Two seemingly unrelated cinematic events occurred this week. First, on Thursday A24 released this trailer for The End of the Tour, a Sundance bought indie flick about David Foster Wallace that stars Jason Segel and Jessie Eisenberg. Second, Cameron Crowe’s latest film was released. That film, as you may or may not know due to bad publicity and those involved trying to distance themselves from it, is Aloha. Despite it’s low profile, it stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, and Bill Murray. And it costs over 40 million dollars to make. I’ll get to how these two events are connected later. First let’s take a look at Cameron Crowe’s career. Continue reading Cameron Crowe’s career, ‘Aloha,’ and the David Foster Wallace movie ‘The End of the Tour’
Woody Allen is a tough call these days. He’s never been the most consistent filmmaker. But he’s made so damn many of them over such a long period of time that he’s produced more great films than just about anyone else even though he’s got a career’s worth of mediocre work to his name as well. In light of the trailer released for his latest film, Irrational Man starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, I’ve decided to take an overview glance at the auteur’s esteemed career which has spanned more than six decades and has included joke and comedy writing for television, stand up comedy, conducting televised interviews, authoring several books, performing and recording jazz clarinet (he has been a prominent rotating member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for years), and pulling the quadruple threat as a writer-director-actor-producer, taking on each of those roles in more than forty feature films and a handful of Broadway productions. Damn.