Stanley Kubrick

10 Movie Directors Who Best Fuse Art and Entertainment

By David Zou

Louis Malle

Within the category of narrative fiction film there is a broad range of directors who are either more devoted to film as art or to film as entertainment.

Both art and entertainment serve legitimate functions for viewers but some directors manage to advance the art of cinema while still making enjoyable movies. Here is a list of directors that fall in the middle of these two poles, celebrated for their refined artistic standards but also valued internationally for the entertainment they provide.

10. Wes Anderson


One of the most visually literate directors working today, Anderson’s signature use of color and composition has spawned numerous video parodies circulating online. Although it may be possible to mimic the trappings of his style, it’s Anderson’s quirky humor that remains uniquely his own yet accessible enough to carve out a niche with appreciative fans across the globe.

Ever since the refreshingly original BOTTLE ROCKET was released in 1996, Anderson has continued to create theatrically released feature films, starring accomplished actors such as Bill Murray, at a surprising rate of every two to three years. He’s in an enviable position for any director regardless of their style.

9. Stanley Kubrick


One might argue that Kubrick was more personally concerned with the grand spectacle of the theatrical viewing experience than with film as art. Yet legendary for his uncompromising camerawork, through his sheer force of will, Kubrick advanced the art and technology of cinematography more than any other director on this list.

Unlike the films of famous directors such as Spielberg and Lucas, who are also devoted to the cinema of spectacle, Kubrick’s films can be highly controversial. Viewers often either love or hate a film such as Kubrick’s A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971), due to its deeply provocative themes and techniques.

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10 Great Movies That Are 3 Hours Or Longer

By Dilair Singh

The “television versus film” argument has been around forever, and is quite frankly a little boring at this point. There are positives to both art forms and both don’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

A recurring comparison in the discussion is the idea that television is more akin to great literature, whereas a mediocre film could potentially be seen as an abridged version of the same story.

Here are a few movie titles that serve as an argument for why the lengthy film is still important; they’re clear examples of what film is capable of. Some of the choices might be a little obvious, but they’re still great films worth mentioning. And in certain cases, the line between television vs. film isn’t as clear as you’d think.

1. Dekalog (1988)

This is an interesting case where a work has a muddled reputation; it was originally intended for Polish television, but later found a life on DVD, and blu-ray. Although two of the episodes were made into film versions with longer running times (A Short Film About Love and A Short Film About Killing were adapted from episodes 5 and 6), Dekalog was never screened in North America or available for purchase until 2000.

It is difficult to define Krzysztof Kieślowski’s work as merely one or the other. Regardless of how you view Dekalog: it’s a great example of taking the best aspects of both artforms to produce something truly groundbreaking. The extended format of television is used, combined with conventions typically seen more of in film. It is very telling that Stanley Kubrick, obviously considered one of the most “cinematic” filmmakers, was a fan of Kieslowski’s Dekalog.

2. Casino (1995)

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10 Great Movies That Explore Extreme Human Evil

By Antoni Urbanowicz

Evil is the inseparable element of human existence. For some reason, it fascinates and attracts, especially when it can be discovered without taking an active part in it.

Audiences have also been fascinated by the portrayal of evil and violence in movies since the very dawn of cinema. In the early era of film, the morbid curiosity of moviegoers was fulfilled by so-called “execution films” (e.g. “Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison” in 1901 by Edwin Porter), based on staged, fake executions of ominous criminals. These movies provided a cathartic feeling of relief that the evil has been punished, and fulfilled the emptiness because of the lack of real public executions.

When the ideologically puritanical Hay’s Code was no longer in force in Hollywood, movie directors could finally show evil in its purest form – unrestrained by anything and not always punished. Sometimes they even create a protagonist out of the murderer – a specific anti-hero, who aside from disgust can also raise compassion or sympathy.

Movies from this list are focused, either philosophically or strictly visually, on the subject of evil that one man inflicts on another. Here are the 10 movies about the extreme human evil.

1. A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange

It seemed impossible that Stanley Kubrick could ever top his indisputable masterpiece of science fiction “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968). But what would be the highest peak of the career for many directors, for Kubrick was just the middle of the road. His next movie, “A Clockwork Orange,” an adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel, was further proof of the perfectionist genius of this American director.

The movie’s anti-hero is Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell), the eloquent and charismatic leader of an youth gang in dystopian near-future London. His typical night consists of drinking milk laced with → continue…

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