I buy used things. I buy them as much as I can. Some things, a person must (and should) buy new. Food is one. Medicine is another. These things are consumable once, and then they exist only in your memory. But generally, in life, the objects you interact with on a daily basis can be […]
Back to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 How much money would you trust this person with? United Artists had recently needed to answer that question not just for Cimino, but also as it applied to Martin Scorsese. The director had begun work in 1979 on what endures as one of his masterpieces: 1980’s Raging Bull. […]
Next: Part 4 here… back to part 2… or back to part 1 How much money would you trust this person with? That was the question facing United Artists as they undertook to begin production on Heaven’s Gate. The studio, which had been founded by D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks in 1919 […]
Next: Part 3 here… part 4… or back to part 1 How much money would you trust this person with? For Clint Eastwood in 1974, the answer to that question was $4m. Eastwood’s Malpaso Productions trusted Cimino, who had cowritten Eastwood’s Magnum Force a year prior, to direct the actor and costar Jeff Bridges in Cimino’s first […]
Scorsese typically loses at the Oscars, and the awards for Best Picture and Director which Scorsese secured for 2006’s The Departed were almost certainly conciliatory for the many great films he made during the prior three decades. But this year is different.
In an eight-month period between October 1997 and June 1998, a hitherto obscure filmmaker emerged to release two mainstream movies about technology and the future. His name was Andrew Niccol, and if it wasn’t yet a household one, his sudden success and unique talent seemed to imply it would be on the lips of the […]
Here in my car I feel safest of all I can lock all my doors It’s the only way to live In cars –Gary Numan, “Cars”, from the album The Pleasure Principle, 1979 I love cars. They are perhaps my favorite material good. I like driving them. I like putting the radio on. I like […]