Best Picture

10 Directors Who Made Two Great Films In The Same Year

By Nathan Quick

Hearts of Darkness A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

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”

STEVEN SODERBERGH

“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.

The other two storylines are more compelling, and Soderbergh distinguishes the three plot strands from each → 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…

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The 10 Most Overrated Best Picture Winners Ever

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

Emma Stone - Birdman

Every year since 1929, Hollywood has gathered together on one night of the year to recognise excellence in cinematic achievements. Twenty four awards are given out, with their recipients voted for by thousands of Academy members.

The most sought after and recognised award is that of the Best Picture award with the nominees in that category considered to be the best of the best – the films that show the pinnacle of filmmaking that year.

Recently the 90th Academy Awards took place with The Shape of Water winning the highest accolade of Best Picture. As with every Best Picture award given out, there are those who feel that another film was more deserving or that another film has lost out. And with the awards celebrating their ninetieth year – there are bound to be films that the Academy did not make the right choice on.

A Best Picture winner should essentially not only be the best film of the year, but it should also be a film that stands the test of time and can be looked back on as an example of excellent filmmaking.

With that in mind, this list looks at a number of Best Picture winners that may now be considered overrated. This is especially when viewed next to the other nominees of that year. This does not mean that the following films are bad or not great viewing, but there are films from the same year that just pip them to the post as the best film of the year.

10. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog Millionaire was a massive hit with both audiences and critics, starting off as a sleeper hit and eventually earning $378 million at the box office. It was named in various top ten lists in its year of release and widely nominated. → continue…

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