Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Auteur Watch - Mimi Leder

I just realized that, at the rate I'm going, I'll never get to Ztephanye Zzyzzwych by the end of the year! Extreme measures must be taken, as does our next chick auteur, Mimi Leder. She kinda looks like if you were morphing between Hillary Clinton and Penny Marshall. A TV maven, she came into her own with the TV show ER and successfully lobbied to direct The Peacemaker, Clooney's ... first big action pic? It's somebody's big first, anyway. DreamWorks, maybe. This is when they first realized they need to scale back and do more cheap pics like American Beauty... and I mean inexpensive! But nobody likes A. Beaut anymore, right? Of course, The Onion NEVER liked it, I'm sure. And then it was Deep Impact, or Spielberg's Comet-geddon. Oh, will the Spielberg/Bruckheimer War ever end? Will Michael Bay ever return to do Bad Boys 3?
So surely the 1990s were Leder's decade, and she set herself up perfectly as the next Kathryn Bigelow. And what does she do? Throw it all away with her next pic: Pay It Forward, which seems to have put a crimp in her future silver screen plans, so it's back to the boob tube with you, guhl-fruend! She did something called Thick as Thieves (2009)... there's only ONE Thick as Thieves to me! (1998) ...on the other hand, his eyes are kinda scary in that poster / DVD cover. The point being, Leder musta behaved a little better than Bronwen Hughes, go figure. I guess both are happy, who knows. Okay, on to the next.

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