We look at five folks who had breakthrough years, and five who can't wait for the new decade to begin!
By Kim Morgan
Special to MSN Movies
Best: Quentin Tarantino and Kathryn Bigelow
Two comeback kids. One is a famous director of rock-star proportions, who needed not only a hit, but also a talked-about movie again. Well Quentin Tarantino got just that with his much-loved, much-maligned, and majorly controversial "Inglourious Basterds." His glorious two-and-a-half-hour, genre-bending WWII picture was gleefully over-the-top, fantastically revisionist, wonderfully acted (Christoph Waltz was a major find), filled with (of course) movie love, and unapologetically violent in terms of Nazi-scalping. And it was successful. No one has ever made a war picture like this one, and no one probably ever will. On that same tip, the talented, though less famous, Kathryn Bigelow found major success with her powerful war picture "The Hurt Locker." Though much more modestly made, realistic and gritty than "Basterds," this was a gripping, tense and ultimately moving triumph, devoid of pretention or overly political finger wagging. And like Waltz, the relatively unknown Jeremy Renner has become a breakout star. Both Tarantino and Bigelow are filmmakers after their own obsessions, both have a unique style all their own, and both made movies from the heart, and not by committee.
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