The Wonder Boy

Curtis Hanson died on Tuesday at the age of 71. I thought this piece in The Ringer by Sam Donsky draws a nice parallel between Hanson's own career and that of the protagonist in his film, Wonder Boys

While Hanson had some mildly successful films over the years, all pale in comparison to L.A. Confidential, which was truly great. It was one of my favorite movies growing up, and it stands the test of time -- something which the Library of Congress clearly agrees with, as it was one of two dozen films in 2015 to be entered into preservation in the National Film Registry.

A Kiwi and an Aussie playing two of the greatest on-screen cops in American noir history, who would have thought? Clearly, Curtis Hanson.

Fittingly, when I tweeted about Hanson's passing, a number of folks responded with their love for not L.A. Confidential, but Wonder Boys. It's been a while since I've seen that film, but will clearly have to watch it again soon. Just the facts.


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