Today we lost a great man. Robert Altman's untimely death has stunned much of the film world, myself included, and we mourn the loss of true and original talent. Upon hearing the news, I felt as if I had lost a friend; someone I could count on, who would be there to make me laugh, smile, and remember to appreciate life. Altman's films truly broadened the spectrum of scope and style, pushing the limits always with his signature techniques. Though he is best known for hits such as MASH or Nashville, it is his slower films that captured my attention. His 2002 great, Gosford Park, is one of my favorites, and A Prairie Home Companion is a masterpiece. His honorary Oscar was given in the nick of time, and I was filled with anticipation at the brilliance yet to come.
Today there is sadness at the work left uncompleted, movies left unmade, and concepts left unthought. Thank you Mr. Altman for leaving behind such a legacy. You are missed.