Denis Villeneuve

Sicario

Sicario

Taylor Sheridan is having a pretty good run at the moment. Last year, Hell or High Water, a neo-Western crime thriller starring Chris Pine, got nominated for Best Picture. This year, he finally directed one of his own scripts in Wind River, a much darker but equally thrilling look at a series of murders on an Indian reservation. A writer making a name for himself in Hollywood is difficult these days, the only other famous one that comes to mind is Charlie Kaufman. Yet there's something so real about Sheridan's characters, and you can't help but genuinely care about them as he ramps up the tension. This all started with Sicario however, a huge and well deserved breakout for Sheridan, putting his name out there in a way that would pave the road for his later successes.

Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049

Around 2012 or 2013, news came out about Ridley Scott possibly wanting to direct a Blade Runner sequel. At the time both I and the rest of the world were, very understandably, reluctant to even consider such a thing. Blade Runner as a movie is a singular entity, there's nothing about it that suggests or demands a sequel necessarily, and at the time poorly thought out sequels to decades-old properties were becoming the new "thing" in Hollywood. Over time though, this project has changed significantly. Ridley Scott stepping down and Denis Villeneuve taking over was the first sign that perhaps there was something here, perhaps this sequel had the potential to be something more than a nostalgia-driven cashgrab and a paycheck for Harrison Ford.