The Essay Question (Nov. 12, 2015)

Every couple of weeks, the OFCS polls its members with a question related to movies. It can be serious or amusing, but each member is given the opportunity to submit a short response to the question, which we will then post on Thursday mornings. Here is this week’s query.

Essay Question #24:

Which director encapsulates the exciting world of cinema to you?

Question Submitted by: Aaron Pinkston @ Battleship Pretension


Samuel Castro @
Hasta el momento en que ya no esté con nosotros, el director que representa todo lo que es excitante en el cine para mí será siempre Martin Scorsese.

Andy Crump @ Paste Magazine
Guillermo del Toro. Cinema provides a window into new worlds, but in del Toro’s hands, that window is more like a French door. Del Toro’s critics like dedicating words to the non-visual components of his filmmaking, but those words are utterly wasted; for del Toro, his visuals are the substance of his films, and are more integral to storytelling than his scripts. His imagination and attention to detail are nearly unparalleled among his contemporaries, and both of those artistic qualities are served beautifully by the medium.

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk Online
Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan

Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando …
Definitively,Francis Ford Coppola and his Godfather!

Courtney Howard @
David Fincher is the director I adore the most. No other modern auteur’s works make my body tingle with energy after quite like his. He’s very technical and precise, but it pays off as his films are a masterwork. It’s an exhilarating experience to watch his visual artistry at play. I’m happy and delighted, even if the films are dark – the darker, the better. Plus, most of his movies (maybe with the exception of ALIENS 3) are insanely re-watchable. It’s fun to spot new details appear upon each viewing. Their meanings deeper over time, as well.

Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
There’s several. The one that immediately comes to mind is Jacques Demy. His whimsical blend of fairy-tale and song shows us how the movies can be presented to us – as fantastical escapes from our everyday lives. The work of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger also do the same thing, using color and high drama to give us something otherworldly, but whose themes feel so close to our own.

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