People with Passion: Matthew Modine

A People with Passion correspondence

Matthew Modine

Interview conducted March 2011

Matthew Modine, on the set of Full Metal Jacket (photo by Matthew Modine; all photos in this article were taken by Modine, and are part of the Full Metal Jacket Diary)

Matthew Modine’s acting career has spanned three decades and over forty films, allowing him to work with such directing talents as Robert Altman, Jonathan Demme, James Ivory, and Oliver Stone. But it was his collaboration with Stanley Kubrick in 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket” that immortalized Modine in cinematic history.

Now producing a new iPad app of his piercing, insightful “Full Metal Jacket Diary,” the 52 year-old actor spoke with me via email about the creation of the diary, his experience on Full Metal Jacket, and the ongoing influence of Stanley Kubrick. Continue reading “People with Passion: Matthew Modine”


From Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary

“You write ‘Born To Kill’ on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?”

Found a copy of Matthew Modine’s “Full Metal Jacket Diary” yesterday at the Harold Washington Library, and hot damn, is this ever a book for a lover of Kubrick, cinema, filmmaking, acting, and photography. Modine was 26-years-old when filming of Full Metal Jacket began in late 1985, and the young actor documented his experiences in a diary published 20 years later. Continue reading “From Matthew Modine’s Full Metal Jacket Diary”

A People with Passion correspondence, with Kubrick decoder Rob Ager

A People with Passion correspondence

Rob Ager, film analyst and Kubrick decoder

Interview conducted October 2010

The Meaning of the Monolith Revealed?

Good evening. Earlier this month, recorded an interview via email correspondence with film analyst and Kubrick expert Rob Ager, at a distance of nearly 4000 miles from Chicago. It took pretty much no time at all for our words to reach Ager’s computer in Liverpool, but this time delay has been deleted from this recording. Continue reading “A People with Passion correspondence, with Kubrick decoder Rob Ager”

Alex Jackson, Viddied Reviews

It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.

A long, long time ago, probably sophomore year of college, I discovered an independent film reviewer named Alex Jackson who specialized in breaking down the psychology and interconnectedness in Kubrick films. His main theory on Kubrick is laid out in his Eyes Wide Shut review:

“I see 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as the Rosetta Stone in figuring out Kubrick. He depicts savage apes evolving into the comfortable sleepiness of modern civilized man and then evolving again into Star Children, angels, the great next step. Unless guided upon the right path by space aliens, Kubrick seems to believe, we’re perpetually stuck in our comfortable sleep.” Continue reading “Alex Jackson, Viddied Reviews”

From April 13, 2008: One small step for the most primitive of beings

On the John

One small step for the most primitive of beings

Originally completed April 13, 2008

The apes and their water hole.
The apes and their water hole.

During my most recent viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey, I keyed in on something I’d never keyed in on before. It came during the opening ape sequence. The sequence begins with a title card THE DAWN OF MAN, followed by several shots of the Vast, Barren Landscape. We see sand and rock. We see bones of dead animals. We see…nothing. Then we see the apes. They scrounge for the same food as the neighboring tapirs. They are hassled by leopards. They clean each other. We see them as men because we know where they are headed, but we also see they are no better than the tapirs and certainly threatened by the leopards. Continue reading “From April 13, 2008: One small step for the most primitive of beings”