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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The director and Academy Award winning screenwriter Curtis Hanson was found unresponsive in his home Tuesday and has died. He was 71. Hanson won an Oscar for the screenplay of L.A. Confidential and also directed the film. He directed 17 movies in total, including the Eminem biopic 8 Mile, Wall Street docudrama Too Big to Fail and B-movie classic Bad Influence. Russell Crowe, who starred in L.A. Confidential, tweeted, "Thank you for believing in me and standing your ground. In reality you made my job a career."



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Sad news. Bad Influence is my favorite B-movie of all time. It managed that mixture of dumb and great that makes me watch it again every time I catch a scene while channel surfing. I like the movie so much I bought an early draft of the screenplay while visiting Hollywood. It confirmed a theory I had that Rob Lowe's character was supposed to be the Devil. The movie only hints at this but the early script made it obvious.

L.A. Confidential is another favorite, though this time I'd just call it great and leave off dumb. Russell Crowe's hot-heated cop is a great character.

#1 | Posted by rcade at 2016-09-21 09:38 AM | Reply

I've only seen the astonishing LA Confidential, insanely lost Best Picture Oscar to wretched The English Patient, and the ridiculous but fairly enjoyable A Knight's Tale. RIP

#2 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2016-09-21 12:36 PM | Reply

I have watched this cinematic masterpiece a bajillion times. One of the best films ever made. imho.

#3 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2016-09-22 06:13 AM | Reply

A mighty fine movie, an homage to film noir classics. There was even a cut-nose scene, a subtle nod to "Chinatown," itself a delicious throwback to vintage noir.

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2016-09-22 04:57 PM | Reply

If Hollywood wants to save itself, it should take note from this flick as opposed to another -yawn- superhero 2.0 reboot and blowing up stuffs...

#realacting #realmoviemaking #gooddialogue #aplot #astoryline

ok, i'll stop!

#5 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2016-09-22 07:46 PM | Reply

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