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All 5 Edgar Wright Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By David Zou

Edgar Wright is one of the best directors working today. He is the Millenial answer to Quentin Tarantino, a pop culture saturated savant that is able to craft wholly unique narratives out of 100’s of other building blocks. Edgar is so unique and fresh a voice that we had to import him over from the UK. And the fact that his work hasn’t connected in a broad audience way until recently hasn’t stopped him from trucking along, his talent so obvious to anyone who meets him that he was always gonna be working.

What’s even more amazing is that he has yet to make a bad movie, seemingly getting better every time he makes a film. Even if the story itself isn’t as fresh as his others, his filmmaking just gets more on point as he gets older. One just has to look at his latest movie, “Baby Driver”, to see that. Is it as original as his debut? No, it is definitely more indebted to his influences that his other movies. But all of the technical aspects have just been executed to perfection, making audiences just dizzy with excitement.

And it’s nice to know that even with massive setback/disappointment of leaving “Ant-Man”, he was able to bounce back with an excellent genre exercise that shows him at peak performance. In honor of his newest cinematic victory, it seems to be a perfect time to take a look back at his career of media savvy mastery.

5. The World’s End

The World's End (2013)

It’s not that this is a bad movie. It’s just that it has one of the most unearned third acts in recent memory. The entire the run time, the movie is setting → continue…

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Filmmaker Quotes: Morgan Freeman, Anna Kendrick, Quentin Tarantino, Audrey Hepburn, David Cronenberg & Lauren Bacall

By Dennis Hartwig

Some inspiring and thought provoking quotes from Morgan Freeman, Anna Kendrick, Quentin Tarantino, Audrey Hepburn, David Cronenberg and Lauren Bacall.

You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you.

Morgan Freeman

Being well adjusted is probably fucking overrated.

Anna Kendrick

When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’

Quentin Tarantino

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!

Audrey Hepburn

Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion.

David Cronenberg

Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards in a rapidly changing world.

Lauren Bacall

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10 Great Movies From The 21st Century That Deserve More Attention

By Alvin Chung

Almost two decades into the 21st century, some may think the cinema is in decline. At times there’s the impression that this century’s best films are products of nostalgia. For example, La La Land is a homage to Golden Age Hollywood and French New Wave musicals, or the works of Quentin Tarantino are mere pastiches of old B-movies.

To prove this view false, here is a list of great 21st century films that deserve more attention. With each film as evidence, it is clear that contemporary cinema is as innovative as in the older times. Some works on this list are by the old masters such as Werner Herzog, Ingmar Bergman, and Andrzej Wajda. While others are made by obscurer directors from non-English speaking regions such as Greece and Hong Kong.

Some of the movies deal with history, some are pure fiction. The films’ common feature is their deep attention to the universal human experience. These motion pictures are chosen for both their technical virtuosity and intellectual depth while being at the same time great entertainments.

10. Invincible (2001)

Werner Herzog’s minor masterpiece recounts the life of an extraordinarily strong Jewish blacksmith in Nazi Germany. The film treats historical cruelty with imaginative powers. In a dream sequence, crabs walk along railway tracks amidst the fog, waiting for the train to come, as if mourning the Jewish tragedy.

Tim Roth’s portrayal of the Nazi-affiliated astrologer, Erik Jan Hanussen, is particularly gripping. Like his intricate performances in Quentin Tarantino’s works (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight), Roth’s charisma dominates each frame. He crafts Hanussen’s fears and discontents with studied control while preserving the character’s mystery.

On a side note, Invincible should be compared to István Szabó’s Hanussen:Hitler’s Astrologer (1988). Szabó sympathizes with the character while Herzog sees him as wholly unpleasant. The → continue…

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10 Good Directors Who Haven’t Made A Good Movie in Ages

By Allan Khumalo

Hearts of Darkness A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

It’s a given that even good directors will make at least one bad film throughout their career. Quentin Tarantino famously stated that he’ll like to retire after his 10th film because he’d like to maintain some consistency in his filmography, and he has a point – there are some directors who’ve never made a bad film (depending who you ask), like Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson.

It’s true that once you get older or have been in the industry for a long time it’s hard to remain consistent due to various factors. Maybe it’s a lack of interest, difficulty choosing the right projects, being out of touch, failing to live up to certain expectations, becoming repetitive or simply reaching your peak.

M. Night Shyamalan is currently experiencing a career resurgence, proving that it’s never too late to turn things around. The same could be said of Tim Burton if you enjoyed “Frankenweenie” and “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”, which depends on how much of his style you can still enjoy.

Whatever the reason, the following directors have failed to live up to their former glory and are currently stuck in a slump. Naturally, it’s all a matter of opinion, but comparing their current output to their salad days you can’t help but feel a little disappointed.

1. Cameron Crowe

The one thing Cameron Crowe has done is live an interesting life. As a writer for Rolling Stone magazine at a young age, the magazine would send him to interview rock bands that were difficult or wanted nothing to do with the magazine. It’s those experiences that inspired his coming-of-age dramedy, “Almost Famous”, about a teenage rock journalist on tour with a fictional rock band who expose him to sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll, of course.

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6 Reasons Why “The Hurt Locker” Is One of The Best Modern War Movies

By Rashawn Prince

There’s one genre in cinema that attracts some of the greatest directors of all time, from Sergei Eisenstein, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Christopher Nolan – films about war. They have been brought to the screen by many legendary filmmakers who all try to capture the bravery, insanity, and brutal realities of warfare with their own unique vision.

There was a period in Hollywood when war movies frequently played in theaters; those post-World War II films glamorized the allied victory during the most important conflict of the 20th century. Things would take a darker tone decades later when filmmakers’ disillusion with the Vietnam War told a more realistic and unflinching look at the horrors of modern warfare.

Each generation of filmmakers tells stories from their own historical perspectives, and for a country like the United States, which has been at war for nearly 20 years, one would think there would be a slew of war movies that take place in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, for close to two decades, there have only been a handful of movies that deal with our current military quagmire.

The invasion of Iraq has gone down in history as one of the most controversial military conflicts the United States has engaged in since the Vietnam War. Without a nationwide draft and with a all-voluntary military fighting overseas, the current war has little impact on the majority of Americans back home, making the conflict in Iraq an afterthought for the majority of moviegoers. When film “The Hurt Locker”, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, was released in 2008, the conflict in Iraq finally had a defining movie that showed the hellish realities our current generation of soldiers must face.

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