But what makes Nolan particularly potent is that he extends beyond the excessive maw of comic books and makes artistically noteworthy cinema.
Kelly Fremon Craig’s “Edge of Seventeen”, already destined to be one of the most underrated movies of 2016 at least in part due to the familiarity of its setting, avoids generic pitfalls by focusing on strong original characters, an organic plot flow based on an acute understanding of interpersonal relationships, and a sharp sense of humor.
It’s amazing to think how far comic book movies have come in the eight or so years since “Iron Man” (2008). Before, comic books were sort of molded into whatever Hollywood thought an action movie was supposed to be at the time, with no acknowledgment that thousands of comic book characters fight in the same universe.
So hopefully, with this list I’ve compiled from my own personal opinions and those sagely ones I’ve picked up along the way, you can feel more confident going into your own next project, and most importantly not be caught off guard when you look at stuff after the fact.
These movies, often so all over the place to practically avoid the definition of “actual cinema”, manage to create a new and chaotic movie genre, where all receptions, positive, negative, mocking, and intellectual curiosity are all on the table.
In most cases on this list, the actresses themselves provided a reliable level of effort and skill, it was just the movie that failed to piece enough interesting things together.
Acting, even in Hollywood, is a tough business. Sure, you say, all the fame and wealth, but that’s for a pretty small percentage of the people working. And even for those lucky few, they get to hear people talk about how entitled and stupid they are in public forums, constantly.
Follow me on a tribute to what amounts to the relatable humanity of film legends, where the best intentions and a reputation for success lead to the same kind of dreck us regular mortals know all too well.
We searched a trove of student shorts by now-established directors which either won noteworthy achievements or awards, foreshadowed their creator’s later work, or were simply exceptional in quality. This list is by no means exhaustive, but rather a sampling of some truly exceptional early work that helped to launch the careers of their creators.
The random wacky premises get wiped clean, though, because these characters are rarely truly offended – everyone seems to have short term memories. Vardalos’ writing reminded me a lot of a sitcom. Alas, sitcoms – at least good ones – should be funny, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 misses the mark quite a bit.