Sunset Gun’s Kim Morgan writes up a nice appreciation for Roman Polanski on his birthday and then lists her favorite of the director’s films:
Roman Polanski is a master. You can think he’s not up to snuff after Chinatown (which is ridiculous, and especially with The Ghost Writer), you can debate about the importance of The Pianist, but after icons like Welles, Kubrick and Altman have left us, Polanski remains one our greatest living filmmakers. An artist who’s crafted numerous iconic classics, and one who could have rested on Chinatown alone, he’s still here — creating challenging, compelling, smart, darkly funny and yes, masterful pictures. It seems impossible for Polanski to not be interesting.
She doesn’t dodge the controversy either but writes more about his work as an artist. It’s always fun to watch the comments flare up whenever this topic is introduced, so don’t hold back, fire away.