Category Archives: The Auteurs

Zwigoff-Ghost World April 06

The Auteurs: Terry Zwigoff

Among the group of filmmakers who helped to make the documentary film genre a viable place in the world of American cinema, Terry Zwigoff is a figure that has managed to carve out his own unique space in independent films. Similar to those he has profiled in his documentaries and narrative films, Zwigoff is an […]

McQueen-Shame March 14

The Auteurs: Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen is a filmmaker who has made quite a name for himself thanks to films that capture the darker aspects of humanity. Starting out in the world of art, his artistic background is prominent in his trio of celebrated cinematic works. Though he only has three films to his credit, McQueen has already become […]

Amenábar-The Others February 16

The Auteurs: Alejandro Amenábar

Among one of the finest figures in Spanish cinema, Alejandro Amenábar is a filmmaker who arrived on the scene during a new wave of Spanish films in 1990’s. His films often tell stories of struggle and darkness while effortlessly reconfiguring genre tropes and molding them into something new. Whether exploring themes of death or examining […]

Lynch4-Lady Blue January 06

The Auteurs: David Lynch (Part 4)

Part 4: (2003-Present) Fully embracing digital media, David Lynch continues to make works of art on his own terms. Jumping from features to shorts to commercials to everything in between, Lynch’s creative juices show no signs of slowing down. Of course this is good news to for his fans, especially those who are eagerly awaiting […]

Lynch3-MulhollandDr. January 05

The Auteurs: David Lynch (Part 3)

Part 3: (1993-2002) After several highs and lows, this particular period found David Lynch defying expectations. While he continued to make films that challenged audiences, he also showed that he was still more than capable of making works that had mainstream appeal. Hotel Room After two-years of working in television, David Lynch was planning to […]

TWIN PEAKS January 04

The Auteurs: David Lynch (Part 2)

Part 2 (1981-1992) In this stage of his career, Lynch began to make his ascension up the Hollywood ranks. In demand, Lynch had the chance to work on several high profile films. However, it would be one of his indie films and a quirk television show that helped to define him as an artist. Dune […]

Eraserhead January 03

The Auteurs: David Lynch (Part 1)

If there’s one filmmaker in the late 20th Century whose name is synonymous with the world of surrealism it’s David Lynch. With films ranging from the strange and violent to odd tales of Americana, Lynch is a filmmaker that refuses to limit himself. Whether it’s in film, television, music, art, or literature, Lynch is an […]

Jacques Tati-Playtime October 04

The Auteurs: Jacques Tati

Among one of the masters in the art of comedy, Jacques Tati was someone who could effortlessly blend humor with social commentary like no other. He took the pantomime style of Charles Chaplin and infused it with a whimsical persona that was infectious. Though he only made six feature films, and a handful shorts, in […]

Irreversible August 29

The Auteurs: Gaspar Noé

One of the most controversial filmmakers working in cinema today, Gaspar Noé is someone who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of film and provoke audiences in the process. His films are often provocative tales that feature graphic and honest depictions of human sexuality. He is also not afraid to show the brutal ugliness that […]

Bennet Miller - Moneyball August 02

The Auteurs: Bennett Miller

Though he has only made four feature films, Bennett Miller has quickly become one of the most intriguing filmmakers currently working in American cinema. He crafts fascinating character studies of real-life individuals who find themselves in unique and complicated situations. The characters in Miller’s films are figures whose environments play a crucial role in the […]

Dolan - Heartbeats July 01

The Auteurs: Xavier Dolan

Among the crop of new filmmakers to emerge in recent years, there is no one who has brought ferocity and excitement to the realm of cinema better than Xavier Dolan. Though he started out as a child actor, the French-Canadian director, at 26-years-old no less, already has five astonishing films under his belt. Unafraid to […]

Birdman3 June 09

The Auteurs: Alejandro González Iñárritu

One of the key figures in the new wave of Mexican films, Alejandro González Iñárritu has managed to bring something intriguing to the world of film. His unflinching depictions of death and despair often speak to the universal struggles and complexities within humanity. Recently winning an Oscar for his fifth film, and currently working on […]

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The Auteurs: Bong Joon-ho

One of the figures of the Korean New Wave movement in the late 1990s/early 2000s, Bong Joon-ho is a filmmaker that is known for making dark films that defy convention. Never wanting to be pigeonholed as a filmmaker, Bong continually challenges himself by tackling various genres. His films always manage to offer some glimmer of […]

Schnabel-Basquiat March 23

The Auteurs: Julian Schnabel

Initially gaining fame as an artist, Julian Schnabel transitioned his creative passions into films that explored individuals dealing with the trials and tribulations of life. While Schnabel only has a handful of films under his belt, and an overall approach to filmmaking that differs from his peers, he has quickly emerged as one of cinema’s […]

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The Auteurs: Julie Taymor

One of the daring visionaries in the world of film and theatre, there is definitely no one like Julie Taymor. Known for both her visual extravagance as well as creating unique interpretations of famous stories, she has garnered quite a reputation despite only having a small number of films to her credit. The stories she […]

Baumbach-the_squid_and_the_whale February 03

The Auteurs: Noah Baumbach

One of the new voices to emerge in the mid-1990s, Noah Baumbach is a filmmaker that has a talent for making compelling films about people dealing with changes in their lives. After bursting onto the scene with his first feature film in 1995’s Kicking and Screaming, his career came to a brief halt following back-to-back […]

Truffaut2-Love on the run January 06

The Auteurs: François Truffaut (Part 2)

After a decade that redefined cinema, the French New Wave movement came to an end in 1970. Many of the influential figures in the movement were forging their own identities in the world of cinema. For François Truffaut, the 70’s mark decade where he would make a slew of diverse films. These works didn’t just […]

Truffaut-antonieandcolette January 05

The Auteurs: François Truffaut (Part 1)

A founding figure of the French New Wave movement that reshaped cinema, François Truffaut is one of France’s greatest treasures. Making 21 feature films and 4 shorts from 1955 to 1983, there was no filmmaker during that period who explored ideas of love and youth better than he did. Prolific until his death in 1984, […]

Soderbergh - Magic Mike December 07

The Auteurs: Steven Soderbergh (Part 2)

After a period of successes and failures, that culminated with winning an Oscar for Traffic in 2000, the next phase of Steven Soderbergh’s career was a mixture of commercially-viable pictures and experimental works. He challenged himself creatively and took a more hands on approach in regards to cinematography and editing. Becoming a major player in […]

Soderbergh - erin-brockovich December 06

The Auteurs: Steven Soderbergh (Part 1)

One of the key figures in launching a new wave of American independent cinema in the 1990s, Steven Soderbergh is a filmmaker whose diverse array of films is unmatched. His films often focus on people who struggle with the realities of their situations. Whether it’s in polished studio releases or offbeat/experimental pieces, Soderbergh always keeps […]