Director John Frankenheimer is dead.
I don't want to make this out to be one of those "random celebrity dies and is suddenly hailed as a genius" things, but Frankenheimer's made quite a few damn good movies
(and, yes, some bad ones). While his later works
weren't nearly as great as some of his earlier films
, his gift for filming action never went away: his 1998 film Ronin
wound up on several lists
of the "best car chases on film". He was supposed to helm the upcoming Exorcist prequel
, but failing health forced him to step aside. Despite the dodgy source material, I would have really liked to see Frankenheimer's take on it. He'll be missed.
posted by toddshot
on Jul 6, 2002 -
Besides being great directors, what do Wong Kar Wai, John Frankenheimer, Guy Ritchie, Ang Lee, and Alejandro González Iñárritu all have in common
? BMW is cool. ...and Ang Lee is too, the Incredible Hulk, nice touch.
posted by tomplus2
on May 16, 2001 -