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Consecutive Films by Great Directors that Changed Film Forever

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The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find directors who directed three or more of the GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME. We’re not talking about just simply great movies. We’re not talking about two great movies and then a pretty good, or bad movie. We’re talking about three or four or more consecutive films that altered the landscape of film and/or changed the language of film forever….

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Best Director: The Visual Effects Masterpiece

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Last year’s Gravity, and Life of Pi the year before, have flipped-flopped the traditional way Best Picture and Best Director have split. When I stood with Steve Pond in the tent at the Spirit Awards the day before the Oscars and I was trying to convince him why I had changed my mind about Gravity winning Best Director and 12 Years a Slave winning Best Picture he was continuing the…

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood Enters Best Picture Race

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Although its reception at Sundance was kind of mezzo mezzo, there is no doubt that Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has the stuff to become one of the nine by year’s end. There are several factors that will contribute to this but the top of the list would be Linklater’s dedication to the project.  Indiewire’s Erik Kohn calls it an “unprecedented achievement in fictional storytelling.”  Starting in 2002, Boyhood tracks a child…

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Best Director: Lost and Found in America

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Variations on a theme running through this year’s strongest five films in the Best Director category — Gravity, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street — all spring from the notion that the main character, or characters, are lost. Literally, accidentally, deliberately. They struggle to find a way home, each hoping to be found again.

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The State of the Race – Directors Break with Consensus

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One of the more interesting questions in this year’s Oscar race is wondering what the Directors branch is going to do. Will their choices be as strange and random as last year, when only two names from the DGA also made Oscar’s list? In 2012, for the first time in Oscar/DGA history, the Academy ballots were turned in before the Directors Guild announced their five nominees. That meant that Academy’s…

THR Directors Roundtable

THR Directors Roundtable

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Writers and Actors roundtables after the cut. (thanks phantom!)

Famous Directors on this Year’s Oscar Contenders

Famous Directors on this Year’s Oscar Contenders

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This Variety spread is pretty great, I must say. In addiction to Ben Affleck on Nicole Holofcener. Here is a sampling: Peter Bogdanovich on Alexander Payne: “You’ll probably think I’m old-fashioned,” John Ford said to me, “but black-and-white is real photography.” On the same subject, Orson Welles referred to black-and-white as “the actor’s friend.” I asked him why. “Because every performance looks better in black-and-white!” The latest proof: Alexander Payne’s…

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The State of the Race: Best Director – Scorsese Clears the Room

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Watch the spankin’ new trailer here. It’s unlikely that 2013, despite the slate of exceptionally good films, will equal last year’s collective box office take. Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained and Les Miserables were all $100 million babies before the Oscars. That’s seven out of nine that made over $100 million. This year, so far, only two films have landed in that…

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Oscarwatch: The Directors

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Argo — Telluride, early September, 2012 The Artist — Cannes, May, 2011 The King’s Speech — Toronto, September, 2010 The Hurt Locker — the previous year, Toronto Film Fest Slumdog Millionaire — Telluride, Toronto, September 2008 No Country for Old Men — Cannes, May, 2007 The Departed — October, 2006 Crash — May, 2005 Million Dollar Baby, December, 2004 Million Dollar Baby was the last film arriving in late release…

Poll: Who Will Win Best Director?

Poll: Who Will Win Best Director?

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If Argo is the consensus vote and runaway winner — we have no director to pair it up with. It boggles my mind but there it is. It happened once before when it was Driving Miss Daisy but that was an easy choice because Oliver Stone had won the DGA and thus, won the Oscar for directing. When there is a split the director almost always goes to the DGA…