Kick-Ass is based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar. Millar also wrote the similarly themed Wanted; however, the violence in Kick-Ass makes Wanted seem like a walk in the park.
Paul Thomas Anderson has made cinematic epics before. He applied the stylistic touches of David Lean and Robert Altman to both Boogie Nights and Magnolia; however, There Will Be Blood is pure Anderson.
tarantino’s first “detour” was Kill Bill. Originally intended to be one film, Tarantino eventually decided to split Kill Bill into two separate movies. This could have easily come across as a cash grab; however, the decision has artistic merit. The two volumes of Kill Bill are extremely different. They have their own stylistic tones, as well as their own story arcs.
Every year Woody Allen releases another film. He is never really out of the public’s eye. Just like Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona broke from in Allen’s standard conventions. The themes in both films are reminiscent of Allen’s earlier work; however, they focus on a completely different type of character. Allen’s protagonists in both movies are not his typical, nebbish neurotics. Match Point focused on a skilled manipulator, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona focused on artists who view their lives as art as much as their canvases.
With Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino takes countless liberties with history; however, his reinterpretation of history is not as radical as some would have you believe. His story and characters are motivated by history itself.
Paris, Je t’aime brings together some of the world’s greatest auteurs including Alfonso Cuaron, the Coen brothers, and Alexander Payne. Each of the 21 filmmakers paints a small story set Paris, and explores a different aspect of love.