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Using the proprietary powers of the Metascore, everyone’s favorite review aggregator (sorry, Rotten Tomatoes) has ranked the 25 best directors of the 21st century. The results were found by averaging the reviews of filmmakers who have released at least four movies since January 1, 2000, and thus represent more of a number crunch than a subjective list.
As the two lowest-ranked auteurs are tied with an average Metascore of 78.4, essentially anyone who’s released at least one movie that received middling reviews didn’t make the cut — meaning that everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick to Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson won’t be found here.
Topping the list is Alfonso Cuarón, whose average score of 87.5 comes from four highly acclaimed movies: “Gravity” (96), “Y Tu Mamá También” (88), “Children of Men” (84), and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban »
- Michael Nordine
After directing one of the most acclaimed films of 2015, Michael Almereyda is back with “Escapes.” The “Experimenter” writer/director’s latest looks at the life of Hampton Fancher, who wrote and produced “Blade Runner” after a first act in Hollywood based in very different projects. Watch the trailer below.
Here’s the synopsis: “‘Escapes’ blazes a wild path through mid-20th-century Hollywood via the experiences of Hampton Fancher – flamenco dancer, actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic ‘Blade Runner.’ (Fancher also penned the story for its sequel, ‘Blade Runner 2049.’)
“A consummate raconteur, Fancher recounts episodes from his remarkable life — romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry, jealousy, and friendship — matched with a parallel world of film and TV footage wherein Fancher plays cowboys, killers, fops, »
- Michael Nordine
For the most part Sofia Coppola has been spared the coded, patronizing, and often frankly misogynist, criticism leveled at movies by female filmmakers. But that was before the June 23 release of Coppola’s “The Beguiled.” While her overall review rating on Metacritic is 77, something about her rethink of Don Siegel’s 1971 adaptation of the novel by Thomas Cullinan has brought out a few knives.
Some cuts are of the double-standard sort. The same people who love Wes Anderson rip Coppola for being a child of privilege and making movies about those of her class. The same people who love Jason Reitman attack Coppola, implying that she gets work only because she has a father who is a famous director. While Ralph Waldo Emerson said that foolish consistency is a hobgoblin of small minds, this isn’t a consistency of foolishness but of critical fairness.
Is there a reason other than »
- Carrie Rickey
"He's asking you to walk through the front door and you're saying, 'No'?" Grasshopper Film has debuted a trailer for a documentary called Escapes, profiling the life and times of one Hampton Fancher. You may not recognize the name at first, but you will after learning this - Fancher was the original screenwriter on Blade Runner, and also helped write the story for Blade Runner 2049. But this is not his only claim to fame - Fancher is also a flamenco dancer, actor, and producer, and shares many stores in this doc: "romantic misadventures with silver-screen stars, wayward acts of chivalry, jealousy, and friendship." Not only does it give us an inside look at Hollywood life and the various happenings that lead to big moments, but it's also a fascinating look at the life of one man who can't really be defined. The film is executive produced by Wes Anderson, »
- Alex Billington
The new Hollywood documentary “Escapes” tells the story of Hampton Fancher in Fancher’s own words. A strangely-careered dancer, actor, screenwriter, director, and producer, Fancher is particularly notable for having written and produced Ridley Scott‘s “Blade Runner,” as well as being the writer of Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming sequel, “Blade Runner 2049.”
- Eli Fine
It’s exceedingly likely that your primary association with Hampton Fancher is Blade Runner, on which he served as co-writer and executive producer; and if you have another, it’s probably Blade Runner 2049, on which he also served as co-writer and the story’s architect. Little is it known that the scribe, actor, and director has had one of Hollywood’s strangest ascendancies, a trip marked by happenstance, romance, crossing paths with legends, and perhaps divine fate — a series of stories so good that Michael Almereyda (Marjorie Prime, Experimenter) turned them into a feature-length documentary whose intoxicating style is somewhere between the career-spanning De Palma and juxtaposition-heavy films of Thom Anderson (Los Angeles Plays Itself).
Escapes, executive produced by Wes Anderson, begins its theatrical run in just under two weeks, and we’re happy to exclusively debut the trailer courtesy of Grasshopper Film. Word has been strong since it premiered at BAMcinemaFest last month, »
- Nick Newman
Change can be scary — just ask Mindy Kaling.
“I’ve lived in L.A. for 15 years and I’ve never had a second floor,” the Mindy Project star tells Architectural Digest. “Now I do and it’s a little frightening. I’ll watch a murder documentary on Netflix, and I’m too afraid to go upstairs. There have been two nights that I’ve slept on the couch downstairs.”
