Houselights: A Film Director Podcast

Houselights: A Film Director Podcast


Latest Episodes

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 1995s 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 1986s Manhunter bombed, Michael Mann didnt return to big screen direction until 1992s The Last of the Mohicans, a sweeping adaptation of James Fenimore Coopers 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

House of Scott - 90 - 1492: Conquest of Paradise
July 07, 2022

​500 years after Christopher Columbus helmed a famous voyage to the "New World," studios saw the potential for boffo box office by releasing movies to re-memorialize the anniversary. One of two compet

House of Scott - 89 - The Last Duel
June 30, 2022

2021’s The Last Duel was Ridley Scott’s star-studded foray back into historical epics and it was greeted with general acclaim by critics. But theatrical releases still finding their way out of lockdow