Hollywood is a risky business and the most experienced know that there is no ‘winning strategy’ or a tried-and-tested formula for grandeur (unlike Bollywood). People would love to debate with me on this notion but trust me, these days the audience is more capable. We all are connected to each other and look for quality in every movie. I guess that’s why the Internet movie database exists (IMDB). Any movie below 7.0 doesn’t even pique our interest.
And there are scores of directors out there, working really hard and putting in their life’s passion into what they make. But only a few are able to achieve the ‘Spielberg’ status. The number of directors left dangling around is just unthinkable, but this article right here is a way to put some light in their works. I want to do as much as I can so that the people can appreciate good movies, for they hold sacred to me.
Literally! I’m not even kidding. I hold immense respect for Spielberg, Kubrick and Scorsese but here is a list of directors I believe should be equally valued.
THE UNDERDOG: WES ANDERSON
Wes Anderson movies are authentic, sublime and full of art. He really has a unique way of cinematography, which (sort of) follows a theatrical format. And his choices of colours to convey an emotion are usually vibrant. All in all, he makes really colourful movies with a lot of emotions. You will laugh, you will cry and you will fall in love with his work. Such is the case in The Royal Tenenbaums, which is a movie about a high-class family of misfits. I still consider Ben Stiller’s acting in it as one his finest. When he tries animation, he forsakes the neatness of CGI for the handmade imperfections of stop-motion - yes, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
His works are really distinctive and scream passion all around. Yet, he remains unsolicited in the world of cinema. Oh, I wish you could see all of his movies.
Watch list: The Darjeeling Limited, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Rushmore and a few more.
THE CHAMPION: STANLEY KUBRICK
Kubrick died in 1999 but his movies are still shining brighter than ever. That brings me to his direction, The Shining (one of Jack Nicholson’s best acting achievements). His elaborate research about the subjects, the intricate detailing of the sets and his love for perfection is all but just minor factors of his success. The real deal being that he saw something that others never understood. Noticing every perspective and combining his voracious passion for adapting screenplays, he even consulted with authors during the shooting his films. Though everyone knows about his spat with author of The Shining, Stephen King, but it was Kubrick who popularised materialistic shots and distinctive screenplays in modern day cinema - ones you can notice in Anderson’s works (with a tinge of Sophia Coppola’s artistic nuance). There is literally no need for me to explain anything further for him. He is a legend and will always be one; a shining one (get the pun?)
Watch: A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and lots more.
THE UNDERDOG: THE WACHOWSKIS
You may not know who Lana and Andy Wachowski are. But trust me once you know who they are, what they do and what they can create; you’d wish you had known them earlier. Sci-fi fanatics, hello? This is your call to epic-ness. I will come to their gargantuan creations later (which will definitely leave you awed) but first with the technicalities. Yes, they love fighting sequences, big budget bashes and over-the-top storyline. But trust me, they all work out, immensely well so. The good thing is that Lana (previously Laurence) and Andy make all of their movies together under the name of the Wachowski Brothers (Lana formerly being a transgender; it’s a super delicate story and must be read online). So their collaborations are priceless even so.
Watch: The Matrix Trilogy (AHA!), V for Vendetta (NO F***ING WAY!) and Cloud Atlas.
THE CHAMPION: QUENTIN TARANTINO
He does what he does best - a good old-fashioned fighting sequence. His movies are indeed classic (considering Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill) and are predominantly known for their focussed storylines and for the aestheticisation of violence - a constant element of the neo-noir filmmaking and spaghetti Western influences. All of these just mean that a lot of gunshots and blood are going to spill so please read the parental advisory guide before watching.
Tarantino needs no introduction, really. His movies are legends, himself, more so - the best part of his creation being the easy-to-understand language. A lot of f***s, s***t, c*ck and p***ies, but they do the job. Like we do in real life.
Watch (really?): Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill (all volumes), Django Unchained, Reservoir Dogs and so much more.
(Did I mention his Clint Eastwood-esque screenplay?)
To be continued …