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Becoming Iconic: Jonathan Baker

USA 2018
produced by
Daniel Herther, Kevin Koloff (executive), Jonathan Baker (executive) for Baker Entertainment Group
directed by Neal Thibedeau
starring Jodie Foster, John Badham, Taylor Hackford, Adrian Lyne, Nicolas Cage, Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty, Jonathan Baker
music by Paul Hartwig

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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!


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