier

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:13 AM


Originally published at Kim Morgan's blog, Sunset Gun. Udo's birthday was October 14th.

We're driving around Palm Springs and Udo Kier is asking me to check on his ball. Has it arrived? I'm not certain what he's talking about. A...

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One of Hollywood's First Movie Stars, One of Hollywood's First Dope Casualties: Wonderful Wallace Reid

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2013 | 11:00 PM

Wallace Reid potrait 2

Originally posted at my blog, Sunset Gun.

"Wally Reid was a 180-pound diamond..."

-Cecil B. DeMille

Wallace Reid loved...

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Baby Love: Happy Birthday Howard Hawks

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 4:07 PM


Hapy Birthday to the late, great Howard Hawks. Let's celebrate with one of his best, Bringing Up Baby. Here's my brief ode to Hepburn, Grant, bones, dogs, leopards...

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I Will Miss You, Roger Ebert

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 10:51 PM


"I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state ... I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder...

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The Power of the Purse: Marnie

(2) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 9:38 PM


When Madonna's Sex was released, actor Udo Kier, who was featured prominently in some of the photo book's best pictures (forever beautiful Udo does not take a bad...

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Since Oscar Forgot, Remembering Ann Rutherford

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 1:44 PM


Oh, Oscar. You always do this!

The Oscars In Memoriam Reel always leaves out important, deserving people and this year was one of the worst. I watched those we're...

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The Oscars Category That Should Be

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 1:41 AM


Do you remember the song "You'll Be In My Heart" by Phil Collins? It was from Tarzan and it won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1999...

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Three Favorite Oscar Moments

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 11:07 AM


The Academy Awards -- one of cinema's most supreme accolades (or so they tell us). So prestigious that, as many filmmakers and actors claim, it's an "honor" just to...

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For Valentine's Day: Celebrate With Six Disastrous Dates

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 6:28 PM


Valentine's Day. If you at all care about the day (though many of us pretend not to) it can be a sweet time to remind your partner how much you...

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Sad Men: Jack Lemmon and Days of Wine and Roses

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 7:45 PM


The late, great Jack Lemmon's birthday is February 8th which led me back to one of his finest performances -- Days of Wine and Roses. Watch it for the...

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The Cars Have Eyes: Killer Cars

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 1:22 PM


My car was trying to kill me. Not in any cinematic supernatural way, a la Christine or The Car. It was actually far worse than that (for me). My...

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Four Men, Forty Years, Unforgettable: Deliverance

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 4:45 AM


"Because they're building a dam across the Cahulawassee River. They're gonna flood a whole valley, Bobby, that's why. Dammit, they're drownin' the river...Just about the last wild, untamed, unpolluted,...

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The Wonderful Wistful World of Wes Anderson

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2012 | 1:59 AM


Recently, The Guardian's film blog ran a small piece highlighting the trailer for Wes Anderson's upcoming -- and for Anderson fans, greatly anticipated -- Moonrise Kingdom (which I haven't...

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Link Wray: So Glad, So Proud

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 2:47 PM


Rock pioneer Link Wray, most famous for "Rumble" was boss in every era.

In 2000, at a small club in Portland, Ore., I witnessed this for myself. The half...

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Daydream Believer: RIP Davy Jones

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 2:04 PM


Originally published at Kim Morgan's Sunset Gun.

Davy Jones.

As others have often pointed out, he wasn't charming, "Circus Boy" Mickey Dolenz, the guy who everyone wanted to be...

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It Takes Three: Design for Living

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 8:52 AM


A "gentleman's agree­ment" is not so easy -- not when it comes to Miriam Hopkins, Gary Cooper and Fredric March. Criterion has released the gorgeous, sparkingly sexy...

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Pilgrim, Cowboy, Indian: Taxi Driver

(8) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 3:17 PM

"All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don't believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention, I believe that one should become a person like other people."

Thursday night, the Berlin Film Festival held the world premiere...

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