I like your movies. States of Grace is wonderful. That scene where the ex-gang member buries his weapons is one of my favourite moments in recent cinema. It’s not quite up with Keanu Reeves’ bullet time move in the Matrix, or when Simon Pegg lobs old LP’s at rampaging zombies in Shaun of the Dead, but it’s close enough. Good work so far, sir.
Now, I haven’t seen Falling. It sounds interesting and I may well watch it (if I can get the DVD here in England), but I want you to know that this billboard is a colossal act of stupidity. It makes me less inclined to watch your film, not because I give two monkeys about its R-rating, but because it’s just so, well, stupid and needlessly provocative.
Is this the first Mormon movie to feature naked people?* Is this the first Mormon movie which features people’s heads being blown off? Who cares? The real question is, why else should we watch this film?
RJH, an erstwhile admirer
P.S. Again, it’s not the R-rating but the billboard’s gleeful fetishising of the R that is silly. I fear you may just have sullied your back catalogue, which is a shame. You are right that Mormon cinema is largely rubbish, but now that Dutcher apparently revels in the Dark Side, those good Mormon folk who ought to see Brigham City or States of Grace will be less inclined to do so. C’mon, Richard.
P.P.S. Hopefully we can blame your marketing folk.