...is a phantasmogorically magical, whimsically supercolossal, extravagoutlandishly megaspectacularawesometastic candyland for boys and girls of all ages. It is also an ongoing Tumblr full of the sights and sounds that bring a smile to Will's weary, jaded face.
WILL SLOAN took a good, long look at his Twitter account and said, "Y'know, I'm not being narcissistic and self-indulgent enough." He is a writer who can sometimes be found in Toronto. He met Dolph Lundgren once. He also lives at Twitter.com/WillSloanEsq
In 2001 and 2002, BMW hired eight directors of wildly varying quality (running the gamut from John Woo to Ang Lee to - cough, cough - Tony Scott) to contribute to an eight-part short film series called “The Hire,” wherein a nameless driver (Clive Owen) performed various duties for various celebrity guests. In BMWs, of course.
In this segment, by Wong Kar-wai (of Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love), our hero makes a deal with a movie star (wilderness-era Mickey Rourke) to follow his wife (Adriana Lima), who the star suspects is cheating. So, he embarks on a very Wong Kar-wai-ish odyssey of heartsickness, internal monologues, and beautiful people in beautiful clothing. I think Wong is a great director (he was my favourite filmmaker in high school), but I’ve always felt his style works best in feature length - short films tend to make him look like, well, a fancy commercial director. (And yes, I’m looking at you, three-minute-contribution-to-Chacun son Cinema). Still, you’ve got to hand it to him: even his larky contribution to a questionable BMW-sponsored “film” series is every inch a Wong Kar-wai film.