I think we can have a little more discussion here since it’s all contemporary and we could have seen these films first run.
But, so, here it is, the Now.
Should it be von Trier :)? No, but maybe.
No, I’m going with Haneke, with White Ribbon hammering the point the home. The first film I saw from him was Cache and was enthralled, since then I have caught others when I could and I am impressed.
Please, what do you think, whom has impressed you?
Haneke seems like the obvious conservative choice from the European side, and a case can definitely be made. wtih the exception of ‘Time Of The Wolf’ of course, which i can take or leave, and the Funny Games remake, but Cache, Piano Teacher and The White Ribbon were all great films, and ‘Code Unknown’ was quite interesting.
I’d say Pedro Costa too. In Vanda’s Room and Colossal Youth had an impact on me that few films have nowadays, especially the latter. Can’t say i’ve experienced anything quite like it.
I’m sure a case for Apichatpong Weerasethakul can be made too. quite easily. His style doesn’t hit me as much as others on here, but ‘Tropical Malady’ and ‘Syndromes and A Century’ are films that are impossible to dismiss offhand. and nobody in the world makes films quite like him.
I can’t pick a single director, but several French ones were very good – two films by Resnais, Rivette’s The Duchess of Langeais, Rohmer’s The Lady and the Duke, and Assayas.
And Tsai Ming-liang, especially Goodbye, Dragon Inn.
absolute favorite: Joel Hopkins (Jump Tomorrow, Last Chance Harvey)
honorable mention: Minoru Kawasaki (Pussy Soup, Calamari Wrestler, Executive Panda)
probably all around best: Manoel de Oliveira: Romance de Vila do Conde (short)
I purposefully did not list Blonde Haired Girl, I think it is his worst film (of all I have seen anyway)
Given his depth, range, and general genius, Olivier Assayas is my man:
Carlos (2010)L’Heure d’été (2007)Boarding Gate (2007)Paris, je t’aime (2006) (segment “Quartier des Enfants Rouges”)Clean (2004)Demonlover (2002)Sentimental Destinies (2000)Late August, Early September (1998)
Michael Bay. Bad Boys II is a masterpiece.
…Okay, seriously though, I think the best director of the 00’s was either Kiyoshi Kurosawa or Park Chan-Wook.
I don’t think animation directors get a big enough credit or mention here. I’ll go with Satoshi Kon. I’d put 4 of those (excluding Good Morning because it’s a 1 minute short) against any other film in the decade.
Millennium Actress (2001)
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Paranoia Agent (2004)
Good Morning (part of Ani*Kuri15) (2008)
I totally agree about Satoshi Kon. Paranoia Agent is one of the best anime series ever made, only surpassed, in my opinion, by Neon Genesis Evangelion and Revolutionary Girl Utena.
If quantity is valued over quality, how about Takashi Miike?
2009 Crows Zero II
2008 God’s Puzzle
2008 Kêtai sôsakan 7 (TV series)
– Ketai aruku!?/Tsunagaru kizuna (2008)
2007 Crows Zero
2007 Tantei monogatari
2007 Sukiyaki Western Django
2007 Like a Dragon
2006 Sun Scarred
2006 Waru: kanketsu-hen (video)
2006 Masters of Horror (TV series)
– Imprint (2006)
2006 Big Bang Love, Juvenile A
2005 The Great Yokai War
2005 Ultraman Max (TV series)
2005 Demon Pond (video)
2004 Three… Extremes (segment “Box”)
2004 Paato-taimu tantei 2 (TV movie)
2003 Chakushin ari
2003 Negotiator (TV movie)
2003 Kikoku (video)
2003 The Man in White
2003 The Man in White Part 2: Requiem for the Lion
2002 Paato-taimu tantei (TV movie)
2002 Deadly Outlaw: Rekka
2002 Pandoora (video)
2002 Shin jingi no hakaba
2002 Sabu (TV movie)
2002 Onna kunishuu ikki
2002 Dead or Alive: Final
2001 Katakuri-ke no kôfuku
2001 Araburu tamashii-tachi
2001 Ichi the Killer
2001 Visitor Q (video)
2001 Zuiketsu gensô – Tonkararin yume densetsu
2001 Kikuchi-jô monogatari – sakimori-tachi no uta
2000 Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha
2000 The Guys from Paradise
2000 The City of Strangers
2000 Multiple Personality Detective Psycho – Kazuhiko Amamiya Returns (TV mini-series)
2000 Tsukamoto Shin’ya ga Ranpo suru (video documentary short)
A case can be made for both Claire Denis and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, both of whom have both explored the possibilities of modern cinema.
