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- May 31, 2004
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- Pike Bishop
Can I add Barry Jenkins to this list of important filmmakers? Moonlight was powerful and exquisitely beautiful. He is a director who knows his light and how to make subtle emotions visible. I think he is a poet of the highest order.
PS - The Coens, Wes Anderson, Tarantino, Scorsese, PT Anderson, Safdie Brothers
They all have distinct and elevated visual styles and creative visions. Their films are almost immediately identifiable as their own. There is authorship and a point of view. They take chances with style and with subject matter. They work outside the traditional Hollywood blockbuster system.Do you see something that all the directors you mention have in common?
They all have distinct and elevated visual styles and creative visions. Their films are almost immediately identifiable as their own. There is authorship and a point of view. They take chances with style and with subject matter. They work outside the traditional Hollywood blockbuster system.
absolutely agree about characters. Also a great knack for casting and tweaking/experimentation with narrative structure. Sound design is also very original.I would add that all of them place a very heavy emphasis on characters and character building. When you watch their pictures you walk away feeling like you met and know the people in them.
I think this generally says something about us as moviegoers. The way we select favorites is often very related to how the characters are presented to us. While all those guys have distinct quirks and visual styles they all definitely want you to feel you know their characters...whether they are good guys or bad they open a door to them for us to step through to put us in their world and make us understand them.
One other observation: rarely, in most of these great director's films, do any of the big dramatic moments or climaxes fall flat. The set up dramatic situations perfectly. They pay them off with electricity, style and emotion. By the way, I seriously liked Sorry to Bother You. A great mash up of styles - a little Get Out, a little Island of Lost Souls, Twlight Zone, with a very relevant profound message.absolutely agree about characters. Also a great knack for casting and tweaking/experimentation with narrative structure. Sound design is also very original.
Right now, at this specific moment in time, the director I'm most excited about is Denis Villeneuve. In 20 years I expect he will be held in the same regard as the ones above.
Sicario and Prisoners are both excellent. Enemy is very weird and not for everyone. I haven't seen any of his French language movies.I got excited about Villeneuve from the one-two punch of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. He was the reason I was so excited about Dune. Sicario hadn't looked like my kind of film, so I didn't see it until after Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. I still need to catch up with his earlier work.
I was gob-smacked recently when I saw an announcement that Netflix is co-producing a TV series that he's writing and directing:Ah, Kore-eda! Always looking forward to his next film.
Sicario and Prisoners are both excellent. Enemy is very weird and not for everyone. I haven't seen any of his French language movies.
Anyone who liked Zodiac would probably like Prisoners. Ironically Jake G is in both films.I really liked Prisoners although it seems it wasn’t as widely seen as it could have been - the director’s slow burn, longer length tendencies are well in effect there but if you have the time I think it pays off.
Because of his skill with long films, I’d really like to see him try his hand on a limited series for a premium outlet, the kind of thing with a single director for all of the episodes that runs about 8 hours. I think he’d excel with that form. I almost think his Dune would have been better in that format than separate films spaced years apart.
One of Ridley’s better films is one that isn’t epic, and doesn’t have a large feel to it-Ridley Scott hands down one of the best. His films always have that grandness, the worlds he creates, and characters as well. This is but a fraction of his amazing accomplishments:
Thelma & Louise