Houselights: A Film Director Podcast

Houselights: A Film Director Podcast


Latest Episodes

Room of Lang - 100 - Metropolis
September 22, 2022

The Houselights team celebrates 100 episodes! They decided to go back almost 100 years to celebrate 1927's "Metropolis" by Fritz Lang. Does this influential sci-fi silent feature hold up to its re

House of Mann - 99 - The Insider
September 09, 2022

Michael Mann’s The Insider saw him team up again with Al Pacino, this time as the TV producer-journalist who helped expose the deceit undergirding Big Tobacco companies’ business practices. Russell Cr

House of Mann - 98 - Heat
August 31, 2022

Al Pacino. Robert DeNiro. Michael Mann cast two of the most respected actors of a generation opposite each other in 1995’s epic crime drama set in Los Angeles. A stellar supporting cast, including Val

House of Mann - 97 - The Last of the Mohicans
August 25, 2022

After 1986’s Manhunter bombed, Michael Mann didn’t return to big screen direction until 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans, a sweeping adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel that also served as a re

Room of Usher - 96 - Mystery Men
August 18, 2022

Ditching Demme's "Beloved" due to it being horrifying, we decided to find a one-time director in Kinka Usher and his "Mystery Men." This Schumacher-esque superhero comedy failed at the box office but

House of Demme - 95 - Philadelphia
August 12, 2022

1993’s Philadelphia was intended to make audiences examine their assumptions and perspectives about the homosexual community and the AIDS crisis. It opened to general accolades, won numerous awards, a

Wing of Hannibal - 94 - Manhunter
August 04, 2022

Michael Mann’s adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, Manhunter, was a box office bomb. Regardless, it’s gone on to hold a place of special reverence and influence for film fans and filmmakers alike

Wing of Hannibal - 93 - Red Dragon
July 29, 2022

Critical and audience reception aside, 2001’s “Hannibal” was a massive success. Producers took the hint and went back to the original book to create a prequel so Hopkins could play Lecter one more tim

Wing of Hannibal - 92 - Hannibal
July 21, 2022

Eager to capitalize on the enduring legacy of Silence of the Lambs, filmmakers tapped Ridley Scott to helm a sequel ten years after Anthony Hopkins captured the filmgoing imagination as Hannibal Lecte

House of Demme - 91 - The Silence of the Lambs
July 14, 2022

Released in 1991 and turning Sir Anthony Hopkins into a household name, The Silence of the Lambs remains a cultural landmark of filmmaking with an influence that’s lasted decades. Houselights starts i