The 66th Best Director of All-Time: Jean-Pierre Melville

Melville. Melville is a great place to start for anyone who doesn’t think old or foreign (or black and white…or all 3) movies can be entertaining. For the purposes of this list he’s a little

The 65th Best Director of All-Time: Wes Anderson

Wesley Anderson. Wes’ strength for the purposes of this list is both the filmography and the aesthetic quality (and consistency) in his work. He already has 3 top 500 films and a whopping 6 films

Red Eye – 2005 Craven

An incredibly tight thriller—85 minutes—and until the finale it feels like we’re pretty close to real time so it adds to the intimacyRobert Yeoman as the director of photography—Wes Anderson’s guy—proof here more that Wes

The 64th Best Director of All-Time: Brian De Palma

De Palma. When talking about De Palma people either start with either a) talking about him as a brilliant stylist/technician or b) talk about him being a Hitchcock imitator or c) talk about him the

The 63rd Best Director of All-Time: Agnes Varda

Varda. I have to preface that my neither my page, nor my ranking/evaluation of Varda, includes her documentary work (which is substantial). She shares this with Herzog and a few others. Varda has three top

The Wild Bunch – 1969 Peckinpah

Doggedly nihilistic, immaculately photographed (Lucien Ballard as DP) and perfectly performed by the talented ensemble of actors The transcendent trait though, and what makes it a top 100 all-time film, is the editing—yes- the freeze

Kill Bill – 2003 and 2004 Tarantino

First off, it is one movie- and Ebert would agree with me: “It's not a sequel but a continuation and completion, filmed at the same time; now that we know the whole story” I’m also

The 62nd Best Director of All-Time: Robert Bresson

Bresson. I have two big masterpieces for Bresson (A Man Escaped, Pickpocket) that show well in my top 500 but that’s it for Bresson there. I’ve yet to have a 3rd (or 4th or 5th) film from

The 61st Best Director of All-Time: Lars von Trier

Von Trier. The Dogme95 movement is an important movement in the story of realism in cinema and von Trier is the central figure. I have Breaking the Waves as the best film of the 1990’s. Obviously that

The 60th Best Director of All-Time: Alfonso Cuarón

Cuarón. Again this list has a 10-year moratorium so I’m not factoring in Gravity or Roma and Cuaron still lands at slot #60 here. I’ll get to it below but his work in the 1990’s

The 59th Best Director of All-Time: Peter Greenaway

Greenaway. Greenaway’s strengths are the two films in the top 156 and the dedication to his style even when it doesn’t fully succeed (Baby of Macon, Prospero’s Books). He’s certainly a style-plus director. On the

The Savages – 2007 Tamara Jenkins

A sharply written black comedy—with moments of levity in some incredibly dour circumstances (dealing with a father with dementia) Nominations for Laura Linney’s performance and Tamara Jenkins screenplay—if you add Philip Seymour Hoffman’s performance those

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