THE ERRATIC AUTEUR
Cameron Crowe 13 credits
Cameron Crowe might have won us all over with his boombox scene or his “Tiny Dancer” singalong, but in recent years, his tricks have started to feel like just that — cheap moves to tug at our heartstrings. “Elizabethtown” (2005) was a special kind of misfire that was somehow outdone by this year’s mess of “Aloha.” Nomatter, as Crowe is set to direct a pilot for Showtime, even if it appears to have hit a snag, with the lead recently being recast.
See also: Jason Reitman, a filmmaker of such extremes that it’s impossible to predict whether he will churn out a gem like “Up in the Air” (2009) or an unwatchable debacle in the vein of last year’s “Men, Women & Children.”