The 44th Best Director of All-Time: Quentin Tarantino


Tarantino. Tarantino is clearly a style-plus auteur (a term I made up to help distinguish even the greatest auteurs on this list) influenced by exploitation cinema, De Palma, Scorsese, Woo, Leone, Godard (though QT disputes

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The 43rd Best Director of All-Time: Spike Lee


Spike Lee. Spike has given us three masterpieces in three consecutive decades. BlackKklansman from 2018 wasn’t quite that- but a really strong film nonetheless and his best in 20 years (He Got Game in 1998).

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John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – 2019 Stahelski


An impressive blend of Hong Kong-like action choreography and a Skyfall-like focus on set-piece background visualsThere’s a stunner of a teal stain-glass window The entire glass house section towards the end of the film (the

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Night on Earth – 1991 Jarmusch


Episodic but interconnected-  Jarmusch, the formal master, repeats the same set up (five conversations between strangers in taxis at night). This is, of course, is linked to his previous work which all employ a three-part

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Mystery Train – 1989 Jarmusch


Another in a series of artistic triumphs for Jarmusch to close out the 80’s from Strangers in Paradise to Down by Law to this in 1989. Like the other two, it’s a film structured in

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Legends of the Fall – 1994 Zwick


Melodramatic but entertaining and strikingly beautiful (both John Toll’s images and James Horner’s music)—Toll would win the Oscar here and again the next year in Braveheart but his best work would be Thin Red Line.

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Mid90s – 2018 Hill


Another film to embrace the square 1.33 : 1  frame- First Reformed, Cold War, A Ghost Story, sections of Grand Budapest90’s nostalgia and some coming of age clichés- it’s a borderline recommend- but there’s enough

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The 38th Best Director of All-Time: Roman Polanski


Polanski. I’m higher than some on Polanski because of my esteem for both of his occult films: Rosemary’s Baby and Repulsion. I think both are masterpieces, which, when paired with Chinatown, made Polanski one of the world’s best filmmakers

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