Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Someone I work with asked me today who my top ten favorite filmmakers were. People who are currently making movies. These were the first ten that immediately came to mind:

1. Martin Scorsese
2. Michael Mann
3. Tony Scott
4. Ridley Scott
5. Werner Herzog
6. Terrence Malick
7. Michael Bay
8. David Fincher
9. Oliver Stone
10. Paul Thomas Anderson


Lemmy Caution said...

Decent list....

I'll take a crack at it...

1. PT Anderson
2. Martin Scorcese
3. Quentin Tarantino
4. Park Chan-Wook
5. Michael Mann
6. David Cronenberg
7. Oliver Stone
8. Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman (tie)
9. David Fincher (although Ben Button sucked out loud).
10. Spike Lee

Actionman said...

Tarantino almost made my list, as did Spielberg. I've liked Cronenberg's newer stuff more than his older stuff, though Videodrome is still one of the craziest movies ever. I loved Old Boy and Mr/Lady Vengeanance, but need to see more of Chan-Wook's work. I loved Button...

Lemmy Caution said...

I put Tarantino up there....because really he hasn't made a ton of movies, but the ones he has made are DAMN good. Quality over quantity.

Cronenberg's older stuff was on a smaller budget, but always had some amazing ideas working in the background. Rabid, Shivers, Scanners, The Brood, Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers.....they all actually have the same theme yet mangae to take a completely fresh approad almost every time.

I still have hope for Fincher...I think his films were absolutely flawless.....until Button. I just had no use for the story, screenplay, acting, directing. Found the whole thing to be a big trite mess. But hey....can't wait to see what he does he makes the list!

Dwayne said...

Great idea for a post.

I'll go with:

1. Jonathan Glazer
2. Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Tony Gilroy
4. Quentin Tarantino
5. David Fincher
6. Oliver Stone
7. Adam McKay
8. Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking is just that good)
9. Werner Herzog
10. Gus Van Sant

Actionman said...

Nice list, Dwayne.

I have loved Glazer's two movies thus far, but I need to see more of his work. I like seeing Herzog on your list. Overall, very eclectic choices.

Also, I will be posting "genre" lists soon, as in, my top 10 flicks in different genres.