Staff Picks: Offbeat Directors – MMU 95

It’s time for Staff Picks from your Movies that Make Us crew and this month, we each selected a Director with offbeat, unique, and interesting points of view/films.


Tracy discussed three films from the library of Darren Aronofsky: The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan. Three very different films, but still work together in excellent character development and cinematography. Jake selected Tim Burton and discusses Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, and Corpse Bride. Jake talks about how these three films show the depth and reach of Burton’s library, but each has his distinctive flourishes. Val selected Robert Rodriguez and took a slightly different approach and discusses the different phases of his film library. From his independent work on El Mariachi and From Dusk to Dawn and moving into Spy Kids and his work as a producer, and then into his short films with Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, and as the director of her favorite episode of the Mandolorian.

What are your thoughts on these directors? Next week, it’s the start of March Madness as we take on films that deal with the weird, unusual, and surprising. As always, you can reach us at podcast@moviesthatmakeus.com

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