Director Retrospective: Julie Taymor

Director Retrospective: Julie Taymor Special Edition: Women Directors As stated in my most recent retrospective installments, I’m spending the next several weeks looking specifically at the works of women filmmakers — particularly those directors with fewer than 10 films (as that’s normally the minimum threshold for my typical director retrospectives).  So far, we’ve explored the filmographies Read more about Director Retrospective: Julie Taymor[…]

Director Retrospective: Kelly Reichardt

Director Retrospective: Kelly Reichardt Special Edition: Women Directors As stated in my most recent retrospective installments, I’m spending the next several weeks looking specifically at the works of women filmmakers — particularly those directors with fewer than 10 films (as that’s normally the minimum threshold for my typical director retrospectives).  So far, we’ve explored the filmographies Read more about Director Retrospective: Kelly Reichardt[…]

Director Retrospective: Sofia Coppola

Director Retrospective: Sofia Coppola Special Edition: Women Directors As stated in my last retrospective installment, I’m spending the next several weeks looking specifically at the work of women filmmakers — particularly those with fewer than 10 films (as that’s the threshold for my typical director retrospectives).  Last time, I took a look at arguably the Read more about Director Retrospective: Sofia Coppola[…]

Director Retrospective: Jane Campion

Director Retrospective: Jane Campion Special Edition: Women Directors After a break for Summer, I thought it would be a nice time to resume my exploration of the filmographies of various important directors — but with a twist.  For my previous 25 directorial retrospectives (how in the world did I watch that many movies last year?!?!), I Read more about Director Retrospective: Jane Campion[…]

Director Retrospective: Richard Linklater

Director Retrospective: Richard Linklater In my last Director Retrospective, we looked at the films of 1970s & 1980s director Hal Ashby, a director whose work I greatly enjoyed exploring (well…at least his 1970s films).  But that got me to wondering if there were any contemporary directors who reminded me Ashby — i.e. his various emotional Read more about Director Retrospective: Richard Linklater[…]

Director Retrospective: Hal Ashby

Director Retrospective: Hal Ashby For my last retrospective (on director Mike Leigh), I mentioned that one of the things that I found myself increasingly drawn to about Leigh’s work was just how consistently underappreciated and underwatched it was (at least among the casual American audience).  So…after a bit of a hiatus for travel, I thought Read more about Director Retrospective: Hal Ashby[…]

Director Retrospective: Mike Leigh

Director Retrospective: Mike Leigh In the previous installment of my Director Retrospective project, we took a long look at the films of Sam Peckinpah, a director very interested in exploring American mythos and masculinity (particularly in his explorations of “the West”).  So I thought it might be fun to shift gears a bit — to Read more about Director Retrospective: Mike Leigh[…]

Director Retrospective: Sam Peckinpah

Director Retrospective: Sam Peckinpah For my previous director retrospective, I explored the films of Kathryn Bigelow — a female director whose works are often surprisingly interested in engaging with themes of masculinity.  Following that, for this particular installment of my ongoing project, I thought it might be interesting to turn the “masculinity” up to eleven Read more about Director Retrospective: Sam Peckinpah[…]

Director Retrospective: Kathryn Bigelow

Director Retrospective: Kathryn Bigelow For the next part of my ongoing Director Retrospective project (where I watch and then review the works of directors with at least 10 films), we finally have the opportunity to consider something that I’ve been wanting to for awhile — i.e. the filmography of a female director.  In this case, Read more about Director Retrospective: Kathryn Bigelow[…]

Director Retrospective: Guillermo del Toro

Director Retrospective: Guillermo del Toro After a break for traveling and visiting family and not watching many movies, it’s time for another retrospective in my ongoing project.  And hot off the heels of declaring his most recent film as my favorite of 2017 (so far) and his win for “Best Director” at the Golden Globes, Read more about Director Retrospective: Guillermo del Toro[…]