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NYTimes: ‘Space Odyssey of Danny Boyle’

NYTimes: 'Space Odyssey of Danny Boyle'

I’ve always been a big Danny Boyle fan, from the first moments of watching Shallow Grave on VHS, to 1996 when I watched Trainspotting three times in one weekend at the theater. Since then, he’s had his ups and downs and his brushes with Hollywood that have ended in mediocrity (A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach). But he rebounded with 28 Days Later and Millions. Now, we have Sunshine to look forward to. I couldn’t be more excited for it. And his announced follow-up, a project called Slum Dog Millionaire, sounds very promising too. In Sunday’s New York Times, Dennis Lim chats with Boyle about his very diverse canon of film projects:

Does he really think “Shallow Grave” was his career peak? “I’m not saying it’s the best one, but in some way it is and will always be the best one,” he said. “Everything after the first one is business. There’s something about that innocence and joy when you just don’t quite know what you’re doing.”

Mr. Boyle permitted himself another moment of introspection. His movies bear so little obvious relation to one another perhaps because they are devoted to recapturing the magic of the first time. “One thing you can do is change the technology you work with,” he said. “That can be an enormous rebirth. You can also change genres a lot. You don’t go back to what you’ve done. You do something that leaves you as a learner again.”

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