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You can tell if a film was directed by Taika Waititi in the same way you can tell if a painting was created by Pablo Picasso.

Not in the sense that he doesn't know where the eyes go on his face, but in the way he conveys his own voice.

Taika's first movie that I saw was the 2014 mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, which could have been a disaster but turned out to be fantastic.

It was amazingly funny while yet made me think deeply about the fate of a group of bloodthirsty vampires.

So I headed out to meet Taika and persuade him to collaborate with me, which he flatly refused.

I'm bitter now that I've seen all of his stuff, from Hunt for the Wilderpeople to Reservation Dogs.

Taika Waititi has won an Oscar Award and directed successful, humorous, and poignant films.

Despite this, he consistently puts a light touch to his work. Even when his stories are tragic or humorous, they are extremely watchable. They're also always amusing.

He exemplifies the finest of a bygone period of wild, rock-star Hollywood types, tempered by the brilliance of a top auteur.

Actually, I'm sorry, but this guy is starting to irritate me. "I'm a bloody genius, but I'm still a lot of fun," Mr.

These are lines by Oscar-nominated actor and screenwriter SACHA BARON COHEN on Taika Waititi.