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

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

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 150th Best Director of All-Time: Robert Wise

Wise. Robert Wise’s case looks like this: he has 14 archiveable films (wow), he’s an absolute master of genre, and has West Side Story which is one of the best 300 movies ever made. The

The 149th Best Director of All-Time: Jules Dassin

Dassin. So I haven’t seen 1949’s Thieves’ Highway from Dassin yet— it has been on my list for awhile. Dassin is known for his superb three early noirs, being blacklisted in Hollywood, and for making

The 148th Best Director of All-Time: Jane Campion

Campion. Jane Campion doesn’t make uninteresting films. The New Zealand auteur has made a total of seven films as of 2020 and five have landed solidly in the archives. The Piano is the main reason

The 147th Best Director of All-Time: Eric Rohmer

Rohmer. Rohmer is a significant figure in the French New Wave, Rohmer really picked up when frankly the best of Godard had come and gone in 1967. Rohmer’s camera style is straightforward, but the placement

The 146th Best Director of All-Time: George Miller

George Miller. I view Miller completely different now since Fury Road and I’m racking my brain for another example of an auteur with a career peak this late (70 at the time of his best

The 145th Best Director of All-Time: Joseph Mankiewicz

Mankiewicz.  Mankiewicz was no visual master but he has four films that land in the top 100 of their respective decade and there’s a consistency in the writing and structure of his films that cannot

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