Haneke just really doesn’t do it for me. I can’t get into that cold European stuff. I think Malick’s two 21st century movies absolutely put him near the top for me, but I might give it to Spielberg for doing his best film (A.I.) and a few other winners (Minority Report, Catch Me if You Can, War of the Worlds, Munich). I still need to check out Weerasethakul
It pains me not to include Assayas, but Summer Hours aside he wasn’t the towering master those listed above were…
Gotta say I’m pretty close to Adam on this one; but you just gotta switch Jia and Apichatpong around there, Cook!
Adam’s got a really fantastic list. I like Eastwood, Scorsese, and Soderbergh’s output during the 2000s. Neveldine and Taylor are pretty awesome by me as well.
Sorry that was just a big old hollywood drop when this thing had such an international flavour to it.
I’ve been thinking about this and it seems like a good time taking the liberty of including the last two years with my selections.
8.Hong Sang Soo
9. Paul Thomas Anderson
10. Eugene Green
I still need to see more from Lav Diaz, Raya Martin, Joe Swanberg and Johnnie To but there work has been monumental so far.
Haneke reminds me of the well-known Longfellow poem:
And when she was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad she was horrid.
Caché, The White Ribbon and The Piano Teacher (and likely Amour once I see it) are all fantastic. Funny Games U.S. is just awful.
One mistake (FG U.S), no big deal.