Miguel Arteta

Miguel Arteta sometimes seemed to make it his life's work to transplant every mainstream comic star he could find to the fringes of indie cinema. Over the course of his career, he has plucked the likes of Jennifer Aniston (with whom he worked in "The Good Girl"), Michael Cera ("Youth in Revolt"), and Ed Helms ("Cedar Rapids") from their thrones at the head of contemporaneous pop culture and given them all weirder, darker, and more original material than they had yet to see. In directing big screen black comedies or offbeat television series, Arteta established himself as a unique voice living right on the ledge of the zeitgeist.