Director Reed Morano Talks Blake Lively And The Rhythm Section

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What is it with all of these action-heavy suspense thrillers opening in January? They used to be reserved for later in the year. But after Bad Boys for Life, Hollywood is teeing up The Rhythm Section, with Blake Lively as a haunted, grieving woman who decides to go after the people responsible for her family’s death.

It’s a difficult role, and a stellar performance, and the ReelBlend guys were thrilled to get time with The Rhythm Section director Reed Morano this week to discuss her approach to the characters, her relationship with her DP (because she’s an accomplished cinematographer, as well), and the future of this possible story. Give a listen to this week’s ReelBlend episode for our full conversation with Reed.

We also break down the recent win at the DGAs by 1917 director Sam Mendes. Sean, Kevin and Jake debate whether this means he is a lock for Best Director, or if Parasite and filmmaker Bong Joon Ho has enough momentum to walk away from the Oscars with some major wins.

Later on in the show, the guys play #FinalLineBlend, where they single out their favorite last lines from beloved movies. Which would you have chosen?


2:45 - Weekly Poll: Most Anticipated February Release?

6:25 - Reed Morano Interview

24:37 - DGA Awards Reactions & Oscars Discussion

41:41 - Interviewing Jim Carrey

52:00 - This Week In Movies

52:48 - The Rhythm Section Review

55:40 - #FinalLineBlend

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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.