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First time director Jonathan Baker has achieved something many of us
can only dream of, he has directed a big budget feature film, Inconceivable,
starring no less than Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway and Gina Gershon - but
the road to getting this movie done was anything but smooth, and the
boulders in his Baker's way included studio meddling, lack of trust from
backers, the crew trying to do their own thing, and possibly also lack of
experience on Baker's side (which is never totally admitted to though).
But Baker hasn't been a quitter and got the job done. And for advice,
through prepping for Inconceivable, he turned to some of the best
directors he could get his hands on getting their stories of their first
efforts as pieces of advice, and their conversations have been condensed
into this movie, with the directors in question being Jodie Foster, John
Badham, Adrian Lyne and Taylor Hackford.
Now ok, I have to
admit, the word "iconic" in the title is a tall order this
documentary doesn't fully live up to, as neither the directors interviewed
nor Jonathan Baker nor Inconceivable really deserve that label
(though in my opinion, Jodie Foster is iconic at least as an actress for
sure), but that piece of criticism aside, Becoming Iconic is a
fascinating trip behind the scenes of moviemaking, putting the spotlight
not so much on the glamour and makebelieve but on the dirty side of the
deal, where stuff doesn't always work out like it's supposed to, where
people show their ugly faces, where pressure's weighing down on the
director, where studios lose their touch - all to ultimately create the
dream that is a motion picture. And whether you're a filmmaker yourself or
merely appreciate the art, this movie sure is a - and I repeat myself here
- fascinating eye-opener!