Glenn Lovell

CINEMADOPE.COM is a site dedicated to movie news and reviews by film critic – instructor Glenn Lovell.

Lovell is a nationally known entertainment writer. He has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety. He was entertainment editor at the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and film critic at the San Jose Mercury. He has also reviewed for radio (KARA, KOME and KGO).

You name the director, Lovell has probably interviewed him or her.

With Capra

With Capra in Richmond, Va.

He has sat across the table from Howard Hawks, Frank Capra, Clarence Brown, Billy Wilder, George Cukor, King Vidor, Henry Hathaway, Andre De Toth, David Lean, Stanley Kramer, Jerry Lewis, Richard Brooks, Phil Karlson, Robert Wise, Mark Robson, Richard Fleischer, Robert Aldrich, Don Siegel, John Frankenheimer, Philip Kaufman, Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Milos Forman, William Friedkin, Jack Clayton, John Schlesinger, Tony Richardson, Costa-Gavras, Bernardo Bertolucci, Louis Malle, Claude Chabrol, Sidney Lumet, Spike Lee, James Cameron, Nora Ephron, Alexander Payne, Bryan Singer, the Coen brothers and — phew! — Quentin Tarantino, to name more than a few.

In the realm of horror and sci-fi, two specialties, Lovell has interviewed John Carpenter, Roger Corman, Bob Clark, Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, George A. Romero, David Cronenberg, and Victor Salva.

Lovell’s critically acclaimed biography “Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges” was published in 2009 by University of Wisconsin Press. It is based on his  interviews with the  director of “Bad Day at Black Rock,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Great Escape” and “Ice Station Zebra.”  He has also contributed to numerous books, including “Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist,” “The International Dictionary of Film,” “Intro to Mass Communications,” and “The Pop Culture Zone: Writing Critically about Popular Culture.”

Lovell teaches film studies at De Anza College in Cupertino and Cogswell College in Sunnyvale, CA. He has also taught at San Francisco State University and San Jose State University.

6 Responses to “Glenn Lovell”

  1. Mortis Slaykill Says:

    Cool! Loved your Guardians of the Galaxy review, that movie is terrible!


  2. Watchtower Says:

    Glenn I owe you an apology, I took my daughter back to see Guardians of the Galaxy a second time and have to admit that it wasn’t quite the 2 hours of joy that it was the first time I watched it.

    I didn’t say anything nasty in my first comment directed to you, I just mentioned that I thought you’d missed the boat on this one, but in retrospect maybe not.

    So no, I don’t think you’re a troll looking for ‘click’ bait, in fact when looking at the side bar of the movies you’ve reviewed I’d have to say that you’re pretty much spot on, at least the movies that I’ve seen.

    Take care,


  3. Jeff Cordell Says:

    Just finished “Escape Artist”. Excellent book. I’m forty-eight years old and some of my clearest memories from childhood are of watching “The Great Escape, The Magnificent Seven”, “The Eagle Has Landed, McQ”and “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” with my father. When I learned of your book it immediately went on my Amazon list. I received it as a gift this past Father’s Day and read it in three days. Excellent.


    • Glenn Lovell Says:

      Thanks much, Jeff — glad to meet another fan of the underappreciated action auteur. Like you, I’ll always remember where I was when I first saw “Gunfight” and “Mag 7.”


  4. Jeff Cordell Says:

    Saw “The Eagle Has Landed” on the big screen in my home town in the summer of 1977. The theater was packed. Checked with dad and he confirmed my memory. So even in the mid-seventies Mr. Sturges was still making movies that appealed.


  5. Gregg Says:

    Hi, Glenn. We corresponded briefly about John’s son, Michael. Just got a reminder about him. Almost 8 years.
    The world has changed, and it’s just gotten weirder.
    But I’m still here. Hope you are.


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