Watch: Three Extremely Human Tactics Taika Waititi Uses to Make His Stories Relatable

The ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director revels in humanity.

Sometimes the only road to true realism goes right through the imagination. Take, for instance, the work of Taika Waititi. His films show like slice-of-life dramas someone wrote in an unconscious state, dropping elements and storytelling techniques into them that could only be found in dreams. In so doing, Waititi has made himself one of the world’s most popular directors. How you get from the dark, dark humor of Things We Do in the Shadows, which he co-directed, to Thor: Ragnarok, his latest, a blockbuster, is probably best left his secret. And yet there are a few elements we can observe that help tell the story, and this video from YouTube channel We Need to Talk About Film helps sort them out elegantly and gracefully.

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Watch: Extremely Rare Footage of David Lynch Directing and Discussing His Process

Watch David Lynch in his element as he discusses his process and directing his 2006 film Inland Empire.

There’s precious little footage of David Lynch directing, though there have been articles—like this one, by David Foster Wallace, that followed the director on the set of Lost Highway.

But a recently surfaced clip from the documentary Lynch: One sees the director discussing his craft and facing depression, and depicts Lynch as he directs what would become one of his most controversial and experimental films of all time: Inland Empire.

Of his usual process, Lynch says, “Before you start shooting, you have done all that not-knowing, and catching ideas and hooking them together—and going this way and getting that idea and hooking them together, throwing that out and getting new ideas. Then, you have a script and you know what you’re going to do.”

Not so here, with Inland Empire, where the director says the process is different. “It’s scene by scene. Not knowing, but shooting [anyway].”

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Teen receives extremely blunt job rejection, fights back on Twitter

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LONDON — Job rejections are never pleasant, but they can sometimes be useful.

Maybe you get sent some feedback about where you went wrong, or perhaps some advice on how to improve for next time.

What’s less useful, however, is a blunt text message containing an emoji.

This is 18-year-old Megan Dixon from Leicester, UK.

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On Tuesday, Dixon went for a job interview at a restaurant called Miller and Carter. Later that afternoon, she shared a screengrab of the text message exchange she’d had with her interviewer after it was finished. Read more…

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