Good Morning to my second day on WordPress……I’m finding it easy to manage and so far have not had any urges to hit my computer or throw anything across the room …not that I have anger issue only that I’ve grown weary of sites that over complicate the ‘hidden curriculum” …okay maybe its true, I am old (er) and have some issues with patience.
I realize since I shared my large bag of Guatemalan bean story I won’t have a lot of variation for quite awhile in the coffee part of our chat…but always know that as I ramble it is at least 47.33% caffeine induced. Suffice it to say my deep green art pottery mug is warm with fresh coffee, a splash of of vanilla, two splashes of cinnamon, and a dash of Sweet Cream.
Directors get our attention when they come across the screen as a major part of the film. We often seek them out, Alfred Hitchcock, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, or avoid them as with Michael Bay. With the wide jump to American independent film directors become truly entwined in the films and its their personality as writers and directors that grab ahold of the story and setting. Showing the audience what feels like a secret glimpse into the dark deep places of their minds. After a few films, we feel collectively as if we know them and become a part of a secret club. (that’s not just me right?) ……So I give you here a few directors and their films who are not just directing but maintain a thread through out the story telling and even when their style becomes evident we can’t wait for that next story.
Jim Jarmusch as with most of the directors I will talk about is best watched chronologically. So while I am not sharing those first films I do recommend if you haven’t seen anything by him to start at the beginning. For now I will simply mention my two favorites which I periodically have to watch again. “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” and “Mystery Train” are so vastly different and yet, of course, so adamantly Jim Jarmusch. Quiet, thoughtful, full of music and walking; these stories take you on a ride. You are the passenger in the character’s pocket. Its so intimate and affectionate as you go on the adventure with them and yet, you have no idea what they are really thinking or how they will get out of this loop in their lives.
Susan Seidelman if I made lists, Ms.Seidelman would have to be in my top ten favorite directors simply for “Smithereens”. For many obvious reasons I connect greatly with her characters but that is another story all together….for now, “Suddenly Seeking Susan” is one of Rosanna Arquette’s greatest roles and I often wondered which part of Susan or Susan (Roberta) was more like the director. Watch for the clothes alone this film is eighties all over but find some of those subtleties presented ….oh and a peek at Lauri Metcalf as the nosy sister n law is hilarious! “Gaudi Afternoon” based on a mystery novel is cute and sweetly done but shows some of the gorgeous Gaudi buildings and parks in Barcelona…Its not one that shares insights into the director other than to show her adaptation of story and use of scenery hold back some of the short falls of the characterizations.
Robert Rodriquez covers all aspects of filmmaking with what seems like effortless ease ….He jumps from Indie low budget to partnerships with the king of IndieTarrintino for horror and clever dialogue to block buster events like “Spy Kids” and “Sin City”. Yet it is those home movies and independent gems that give the audience a tiny peek into his world views. When an independent film is captured by a large audience and whipped up into a major film with a moderately big star I generally have no hope for it to be worth watching. Rodriguez is definitely a writer/director that crosses several boundaries and always maintains himself as a force within the system. From “El Mariachi” to “Machete” the movement, sound and thrills all settle on Robert Rodriguez in style and visualization. His first work is short, cheap and dusty but such a fun ride. His latest work is large, monied and not as dusty ..but always fun and filled to the brim.