@TheTeenageHead reminded me tonight how this is such an incredible film. I recently picked up the O.O.P. Director’s Cut, and have been saving it, unwatched and unwrapped, for one of those really horrible, the world is ending type days.
It’s a movie that’s sheer brilliance cheers me up. Like THE SOCIAL NETWORK, it feels like one of those all too rare moments where everything in the movie clicks. I’m not sure the cast has ever been better, in anything (including Robert Downey Jr.), and for me it was the first movie where I realized that digital cinematography was a worthy future.
And the script! What a beautiful, haunting script. It’s one of the best examples of pacing out a story that covers such a long period of time. It’s almost like a biopic where the character in question is in hiding the whole time.
If you haven’t seen it, don’t be dumb. Fix that.
What I finally decided was: art is simply inevitable. It was on the wall of the cave in France 30,000 years ago. And it’s because we are a species that’s driven by narrative. And art is storytelling; we need to tell stories. We need to tell stories to pass along ideas and information to try and make sense out of all this chaos. Sometimes when you get a really good artist and a compelling story, you can almost achieve that thing that’s impossible which is entering the consciousness of another human being and literally seeing the world the way they see it.
Between 75 and 80 percent of Hollywood’s product was turned out without there ever being a meeting of the writer and the director. None of the top directors work in this way, which probably explains why each remains a top director.
—Frank S. Nugent, “Writer or Director: Who Makes the Movie?,” New York Times Magazine, 1947 (and discovered in the spring issue of Written By).
Every single movie will break your heart at some point.
I am deliriously excited about these. You should buy them!
Working with John (who took the photo) and Rob on CHEW is one of the highlights of my life. It’s a great, great comic book, and we hope it will someday soon make a great TV show. Before that blessed day, get yourself some of these amazing new Chogs!