The actress, 38, played the long game when it came to her neighborhood, admiring the historic area from afar before finally scoring in an off-market deal.
Related: Mindy Kaling Shows Off Her NYC Apartment Makeover, »
- Megan Stein
Part of the appeal of Wes Anderson movies, aside from their immaculate writing and the near-certain presence of Bill Murray, is the way they feel like a portal into a new world. Whether it’s the storybook compositions of his recent movies or the surrealist riffs on action films of Bottle Rocket and The Life Aquatic, everything is immaculately designed and staged, suggesting not just adventure but a rich, lived-in history and sense of order throughout the filmic world. And while we have typically gotten used to visiting those worlds in 90-minute (or so) segments via his films, a subreddit devoted to “Accidental Wes Anderson” finds them out in the real world. It doubles as just a gallery of wonderful photography.
Accidental Wes Anderson might just be my new favorite subreddit https://t.co/LLjZrLe9eV pic.twitter.com/DMpoBXjLLA
— WarStartsAtMidnight (@WSaMPod) June 19, 2017
Bestes Subreddit aller Zeiten: Accidental Wes »
- Clayton Purdom
Less than two weeks after the start of Brexit negotiations, the European Union turned to a familiar place to wrestle with its current identity crisis — the movies.
That was the setting last weekend in the Czech Republic, when European Union representatives gathered at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival to announce the 10 selections for the Lux Film Prize. At a cocktail lounge in the Grandhotel Pupp, Wes Anderson’s inspiration for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” attendees toasted to the promise and hope of Europe’s shared cultural unity — while 473 miles west in Brussels, one member of that union outlined the terms of its removal.
European Parliament sponsors Lux, and the prizemaking will continue throughout the year. This fall at the Venice International Film Festival, those 10 films will be narrowed down to three, which will be subtitled in all 24 official E.U. languages and distributed into every member country, at which »
- Andrew Lapin
Director Wes Anderson has created perhaps the most defined and recognisable aesthetic of his generation, "Wes Anderson-y" now being an adjective used all the time when describing often pastel-coloured, uncannily symmetrical environments. »
- Christopher Hooton
Spider-Man: Homecoming, 2017.
Directed by Jon Watts.
Starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Michael Barbieri, Abraham Attah, Hannibal Buress, Kenneth Choi, Angourie Rice, Michael Chernus, Michael Mando, Logan Marshall-Green, Jennifer Connelly, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Chris Evans.
Several months after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker, with the help of his mentor Tony Stark, tries to balance his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens, New York City while fighting crime as his superhero alter ego Spider-Man as a new threat, the Vulture, emerges
Throughout Spider-Man: Homecoming the titular web-slinger winds up donning a variety of versions of the classic trademark red and blue suit. However, the reasoning is more than just for summer blockbuster over-indulgence, as thematically director Jon Watts (responsible for 2015’s criminally »
- Robert Kojder
Have you ever stumbled upon a location where the symmetry of the space and/or the use of color has made you think, “This looks like a Wes Anderson movie”? You’re definitely not alone.
Read More: Wes Anderson Movies Ranked From Worst To Best
Reddit users from around the world have come together for the coolest cinephile-centric subreddit known to man, Accidental Wes Anderson. The purpose is simple — post pictures of places that look like they’re from a Wes Anderson movie — and the results are absolutely gorgeous. From Hong Kong to Toronto, Scotland, Milan, Brussels and Ukraine, Wes Anderson fans are seeing their beloved auteur’s style in everything from buildings to subway cars, pools, docks, and, of course, hotels and lighthouses.
- Zack Sharf
Oscar-winning actor to attend festival screening of The Pianist.
Us actor Adrien Brody will receive the honorary 2017 Leopard Club Award at this year’s Locarno Film Festival (Aug 2-12).
Brody, an Oscar-winner for his lead performance in Roman Polanski’s 2002 drama The Pianist, will receive his prize on the Piazza Grande on August 4, when the festival will hold a screening of The Pianist with the actor in attendance.
Carlo Chatrian, artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival, commented: “With a richly varied and still flourishing career, Adrien Brody has worked with some of the great American directors, from Coppola to Wes Anderson, from Malick to Soderbergh, always displaying the adaptability and technical skills that put him at ease in a remarkable spectrum of performing registers.
