Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Auteurs #30: Jason Reitman

One of the most fascinating filmmakers to emerge in the world of cinema in the past decade, Jason Reitman is someone who likes to march to the beat of his own drums to explore unique individuals who deal the realities of their life in very different ways. The son of famed comedy filmmaker Ivan Reitman, Jason Reitman would utilize his own idea of humor while meshing it with drama to explore characters who have a hard time with themselves. With his most recent film in Labor Day showcasing a major departure of sorts from the filmmaker. It is clear that Reitman is someone who is willing to films that are engaging no matter what kind of story it is.

Born Montreal, Quebec in Canada on October 19, 1977, Jason is the first of three children his father Ivan and mother Genevieve Roberts would later have two girls in actress/film critic Catherine in 1981 and Caroline a few years later. In the late 1970s and into the early 1980s, Ivan Reitman was becoming a major name for Canadian production as he helped springboard the career of Canadian horror filmmaker David Cronenberg while Reitman himself would make Bill Murray into a major film star with films that Reitman directed in 1979’s Meatballs and 1981’s Stripes. In the early 1980s when the Reitman family moved to Los Angeles where Ivan would go on to forge a highly-successful career as a comedy filmmaker. Jason would appear in many of his father films in small roles during the late 80s and early 90s as he would also become a production assistant where he would learn the trade in becoming a filmmaker.

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