Noah Baumbach is a born indie filmmaker. The child of two critics, the New York native has become one of America’s most distinct and exemplary writer-directors of low-budget films for over two decades. Apart from brief co-writer credits for Wes Anderson joints Life Aquatic and Fantastic Mr. Fox, he’s been the guiding force behind every project he’s helmed.
With the wits to write one stinging original screenplay after another and the fortitude to direct his own material competently, Baumbach has become one of the most essential modern auteurs of his kind. His filmography echoes Woody Allen in his prime – philosophizing comedy, cutting social commentary, and gems of insightful dialogue are all staples of Baumbach’s imprint. Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern are lined up for his currently untitled upcoming film due to release this November, marking his second feature to be exhibited primarily through Netflix.
11. Mr. Jealousy
A modest character study exploring the mistrust and emasculation of cuckoldry (or at least the dreadful fear of it), Mr. Jealousy has ideas worth investigating but it remains Baumbach’s least developed film. However slight in structure or in crafting memorable dialogue, Baumbach still manages to make a good premise into a half-decent film.