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When studios entrust big Hollywood blockbusters to strong, intelligent directors, like Steven Soderbergh
or Sam Raimi
[Spider-Mans 1 and 2] or Alfonso Cuarón
[the latest Harry Potter], I say 'God bless 'em', because those films will have legs and might stand the test of time. But if they rely on just product, like two examples from this year, Van Helsing
(2004) and Catwoman
(2004) - I'm glad they...
A serious film buff and scholar, Payne paid to have the silent 1917 Chaplin/"Little Tramp" film short The Adventurer
(1917) restored and shown at the Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy in 2013, where he also introduced it, in Italian and English. He had also shown the film over 40 years before on his own 8mm projector to his friends back in Omaha, Nebraska when he was growing up.
His films often revolve around adultery in marriage and relationships