Best Film Directors of the 2010s

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I’ve got another extra-innings Best of the 2010s for ya. This time, the focus is on Film Directors, those folks who hang out behind the camera and let everyone know how they would like the movie to go.

Based on the eligibility rules of the poll that I submitted my list to, each director had to have at least two films come out between 2010 and 2019 to be considered. I made my selections based on a combination of how much I enjoyed their output and how much they influenced the medium and the culture at large.

My choices, along with their 2010s filmography, are listed below.

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The Spacetime-Warped Beauty of ‘A Hidden Life’

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The hills where Franz Jӓgerstӓtter (August Diehl) and his family live lend a sort of otherworldly, out-of-time vibe to A Hidden Life. That remoteness, combined with Terrence Malick’s trademark wide-open compositions and plentiful cuts to moments in the same setting as the previous shot, produce a sort of warping of temporality wherein the nearly three-hour running time becomes easily digestible and the years that passes during which Franz is a conscientious objector feel they could be anywhere between 1% and 100% of Hitler’s reign. The ultimate effect is the lending of a certain immortality to Franz’s sacrifice. Those who have lived quiet, hidden lives of moral firmness are an essential part of the fabric of existence, and that’s a tenet of faith this movie wants us to hold on to.

I give A Hidden Life Warm Approval From My Heart and My Soul.

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 12/13/19

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Black Christmas (Theatrically Nationwide) – Sophia Takal also directed a horror-adjacent movie a few years ago that I enjoyed.
A Hidden Life (Limited Theatrically) – Oh wow, Terrence Malick made another movie.
Richard Jewell (Theatrically Nationwide)
Uncut Gems (Theatrically Nationwide)

TV
Marvel’s Runaways Season 3 (December 13 on Hulu)
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Good Times’ (December 18 on ABC) – Norman Lear and company are at it again!
The Masked Singer Season 2 Finale (December 18 on FOX)