Monday, January 28, 2008

DIRECTORAMA #15

Mondays can be bittersweet. Sweet in that, yes, you’re still alive. Bitter in that welcome back, as Elvis Costello once put it with just a touch of sarcasm, to the working week and whatever else might be lurking around the corner. One of the ways that I ensure my Mondays stay buoyant, even if it’s just for six panels, is a weekly dose of Peet Gelderblom’s weekly foray into film criticism disguised as a comic strip, the internationally recognized bit of brilliance known as Directorama, a mordant fantasia on an afterworld of auteurs duking it out for artistic supremacy in the afterlife. It should be no news that Directorama is a weekly feature at The House Next Door, and my own praising Peet’s accomplishment with the strip is not an unfamiliar noise. But this week’s installment is particularly poignant, expressive in its simplicity, saying what a whole lot of us felt in the past week, even if we never took time to articulate it. And Peet, with his director’s eye for color, composition and economy of style, manages to say his piece more eloquently than I certainly ever could. Here, by permission from its creator, is Directorama #15, a tribute to the ones who got away.



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9 comments:

Jonathan Lapper said...

It's a nice piece this week I agree. And now I await Ed Wood's entrance next week. Hopefully he will get back to the Bergman / Welles thing with Wood as Welles arch-angel.

Larry Aydlette said...

That's his best one yet.

bill said...

This is sort of, but not really, off topic, but I'd just like to say that I thought that Daniel Day-Lewis's tribute to Ledger at the SAG awards was very moving. He clearly wasn't doing it because he thought it was the thing to do; he did it because that was what he felt, and what he was compelled to say.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I didn't see that. I'll go see if it's on YouTube yet.

Ed Howard said...

This is definitely the best installment of this strip by far -- stripped down, minimalist, and yet it says quite a lot.

Peet Gelderblom said...

Thanks for your wonderful appreciative words, Dennis. You're the greatest!

Jonathan: What makes you think Ed Wood will be in movie director heaven?

Larry: You just say that because you don't like my drawings, right? ;-)

Jonathan Lapper said...

Peet: I never thought of that. To quote Patton, "You magnificent Bastard!"

Peter said...

I hope Kay Kendall plays "Mom".

blaaagh said...

Sigh. Words fail me...but thanks, Peet. (And thanks, Dennis).