Terrence Malick! Tree of Life and The New World may well be his two best films, and they’re both in my Top 10 films of the last 11ish years.
Michael Haneke is another obvious one. The Piano Teacher is currently in my Top 10 of the 00s+, and I love Cache, Time of the Wolf, Code Unknown and The White Ribbon.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Gaspar Noé could qualify though I need to see the rest of what they’ve both made.
Spielberg and Herzog
Malick and his earth looking shots a la national geographic same as Von trier with Melancholia and even a small Sundance winner “another earth”…
Will throw in a few names that havent been mentioned.
Personally I think that perhaps the best three (if we are including 2010 and 2011) are Terrence Malick, Gaspar Noe and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, although I dont think many directors have had more than 2 absolute top films (perhaps only those three i’ve mentioned alone), or many having 3 extremely good films.
For me, the two filmmakers that created work that most impressed me was Haneke and von Trier. Yes, there are others who are worth mentioning but these two guys, more than anyone else, created some of my favorite films of the decade:
Haneke: The Piano Teacher, Cache, The White Ribbon
von Trier: Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Manderlay, Antichrist
Denis might be a runner up for me, although technically White Material came out in 2010, which would put it in the next decade, right?
No, unless the calendar your people are using started with year zero.
von Trier or Denis
White Material is 2009, Santino.
I expected Weerasethakul to have stronger support here. And I think the idea of Gaspar Noe claiming the entire decade is simply incorrect, especially given a) his output compared to others, b) his technical skill compared to others, c) his choices of stories to tell.
Assayas is a good choice but I think he simply lacks the POWER of certain contemporaries, methinks…
Takashi Miike: making 100 mediocre films a year for the past 1000 years.
It’s 00s+, so Jan 1, 2000 to today counts
2000 to today?
That’s just silly talk.
White Material is from 2009? Really?
The first theatrical release was in France in March 2010 (I saw it at LAFF in June 2010). What is release date based off of – when it shows in a festival? A theatrical release? A private screening to studio executives? A test screening?
All this date stuff hurts my small head.
1. Coen Brothers
2. Steven Soderbergh
I just go by whatever year IMDB/Mubi/other lists, having nothing to do with when I view the film. Rarely there are discrepancies.
Hmm…well, I think there should be some set standard for when a film’s release date is defined. I mean, sometimes I see a movie a year or two before it gets released to the public but yet it would be very confusing if I went off of that date.
@Santino: I may be wrong, but I thought release date was meant to be done off of when a film is first given a public screening. So either its first theatrical release or when it first shows at a festival: whichever comes first. White Material was shown at at least 8 festivals in 2009 including TIFF, VFF and LFF.
Hmm…you might be right.
I don’t know if I like it though.
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
Man With No Name
Real quick in concern to Miike, No, no, no, just because he he made Visitor Q, I horrible film that could kill any good will ever :). and I’ve been railing against Visitor Q for about a year and half now.
That’s the reason I brought it up for you, Uli. That movie will haunt your nightmares forever.
Let alone fo the runtime of his films this has to be Lav Diaz. Wang Bing may be a good alternative though.
The Worst Film Ever! Visitor Q is the WORST EVER! ;^}