Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Revenge of the Sith and Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Aw, poor Mace Windu. At least he went out like a man and not some punk. Here are a couple Revenge of the Sith cards where I erased my previous pencil sketch and was commissioned to do a new image in color. Initially it was just supposed to be the one card with Mace, but after the collector saw it he wanted Palpatine and Anakin on a second card.
I saw "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" directed by master filmmaker Sidney Lumet and written by Kelly Masterson earlier tonight. It's a powerful film about two brothers and a robbery gone bad. Lumet is still at the top of his game. It's cleverly written and acted. Wonderful performances by Ethan Hawke, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Marisa Tomei. I think the reason Lumet is still able to make good movies at his age and in such quick succession while other guys who've been at it for a while can't match his quality and output because he isn't afraid of new technology (this one was shot with a Panavision Genesis hi-def camera) and he isn't afraid to take chances. Fear leads to weakness and complacency.