Dear Rich Uncle…. nice choices sir….. I have most of them and the first 4 of your unseen titles are all gems!
The top 5, even their weakest films amaze me, and I tend to agree with the way they look at the world. The other 4 definitely have their moments too.
my list is unbearably american
paul thomas anderson
i also enjoy the works of
federico fellini, akira kurosawa, woody allen, terrence malick, billy wilder, francois truffaut, werner herzog, the coen brothers, wong kar wai, jean-pierre melville, steven spielberg, jim jarmusch. yet there are a bevy of filmmakers whose work i have yet to discover.
I’d have to agree with previous posters by saying that my favorite directors are those who stick out in my mind most recently. I don’t think there are really any 5 directors I can list who are perfect, or who I would always enjoy watching a film by at any moment, unless I go for shallow but entertaining rather than sometimes difficult but meaningful. That being said I think the body of work of those listed has a pretty solid place in my own pantheon.
5? Right at this second:
Wait, that’s 6….
Oh, and Kubrick! In fact, make that number 1 and then…ah hell, I’ll leave it at 7.
too hard. but….
and my newbie is P.T. Anderson. though I know we can’t really call him a new guy anymore.
Charlie Kaufman (a bit premature, I know)
Paul Thomas Anderson
this list is already changing so I’ll just post it.
What’s with all these 5s??? How about top 7, top 10, top 533…
Tarkovky for his mysticism
Bergman for his humanity
C. Reed for his style in The Third Man and Odd Man Out
Hitchcock for his wit
Kubrick for his attention to detail
Close also rans: Fellini for his imagination, Antonioni for his silence, Resnais for his abstraction, Kurosawa for his old men, Kieslowski for his skewering of perspective, John Ford for his crustiness and sense of human frailty. Of course, 5 is an impossible number for auteurs.
from the very ‘few’ films I’ve seen in the last 23 years..
No order to this
Once I’ve seen more of their films I’ll be able to cut it down to five (perhaps currently unlisted) names… maybe. I doubt I could rank them even then though.
1. Akira Kurosawa.
That’s as far as I can go.
No particular order:
And either Federico Fellini or Michelangelo Antonioni
As many agree PT Anderson is the best “new” director. I also should express my love for Kazan because not many are with me. And of course Welles as the runner up. Ok I’m done or I will give like 30 more.
jean luc godard
@Rich Uncle Skeleton : What’s wrong with Kurosawa’s Lower Depths? I love that movie.
At the moment (because this is an ever evolving list)
Carl Th. Dreyer
& a four way tie (hahaha) Truffaut, Cocteau, Melville, & Lynch
In no order….
…Joe Gage :-)
Joel & Etan Coen
There’s alot more though
que complicado elegir 5 directores
pero en realidad son tantos más….
Uh, duh. He makes perfect movies. No sci-fi is better than 2001, no horror is better than The Shining, no war film is better than Full Metal Jacket, and there’s no child-predator film better than Lolita.
2.) Jean-Luc Godard
Every movie has the same plot, but they’re all sensory overloads that I love.
3.) David Lynch
Master of weird. Pushes my tolerance of insanity to the limits while keeping me absorbed in the film.
4.) Gus Van Sant
No one does art-house better than Van Sant IMO. Beautiful movies that make you feel like you can do them too (but you can’t).
5.) Danny Boyle
Super-stylistic films with heart (does that sound corny?)