5 Best Directors Working Today
Posted by Mac10 on July 22, 2008
The true mark of a great director for me is will I go see a movie simply because they directed it. For these 5 directors, I will almost always go see their movies in theaters regardless of reviews or trailers.
- Martin Scorsese-Nobody can show the desperation and distrurbed psyches that lead to violence like Marty. The result is almost always a masterpiece that leaves the audience exhausted, horrified, and completely entranced.
- Quentin Tarantino-The master at creating memorable scenes. From Tim Roth memorizing his drug story in Resovoir Dogs to Bill telling the story of Pai Mei in Kill Bill and every scene in Pulp Fiction in between, Tarantino has the ability to create scenes that will stick with the viewer forever.
- Steven Spielberg-Sure, he has made some duds (AI, the new Indiana Jones), but he is unrivaled when on top of his game. Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan are not mere movies but life-changing experiences.
- Coen Brothers-Quirky auteurs with the ability to handle thrillers (No Country for Old Men), comedies (The Big Lebowski), and a combination of both (Fargo) with incredible skill.
- Christopher Nolan-The new addition to my top 5 after seeing The Dark Knight. With Memento, The Prestige, and Batman Begins already some of my favorite movies, Nolan went out and made a movie even better than all of those.
Just Missing the Cut
Paul Thomas Anderson-When a director can make movies like Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood, you know he has range. I kept trying to find a place for him in the top 5, but he isn’t quite there yet.
Clint Eastwood-Makes incredibly powerful films. Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby are like punches to the stomach. The only downside to his movies are that you usually don’t want to watch them multiple times.
Ridley Scott-He can make some incredible movies (Gladiator, Blade Runner, American Gangster), but some really awful ones as well (Hannibal, A Good Year). Hopefully, his new movie that again partners him with Russell Crowe has a plot worthy of the the talent behind and in front of the camera.
Ron Howard-Always overlooked. He has made some gems (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man) that are great to re-watch time and again.
Young Guy to Watch
Jason Reitman-He has made 2 outstanding films to start his young career (Thank You for Smoking, Juno). As long as he continues to produce this type of quality, he will move into the top 5 before long.