The 10th Best Director of All-Time: Andrei Tarkovsky

Tarkovsky. The soviet’s answer to Kubrick until he defected in 1979 amid controversy surrounding the first day (an unmade movie with allegories critical of the USSR (apparently more overt than the others throughout his career)). Tarkovsky joins

Shaun of the Dead– 2004 Edgar Wright

I think it initially gained traction because of the laughs (Pegg and Frost are brilliant) but Edgar Wright sure shows promise here- it’s very rare to see a very nice tracking shot like this is

The Trip – 2010 Winterbottom

A very different film from both the genius earlier collaborations between coogan and Winterbottom- 24 hour party people and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story- this is closer to the my dinner with andre

The 11th Best Director of All-Time: François Truffaut

Truffaut. No frogs in the top 10? I know. I’m actually more bullish on Truffaut than most cinephiles. Playful and largely accessible- could there be another auteur more different than the auteur directly in front of him:

Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance – 1974 Fujita

Starts off with an absolute bang- a stunning long-take tracking shot with some complicated choreography action sequence of lady snowblood killing like 20 people Instead of a revenge film it’s a very political film and

The 12th Best Director of All-Time: Fritz Lang

Lang. I really struggled with this slot. I think I looked past Lang initially for this slot because he doesn’t have the big third film after metropolis and M. I’ve concluded, at least for the time being, that the

The 13th Best Director of All-Time: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard. I feel like I’ve written so much about Godard over the years. I’ll be the first to grant that if you consider documentaries and experimental cinema alongside narrative fiction cinema, then godard would probably

The 14th Best Director of All-Time: Howard Hawks

Hawks. Hawks had definite style. He was not just a game-manager and supervisor as a director. He’s no byproduct and benefactor of an efficient studio system. He worked within it much like Ford and Hitchcock

The 15th Best Director of All-Time: Jean Renoir

Renoir. Ultimately I went with Renoir here above the others because of his utter dominance of the 1930’s with no less than 6 top ten films of their year (5 top five films) all directed

Lady Snowblood – 1973 Fujita

Starts off with a bang- a gorgeous white snow landscape and then turning that snow into red for the credit sequences I had no knowledge of her prior to the movie but Meiko Kaji is

The 16th Best Director of All-Time: David Lynch

Lynch. Lynch’s case is really strong. Lynch has 10 features, a bunch of shorts and a tv show (of which he directed 6 of 30 episodes). I have 9 of the 10 films in my

24 Hour Party People – 2002 Winterbottom

I’ve seen a dozen Winterbottom films and I feel nearly certain that he won’t make a better film 4 star raves from Travers and Ebert Coogan absolutely gives one of 2002’s best performances as Tony

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