A Look Back at the Fascinating Rise of Mexican Cinema’s Three Amigos

  When Sean Penn announced Birdman had won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture with his "Who gave this guy a green card?" comment, the ridiculousness of his remark (and the - let's be honest - even more ridiculous outrage afterwards) overshadowed a deeper truth. With the two most recent Best Director Oscars going to … Continue reading A Look Back at the Fascinating Rise of Mexican Cinema’s Three Amigos

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Auteur Arc: Paul Thomas Anderson

Of all the indisputably great American directors, do Paul Thomas Anderson's films demand multiple viewings the most? Scorsese and Coppola made unflinching crime epics that you wanted to see again because of how much fun you had the first time. Kubrick brought so much intensity and terror and wonder to the screen that you couldn't tear your … Continue reading Auteur Arc: Paul Thomas Anderson

Auteur Debuts: Comparing Nolan’s Following and Aronofsky’s Pi

Filmmaking auteurs (writer-directors who are considered the "authors" of their films) are sometimes known for their stunning debuts. Terrence Malick had Badlands (1973), Jean-Luc Godard had Breathless (1960), and Quentin Tarantino had Reservoir Dogs (1992). These are movies that broke onto the scene with fresh, captivating vigor. They broke ground with their original style, announced … Continue reading Auteur Debuts: Comparing Nolan’s Following and Aronofsky’s Pi