Published April 7, 2010
Tags: Alan J. Pakula, All the President's Men, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Randy Quaid, Robert Duvall, Ron Howard, Spaulding Grey, The Beaufort Gazette, The McClatchy Co., The Paper, William Goldman
About a year ago, I was forwarded a memo regarding my previous employer, Lowcountry Newspapers of the mammoth McClatchy Co., formerly one of the nation’s finer newspaper organizations. (Now, I’m not even sure if there is such a thing as a “fine newspaper organization.”) I left my job and moved to Atlanta in September 2008 amid several editor resignations as the specter of layoffs and cutbacks loomed over the company. An employee was nice enough to keep me updated on the paper’s progress. Continue reading ‘Forget Redford, Hoffman and Watergate: ‘The Paper’ knows the news’
Published April 3, 2010
Tags: Anna Boden, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, David Gordon Green, Judd Apatow, M. Night Shyamalan, Olivier Assayas, Paul Greengrass, Paul Thomas Anderson, Pixar, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Altman, Ryan Fleck, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze, Steven Soderbergh, Wong Kar Wei, Woody Allen
Wong Kar Wei
I said this about “My Blueberry Nights” (2007), and it remains true: Wong Kar Wei often makes movies that are better than movies better than his. His sometimes kinetic, sometimes ethereal flicks are more often visual poetry than bricks-and-mortar narrative, but Wong and his longtime partner, insane Aussie cinematographer Christopher Doyle, often construct the most arresting and moving images in movies today.
BEST FILM OF THE DECADE: “In the Mood for Love” (2000). Watch it. Hate it the first time you see it. Tell people Wong Kar Wei’s overrated. Watch it again. Realize it’s a masterpiece. Tell people it’s a masterpiece. Backtrack when they point out that you found it “overrated” not even two months ago. Tell them you were in a “different place” then. Tell everyone you told you hated it earlier that “you really need to see it twice to, you know, really get it.” Prepare for your friends to like you less.
BIGGEST MISCUE: “My Blueberry Nights” (2007)
GO-TO ACTOR: Tony Leung
FIRST PROJECT: The screenplay “Choi wan kuk” (1982), which translates to “Rainbow Cloud Song.” … It probably sucks.
UP NEXT? “The Grand Master” (2010), starring Tony Leung. A martial arts movie, I think. Continue reading ’2000-2009: Favorite filmmakers of the decade in no particular order’