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THB #16: For The Love of Personal Filmmaking

Through this month of October, I have been overwhelmed with 14 in-theater screenings and one “premiere” online. Some have been better. Some worse. But what has struck me, after a year of endless conversation about the financial realities of the film industry going forward, is that almost every single one of these films has been born of a very distinct personal vision. And whether we love or hate or stand somewhere in between on these movies, this is something we should all be thrilled about.

The biggest scale personal film in this period would have to be Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s intimate epic and the smallest would have to be Sean Baker’s Red Rocket, with the closest thing to a movie star in the film being Simon Rex, a charismatic guy whose primary claim to fame before this was bedding Paris Hilton and Jaime Pressly and getting fired by MTV for being in two “solo masturbation films,” though not being, as his character in the film is, a porn star.

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One Response to “THB #16: For The Love of Personal Filmmaking”

  1. Sergio says:

    Dune was an awful bore. Pretty to look at but empty and soulless. I guess Villeneuve is REALLY stealing Nolan’s schtick.
    Also pulled an Alita being half a film and ending in the middle bit, except this one will get a sequel though it’s even worse than Battle Angel script.

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