Died Today (September 20th) – Director Curtis Hanson (1945–2016)

curtishanson.jpgCurtis Hanson (1945–2016)

Born: March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada, USA
Died: September 20, 2016 (age 71) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Oscar Winner for Best Screenplay (LA Confidential)

“For me, all good stories are about awareness. Self-awareness and lack of it, of how you get there and how you might fail to get there. Even Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) is about that to a degree. People discover who they are and what they’re all about by meeting their doppelgängers. I have deliberately tried to mix it up in my movies, because I enjoy visiting different worlds. However, thematically, I find that things keep coming up. Self-examination to begin with. You know, who am I, how did I get here and how do I become a better version of myself. Self-destructiveness, because that is the beginning or negation of self-examination”.

A River Wild
1994
dir. Hanson
Starring
Streep
Kevin Bacon
LA CONFIDENTIALLA Confidential
1997
dir. Hanson
starring
Crowe
Guy Pearce
Kevin Spacey
WONDER BOYSWonder Boys
2000
dir. Curtis Hanson
Starring
Michael Douglas
Holmes
LUCKY YOULucky You
2007
dir. Hanson
Starring
Eric Bana
Barrymore
Robert Duvall
MOVIE POSTERCHASING MAVERICKS
dir. Curtis Hanson
Stars:
Jonny Weston
Gerard Butler

Died Today (September 20th) – Lon Chaney Jr. (1906–1973)

lonchaneyjrLon Chaney Jr. (1906–1973)

Born: February 10, 1906 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Died: July 12, 1973 (age 67) in San Clemente, California, USA

The trouble with most of the monster pictures today is that they go after horror for horror’s sake. There’s no motivation for how monsters behave. There’s too much of that science-fiction baloney.

THE WOLF MAN
1941
dir. George Waggner
Starring:
Lon Chaney Jr.
Claude Rains
MOVIE POSTERTHE UNHOLY THREE
1930
dir. Jack Conway
Starring:
Lon Chaney
Harry Earles
MY FAVORITE BRUNETTEMy Favorite Brunette
1947
dir. Elliott Nugent
Starring
Bob Hope
Dorothy Lamour
THE DEFIANT ONES
1958
dir. Stanley Kramer
Cast:
Tony Curtis
Sydney Poitier
BUD ABBOTT LOU COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEINBUD ABBOTT LOU COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN
1958
dir. Charles Barton
Starring:
Chick Young
Wilbur Grey

 

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