Check the Gate

Check the Gate is a recurring column in which Brad Gullickson goes one-on-one with directors in an effort to uncover the reasoning behind their creative decisions. Why that subject? Why that shot?

Explore the entire Check the Gate archive below

Graham Moore Asked Dick Pope to Make ‘The Outfit’ Look Like a Suit

We chat with Moore about his feature directorial debut and geek out over his partnership with master cinematographer Dick Pope. Read More

Dolph Lundgren Wants Action Without Superheroes

We chat with the director about his movie 'Castle Falls' and why his fight scenes can't afford spandex theatricality. Read More

Jim Cummings on ‘The Beta Test’ and its Horrific Opening Scene

We chat with the filmmaker about the masterful tonal balance required to pull off his latest movie. Read More

Justin Chon Explains the Blood Memory Coursing Through ‘Blue Bayou’

We chat with the director about his new film and how he hopes to change the hearts and minds of… Read More

Sion Sono Leaves Japan Behind with ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’

We chat with the director about his magical relationship with Nicolas Cage and why Western audiences prefer his movies. Read More

‘Wild Indian’ Took Years to Write But Only 17 Days to Shoot

We chat with filmmaker Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. about his first feature and how years of creative thought ultimately paid… Read More

Neill Blomkamp Cobbled ‘Demonic’ Together Using Old Ideas and Available Assets

We chat with the director about what he learned from his last feature and how making a self-financed horror film… Read More

Navot Papushado on the 99 Movies Stuffed Inside ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’

We chat with the director about why all contract killer movies begin with an eye towards Hitchcock, Kurosawa, and Leone. Read More

Neill Marshall Explains How ‘Hellboy’ Heartache Birthed ‘The Reckoning’

We chat with director Neil Marshall about 'The Reckoning' and how it rekindled his love for making movies. Read More