Here at Behind the Hype we’ve decided that it’s time to take a deep dive into one of the more divisive filmmakers out there today: Zack Snyder. People either love his work or hate it, and no matter where you fall on that spectrum you can’t deny that he is a visionary filmmaker. We’re going to be discussing his “Snyder Cuts” this month, starting this week with his “director’s cut” of Dawn of the Dead.
The DC isn’t all that much longer than the theatrical version and it doesn’t significantly change the quality of the movie, but it’s an indicator of what’s to come for this filmmaker and hopefully gives some insight into how he approaches his films. Special shout out to James Gunn, who wrote the film and paired so well with Snyder. Seriously, they should work together again.
Thank you for your patience! This week we’re back to talk about De-Lovely, the next film in our Eve Stewart retrospective. It’s about the musical icon Cole Porter, played with zest by Kevin Kline, as he re-lives the best and worst of his life at the behest of the angel Gabriel (Jonathan Pryce). The film features songs written by Cole Porter, all sung by popular modern musicians. But the question remains: is the film any good?
It’s…charming, but never quite reaches “great.” The real MVP of the film is Eve Stewart and her production design. It’s breathtaking, and quickly overshadows everything else in the film. Join us, won’t you?
We wrap up our month of Dede Allen with a bit of a flop, and for that Jon apologizes. We’re talking The Final Cut, starring Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel, and Mira Sorvino. You would think based off the talent alone that we were in for a treat, but you would be mistaken. The movie is more interested in raising questions than answering them, and after awhile it becomes painfully tedious. Production design is sound, and of course Dede Allen edits the hell out of it.
Bryan and Chewie also discuss 1991’s The Adams Family, which ended up being way more entertaining and featured some really fun editing.