R.I.P. Robert Altman…

 

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Well, it was bound to happen eventually, but writer/director Robert Altman is dead.

My earliest Altman experience is still one of my favorites, the often-lambasted POPEYE. I saw it in the theatre with my mother and sister, I had the soundtrack LP and even the 45″ single, if you can believe that. Call me crazy, but to my mind it’s still one of the best comic-to-movie adaptations ever made, and it mystifies me why people hate it so much.

But that’s one reason I always liked Robert Altman… the guy’s career was all over the map, just like his directorial style. He wasn’t afraid to take risks and make movies that almost nobody else would probably want to see. He had more misses than hits, I’m sure, but he kept at it and even the mediocre stuff was often more interesting than most filmmakers’ best work (one big exception being KANSAS CITY… that’s a movie I doubt I will ever sit through a second time!).

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… it was the genre filmmakers that I grew up with who made the biggest impressions on me… the guys like Romero and Carpenter and Spielberg and Lucas. But for non-genre filmmakers, Altman would have been near the top of my list, hands down.

PERSONAL FAVES:

Popeye

Short Cuts

The Player

Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean (Currently unavailable)

A Wedding

M*A*S*H

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