Not just up-and-coming directors, the Spirit Awards filmmakers "to watch" consistently maintain both an idiosyncratic vision and defiant outsider status, often innovating on the margins of the…
Nominations are nice and all, but in the increasingly cutthroat world of arthouse distribution, many a heralded film has died a quick commercial death.
"There Will Be Blood," Paul Thomas Anderson's fifth feature, marks a shift of ambitions for the 37-year-old helmer.
With Irishman Martin McDonagh's "In Bruges" -- a Belgium-set drama about British hitmen -- kicking off this year's festival, organizers are letting it be known: Sundance isn't just for American…
Screenwriter Tony Gilroy (most notably of the Jason Bourne franchise) admits he'd never directed anything before, much less a major studio film. But helming "Michael Clayton" was not such a daunting…
Born to a Peruvian father and an American mother, digital artist-turned-filmmaker Alex Rivera enjoys the contradictions of his heritage.
At first glance, the Academy's taste in food and cinema may seem unrelated, but consider the facts: Ever since the Oscar for best foreign-language film was officially launched in 1956, more than a…
After the success of "Little Miss Sunshine" (four Oscar noms, two wins, $60 million in domestic B.O.), you'd think Hollywood would have learned the lesson: Just because a movie "looks too dark on the…
The studio-supported maverick is back, with many directors of this year's awards contenders being given the kind of free rein once enjoyed by the New Hollywood rebels of the 1970s.
With "Into the Wild," his fourth film as a director, Penn proves his ability to create the same memorable, mournful and probingly human story from behind the camera as in front of it. Since 1991's…
There's no spontaneous singing or frogs falling from the sky in Anderson's "There Will Be Blood." But this intimate epic -- about greed and false prophets set in turn-of-the-century California and…