My thing about film directors and the “auteur” theory

Peter BergThis is former actor, former director, writer and now uberproducer Peter Berg. I first saw him in “The Last Seduction” with Bill Pullman and Linda Fiorentino, both people deserving of work and hardly ever working. But Peter Berg, first in Chicago Hope, then off to “Friday Night Lights” a producer/director job with Interscope….he’s developed some really interesting work over his career and does delightful cameos in his stuff. Right now he’s playing the Miami Dolphins owner in “ballers.” I follow this guy around like crazy.

Other directors who put the ‘auteur’ stamp on their work

the late Robert Altman

Quentin Tarantino

Ingmar Bergman

Oliver Stone

and so forth. Often you can judge if a movie is good by who produced or directed it. This is my theory.

HBO’s Ballers Delights Football Skeptic (Andy Garcia in season 2)

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Brought to you by the same people who brought “Friday Night Lights” is HBO’s comedy “Ballers,” starring “Rock” ….it’s about Football, Football players but about so much more. Mental health, opiate addiction, neurological and other health problems, other kinds of substance abuse, Fake Friends, Sex, well, of course…season one is available for binge watching now and season two features Andy Garcia as a money manager. The Rock plays one too and he’s poaching Andy’s clients, watch the sparks fly. It’s a way more intellectual ride than I imagined and funny as hell. I like watching because I know next to nothing about professional football except to say┬áJohn Elway was in my dorm at Stanford U.

Live To Tell on “The History Channel”

Peter Berg

 

Peter Berg, a fabulous actor “The Last Seduction”(indie film) “Chicago Hope” and “Alias”…you’ll see him here and there. He spearheaded the film and TV show “Friday Night Lights,” which heartbreakingly illustrated how integral Religion and High School
Football are to small town Texas.

One of his early movies was “terrible things,” a dark comedy about a Las Vegas Bachelor Party gone horribly wrong. So funny.

Now he has a series on Navy Seals called “Live To Tell.”

There are the guys who go in and do our dirty work, sometimes with complete deniability, similarly to those pressed into service during the Bengazi siege. They were there supposedly as drivers for the Ambassador, who was a real idealist, who believed in American involvement to right the careening ship of Libyan rule after the toppling of a 42-year reign of terror w/Quaddafi. (sp…can’t spell worth shit)

But this is not about Libya. It’s about Peter Berg and his new series. You have to see it to believe it.