Sunday’s New York Times featured an interesting article called “The Mystery of the Missing Moviemakers.” It chronicles the activities of several once-hot directors who seem to have dropped out of sight. One of the missing is Kimberly Peirce, who directed Boys Don’t Cry. She’s probably been busy correcting misspellings of her last name.
Peirce’s second film, Stop-Loss, will be released this spring. It stars Ryan Phillippe as a soldier who doesn’t want to go back to Iraq — so, you know, more feel-good, uplifting drama.
Among the other directors who have disappeared are David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster, I Heart Huckabees), Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain) and Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation). Sheesh, that’s actually a pretty impressive list; I’d like to see more from those people too. But not if it means they might churn out second-rate films. I’d rather wait.
Is it just me, or does that article title (“The Mystery of the Missing Moviemakers”) sound like a Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew novel? And does it mean anything that as a kid, I read Hardy Boys rather than Nancy Drew? This could be the subject of a scientific study: Choice of mystery novels and its effect on the latent sexuality of homo sapiens. I mean, it seems just as important as studying gay sheep, if not more. Hey, Kimberly: I think I just found your next project. Start with The Tower Treasure and work your way through the complete set!