What Got This Director Here?: Well, he has two Best Director Oscars for a start. Surprised he’s not higher.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Birdman.
What Did I Watch: I actually rewatched The Revenant just to confirm that I did not like it. (7/8 in my BP ranking that year…I really don’t need to rewatch The Big Shit.)
Where Does He Fit: The Revenant is marvelously well mixed in the sound department, and is pretty incredible work technically, but there is absolutely no point to all of this shit except as a way for the director and leading man to get Oscars for hanging around in a cold place while they show off with natural lighting experiments that aren’t all that interesting. I’d honestly prefer two and a half hours of formally impeccable torture, but that would never be a BP nominee, so we have to tolerate Tom Hardy declaring that Jesus is a squirrel and giving a deliciously hammy accent to go with the whitebread DiCaprio performance. Whoever declared that the latter was SO deserving of an Oscar was dead wrong.
Most Valuable Asset: His deep seated need to break new ground can actually pay off.
Most Excited For: Biutiful’s the only unseen one.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes, this is his only film that I have a major problem with.
Coming Up Next: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who has his head in the clouds.