Friday, November 09, 2012

Auteur Watch - John Putch

So who do the Powers That Be get to direct Atlas Shrugged II: The Quickening?  Spielberg?  Soderbergh?  Quentin Tarantino Incorporated?  Or maybe I should say... look! Up in the sky!  Descending in his private jet to direct A.S. Part 2.  It's King Vidor the Second!  It's Brian de Palma! 
No.  It's... John Putch?  Now, if you're like me, you might be asking yourself, who the f... who is John Galt?  I mean, Putch?  Well, according to the IMDb, he's the son of actor/producer William H. Putch and actress Jean Stapleton.  Or, in wise-ass terms, Fred Hogan from Family and Edith from All in the Family.  I don't know exactly how Atlas Shrugged II qualifies as a family picture, but I'm sure it does somehow.  Even Ayn Rand... I'm sorry, Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum, was part of a family at one time or another, as much as she might like to deny it.  Yes, this veteran TV director known for his work on everything from Son of the Beach to Scrubs runs the gamut of low comedy and high drama.  Plus, he works cheap.  But would it have killed him to get his mom to do a cameo?  Even as Edith?  Slap Norm MacDonald in a white wig, and he can tell Edith to stifle with the best of 'em!  Might've helped at the box office.  It'd be the only clip they'd show in the TV spots, that's for sure!

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