I know the Oscars can only give out one Best Director statue per year and so they're always playing catch up with the greats - super happy to have Guillermo Del Toro checked off the list, guys! - but the realization that a genius like Spike Jonze, who turns our imaginations inside out every time he turns a movie camera on, upending everything we thought it was possible to see, the thought that he has never won Best Director... that's some bullshit right there. He's only been nominated once! (He does have a statue for Best Screenplay though.) Witness this astonishing new four minute advertisement for Apple's new HomePod starring FKA Twigs that dropped last night and you'll see what I'm talking about (oh and open this video on the biggest screen you have):
"If not my favorite of that year - and it may be - it's at a minimum in the top 3 or so. And Jake should absolutely have been up for the Oscar that year, and maybe won (although I'd have been good with Keaton). While it has a look or style that relates to an older Los Angeles, the heart of it is as timely as can be, sadly."
--- For its 5th anniversary I gave some love to Dan Gilroy's film Nightcrawler for besides being awesome also seeing our awful present in advance, and here reader Scott agrees.