Jaime Wolf, who usually writes for NYT Magazine, has a very nice piece regarding Luc Besson's un-French style of moviemaking:
...he has almost single-handedly dragged French cinema, kicking and screaming, from the art house into the multiplex.
To the chagrin of French critics and cinephiles, the scale of this success has reoriented French filmmaking away from the literary-intellectual tradition for which it is famed.
Besson has 'Angel-A' (pictured) set for release in the US on May 25.
I like Jaime's style of writing. He (she?) has the essayist's flair and it's a welcome change from the brass tacks style usually found at NYT, which is so incongruent with coverage of Hollywood.