Children of Men 2006
Shanti Shanti Shanti.
The Empty Man 2020
The past decade or so of Hollywood cinema has been exclusively produced under the guiding hands of The New Generation of directors-for-hire. Your Matt Reeves', your Jon Watts', your [Insert Netflix Exclusive Director Here]s'. They don't so much make movies as they mainly seem to create elaborate, expensive demo portfolio reels. Movies driven purely by callback, tribute, or franchise reverence. Little in the way of distinct personal investment. It's no surprise that many critically lambasted "hack" directors (your Bays', your…
Spider-Man: No Way Home 2021
*state-mandated spoiler warning*
Who is Jon Watts?
I can confidently assume that to the sizeable audience surrounding me, he was just another name their eyes glazed over, as they sat waiting for whatever post-credits teaser was in store for them.
In 2014, Jon Watts was an Eli Roth wannabe, one decent enough to get a Roth producer cosign. His debut film Clown was a back-to-basics invocation of the sleek but sleazy 2000s era horror that guys like Roth and James…