“All the same, this is also a classic case of a single performance which won him a lasting place in movie-lovers’ hearts, not so much for the Academy Award it brought him, as »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
Rome – Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody will be feted by the Locarno Film Festival with its Leopard Club Award for lifetime achievement.
Brody is expected to make the trek to the prominent Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge fare, where his tribute will include an Aug. 4 screening of Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist,” for which Brody won the Academy Award for best actor in 2003, in the lakeside town’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. There will also be a public conversation with the actor.
“Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagination of the movie-going public when he played composer Wladyslaw Szpilman in ‘The Pianist’ (2002), and has since demonstrated his status as one of the most versatile of actors, appreciated by filmmakers in Hollywood and beyond,” the festival said in a statement. Brody won the Oscar when he was 29 years old.
- Nick Vivarelli
Anghus Houvouras on the contemporary Masters of Cinema…
Sometimes a good movie conversation can lead you to interesting places. Take the discussion around the wildly overpraised Baby Driver; a good movie that’s being called a ‘masterpiece’ (it’s not). During the discussion my friend Simon Columb posted this on Twitter:
Edgar Wright ain't no "master". Bloomin' eck pic.twitter.com/4HJzn2sS8X
— Simon Columb (@screeninsight) July 2, 2017
I love Edgar Wright. I’ve watched the entire catalog of his work many, many times. Hell, I’ve watched the two series of Spaced At Least a dozen times. The man has an amazing sense of style and kinetic storytelling that feels uniquely his own. But even with a gun to my head I would not list him among the modern contemporary masters of cinema (even one that shoots cars). But, thanks to that hyperbolic burst of circle-jerk fandom, a thought came to mind? »
- Anghus Houvouras
Tony Revolori is instantly recognizable for his starring roles in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Dope. A Southern California native, the young actor's star continues to shine as Flash Thompson in Spider-Man: Homecoming. His casting was a radical change from previous iterations of Flash. Instead of being a big, white, football player that mercilessly bullies Peter Parker; the character is updated to a small, brown, Latino rich kid that still thrives on bullying Spider-Man's alter ego.
We interviewed Tony exclusively at the press junket for Spiderman: Homecoming in New York City. Tony is an affable, stylish guy. He walks in sporting wavy hair and a beat-poet moustache, definitely an older look than what we've seen on film. Tony spoke at length about being cast by Director Jon Watts. Beyond the physical change of the character, Flash Thompson reflects what bullies are like in modern times. The biggest update »
There’s nothing Tilda Swinton can’t do. The 56-year-old actress is currently starring in Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja,” now available to stream on Netflix, which is the latest in a long history of roles that have completely transformed the way we see Swinton on the big screen. The actress shifts her looks and mannerisms from role to role, refusing to give audiences the same performance twice and constantly redefining the limits of her talent. She’s the closest thing we have to a cinematic chameleon.
“Okja” is the second Bong movie to completely transform Swinton, following her eye-popping presence as the villain in “Snowpiercer.” The word “unrecognizable” is thrown around a lot when talking about Swinton’s recent work, and for good reason. But what unites her many different performances is an unwavering commitment to her characters, »
- Zack Sharf
Everybody loves those Nike Air Mags from Back To The Future Part II, especially since the company actually sells them from time to time, but they’re definitely not the only pair of badass kicks you can usually only find in a movie. There’s also the customized Team Zissou-branded Adidas Roms from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic, which sneaker-loving film buffs have been pestering Adidas to make for years. Finally, the company came through earlier this month, but you may have already missed your chance to buy a pair of the custom blue and yellow Roms.
As reported by Sneaker News (via Vice), Adidas produced a limited run of 100 Team Zissou Roms and sold them exclusively at the We Love Green music festival in Paris in honor of an appearance from Seu Jorge, whose music was featured prominently in the film. Vice has reached out to Adidas »
- Sam Barsanti
Not all advice is good advice, but tips are certainly welcome when they are coming from the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wong Kar-Wai, Andrea Arnold and many more. The best directors working today have given their fair share of advice in various interviews over the years, and IndieWire has rounded up some of the best answers for a complete guide to 30 essential directing tips.
Read More: 30 Essential Directing Tips From 30 Master Filmmakers
In the gallery attached, filmmakers weigh in on everything from the writing process to the on set experience of working with actors. A common thread among all of the filmmakers is the need for the director to stick with his or her vision and do whatever it takes to facilitate that vision, whether that means collaborating with other people or saying “no” to producers or any other potential influencer.
Other directors in the gallery include Ava DuVernay, »
- Zack Sharf
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- Zack Sharf
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