Sunday, June 04, 2017

Auteur Watch - Shirley Frimpong-Manso

I am serious, and you can call her Shirley!
Now, is it just me, or is there a recurring theme running through her work?  I mean, look at these titles - Adams Apples and Potato Potahto... I mean, LOOK AT THEM!!!!!  Oops, sorry about shouting.  Do two titles a recurring theme make?  Anyway, she's covered about as wide of a ground as you can: fruit of the trees, and veggies of the ground.  What more does one need?  Well, there's of course the perfect picture.  Something every director shoots for... maybe not each time out, but at least every other time.  Or is that just Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom?  Those indie experiments between blockbusters are getting more high profile than ever.  Still, getting that perfect picture, one that unites the masses and the hoity-toity critics... in Shirley's case, it was called Picture Perfect... I'm sorry, that's the 1997 Jennifer Aniston classic.  No, in Shirley's case, it was a film actually called The Perfect PictureA rather audacious title choice for a director's first picture.  And yet, where's the external reviews?  And why do none of the actors have thumbnail pictures?  IMDb does that now.  Let that be a lesson to you young filmmakers... there's a lesson in there somewhere, but I just haven't figured out where yet.

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