Neurotic New Yorkers, Queer Mavericks, Swedish close-ups and the art of putting a microphone on every person on set are but a few of the themes explored in PopMatters' first group of ten essential directors, Chantal Akerman through Bernardo Bertolucci. Please note that any perceived omissions were likely on purpose...
From Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour to James Franco's meta-experiment Blade Runner: 2049 and Daniel Day-Lewis's final role, here are the movies you'll want to watch ... and a couple you might not.
The latest picture by Woody Allen unsurprisingly depicts a neurotic, upper-middle class man that seeks help from the women in his life.
The fundamentalist atheism and myopic intellectualism of Woody Allen's latest depiction of an older man/younger woman dynamic makes it a pale imitation of his best work.
Blue Jasmine goes some way towards restoring our faith in Woody Allen's talent. Against the odds, and late in the game, Woody has hit a home run. He actually has returned to form, this time.