Rectify is the finest show I have ever seen. It is nuanced with dimensions of subtle depth, through and through, every second of it. The culmination of a lifelong effort in building a Hollywood career for Ray McKinnon, it is his magnum opus. I was part of an online discussion group and one of the producers wrote me privately to say my reaction to the show was what they were hoping for. I was sent some lovely memorabilia: a coffee mug, a book of beautiful photography from set.
Room 217 is a documentary that takes you into the brilliantly exquisite filmmaking of my favorite director of all time, Stanley Kubrick. So often in life, we fail to see the forest for the trees. Like Rectify in this regard, every aspect of a Kubrick film is purposeful.
Cloud Atlas is a movie that has a soulful quality that is distinct, I think. As well as What Dreams May Come, which has perhaps gained in poignancy, when you consider the sad fate of the beautiful spirit, Robin Williams. I met him briefly when I was very young. They were filming Moscow on the Hudson in my home town. They had rented houses for production, on the waterfront, close to my home. I was curious about the big hullaballoo, but the alleyway between the houses was quite narrow and I could not pedal my tricycle. So I stood up in the seat, walked in a rather crablike posture a few steps, and then plopped down with a bang. Unbeknownst to me, they were filming at that moment. It was a low budget picture and film is expensive, so production crew came running and scooped me up. I was taken back to the set and allowed to watch. I was introduced to Robin. I remember his eyes and smile were so bright. He had a warmth I have seldom encountered since.