Friday, April 17, 2009
Written by S.T. VanAirsdale | 14 Apr 2009, 7:00 AM
Say what you will about the Rush Hour franchise and anything else in Brett Ratner’s cinematic oeuvre, but never accuse the guy of not having taste. The 40-year-old director recently plucked a handful of out-of-print film books from his home library, giving them a long-overdue revival under his new Rat Press imprint. Among them: Jim, filmmaker James Toback’s 1971 memoir about his tense, orgiastic days living with football great Jim Brown; and Lawrence Grobel’s expansive interviews with Marlon Brando and producer Robert Evans. Each approaches their subjects’ legacies with wit, candor and unparalleled access, revealing perspectives that Ratner says have influenced him — and should influence others — for years.
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