The curse that afflicts brilliant filmmakers — from Keaton to Welles to Altman — is that it’s essentially impossible for future audiences to grasp how bold and fresh their innovations were at the time. Blame the copycats and ripoff artists — other moviemakers, certainly, but primarily the descended-from-vultures directors of TV commercials and music videos — who take the ideas of genuine risk-takers and sand off the social commentary and spiky edges for... More >>>