Monday, February 23, 2015

Auteur Watch - Matthew A. Cherry

Some people complain about being typecast, others revel in it.  I guess you might say that director, producer and former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry did the latter with his directorial effort called The Last Fall.  It's the story of a guy in the NFL who struggles once his football career ends.  It's probably a little more upbeat than, say, Broke.  And I guess that's part of the problem.  Not bold enough, not entertaining enough, not real enough, what have you.  Everyone's a critic, but you gotta get certain critics to pay attention to the damn movie!  I mean, Variety's great and all, but they're more about the box office receipts and who's out as the studio head this week.
But you know what?  Screw the critics.  My man Cherry's forging ahead anyway, on his way to a fulfilling showbiz career.  I mean, he must be doing something right!  P.A. on a hit show like Heroes?  Priceless.  Gotta be a way to get to Spielberg through that one.  But he worked with a lot of big egos on that show, in front of and behind the camera, and Cherry said to himself, "Hell, I can direct TV!" in direct television shows, not DirecTV, the satellite service.  And so, it was on to direct some episodes of a show called Almost Home... I haven't heard of it either, but never mind!  Baby steps.  You'll be the next Joe Carnahan in no time.

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