Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Denis Villeneuve (Ongoing Filmmaker Archive)

 MB - Denis Villeneuve has had the most amazing 8 film run of any filmmaker. I named my dog after him (and Claire Denis) as a sign of my respect for his art/craft.  Be warned - the video essays below have spoilers, if that bothers you, wait until you watch your film.

MB: all of the films have resource archives (except Enemy) - click on the titles after you have watched the films

Polytechnique (2009)
"A dramatization of the 1989 Montréal Massacre, during which several female engineering students were murdered by an unstable misogynist."

Incendies (2010)
"Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes."

Enemy (2013)
"A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie."
Click on the title for the trailer

Prisoners (2013)
"When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts."

Sicario (2015)
"An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico."

Arrival (2016)
"A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world."

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
"Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard, a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years."  MB - note, this is a sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner (you can watch and respond to both if you want).

Dune (2021)
"A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive."
MB - this is part one of the overall story, but it is a heck of a ride and satisfying in itself. I have watched it multiple times. Part 2 will be coming out in the Spring.

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