Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard celebrates his 82nd birthday today. Love him or hate him, and his peers are split on this, he remains a huge figure in world cinema, and every movie lover owes it to him/herself to explore Godard's work.
Though this writer's less enamored of Godard's work than in previous years (CONTEMPT/LE MEPRIS remains my favorite of his films, maybe because it's the least hectoring), I'm fully aware that cinema would be less rich without his influence. Or his ongoing presence - having enjoyed grappling with FILM SOCIALISME, I'm cautiously optimistic about his forthcoming ADIEU AU LANGAGE (and, since it's apparently in 3-D, wondering if any 'plex nearby will be perverse enough to book it).
And outside the grindhouse, Godard's trailers are simply the greatest.