Category: Great Directors

Great Directors: Steven Soderbergh

The fifth entry in my Great Directors series profiles Steven Soderberg best known for his work with for his work with Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels and Erin Brokovich.  He was born January 14, 1963, in Goergia, in the US.   Steven’s interest in film began at least in high school and, upon graduation, he moved to Hollywood to begin his career.

His first cinematic break was very dramatic and came in the form of sex lies and videotape, which was released in 1989, which received the prestigious Palmes d’Or  at the Cannes Film Festival, the independent spirit award for Best Director, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, with the screenplay having been written by Soderbergh himself, and in 2006 was inducted into the US National Film Registry for preservation. He is prone to casting Julia Roberts, Topher Grace, Don Cheadle, and George Clooney along with many others.  A little known fact is that he often works as his own director of photography under the name of Peter Andrews, which is the first and middle name of his father.

Great Directors: Darren Aronofsky

Fourth in my ongoing Great Directors series is Darren Aronofsky, best known for Pi, and Requiem for a Dream. He was born February 12, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY, and has always had a love for movies. He attended Harvard University and his thesis film Supermarket Sweep is included on the list below as one I have not yet seen and do not feel myself fit to judge or review. That movie starred Sean Gullette, which has since become one of Aronofsky‘s frequent habits in his films.

Aronofsky is known to frequently employ very fast-paced, quick edited montages in his films to help the viewer get more of a feeling for the repeated action that the montage seeks to display. Additionally, he tend to use a camera which is strapped to one of his actors for at least one of the shots in his films and often features string instruments or techno in his movie’s soundtracks.

Great Directors: David Fincher

The second entry in my Great Directors series profiles David Fincher, director of Se7en and Fight Club, among others.  David Fincher’s directorial style seems to always incorporate novel approaches to film-making. When a film’s plot requires a gritty, realistic, but depressing feeling to it Fincher is able to deliver all of that with his directorial skill, as he had to do in making Se7en.   He is similar to Jean-Pierre Jeunet in his command of the visual elements and editing of a film to achieve his goals, but Fincher’s movies are far different than Jeunet’s.

Great Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

This will be my first entry in a series of profiles of directors I believe have made a serious and consistent contribution of quality movies.  It is an annotated list of movies directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet which I have seen and which are available for purchase in DVD format, at the very least, and encoded properly for viewing in North America.  I have left off some titles mostly due to limited availability or in one case because he is still working on the project.  They are predominantly subtitled from French with the exception of Alien: Resurrection.   Jeunet is one of my favorite directors if for no other reason than when I see a movie he has directed, I have yet to find one I disliked.