Paste is very MOR, so the list is pretty consciously structured to include populist directors with some lesser-marketeds. I think it’s an adaquete list for a general interest audience.
5 Important directors missing:
- Jacques Audiard (Le prophète, France, 2009)
- Bahman Gobadi (No one knows about persian cats, Iran, 2009)
- Belà Tarr (Werckmeister Harmonies, Hungary, 2000)
- Alexandr Sokurov (Russian ark, Russia, 2002)
- Carlos Reygadas (Battle in heaven, Mexico, 2005)
Godard should be #1 and Spielberg does not belong in the top ten
Gus Van Sant, crowning achievement: Goodwill Hunting?
How do you like them apples :(
“His [Werner Herzog] greatest contribution to the cinematic world was his 2005 film Grizzly Man…”
This was written by Anna Swindle who appears to be more impressed with Herzog’s biography—after all he “was once shot by a sniper’s air-rifle during an on-camera interview, but kept on chatting—grew up in a remote Bavarian village, mostly isolated from the modern world (he didn’t make a phone call until he was 17)”—isn’t it crazy!—than his actual groundbreaking and influential works from the 70s.
This a great piece, fit for a high school publication.
While I appreciate that “Paste” magazine allows for editorial interns to advance their journalistic careers with fluff pieces (You gotta start somewhere, kids), it is perplexing that there was a paid editor who approved this crap for publication.
It’s easy to come up with a list of notable omissions (Matt’s right about Paste being MOR and the list’s mandate appears to be attempting a balance between art house faves and mainstream Hollywood) but the glaring hole is no Polanski. I don’t know how that can be justified. And where the fuck is Sidney Lumet? Is it possible they left him off?