Last night marked the debut of film critic Elvis Mitchell's television program "Under the Influence" on Turner Classic Movies
. His first guest was the late Sydney Pollack. His interview with Mitchell was one of the last he gave before he died this year. The show is short - on thirty minutes - but its incredibly interesting. The focus is the influence of classic movies. Upcoming guests include Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, Edward Norton, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Gere and John Leguizamo.
Mitchell currently serves as the host of "The Treatment" on KCRW in Los Angeles. The show is braodcast on Sundays in Little Rock on KUAR FM 89
The next episode, on July 14th, features Bill Murray.
Mark Bourne of film.com interviews Mitchell
on the eve of his show.
Troy Patterson of Slate describes it as a
"chat show that's warm, insightful, and only about 30 percent too snazzy for its own good."