Wes Anderson

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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BVOD (Blockchain Video on Demand), “Crewfunding” and VR Enthusiasm at the EFM’s Horizons Section

By Tiffany Pritchard

Artificial intelligence (AI), the blockchain and mixed reality were at the center of the recently completed Berlin Film Festival’s newly expanded Horizons section. Taking place within the European Film Market (EFM), the 2018 program’s focus on buzzy technological innovations bucked the predictions of some skeptics by drawing sold-out crowds and with several tech companies choosing the festival to launch their platforms. The continued expansion of virtual reality (VR) was also in discussion, with a wide range of projects, including the virtual behind-the-scenes of Wes Anderson’s opener Isle of Dogs, available for viewing in the festival’s inaugural VR cinema. EFM Director […] → continue…

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15 Movie Directors Who Make The Most Visually Stunning Films

By Shane Scott-Travis

So much of what makes cinema so engaging and exciting is the awe-inspiring visuals that they contain. These stirring visuals have captured our imaginations and lit up living rooms, bijous, drive-in, and multiplexes the world over for generations.

Taste of Cinema’s tireless and exciting search for the most visually exquisite filmmakers was no easy charge, and not one we undertook lightly. The assembled list presented here offers up the finest filmmakers of dazzling depth, stirring symmetry, gorgeous framing, and assured grace.

But of course we couldn’t get to them all, and that’s why you’ll find a considerable “honorable mention” section following the list and why we also encourage you to add names of those we overlooked in the comments below. As ever, thanks for reading and enjoy!

15. Wes Anderson

Director Wes Anderson

A prominent American filmmaker since he first appeared on the scene in 1996 with his debut feature film, Bottle Rocket, Texas-born director Wes Anderson has amassed a very distinctive, idiosyncratic, and singular body of work.

While his critics and detractors may never warm to Anderson’s sweet-tooth cinema spoils and auteur labelling, his colorful and quirky comedy dramas (such as Rushmore [1998], The Royal Tenenbaums [2001], The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou [2004], and Moonrise Kingdom [2012]) have won critical acclaim, endless plaudits, cult status, and deep devotion from fans.

Other films from Anderson include his highly stylized comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), which smartly contrasts that fast-paced and multi-character story with melancholy, dazzling production design, varied film formats (2.35:1, 1.85:1, and the classic 1.33:1), elaborate costumes, and an all-star cast.

And while the Grand Budapest Hotel may well be Anderson’s most exhaustive, integrated and delicious offering to date, it may well be that his stop-motion animated films, The Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) and Isle of Dogs (2018) → continue…

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