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Dear Mr. Brody Director Keith Maitland on His Fascinating Documentary and the Fate of All Those Unopened Letters

April 29, 2022 | By
<i>Dear Mr. Brody</i> Director Keith Maitland on His Fascinating Documentary and the Fate of All Those Unopened Letters

Those who read my Top 10 list last year might recall that my #2 movie of 2021 was the documentary Dear Mr. Brody, which told the incredible story of Michael Brody Jr., a 21-year-old hippie millionaire who in 1970 promised to give away his $25 million inheritance in an effort to usher in a new... »

Director Series: Robert Eggers on His Epic Journey in Making Revenge-Fueled Viking Movie The Northman

April 21, 2022 | By
Director Series: Robert Eggers on His Epic Journey in Making Revenge-Fueled Viking Movie <i>The Northman</i>

Ever since his debut feature The Witch premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Robert Eggers has established a reputation as a visionary auteur, something fully confirmed a few years later by his second feature, the black-and-white oddity The Lighthouse. Now, Eggers returns to theaters with The Northman, an expensive Viking epic and a film... »

All the Old Knives Director Janus Metz on Why He Wanted to Work With Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton and a Female DP

April 8, 2022 | By
<i>All the Old Knives</i> Director Janus Metz on Why He Wanted to Work With Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton and a Female DP

I first heard of Danish director Janus Metz when he made the 2010 war documentary Armadillo, which featured striking poster art depicting a hand grenade with the veins and ventricles of a human heart. It was the kind of poster that made you want to see the movie. It was seven years before Metz made his feature... »

Umma Director Iris K. Shim on the Duality of Identity Within Her Sandra Oh-Led Horror Movie

March 23, 2022 | By
<i>Umma</i> Director Iris K. Shim on the Duality of Identity Within Her Sandra Oh-Led Horror Movie

The Evil Dead director Sam Raimi returns to his genre roots with the release of Umma, which marks the feature directorial debut of up-and-coming filmmaker Iris K. Shim (The House of Suh). The supernatural thriller stars two-time Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Grey’s Anatomy) as Amanda, who is living a secluded life on a remote property where... »

X Director Ti West on His Sex-Themed Slasher Movie and His First Question for Potential Cast Members

March 16, 2022 | By
<i>X</i> Director Ti West on His Sex-Themed Slasher Movie and His First Question for Potential Cast Members

Writer-director Ti West has been doing the “elevated horror” thing since long before A24, the distributor of his new film X, made the subgenre cool. The filmmaker made a name for himself with his low-budget independent horror movies House of the Devil (2009) and The Innkeepers (2011) before changing things up a bit with his 2013 horror-thriller The Sacrament (produced by Eli Roth and... »

Director Series: Joe Wright Explores the Many Colors of Love in Cyrano

February 22, 2022 | By
Director Series: Joe Wright Explores the Many Colors of Love in <i>Cyrano</i>

Over the course of his 25-year career, British filmmaker Joe Wright has directed two movies to Best Picture nominations and three actors to Oscar-nominated performances — including Gary Oldman‘s only Oscar win for Darkest Hour — but Cyrano might be one of Wright’s best films to date. It’s also the director’s first full-on movie musical, as it uses the... »

Catch the Fair One Director Josef Kubota Wladyka on Making the Distinctive Crime Movie

February 11, 2022 | By
<em>Catch the Fair One</em> Director Josef Kubota Wladyka on Making the Distinctive Crime Movie

Josef Kubota Wladyka’s Catch the Fair One is a pretty special film, co-written and starring real-life boxer Kali “KO” Reis, though it’s not exactly a boxing movie, per sé. Instead, Reis stars as Kaylee, an indigenous boxer who has been looking for her missing younger sister. Going off on her own investigation, Kaylee comes... »

Director Series: Being the Ricardos Allows Aaron Sorkin to Create His Strongest Biopic Yet

December 21, 2021 | By
Director Series: <em>Being the Ricardos</em> Allows Aaron Sorkin to Create His Strongest Biopic Yet

Aaron Sorkin was already one of the most renowned screenwriters in Hollywood with multiple Emmys and a single Oscar (for writing David Fincher’s The Social Network), when he decided to go behind the camera to direct one of his own scripts. That movie, 2018’s Molly’s Game, earned Sorkin another Oscar nomination, as did last... »

Director Series: Filmmaker Johannes Roberts Reinvents Resident Evil with a Faithful-to-Game Prequel 

November 23, 2021 | By
Director Series: Filmmaker Johannes Roberts Reinvents <em>Resident Evil</em> with a Faithful-to-Game Prequel 

After directing the shark movies, 47 Meters Down and its sequel, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, filmmaker Johannes Roberts had to figure out what to do next. Although Sony Pictures and Screen Gems had already made six Resident Evil movies with Paul WS Anderson, Roberts came upon a way of rebooting the franchise with the... »

Director Series: Filmmaker Mike Mills Talks about Making C’mon C’mon

November 17, 2021 | By
Director Series: Filmmaker Mike Mills Talks about Making <em>C’mon C’mon</em>

Mike Mills might not be the most prolific of filmmakers, but the four feature films he has made have all had a significant impact on indie filmmaking, whether it’s his directorial debut, Thumbsucker, which received an Indie Spirit nomination and festival awards for star, Lou Taylor Pucci. Mills’ second film, 2010’s Beginners, garnered the... »