RIP Curtis Hanson

I was saddened to hear about Curtis Hanson's death yesterday evening. I had heard he was battling Alzheimer's disease a few years back and made the decision of not publishing anything about it. His family wanted their own privacy and that is what they got. His final film was "Chasing Mavericks" in 2012, a rather underrated film that didn't get the fanbase it deserved, although its 7.2 IMDB rating might persuade more than a few people now to give it a shot on home video. I became a major fan around the time Hanson delivered "L.A. Confidential" which now stands as one of the great noirs of all-time. He followed that up with "Wonder Boys," which is one of the great stoner movies of all-time and he followed that up with "8 Mile" one of the great hip-hop movies of all-time. Just from that streak alone he stands a good chance of  being remembered as an important cinematic maverick. Was he on fire or what at that time? I never met him, but from all indications it seems like he was a very nice, amicable guy. My thoughts are with his loved ones at this given time.