Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Late Robert Altman

At first blush, you might think my favorite director would be Tim Burton or Lucas or Spielberg or Howard or maybe even Ridley Scott or the Coen Brothers or Sam Raimi. But if asked, my answer would be Bob Altman. Not that I've seen every movie of his - I doubt I've seen half of them. But when I think about movies where the directing stood out without being overly-directed, they're things like M*A*S*H and Gosford Park and The Player. In Cookie's Fortune, he got incredible performances from people as diverse as Liv Tyler and Ned Beatty and Julianne Moore's work is nothing short of miraculous. He even made me enjoy Glenn Close, a near impossibility.

We'll miss him tremendously.

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