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10 Directors Who Made Two Great Films In The Same Year

By Nathan Quick

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For most directors, releasing one great film in a year is an ambitious enough feat. Here are ten directors who were not satisfied with that accomplishment and released not one but two great films in a single year.

10. Steven Soderbergh – 2000 – “Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic”

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“Erin Brockovich” and “Traffic” each garnered five Academy Award nominations, earning Soderbergh the distinction of having directed two Best Picture nominees in the same year. “Erin Brockovich” is the true story of a single mother of three who ends up employed at a law firm where she builds a class action lawsuit against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (for its dishonesty and complacency regarding contaminated groundwater).

Julia Roberts’ turn as Brockovich is one of her best performances, and Soderbergh’s direction is characteristically effective. The underdog-type emotional arc of the story is not anything especially new, but Roberts and Soderbergh give the proceedings a charm that distracts from any predictability in the plot.

“Traffic” is similarly invested in current social issues, specifically the War on Drugs. The film presents three parallel storylines: a police officer and his partner attempting to confront the rampant police and military corruption in Mexico; an Ohioan judge grappling with how to win the unwinnable War on Drugs and rescue his drug-addicted daughter from falling further into her lifestyle; and a Californian woman taking charge of the family drug business following her husband’s imprisonment.

“Traffic” is not a straightforward true story like “Erin Brockovich,” though it does bear resemblance to certain actual events. The story of the judge is the most hackneyed of the three, but it does help to show the futility of political efforts to solve the drug problem.

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10 Great Movies That Should Have Won The Palme d’Or

By Conor Lochrie

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Cannes is a prestigious film festival and the Palme d’Or its most prized award; perhaps the most coveted award in world cinema, for those not of an Academy Award persuasion. Each year, acclaimed auteurs line up with their films to compete, and many have rightly been rewarded for their work.

That’s not to say that the jury are always correct in their final decisions, however. Several times they’ve surprised with their choice, an outright favourite ignored, or a presumed outsider picked. This list, then, considers 10 years when the Palme d’Or went to the wrong film, when a far superior choice was waiting to be crowned.

1. La Haine (1995)
The Winner: Underground

La Haine and Undeground were similar in some small respects: both took important social issues and raised awareness of them, in their own inimitable style. Mathieu Kassovitz, however, was far more successful in his execution.

La Haine was a punchy, forceful drama, a film that hit between the nose and didn’t wait for you to get up. Shot in stark black-and-white, this was a Paris socially and economically a completely different world to another famous film Kassovitz was involved in, Amelie (2001).

There was no colour, no vibrancy, only tension and violence. When the film was released, its impact was so great that Kassovitz and his leading man Vincent Cassel were catapulted to cinematic stardom; neither have left the French or worldwide scene since.

The film was so vital in showing another side to the City of Lights, the poor, multiracial communities suffering quietly under anger, frustration, persecution, and ennui. The greatness of La Haine, however, comes from Kassovitz’s ability to find traces of humanity in every corner of his film.

Whether it be a sympathetic policeman or a frail, old man they meet, everyone → continue…

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The 10 Best Documentaries of 2017

By Vlad Albescu

As with every year, feature films have managed to gather a lot more attention than documentaries in 2017. Take “Icarus,” for example. It just won the Academy Award for Best Documentary at this year’s Oscars. However, it’s gotten 10 times fewer user ratings on IMDb than Best Picture winner “The Shape of Water.”

We can only conclude that people don’t really watch documentary films nowadays. That being said, some of last year’s best films were documentaries. Even more, many of the films on this list were better than most of the feature films that drew out audiences last year.

The number of documentary films released in 2017 is huge and this is without taking into consideration the miniseries documentaries. However, we tried to select the top 10 we think stood out of the crowd.

Let us know in the comments what your favorite 2017 documentary was and which ones you think were snubbed from this list.

10. David Lynch: The Art of Life

David Lynch The Art Life

David Lynch is one of the most fascinating figures in the cinema world and not only there. While many know about Lynch’s films and his television work on “Twin Peaks,” not so much is known about Lynch’s work as a musician and painter. Lynch had a strong artistic vision and a huge desire to make a name for himself from the start, but before being a director, he was a painter.

“David Lynch: The Art of Life” shifts between Lynch sitting in his garden, his 5-year-old daughter Lola watching him as he works on one of his paintings, and old pictures from Lynch’s past, while he recounts his early days from childhood until directing “Eraserhead,” his first feature film.

However, those who are expecting to watch a detailed account of Lynch’s life and to → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema