September 10, 2013
J.C. Chandor, a 1996 College of Wooster graduate, has been chosen by New York Times film critics Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott as one of “20 Directors to Watch” in their recent list of rising young filmmakers. Chandor, whose “Margin Call” was an unexpected hit in 2011, is preparing for the release of “All Is Lost,” starring Robert Redford, on Oct. 18.
The two critics say that although Chandor’s two productions “can look like small movies” because they have such a narrow focus, “the ambitions of these movies — so different in method and mood, and yet so clearly the work of a single and singular vision — could hardly be larger.”
“Margin Call,” which came on the heels of the 2008 financial crisis “becomes a troubling parable of capitalist morality, as well as a kind of economic horror movie,” wrote Dargis and Scott. “All Is Lost,” is a “Hemingwayesque fable of man against nature, as well as a haunting allegory of environmental and economic hubris,” according to the two critics.
“The formal audacity of both films is impressive,” added Dargis and Scott. “It’s kind of amazing that any director would conceive of a 90-minute drama with a cast of one and not a single line of dialogue, much less succeed in getting it made with one of the biggest movie stars in the world. But Mr. Chandor is, in the best sense, an entertainer, adept at grabbing the audience with suspenseful stories and arresting images.”
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