Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I was very surprised and saddened to hear today that Oscar winning director Anthony Minghella has past away at the shockingly young age of 54. I liked his films a lot and admired him greatly. One thing that always struck me about Anthony was that he typically made the kind of films I wouldn't be interested in (epic period based dramas aren't really my thing) but due to his incredibly sharp cinematic eye, intelligence and great casting skills I always ended up loving them. The Talented Mr. Ripley is my favorite but I have always felt Cold Mountain was extremely underrated. Oddly enough I just recently picked up a used copy of Breaking And Entering and have been meaning to watch it and now I wish I had sooner.
Minghella seemed like a very nice man and my thoughts are with his family, friends and co-workers who I am sure are in a state of shock right now. His unfortunately small body of work will be remembered for generations to come.