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Top 5 directors of the last 20 years


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#1 eddard of the house stark

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

Who are your favorite filmmakers of the last 20 years?

My top 5:

5. Martin Scorsese. Judging by the films he made in the last 20 years, Scorsese is this low. I confess, I didn't really care for Hugo.

4. Darren Aronofsky. Glad he dropped out of the Robocop remake. I seriously think he was just trolling.

3. David Fincher. Fight Club, Seven, Social Network, Alien 3. This guy knows what he's doing.

2. Quentin Tarantino. I haven't even seen Django yet but still I don't have doubts that I will love it.

1. Paul Thomas Anderson. Yes... the guy who made a movie about the porn industry, showed us Mark Wahlberg's dick (don't worry guys, it was fake) and also made an Adam Sandler comedy. Still, PTA is in my opinion the best filmmaker of our generation.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:44 PM

Isn't PTA the guy who made The Master and There Will Be Blood? He definitely deserves credit.

Also, Nicolas Wending Refn. He directed Bronson which was phenomenal. I wish this one was as popular as Drive to be honest. He also did Valhalla Rising and The Pusher Trilogy.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

Isn't PTA the guy who made The Master and There Will Be Blood? He definitely deserves credit.

Yeah, that's him. He has made 7 films, and if you liked the Master and There Will Be Blood you should see his other movies too. They are all excellent.

Also, Nicolas Wending Refn. He directed Bronson which was phenomenal. I wish this one was as popular as Drive to be honest. He also did Valhalla Rising and The Pusher Trilogy.

The guy who did Bronson did Drive as well? Didn't know that. I loved Drive but Bronson was a bit boring imo.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 08:52 PM

Who are your favorite filmmakers of the last 20 years?

My top 5:

5. Martin Scorsese. Judging by the films he made in the last 20 years, Scorsese is this low. I confess, I didn't really care for Hugo.

4. Darren Aronofsky. Glad he dropped out of the Robocop remake. I seriously think he was just trolling.

3. David Fincher. Fight Club, Seven, Social Network, Alien 3. This guy knows what he's doing.

2. Quentin Tarantino. I haven't even seen Django yet but still I don't have doubts that I will love it.

1. Paul Thomas Anderson. Yes... the guy who made a movie about the porn industry, showed us Mark Wahlberg's dick (don't worry guys, it was fake) and also made an Adam Sandler comedy. Still, PTA is in my opinion the best filmmaker of our generation.


I more or less agree with this list though instead of PTA, I'd add David O'Russell. I can appreciate PTA's craft but I hardly ever enjoy his films (Boogie Nights excluded). I don't know if I could rank them but those 5 names would be who I have in my top 5.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

Yeah, that's him. He has made 7 films, and if you liked the Master and There Will Be Blood you should see his other movies too. They are all excellent.

The guy who did Bronson did Drive as well? Didn't know that. I loved Drive but Bronson was a bit boring imo.


Bronson? Boring? Wha....

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:38 PM

Bronson? Boring? Wha....

Just my opinion /leaving.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':leaving:' />

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:47 PM

I agree with Scorsese, Fincher and Tarantino. Each makes visually distinctive, culture defining type films. You know when you got to one of their films that you're in for something unique that's going to pack immense power.

At one time I would've said PTA as well though his last two films (There Will Be Blood and The Master) while technically brilliant filmmaking leave me a bit cold. I'll prefer the grand, ensemble casts of Boogie Nights and Magnolia over the intense character studies that followed pretty much since Punch Drunk Love.

Darren Aronofsky is close and for me that's because of only two films: Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. The Fountain didn't do it for me though I might need a rewatch. Still have to see The Wrestler and Pi I suppose.

So instead of those two, I would add Steven Spielberg just for being so consistently great from Saving Private Ryan to Jurassic Park to Schindler's List to War of the Worlds to Lincoln. Also The Coen Brothers, without a doubt because of No Country for Old Men, O Brother Where Art Thou and the Big Lebowski which are all just flat out brilliant. And moreso, I can't think of another director who would be so masterful with such a diverse set of genres.

Honorable Mention: Christopher Nolan (The Prestige, The Batman trilogy (primarily the first two films) and Inception), Darren Aronofsky.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:55 PM

Jesus, The Coen Brothers. What the fuck was I thinking? Yea, include them over O'Russell. And yea, it'd be hard not to include Spielberg. Hmm. So many great directors.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

Darren Aronofsky is close and for me that's because of only two films: Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. The Fountain didn't do it for me though I might need a rewatch. Still have to see The Wrestler and Pi I suppose.


