13 August 2012 10:15 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: So goes the very famous opening to a very famous novel. Back in 1859, that now-immortal line served to summarize an age that Charles Dickens saw as prosperous, civilized and advanced – and at once, frightening, medieval and counter-constructive. It’s a sentiment that works endlessly in a historical sense. But it works, too, for a particular age of cinema.

Yes, the 21st century is an age of endlessly bland low-budget horror features, mindless blockbusters, unnecessary sequels, remakes and prequels… but the 21st century has also proved itself to be a most valuable time for dozens of masterful directors working at the top of their game. These filmmakers strive to innovate, craft and produce films that mark the era, challenge audiences, and shock, surprise and stun without the sacrifice of good narrative, technique and character. These are the directors who »

- T.J. Barnard

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