134 Great Directors: Ang Lee

“Every movie I make. That’s my hideout, the place I don’t quite understand, but feel most at home.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Crouching Tiger and Brokeback Mountain.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

What Did I Watch: Brokeback Mountain rewatch.

Where Does He Fit: Brokeback Mountain’s holes show a little more than they did originally. Sometimes the score’s too intrusive, my reservations about Michelle Williams’ performance grow ever larger (should’ve nominated one of Anne/Anna/Linda/Roberta), and the second half is generally much better than the first (although that’s probably a positive). Still, it is a very hard work to actively dislike, with Jake and Heath stranded in solitude even when they are together, and the kaleidoscope of their lives when they are separated being something unromantic and cold that you get stuck in. Color me a sucker for films that depict marriage as hell on Earth, I guess, but this is still worth loving as much as many an audience member.


Most Valuable Asset: Strangely epic yarns.
Most Excited For: Lust Caution.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes. Hopefully his 3D experiments phase wraps up.

Coming Up Next: Alexander Mackendrick, from the Ealing Studios.


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