by Logan Myerz
On this episode of the Cinephellas Podcast, I interviewed Mark Steven Johnson, the director of the new heist film, Finding Steve McQueen. Mark is no stranger to the entertainment industry and entered the Hollywood scene in the early 90’s. He has penned such great films as Grumpy Old Men, Simon Birch, and Christopher Robin. But today, I wanted to find out the directing process behind Finding Steve McQueen, working on a film that is based on a true story, working with Travis Fimmel, and his upcoming projects.
by Armando Vanegas
Steve McQueen’s Widows is a very entertaining time as it feels like a throwback to the older dramas that used to be a big deal before superhero movies and franchises were a thing. If you want to see great actors doing their thing while a great director does his best job at being artful while being contained in a mainstream bubble, then this is the movie for you. A lot of the ads made this look like a big action-packed heist movie and just know that it’s not that. If you’ve seen any of McQueen’s other movies, you know what to expect from him here. It’s more of a slow burn character study about how three women are forced to break out of their shells created by their now deceased husbands through their crimes by way of financial stability. While that might seem heavy, it’s engrossing from beginning to end thanks to great performances and McQueen’s directing.
by Old King Clancy
Given Steve McQueen’s (no not that one) previous works being far more dramatic affairs touching on protests, sex addiction, and slavery, having him helm a heist movie sounds strange on paper. Even more so when you realize the heist film is an adaptation of a British TV Series from the 80’s and co-written by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn. But as fans of both Flynn and McQueen’s works and a solid cast backing them up, Widows looked to be a thrilling change of pace.
What we got was a thrilling change of pace, but still carrying McQueen’s dramatic flair.