Find Your Film 169: Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose, Adam Sigal, Dead Man’s Hand, Brian Skiba


Two directors are on tap for the latest Find Your Film episode. Brian Skiba directed the Western Dead Man’s Hand and Adam Sigal wrote and helmed Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose. I enjoyed both films’ unpredictable narrative choices. Would love to hear your thoughts on the movies and check out the interviews for a closer look!

Inspired by true events, Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose centers on a parapsychologist (Simon Pegg) who journeys to the Isle of Man with his assistant (Minnie Driver). Bent on uncovering what he believes is a sham (the alleged mongoose’s name is Jef), Nandor’s belief system is impacted by this investigation.

“I never kind of set out to make simple films,” said Adam Sigal, who previously directed the 2002 feature Chariot. “I’ve taken a longer, harder road in my career, for sure. I’m just not interested in superficial storytelling – it’s just never been my thing.”

During the talk, Sigal talks about how Raising Arizona influenced his life and how he manages to write screenplays at a pretty impressive clip. Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose is now available on Digital.

**Interview with Adam Sigal starts at 12:28:

Dead Man’s Hand centers on Reno (Jack Kilmer), a gunsliner who is headed out West to settle down with his wife (Camille Collard). When Reno kills the brother of a corrupt mayor (Stephen Dorff), he and his lover’s chances for survival are not very good. Cole Hauser co-stars as the U.S. Marshal who tries to help matters, but ultimately violence will be doled out.

Casting Jack Kilmer as the progtagonist was not an obvious choice, but it was a creative gamble that worked.”We ended up with this quirky, fun kind of lead that had a lot of heart and passion,” said Brian Skiba. “Who was just not willing to give up. He’s going to fight to the death for his wife and his future.”

Skiba talks about why editing, for him, is the most integral aspect of cinematic storytelling and he also discusses why he loves John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. Interview with Skiba starts at 31:27.

Dead Man’s Hand is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital.

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