So we continue our romp through cinema’s visionaries. Personally this is definitely interesting for me, as I went through a somewhat difficult process to come up with this list. It was especially painful for me to have to decide who was not worthy of the top ten. And even more painful to decide once who was in the top ten, where each director went. I felt like it was too harsh for me to call one of them worse than the other, since not only are each of the members of my top ten amazing directors, but also some are just incomoparable. It is not easy to decide whether a Chris Nolan beats an Edgar Wright or any other huge comparison. Anyways, on to the list.
These two are the only ones in the list that I started out hating all of their movies. The first of their films that I saw was “The Big Lebowski” and I had to say it was one of the most annoying movies. However, after seeing the film a second and third time I grew to love it for it’s great dialogue, enjoyable characters and great direction. I fully fell in love with these directors on their more serious pieces [that is “Fargo” and “No Country For Old Men”] which proved to me that these guys have the ability to be very versatile in what kind of film they can make and still make it great. My favourite has to be a tie between “The Hudsucker Proxy” (1994) & “No Country For Old Men” (2007).
FOUR – Martin Scorsese
This New York born director has been around from before I was born. His first directed feature film was “I Call First” (1967). He’s well known for teaming up with actors in numerous films like Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s very famous for his mafia based films, even in movies that are not directly linked to a mafia story he brings the underworld into play. He won his first Oscar for Best Direction 39 years after his first film debuted in the box office for the critically acclaimed undercover police thriller “The Departed” (2006). However he has brought us classic after classic film year after year; “Mean Streets” (1973), “Taxi Driver” (1976), “Raging Bull” (1980), “The Color of Money” (1986), “Goodfellas” (1990), “Casino” (1995), “Gangs of New York” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004) and “The Departed” (2006); just to name a few. He definitely deserves a spot in the top five of any best directors list. And I hope that he keeps doing what he’s doing for a long time.
THREE – Michel Gondry
This weird Frenchman was introduced to me with “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004). I think one of the best date movies ever, since it has a great love story and at the same time keeps both of the sexes enthralled in it all with some intruiging visuals. And then he released my favourite movie by him “The Science of Sleep” (2006) where he went to the extreme with his visual film style. The dream sequences in “The Science of Sleep” were amazing to watch and made you feel somewhere in between reality and imagination, possibly as close as I’ll ever come to an acid trip. Even though his most recent film “Be Kind Rewind” (2007) was not anywhere as good as his previous two, he still shows a lot of promise to become one of the most visually dazzling director in the business. Even the music videos that he has done for Beck and The White Stripes are amazing and they ooze his crazy creativity.
TWO – Quentin Tarantino
i remember I had just bought the “Equilibrium” DVD and on that DVD they had a trailer for, the then upcoming, “Kill Bill” movie. Then I decided I had to see it. After seeing “Kill Bill” I went on a filmography raid where I looked up all his films. I watched “Resevoir Dogs”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown”. “Resevoir Dogs” is my favourite of all his films, and even though I must admit that “Jackie Brown” is the worst out of the lot, it still is not a bad movie. Tarantino is bar none my favourite young director, I love more than is directing, his writing. The dialogue that he creates are just amazing, the “Like A Virgin” speech at the beginning of “Resevoir Dogs”, “What ain’t no country I ever heard of!!!” in “Pulp Fiction”, “Gots to kill every muthaf***a in the room” in “Jackie Brown” and “Superman” in “Kill Bill” all just come to mind. And with his latest movie “Death Proof” there are so many memorable quotes that you find hard to forget. This director will be handing us great dialogue heavy action films for years to come.
ONE – Steven Speilberg
Spielberg is one of the greatest directors ever. He has defined the “Blockbuster” genre of filmmaking. Michael Bay learnt at the feet of this visionary. Spielberg has brought us films like: “Jaws” (1975), “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981), “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982), “The Color Purple” (1985), “Hook” (1991), “Jurassic Park” (1993), “Schindler’s List” (1993), “Amistad” (1997) and many more. Not only does he make mega blockbuster film, but he has amazing stories, cinematography, and even great characters. Everyone knows that I would love no more than the claim Tarantino the top crown, but I just can’t Spielberg is just the “ish”.
So hope you enjoyed and let me know your thoughts in the comments… peace out.