The Wrestler was pretty powerful and sad. Which I guess is par for the course for Aronofsky.

So instead of those two, I would add Steven Spielberg just for being so consistently great from Saving Private Ryan to Jurassic Park to Schindler's List to War of the Worlds to Lincoln. Also The Coen Brothers, without a doubt because of No Country for Old Men, O Brother Where Art Thou and the Big Lebowski which are all just flat out brilliant. And moreso, I can't think of another director who would be so masterful with such a diverse set of genres.


Spielberg is in a class by himself - and he's been making movies for 40 years!

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:22 PM

Yeah i'd go:

Spielberg
Tarantino
Coen Brothers
Michael Mann
Rian Johnson

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:24 PM

1. The Coen Bros
2. Hiyao Miyazaki
3. Wes Anderson
4. Alfonso Cuaron
5. Paul Thomas Anderson

Honorable mention: Clint Eastwood, Spielberg, Scorcese, Guillermo Del Toro, Tarantino, Brad Bird, Matthew Vaughn, Winding-Refn, Rian Johnson, Sam Mendes, Aronofsky





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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

Spielberg, Nolan, Scorcese, Coen Bros..... and another. Dunno.

Is PTA the guy who made Starship Troopers? Very underrated film.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

1. The Coen Bros
2. Hiyao Miyazaki
3. Wes Anderson
4. Alfonso Cuaron
5. Paul Thomas Anderson

Honorable mention: Clint Eastwood, Spielberg, Scorcese, Guillermo Del Toro, Tarantino, Brad Bird, Matthew Vaughn, Winding-Refn, Rian Johnson, Sam Mendes, Aronofsky


*gasps* SOMEBODY MENTIONS HAYAO MIYAZAKI /bowdown.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':bowdown:' />

While we're mentioning anime directors I'm going to throw in Satoshi Kon. Paranoia Agent and Paprika were phenomenal. There is not one film of his that has not impressed me.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

Hardly, that was Paul Verhoeven.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

*gasps* SOMEBODY MENTIONS HAYAO MIYAZAKI /bowdown.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':bowdown:' />

While we're mentioning anime directors I'm going to throw in Satoshi Kon. Paranoia Agent and Paprika were phenomenal. There is not one film of his that has not impressed me.


I've only seen Tokyo Godfathers, but I liked that one a good bit. I'll put the rest of his catalog on my list of movies to watch.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:46 PM

5. Paul W.S. Anderson
4. Michael Bay
3. Joel Schumacher
2. Roland Emmerich

and

1. Brett Ratner - the new Spielberg.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

I like the Cuaron pick.

I have to have Nolan in a top 5 of the past 20 years- The Prestige was my favorite movie of the '00s (neck and neck with Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth), but nobody really talks about Memento anymore. One of my favorite movies, without a doubt. There has distinctly been a backlash against him ever since... I dunno, certainly since Inception. Which is a shame, because it's an awesome movie- but I think a lot of poeple were expecting it to be the greatest film since the Godfather or something.

Agree with Tarantino as well; but yeah, there are a TON of great directors, and it's hard to narrow it down that far. Nolan is the one who IMO is not on enough of the lists already posted, though.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

5. Paul W.S. Anderson
4. Michael Bay
3. Joel Schumacher
2. Roland Emmerich

and

1. Brett Ratner - the new Spielberg.


Uwe Boll and M. Night Shyamalan are furious to be left off your list.

Also it's gotta suck to be the other Paul Anderson.

"Wow you're Paul Anderson? Dude, I loved There Will Be Blood!"
"Um, I think you mean Alien Vs. Predator."
"..."

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:50 PM

I couldn't pick only 5, no order here:

Michael Haneke
Lars Von Trier
Dardenne Brothers
Coen Brothers
Clint Eastwood
David Fincher
Quentin Tarantino
Paul Thomas Anderson
Wong Kar-Wai
Wes Anderson

Honorable mentions: David Cronenberg and Martin Scorsese- who would be on the list if this included the last 25 years, not only 20.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 11:58 PM

I like the Cuaron pick.


Has he made a movie since Children of Men?



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