The 158th Best Director of All-Time: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jeunet. Jeunet isn’t here without Amelie (less and less top 500 all-time films remaining as we’re at the #158th best director of all-time) but that 1-4 below is very solid. The films are imaginative, handsomely

The 157th Best Director of All-Time: Anthony Mann

Anthony Mann. Mann has 14 archiveable films—unreal—that’s the most at this point with the auteurs remaining who I haven’t yet mentioned as the best 156 directors of all-time. Still- it’s not just about quantity- he

The 156th Best Director of All-Time: Baz Luhrmann

Luhrmann. Baz is the Australian expressionist auteur who is a style-plus director with a abbreviated filmography. Finding a style-plus director outside of my top 150 directors is rare- so that’s the main case for Baz

Welcome to L.A. – 1976 Rudolph

Alan Rudolph’s third film and the first of eight films in the archives Certainly Rudolph is the most Altman-like of all the Altman acolytes—he worked with him and on projects like Nashville and The Long

The 155th Best Director of All-Time: Jean Cocteau

Cocteau. Cocteau may be the most inventive mind in an arftorm filled with geniuses-- some of the 20th and 21st century’s greatest artists. His case is those top two films—both on the top 100 of

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – 2014 Iñárritu

Three viewings- two in theater in 2014 and again February 2020Utterly astonishing cinematography in the Bordwell definition of cinematography—the camerawork—audacious--- Iñárritu is a virtuoso--- it is Rope, Russian Ark, The Shining, I Am Cuba- Iñárritu

The 154th Best Director of All-Time: Cecil B. DeMille

DeMille. Griffith and von Stroheim made better, early, epics but DeMille is no hack—he put together a strong collective body of work through these eight films (and I’m sure I’m missing a few that belong

The 153rd Best Director of All-Time: Ken Loach

Loach.  With multiple decades of documentary and television work (neither of which I really study) it’s a testament to Loach’s impact (especially with Kes) that he’s this high on the list. Loach’s case is Kes

The 152nd Best Director of All-Time: John Schlesinger

Schlesinger. Don’t let the one film in the top 100 of its decade fool you below- Schlesinger’s top 5 films (up to Day of the Locust all have high artistic value). Still, Schlesinger falls much

The 151st Best Director of All-Time: Joe Wright

Joe Wright. Wright burst onto the scene in 2005 with sweeping camera movements in Pride in Prejudice. What a surprise--  who wanted another Pride and Prejudice adaptation starring Keira Knightley at the time?  At age

The Square – 2017 Östlund

A satire closer in tone and laughs to Haneke (meaning not a ton), on the absurdities of modern man, culture and artCannes Palme D'Or winner in 2017Feels old already in 2020—references to the ice-bucket challenge,

Le Notti Bianche – 1957 Visconti

First viewing here and Le Notti Bianche is thoroughly impressive- immediately goes near the top of the list of the all-time underrated films (not anywhere to be found on the TSPDT top 1000—and Visconti has

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