Monday, January 14, 2002
Ted Demme has died... and it has hit me harder than I would have expected. He was a fantastic film director, but even more than that, he was a great fan of film. I've seen interviews with him, and he came across as so geniune, so enthusiastic, so likable. There are certain people... you can just tell...they GET it. Well, Ted Demme got it...
...and he got me with 'Beautiful Girls'. That movie really hit me hard. The tone, the message, the desire and inability to recapture younger days in your hometown. An amazing film. I rented the vastly underrated, and underseen, 'Monument Ave.' because he was the director, and loved it. I wanted to like 'Blow' more... not a great movie, but a solid one, and sign that he was on his way to directing 'bigger' pictures, maybe. Who knows where his career would have headed.
He died during a charity basketball game. And he was 38 years old. That's it. 38. Rent 'Beautiful Girls' or 'Monument Ave' in his memory. This sucks.
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