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Top 10 BEST Film Directors Today

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Hello folks, sorry its been a while since my last post, been rather pre-occupied,but now, I should have time to post a few more blogs and also hopefully complete my first Video countdown, so keep your eyes out for that.

Anyway, seeing as my last post consisited of a lot of negativity, I thought I’d be more positive, and so I have compiled this list of my top ten Best Directors of Today.

Now before we get started, this is opinion based so don’t be too harsh if you disagree. Also if you feel disappointed that the likes of Kubrik or Hitchcock are not on the list, not that this is a countdown of directors currently alive and working presently.

So lets kick things off with:

10. Francis Ford Coppola

Known to many as, the guy who directed The Godfather. Everyone knows about The Godfather movies, regardless of whether they have seen it or not. For those who haven’t seen them, SEE THEM. These movies really are some of the best you’ll ever see. So why did I only put Coppola at 10? Well after the Godfather movies and Apocalypse now, he hasn’t really done anything memorable or even that good, and he’s slowly fading out of the directing picture, but i definately find him worthy of the countdown seeing as he has one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time in his filmography.

9. Peter Jackson

Onto a man who hold another great trilogy of movies in belt, Peter jackson took the Lord of the Rings books and turned them into the adventure epic we geeks have always wanted. But it’s not just these movies that warrant him into this countdown. The Frighteners, in my opinion, is a very under-rated ghost movie and I just love it, and I think Peter Jackson needs more recognition for it. Also, its only an hour and a half, a nice run-time when you compare it to the very, VERY lengthy King Kong.

8. Robert Zemekis

Another good director with another great film trilogy, and one of my personal favourite trilogies of that. Back to the Future is awesome, and Robert Zemekis gets to live with the satisfaction of directing possibly the best time-travel movies ever. However lets not forget that this guy’s Oscar winning Masterpiece, Forest Gump. Honestly, I have not heard anyone ever say that they did not like this movie. I’ve had people say they ain’t seen, but never have i heard someone call it a bad movie, and rightly so. This movie is brilliant, and it showed Zemekis as being one of the great film directors of the time. He’s ventured into a lot of animated movie territory with… mixed results, but he’s still an amazing talent, and believe it or not, I’m actually, strangely looking forward to what he’ll do for the remake of Yellow Submarine. Great Scott!

7. Clint Eastwood

Man, this guy is just awesome. He’s a great actor and a great director. In fact i’m not even sure when he’s in his own movies that he’s even playing a character, I think he is just being his normal, awesome self. Famous for being the Man with No Name, as well as Dirty Harry, he went on to direct some terrific films that for some reason people tend to forget about rather quickly. I mean, you got Unforgiven, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Gran Torino. These films were big but are never really brought up again even after there success. Ah well, he’s still amazing. Feel like watching Invictus, PUNK?

6. James Cameron

Yeah, ok, I have already expressed my feelings towards Avatar (over-rated!) but I can’t deny that James Cameron is a hell of a talent. Some would go to call this guy the king of Sci-fi movies, and I will admit most of his movies are pretty good, but there is one movie thats so powerful, it moves me. A movie that makes me feel for the characters as they deal with the obstacles that seek to pull them apart, and a movie with a climax so amazing, tears fall from my very eyes. Of course, you know what I’m talking about…I’m talking about Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Yes, what a movie! The first Terminator of course is also brilliant, but the sequel is what I consider to be James Cameron’s BEST movie. Maybe he can pull this trick again with the Avatar sequel…I doubt it though.

5. Darren Aronofsky

One of the more popular names in directing today, Aronosfsky holds a very impressive filmography despite it being relatively short, almost all his movies have been successes, Oscar favourites and cult classics. In fact some people are still incredibly shocked that The Wrestler didn’t earn him an Oscar for Directing. Perhaps this year, Black Swan can give him the prize many want this particular man to have. His next project is The Wolverine, a sequel to the not so good X Men origins movie around the the named character. Seeing as fans have waited a long time for Wolverine to have a movie befiting the greatness of his character, they should be relatively pleased that they have the guy who made Micky Rourke look tough.

4. Steven Spielberg

One of the most easily recognizable directors ever, almost everyone has seen and loved at least one Spielberg movie, whether it be Jaws, Jurrassic park, Saving private Ryan, E.T, there is no denying that Spielberg knows how to direct a blockbuster movie. Also noted for being producer of countless movies, many giving the likes of Robert Zemekis, Joe Dante, and aniamtor Don Bluth recognistion. Continueing to dominate cinema to this day, we can only assume that his next directorial role in Tintin will once again remind everyone why this guy is one of the best, but still…Tintin? Spielberg?…ok, I guess.

3. Christopher Nolan

This man is a genius. This is a guy who doesn’t just make a movie, he makes a puzzle that requires the audiences full attention, and every detail can mean something significant. This is a guy who takes what he’s given and makes just ooze with cerebral excellence. As you can tell, I like this guy. He’s one of the directors that I keep hoping will win big at the Oscars but it doesn’t seem to happen. He didn’t even get nominated for The Dark Knight, which is Bull-shit. Perhaps he’ll get nominated for Inception, but even so, it seems likely that he will be over-looked by the academy once again for something like The King’s Speech or The Social Network. GIVE THIS MAN THE CREDIT HE DESERVES!

2. Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle, born in the UK, would eventually come to take Hollywood by storm by directing some the most prestegious pieces of film in recent years. Beginning with the brilliant, and severly over-looked Shallow Grave, Boyle would go on to direct cult classics and british favourites Trainspotting, Millions, and 28 Days Later. Boyle went on to hit big with Slumdog Millionaire, the underdog film that went scoop 8 Oscars, including Best Director for Boyle. Boyle seems set to be nominated for his second with 127 Hours, whihc having seen recently, stands a very, very good chance of winning. This man has a talent of directing a movie thats so character driving, it adds to the tension and emotion of the film. No eye-grabbing visuals in the background, no interferance from the spectacle of the location, just Character! And bloody hell, it works.

and the No.1 is…surely you can guess.

1. Martin Scorcese

Do I even need to say why this guy is number one? All his movies are classic, his choice of actors excellent, the way he captures the story in all his movies is down-right incredible. He is pretty much the model of perfect directing. I mean, you got Taxi Driver, King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, the Departed, Shutter Island, the list goes on and on, all of which highlight the talents of the actors involved and show Scorcese’s skill at making a movie. Give this guy any script, and he will make it look good. Give him the script for Twilight, and only he could make it into something credible…with extreme difficulty though. Martin Scorcese, the director of excellence.

And that’s my run-donw of the top 10 film directors of Today. So now, i’m back to not really know what to criticise or countdown next but I do hope that this look at good film directors pleases you more than my, shall we say, angry rant about the Worst of today, and here’s hoping those mention in the Worst column, can one day learn from the directors in this countdown…or the bad ones can just fuck off altogether, either way.




  • costerluver
    costerluver Monday, 17 January 2011

    Great list. I would have found a place for Stanley Kubrick though.

  • MaDMattie
    MaDMattie Monday, 17 January 2011

    Yeah he should be up, but as the countdown concerns directors who are atill around and still working on projects i had to leave hime out. Had i done a list of directors of all time, i assure you he would recieve a mention.

  • costerluver
    costerluver Monday, 17 January 2011

    True. My mind kinda blanked and I forgot about the "Today" in the title.

  • NostalgiaKid1
    NostalgiaKid1 Monday, 17 January 2011

    What about David Fincher?

  • Flaregun
    Flaregun Monday, 17 January 2011

    (raises hand) Uh..., I'm perfectly willing to say I don't like Forrest Gump. Or at least, intellectually I don't like the "message" that I take away from it. I'll admit that on a surface level it's damm near impossible to not be charmed by the movie while your watching it, but the more I think about it the more it rubs me the wrong way how the movie seems to celebrate going through life deliberately sticking your head in the sand. Everyone around Gump who is shown caring or even taking any interest in the world around them and who tries to do something about it, be it his hippie girlfrend Jenny or tradition-bound conservative Captian Dan, winds up coming to a bad end and is portrayed as being foolish for not just blindly going through life a happy idiot like Forrest. Especially in this Tea-Party infested era, the last thing this country needs is more anti-intellectualism.

    Also, while wholeheartedly agree with your number one choice, I think you've got a bit of a case of rose-colored glasses when you say "all" his films are classic. New York, New York was pretty much a mis-step, not much of that film has endured except for giving Frank Sinatra his most over-played signature song, After Hours was a bizarre would-be comedy that just made no sense, and with Bringing Out The Dead Scorcese somehow managed to make an utterly forgettable movie with Nicholas Cage as the focus.

    And btw, when you talk of Coppola having one of the "Greatest movie trilogies of all time" in his filmography, I assume you're referring to Godfather I, II and Apocalypse now, which would be hard to argue with beyond nitpicking over the appropriateness of the term "trilogy" in that situation. If, however, you're referring to the actual Godfather trilogy, including Godfather III, then no. I'm afraid that when you average in the third film, it drags the score for the whole series all the way down to barely-mediocre levels.

  • MaDMattie
    MaDMattie Tuesday, 18 January 2011

    Well I respect you saying so.
    About what you say about Forest Gump, I'm Scottish so i can't really comment on the " last thing this country needs is more anti-intellectualism."
    About Scorcese, i am aware that he has some not so great movies (all directors do) but in his case the good heavily out-weigh the bad (I thought New York, New York was nice)
    And Coppola, I am talking about the actual Godfather trilogy. I actually like the third movie. Sure it doesn't hold a candle to the first or second, but it was still a good movie.

  • patrick_o
    patrick_o Monday, 17 January 2011

    I like this list, except for having Francis Ford Coppola on there. I highly dislike his direction. Yes, even in The Godfather. Yes, especially Apocalypse Now. Godfather Part II is better than the original mainly because of Robert De Niro. I just find Coppola's movies unbelievably overrated. I admit I loved "Dracula", but that's the only movie of his that I completely enjoyed. Besides, of late, his work has not been that impressive.

    This might sound like a flame post, but I really do have excellent reasons for saying all this- it's just past 10 at night here and I don't have time to delve into this in depth.

    I'm glad to see Scorsese as #1, though. I love the man's work. In my book, "GoodFellas" is the finest crime film of all time. "Taxi Driver", "Raging Bull", "The Departed", "The Aviator", "Shutter Island"... His resume is unbelievable!

    Good to see Spielberg and Chris Nolan on the list. Spielberg in particular seems to have an unfair reputation. One notable omission, I'd argue, is Quentin Tarantino-- but then again, there ARE only 10 spots...

    Well-written blog!

  • MaDMattie
    MaDMattie Tuesday, 18 January 2011

    Funny you should mention Tarantino, while I luke reservoir dogs and Pulp Fiction, (Kill Bill for me was hit and miss) they are the only tarantino films I have seen, hence he missed out on the countdown. Its been one of those situations where i mean to catch Inglorious Bastards but i just end up forgetting.

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