Griffin Dunne

Joan Didion

“We’re making it because no one else, incredibly, has made a documentary about Joan Didion. It’s a mystery.” During my senior year of college, the majority of my otherwise lax schedule (a brief flirtation with a double major had loaded up my credits during junior year) was built around a class called “Road Write,” a high-level class for English majors that was pretty much exactly what it sounds like — a class about the road, and also a class about writing. We read lots of books and poetry by the Beats, lots of books about California (I went to school in Los Angeles, but Road Write’s curriculum covered the entire state without prejudice) about travel, about movement, and about creativity. We also zipped through stacks of Joan Didion, burning through her earlier works like “Play It as It Lays” and “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.” We took trips to Malibu and Big Sur and Palm Springs and Joshua Tree, places that appear throughout Didion’s works. We did art projects. We visited a yurt. We drank a lot. Our reading list instilled a love for certain authors and stories in us that hadn’t been previously tapped into during lower-level, more classics-driven classes. While some of my classmates turned to the Beats and never looked back, I went nuts for Didion, a passion that hasn’t abated in the decade plus since my semester of Road Write ended. On just a personal level, I want to see a Didion-centric doc so badly that it actually aches, but despite my own […]

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Quadratic Media

Griffin Dunne is part of a select group of actors who not only aren’t in nearly enough films but who also should be in every film. Like an admittedly far less manic Sam Rockwell he brings a specifically appealing persona with him from film to film, one that encourages a smile from viewers in comedies and dramas alike. Dunne projects the bodily form of an oppressed everyman, the weight of the world slumping his shoulders down even closer to the earth, and he carries it with a mix of determination and unavoidable defeat. His greatest triumph remains the blackly comic magic act that is Martin Scorsese’s After Hours, but a rare leading role has once again afforded him the opportunity to shine in bristly fashion. Lewis Birch (Dunne) is a professor at a community college that prizes tuition fees over actual education, but Lewis’ disgust at that realization is overshadowed by his plan to leave it all behind. He’s written a book detailing an unexplored side of the famed Lewis & Clark expedition story, and a university press is offering to publish it. The divorced father of two decides to spend his week with his two teenagers on a road trip, but the journey is peppered with bad news, detours and poor planning. The Discoverers is a road trip through histories both personal and textbook, and somewhere along the way the realization sets in that the cover is never truly closed on either one.

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31 Days of Horror - October 2011

They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge, so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy! Synopsis: Two American friends backpacking through the UK are attacked on the moors by a werewolf. Jack (Griffin Dunne) is mauled to death, but David (David Naughton)survives the attack with bite and claw wounds. Dreams where he runs naked through the woods tearing into animals with his teeth hint that something is wrong, and visits from a decomposing Jack seem to confirm it. Something is very wrong indeed. Thankfully, it’s also very very funny.

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