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Curtis Hanson (1945 - 2016)

By Brian Richards | Industry | September 21, 2016 |

By Brian Richards | Industry | September 21, 2016 |

Curtis Hanson, who directed such films as The Bedroom Window, Bad Influence, L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, In Her Shoes, The River Wild, Too Big To Fail, and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, passed away from natural causes yesterday, according to The Wrap. He was 71 years old.

For some film fans, Hanson’s name would probably never appear in their lists of Greatest Directors, and yet it can’t be denied that he put out solid and impressive work with many of the films that he made, and so many memorable moments as part of that work.

The look that slowly began to form on Ed Exley’s face when someone says to him the name “Rollo Tomasi.”

Peyton Mott’s true nature revealing itself at various moments (from threatening a mentally disabled handyman when caught breastfeeding a child that isn’t her own, to casually eating an apple while witnessing the death of her employer’s best friend) until the very end when she goes scorched-earth to get what she wants.

B-Rabbit finally accepting who he is and what he’s capable of as a rapper, even if it involves revealing every horrible and embarrassing truth about himself and his life in order to defeat his opponent.

Maggie, having finally learned how to read, reading poetry to her sister Rose at her wedding, and expressing how much she loves her and means to her.

Every single minute of Wonder Boys. (I would use a more specific example of its greatness, but I haven’t seen it in years, so just take my word when I say that this film is definitely worth your time and attention)

If you’re not familiar with the films of Curtis Hanson, now is a good time to catch up. And if you already are, watching them again with greater appreciation is a good way to spend time as well as pay tribute.

May he rest in peace.

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