Friday, December 17, 2010
Blake Edwards RIP
Sorry I'm a bit late this morning, and for this off-topic post, but I wanted to say a few words about the unevenly brilliant director Blake Edwards, who passed away Wednesday at age 88.
Macleans writer Jaime Weinman describes Edwards as the "Genius Without Quality Control" and I think that's exceedingly apt.
How can a guy so perfectly capture the angst of an upper middle-class mid-life crisis as sweetly and knowingly as Edwards did in 10, yet bomb out so badly mining the same topic a decade later with Skin Deep?
It's no surprise I'm attracted to flawed artists, and thus I'm fascinated when incredibly talented musicians, actors, writers, painters, lawyers, judges or directors flame out or misfire in a spectacularly awful way.
Blake had an ability to be both radiantly sublime and astonishingly horrible, sometimes in the same movie.
RIP old man, and thanks for the laughs.