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Top 5 movie directors under 60

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by DanOregon, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    So Eastwood, Spielberg and Marty Scorcese are out.

    No particular order

    Paul Haggis
    David Fincher
    The Coen Bros.
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Guillermo Del Torro
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Wes Anderson is twice the director P.T. Anderson is.
  3. Bill Brasky

    Bill Brasky Active Member

    Quentin Tarantino
    Peter Jackson
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Alfonso Cuaron
    Spike Lee (yeah, he's made a lot of junk -- but he's made some amazing stuff)

    Honorable mention: Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, David Fincher, The Coen Brothers
  4. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Well-Known Member

    Ron Howard?
  5. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I give Opie a lot of credit for making good movies in a variety of genres. Comedy, sci-fi, drama, action (Gone in 60 Seconds). He gets criticism for not really doing anything unique, but neither does he get in the way of the story.
    The Missing, a western he did with Tommy Lee Jones, is worth a look.
  6. king cranium maximus IV

    king cranium maximus IV Active Member


    i dunno, man. even before there will be blood, which i'm internally debating as the best movie of this decade, i would have given the nod to PTA, if only because wes anderson's one-trick-ponydom is so evident.

    don't get me wrong, his aesthetic is great, and he introduced me to elliott smith. so good for him. and the royal tenenbaums is a fine achievement. but...it's just the same few concepts, over and over.

    now, PTA might have sorta been that on a superficial level pre-now, but not anymore.

    that was dominic sena. (jerry bruckheimer produced.)

    says here that gus van sant is 55, so i'm putting one up for him. his gerry/elephant/last days trilogy might be lightish-weight by uber-hard-core indie standards, but for a fairly successful/middlebrow director to go off the deep end like that is pretty awesome.
  7. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Paul Thomas Anderson
    There Will Be Blood (I haven't seen it, but I've heard/read very good things)
    Punch-Drunk Love (aboslutely loved it)
    Magnolia (very good)
    Boogie Nights (very good)
    Cigarettes & Coffee (hated it)

    Wes Anderson
    The Darjeeling Limited (haven't seen it, but not as acclaimed as 'There will be Blood')
    The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (not very good)
    The Royal Tenenbaums (absolutely loved it)
    Rushmore (absolutely loved it)
    Bottle Rocket (very good)

    Both have impressive resumes.
  8. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    See, I disagree about Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. To each his own, I guess.
  9. king cranium maximus IV

    king cranium maximus IV Active Member

    oh, sure. it's just by the time that the life aquatic came out, we were pretty comfortable with:

    - the same general group of actors (not necessarily a problem)
    - indifferent/distant upper-class white people with parent issues
    - art direction with emphasis on vibrant colors
    - constant use of slow-motion when characters are emoting
    - soft indie soundtrack
    - resolution through happiness-with-our-indifference at the end

    and then he did it again in his next movie.
  10. king cranium maximus IV

    king cranium maximus IV Active Member

    magnolia was very good. didn't like PDL at first, but kinda grew into it.

    i guess TWBB has just blown me away this much.
  11. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    My bad on Gone in 60 Seconds. I was thinking of Howard's Grand Theft Auto from the late 70s.
  12. king cranium maximus IV

    king cranium maximus IV Active Member

    a better movie, IMO.
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