What Got This Director Here?: Star Wars.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Uh, I guess Star Wars, but it’s not some masterpiece.
What Did I Watch: American Graffiti.
Where Does He Fit: American Graffiti was outdone by Richard Linklater many years later, even if this has better lighting and use of sound. Many of the actors are just there to fill their parts as the music plays over bright lights at night and we drive around aimlessly, stuck in a weird little world. It’s Lucas’ best movie since he is writing what he knows, but even then you have the problems of misogyny, silly writing, and an overreliance on flashy tricks. It’s still a fundamentally functioning crowdpleaser that works better than Star Wars, for my money, but the man’s career seems all the more tinny.
Most Valuable Asset: Writing what he knows.
Most Excited For: THX, I suppose?
Did They Deserve a Spot?: No.
Coming Up Next: Paul Thomas Anderson, current teenage cinephile favorite.