In a new article series, writers select and discuss great director debuts to explore the possible origins of recurring themes or stylistic approaches that often help to define the uniqueness of these one-of-a-kind filmmakers.
Life is not a stroll across a field – Boris Pasternak Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show (1971) reveals, in a poignant and compassionate tenor, the evolution of youthful expectations as they are molded, corrupted, and realigned by the passage of time. When youthful ambitions are seen through the prism of adulthood they refract strange […]
When I first watched The Big Lebowski (1998), I didn’t like it. The viewing took place sometime around 2011, while I was a wet-behind-the-ears film student at the University of Georgia. I can’t tell you exactly why I didn’t like the film, I just felt that it wasn’t for me. I knew beforehand that The […]