In no particular order, here are some of my favourite directors
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Luc Besson was one of the first directors I took an interest in. I was in awe of Leon when I first saw it but it wasn’t until a few years later when The Fifth Element was released that I started trying to watch everything he has directed. Nowadays he’s more of a producer but his earlier films struck a chord with me as a teenager.
Is Christopher Nolan one of the hottest directors around at the minute? I think it is hard to argue that he isn’t when Memento, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, The Prestige, Inception and Interstellar all feature within the top 60 films of all time on IMDb. That’s a whopping 7 out of his 9 feature films. Incredible.
Ridley Scott is without question among the greatest directors of all time. There is barely a month that goes by that I think “I really need to make time to watch Blade runner again”. After a number of sub standard films Scott has truly returned to form with 2015’s Oscar nominated sci-fi film The Martian. Oh… he also did Alien, so there’s that!
Marmite. You either love it or hate it you believe the advertising campaign. Personally, I love it, just as I do Tarantino films but I recognise that he’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Still, even if you don’t love his works you have to admire the fact that he has continually pushed cinema for the better with his incredible writing talent.
This one’s a bit out of leftfield. Neill Blomkamp. Famous for District 9 which was brilliant and that one with Matt Damon then the robot chap thing or whatever. Not the longest or most prestigious of credits but there is something about his films that capture a fun sense of adventure whilst still being serious so I’d like to see more of his work.
Hayao Miyazaki IS Studio Ghibli. If you ever thought animations were a bit dumb or that they aren’t for adults then watch a Studio Ghibli film. If you ever want to watch a film with your kids then watch a Studio Ghibli film. If you ever want to watch a good film then watch a Studio Ghibli film. Want to broaden your horizons? Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli.
I still remember going to see Pan’s Labyrinth at the cinema and coming out of screening being completely amazed by it. The way he blends fantasy, mystery, the occult, aspects of thrillers and fairy tales is like no-one around right now. He’s also a massive geek and his love for the above really shines through on screen so I have a lot of time for him.
THE Japanese director. If you’ve never heard of him, that’s ok, but you will have heard of The Magnificent Seven which was inspired by one of my all time favourites; Seven Samurai. His methodical approach to film – similar to early French directors who helped define ‘read’ films – mean that his sweeping epics are ahead of their time.
It’s amazing to think that Scorcese directed Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, The Aviator and so on but never won an Oscar until 2006. There was a point where he was paralleled to Leonardo DiCaprio for this reason but he finally, deservedly, got his hands on film’s most prestigious award. Well done to you Sir.
Ah, the obligatory entry of Steven Speilberg. To me Spielberg is like the anti-Neill Blomkamp, technically excellent, almost always a sure-fire hit that will be universally praised. Yet, at the same time the films don’t really excite me with the exception of Jurassic Park, Hook and one or two Indiana Jones movies.
Fun fact – he looks a bit like my dad!