Accolades just keep piling up for my friend and National Treasure, filmmaker Guy Maddin. Metacritic offers weighted averages of combined critic reviews of certain movies, video games, TV and music. In the Best Film Directors Since 2000 category, Guy ranks Number 3. Eligibility requires each director to have released at least 4 films since 2000 and to have garnered a minimum of seven reviews of each film. Prolific and purposeful, in the past 11 years Guy has released Saddest Music in the World, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary, My Winnipeg (which Roger Ebert included in his Top Ten Films of the First Decade of the 21th Century), Brand Upon the Brain, and Cowards Bend at the Knee. I highly recommend all these movies.
Guy’s current project, set for theatrical release in 2012, is called Keyhole, which was screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The Globe and Mail‘s review of it began like this: “A story of marital breakdown and the fight for reconciliation takes on an archetypal, absurd and delirious surface in Guy Maddin’s latest black-and-white dream movie.” This is a still of actor Jason Patric in Keyhole. If you are wondering who ranked Number One and Two, second was Pedro Almodovar and first was French director Laurent Cantet. See the whole list at www.metacritic.com/feature/best-film-directors-since-2000