Sunday, January 01, 2017

Auteur Watch - Jamaa Fanaka

Someone quipped about how creative types try to fight mortality with, or through, their creations... I'm probably not doing the quote justice, but you know what?  It's the kind of quote that kinda doesn't deserve justice; at least, not in that way.  Same goes with filmmakers, probably.  But what does it say about filmmakers who specialize in quote unquote "prison" pictures?  Well, they try to fight mortality with fewer sets than the average pic.  That always helps.  Theoretically brings down the amount of time spent on principal photography.  But when you've got a trilogy like Jamaa Fanaka's Penitentiary trilogy, well... these days, two thoughts spring to mind.  Number one, they're probably not going to be on sale at Costco any time soon, and two... Steve Antin?  Really?  Seriously?  How did Geffen arrange that casting coup, exactly?

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