Andrew Dominik (born 1967) is a New Zealand-born Australian film director and screenwriter. He has directed two films so far: Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. —Wikipedia
Dominik is currently one of the most precise, uncompromising genre auteurs in cinema. He filters the visual poetics of Malick through his dissections of masculinist genres. His films are punctuated by episodes of violence that, like real violence, are both sickening and awkward. He comes from a rare breed of filmmakers, internalizing his influences work without falling into the trap of impersonation. Typical of unconvential genre filmmakers, Dominik is also very underrated (especially his masterpiece, Killing Them Softly) but I think his work will be seriously revisited in the future.
Taka, I thought Killing Them Softly felt almost like a hybrid of Dominik's previous films (in terms of both aesthetics and content). While Chopper and Assassination had subversive moments within their genres' conventions, Softly was a relentless and precise assault on the trappings of crime films. I think the critique of capitalism/American politics is viciously executed. I also love Dominik's effort to revert the current photographic tropes: rather than digital mimicking celluloid, Dominik and his photographer aimed to make celluloid look as "un-filmic" as possible. If you'd like to discuss the film further, please feel free to leave a comment or message on my profile.
"I'd like to make more movies, man, but I don't want to just make movies. I want to make the movies I want to make." –Dominik. Harvey Weinstein calls him the most stubborn director.