By Dana Harris | Indiewire September 16, 2013 at 11:04AM
Jean-Marc Valle, Director, "Dallas Buyers Club"
"That's the undercurrent of the Jean-Marc Vallee-directed film, that never feels like a 'message movie.' Instead, it's the story of one man fighting for his literal survival, and another of an era which found the medical establishment deeply failing a staggering number of Americas dying in droves from a deadly disease. Vallee creates a Texas of a specific time and place, and gets the smallest details right when it comes to capturing the atmosphere of AIDS at the time." -- Gabe Toro, The Playlist
Keanu Reeves, Director, "Man of Tai Chi"
"Everything about 'Man of Tai Chi' is awesome. Not awesome in the way you’re familiar, but awesome in the way Stephanie Zacharek described in her delightful review of “Inception” a couple of years back. “We've entered an era where movies can no longer be great,” she said, describing Christopher Nolan’s silly funhouse mirror adventure film, “They can only be awesome, which is not nearly the same thing.” She was right, and who better than to ignore the ramifications of that quote than the star of “The Matrix” himself, Keanu Reeves, here making his directorial debut?" -- Gabe Toro, The Playlist