Curtis Hanson 1945-2016

Director Curtis Hanson passed away today. While not a very prolific director, according to IMDB just 19 films over 40 years, he was involved in some very influential ones. A few of the more recognizable ones would ’90s rafting epic River Wild with Meryl Streep, a film that practically spawned a small cottage industry of rafting TV episodes after it came out. Another was the Eminem vanity project 8 Mile, about an aspiring rapper (imagine that).

More relevant to this site would be the 1992 revenge thriller The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. The most iconic film of his career is also a favorite of mine, LA Confidential, a stylish neo-noir set in 1950s Los Angeles and starring Kevin Spacey, Russel Crowe and Kim Basinger. Loosely based on rampant corruption and mob ties to the LAPD, LA Confidential borrowed heavily from actual events and is a well made hat tip to classic film noir.

RIP Curtis Hanson.

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