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Joe Leydon

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JOE LEYDON is an award-winning film critic for Variety, the premier showbiz newspaper and website, and an adjunct professor at Houston Community College and University of Houston.  He also is a blogger at MovingPictureBlog.blogspot.com, a contributing writer for MovieMaker magazine, communications director for Cowboys & Indians magazines, a Q&A host at the Denver and Nashville film festivals, a contributing critic for Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, and author of the book Joe Leydon’s Guide to Essential Movies You Must See (Michael Wiese Productions). From 1982 until 1995, he was film critic for The Houston Post. From 1995 until 1999, he was a film critic and entertainment reporter for KPRC-TV. (Several interviews he did with celebrities during this period can be seen on YouTube.) More recently, he has reviewed films and DVDs forThe San Francisco Examiner, MSNBC.com, The Katy Courier and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Leydon also has written for New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The Boston Globe, The Toronto Star and Austin American-Statesman. He has appeared as a guest on the television programs Countdown with Keith Olbermann, At the Movies, Kudlow & Cramer andMSNBC Live.  A New Orleans native, Leydon earned a BA degree in Journalism at Loyola University in N.O., and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications Studies at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston.  He is the proud father of George Leydon, who is an outstanding young man almost entirely because of his mother, Anne Sarsonas Leydon.  

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Mondo Cinema

Fading Gigolo star weighs in on playing an escort, pleasing women & that Woody Allen controversy

By Joe Leydon

Director John Turturro arguably is the only filmmaker who’d ever think of casting actor John Turturro as an attentive escort who’s handsomely paid for his sexual favors by ...


Sip & enjoy

From rampaging mummies to Salma Hayek's global debut, 5 great movies to toast Cinco de Mayo

By Joe Leydon

What should a cineaste select to see while celebrating Cinco de Mayo? As a lead-up to the big holiday, there are mucho options, to be sure, but here are five ...


Mondo Cinema

Texas revolutionaries, blocked writers and Robert Loggia are main attractions at WorldFest

By Joe Leydon

Truth may be stranger than fiction, but it isn’t necessarily as funny. Which is part of the reason why Texas native Mario Kyprianou took a comedic approach to dramatizing ...


WorldFest Films

Best of WorldFest: Houston film festival highlights American classics, Texas talent & iPhone movie

By Joe Leydon

Yes, it’s that time of the year again – time for yet another edition of the WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival, H-Town’s long-running and improbably resilient cinematic exposition. The ...


Mondo Cinema

Secrets of a classic: Director explains why Rocky remains a pop-culture powerhouse

By Joe Leydon

A decade or so ago, Sylvester Stallone told me about an amazing image he remembered from early news coverage of the Iraq War. “I saw some Iraqi in some town ...


Movies Are My Life

Secrets of the South by Southwest film fest: A don't-miss guide to Austin's ever-expanding movie party

By Joe Leydon

There was a time when the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival could unassumingly unspool mostly on two or three screens of Austin’s old Dobie Theatre. A time ...


Best & Worst Oscar Moments

Best & Worst Oscar moments, including McConaughey's victory dance and Ellen's pizza prank

By Joe Leydon

After devoting most of the last six months handicapping the Oscar race, movie bloggers likely will spend most of the next 36 hours trashing Sunday’s evening’s Academy Awards ...


Mondo Cinema

Son of God looks to dominate less pure movies: Roma Downey unapologetic in praising her vision

By Joe Leydon

In the beginning, there was The Bible. And the ratings were miraculous. Indeed, so many folks tuned in to watch the lavishly produced miniseries when it aired last year on ...


Mondo Cinema

Oscar snubs and surprises: 3-way race for Best Picture, no love for Disney

By Joe Leydon

It strikes me as entirely apt, and deliciously ironic, that I started out Thursday morning by doing a phone interview with legendary jockey Calvin Borel for an upcoming issue of ...


Drunk Stars at Golden Globes

Drunk stars galore — and gentleman Leo: High spirits prevail at sloshy Golden Globes

By Joe Leydon

OK, I have to ask: Was Leonardo DiCaprio the only major star not inebriated at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards? Don’t get me wrong: I’m not so ...


Mondo Cinema

Best double features of the year — plus worst movie and guiltiest pleasure

By Joe Leydon

To begin, as I do every year, with my standard disclaimer: This may be my list of the Top 10 Movies of 2013 – but it’s not necessarily a rundown ...


Mondo Cinema

Last minute gift suggestions for the movie lovers — and Astrodome fans — on your list

By Joe Leydon

Yes, Virginia, you still have time to select appropriate presents for the movie lovers on your Christmas list. Granted, you might have to go dashing through the stores – or scrolling ...


All about Oscar

The Butler didn't do it: Golden Globe nominations sort out Oscar favorites

By Joe Leydon

The Golden Globe nominations were announced early Thursday, and you know what that means, right? No, not that snobbish film critics will start making jokes about the taste and intelligence ...


Top Holiday Movies

12 don't-miss movies of the holidays, including sure-fire Oscar picks and a Hobbit

By Joe Leydon

I have made a list – and checked it twice – to ascertain what’s in store for audiences during the ongoing holiday movie season. It could be argued, of course, that ...


Paul Walker's Best Performance

Before tragic death, Paul Walker showcased talents in New Orleans movie

By Joe Leydon

Chalk it up as a tragic irony of an untimely demise: At the time he was killed Saturday in a Los Angeles auto mishap at the ridiculously young age of ...


Mondo Cinema

Saturday Night Live star finds the joy of playing it straight in Nebraska

By Joe Leydon

After years of broadly comical hijinks as a worthy successor to the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players, Will Forte is ready for his close-up as a serious dramatic ...


50 Years Later

The day JFK died: TV anchor recalls exclusive interview with assassin's mother

By Joe Leydon

Last weekend, Bob Schieffer returned to the scene of the crime. The veteran CBS newsman and longtime Face the Nation host was in Dallas – specifically, in the former Texas Schoolbook ...


Cinema Arts Fest Insider

A wrongly convicted man's nightmare ends in An Unreal Dream

By Joe Leydon

Talk about great timing: An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story, Al Reinert’s stirring documentary about the wrongful conviction and ultimate exoneration of a Williamson County man accused of ...


Cinema Arts Festival Insider

Dazed and Confused: Houston rebel reflects on the marijuana movie that changed it all

By Joe Leydon

In the unlikely event you need further proof that time flies — sometimes, at warp speed — consider this: Dazed and Confused, Richard Linklater’s 1993 comedy-drama about teenage life in 1976 ...


Cinema Arts Fest Insider

Not-so-silent movie: Klezmer musician scores with live soundtrack for classic film

By Joe Leydon

As a violinist and composer specializing in klezmer, the infectiously spirited folk music introduced to America ages ago by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Alicia Svigals has made a career ...


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