Since I last compiled my favorite film directors, my taste has changed significantly. So much so that I feel the need to create a new list. I’ve learned of different directors, and saw more films that have carved out my Top 10 Favorite Directors
10. DAVID FINCHER
He has a perfectly dark tone that often inspires me and he has bred many all time classics including “Se7en” and “Fight Club”
9. KEVIN SMITH
Kevin Smith has made some of the greatest comedies ever. Some of his films are almost universally hated but I can always find enjoyment in them. Out of nowhere he whipped out “Red State” and shocked everybody by defying what audiences expected from him and at the same time delivering an excellent film. Kevin Smith goes beyond his directorial duty and appears in numerous other TV and film related venues. He tours doing Q and A and stand up routines and provides a lot of content.
8. ALFRED HITCHCOCK
A true master. He was dubbed the master of suspense and for a good reason. Some of my favorite films by him a “Psycho” “Rear Window” and a new favorite “Rope”.
7. Terry Gilliam
This former Monty Python member turned out to be a brilliant director, creating some of the most creative and wondrous films ever made. His films cover many genres but always give a fun feeling. He’s not so much concerned with giving a deep emotional experience as he is with giving a fun time with a movie, and sometimes that’s all you need.
6. EDGAR WRIGHT
Edgar Wright brings us the Simon Pegg Nick Frost collaborations, and he brings a fantastic directing style that adds an entire level to the film. He has carved out his own style and has mastered it. If any other director had tried to do the films he has made, they just wouldn’t be the same. I’m hyped for At World’s End.
5. ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
“Sin City”, “Desperado”. “From Dusk Till Dawn”, “Machete” some of my favorite films are by this man. Robert Rodriguez makes great action movies and his collaborations with Quentin Tarantino cement his place in my list.
4. THE COEN BROTHERS
The Coen brothers work perfectly as a filmmaking team to continually deliver classics and films that will become classics. “Fargo”, “The Big Lebowski”, and although “No Country for Old Men” might not quite be old enough to be a classic at this point, but it will be. They have a very particular style of direction and their own unique sense of humor that many people don’t understand. They have a very broad filmography with films ranging from comedy to drama to western. They can do it all.
3. MARTIN MCDONAGH
He’s only made 2 feature films thus far but I love both of them immensely. I can’t wait for his next film to come out. I dig his sense of humor and like the way he blends it with violence. He reminds me of Quentin Tarantino in the sense that they both have constructed their own style and know how to perfectly pull it off with great dialogue based comedy and stylish violence.
2. DARREN ARONOFSKY
With the exception of the Fountain I think that every one of Aronofsky’s films are Goddamn masterpieces. I love his style and tone and my latest short film was heavily inspired by the tone of his first film “Pi”. His films are deeper and more personal than the films of most, and he is a true master and innovator of his craft. bonus points for having Clint Mansell, one of the greatest composers alive today do the music for his films.
1. QUENTIN TARANTINO
You can’t dethrone the king of cinema. Tarantino can do it all. He can master any genre while at the same time putting his own unique style into it. He is both a brilliant He is my favorite writer director and I also think that he is the best writer director who ever lived. Nobody writes dialogue lie Quentin Tarantino. I love every single one of his films and I look forward to more films from him in the future.
If you were sad to not see your favorite director make the list, then check below to see if it was a director that I heavily considered.
George A. Romero