It all seemed so simple. The “Auteurs Five by Five”. The plan was to watch five semi-randomly chosen films by five different auteur directors in five days. For instance, my Monday thru Friday could consist of David Lean’s Brief Encounter, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and Richard Linklater’s School of Rock, with reviews/analyses of each one.
Well, that’s a lot of film watching—maybe it’s not for you, but it certainly is for me. Thus, the idea was inconceivable.
But now I’ve got a better idea. Instead of five films by five different directors in five days, how about: random auteur films, good or bad, with no time constraints at all! That’s far more feasible and something I’m happily obliged to do.
But the Auteurs Five by Five moniker sticks. It’s too catchy to let it go by the wayside and simply call this section “Film Reviews”. Nay, I’m sticking with auteurs, even if the “Five by Five” has no inherent meaning anymore. Also, it can be shortened to Auteurs 5×5, which is extremely catchy and fun to say.
The raison d’etre of Auteurs 5×5 (or maybe even A5x5, when shorthand is necessary) is that I not only look at the masterpieces—the Clockwork Orange’s and the Vertigo’s of the world—but I also want to see the auteur-in-question’s lesser known back catalogue as well (the Fear and Desire’s and Rope’s of the world). Hey, if you watch “masterpieces” all the time, then things that are merely “good” or “great” will eventually seem like crap, and that’s a terrible thing to do. How do you know if something is good if you’ve never seen something bad?
Hence, Auteurs Five by Five: perceived cinephile snobbery with a kick-ass title.
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Francis Ford Coppola
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The Coen brothers
Paul Thomas Anderson
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu