I have decided that my new goal for 2014 is to see films by directors whose work I have not previously experienced. There are so many cinematic worlds I have yet to discover and I’m excited to dive into them.
Unique artists such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Satyajit Ray, John Cassavetes (pictured), Clint Eastwood, Claude Chabrol, Werner Herzog, John Waters, Oliver Stone, Spike Lee, Todd Solondz, Quentin Tarantino and François Ozon are but a dozen of the auteurs whose oeuvres I have yet to sit through.
Don’t think I’ve forgotten the women, either; Leni Riefenstahl, Lee Grant, Lina Wertmüller, Penelope Spheeris (pictured with Mike Myers on the set of Wayne’s World in 1991), Ann Hui, Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland, Sally Potter, Nancy Meyers, Mira Nair, Isabel Coixet and Susanne Bier are a dozen more directors, to name only a few of the ladies with whom I am not yet familiar.
Each time I watch a film by one of these directors (or by someone else who is new to me), I will write a blog post under the “Filmmaker Firsts” heading. I can’t wait to officially start!