259 Great Directors: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“I think that in order to be a film director, one has to be a warrior who shouldn’t be defeated by the daily onslaught of problems. We are all hanging by threads and are the mercy of various elements, if one fails the whole flight could come crashing down, and like a good warrior I’m not going to break down.”


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.

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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.

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