The 23rd Best Director of All-Time: Woody Allen

Woody Allen. I’m a great admirer of the work of Woody Allen. I hesitate saying “fan” because I feel like that implies some sort of personal affinity or preference and I don’t think that’s an

The 24th Best Director of All-Time: Sergei Eisenstein

Eisenstein. I’d probably have Eisenstein over murnau if I thought Potemkin was closer to sunrise. As you’ll see below I don’t have a ton of Eisenstein films in the archives but they all have really good grades, certainly “style-plus”

The 25th Best Director of All-Time: The Coen Brothers

The Coen Brothers. If you look at my masterpiece and must-see count it would look like the coen brothers should be a top 10-15 director(s). They might be in time. The biggest obstacle is that

The 26th Best Director of All-Time: Paul Thomas Anderson

PT Anderson. Man, I went back and forth with 2 others on this slot. Both come directly after PT. I might move Antonioni ahead of PT after another study of his films because I’m feeling

The 27th Best Director of All-Time: Michelangelo Antonioni

Antonioni. So, I’ve seen all of Antonioni’s films (non doc films) once- except for l’avventura (twice), blow-up- which I’ve seen like 4 times for some reason, and the passenger which I’ve seen twice- but both on VHS. He

The 28th Best Director of All-Time: David Lean

Lean. Lean is quite a juxtaposition from the other European directors that flourished in this era (like Godard, Antonioni, Truffaut and some others that are thought of during this time (and location) of artistic boom

The 29th Best Director of All-Time: Robert Altman

Altman. So by my complicated filmography points ranking system I actually have Altman ranked 13th all-time. He might not be Scorsese behind the camera but he’s a stylish director in his own right. I think the

The 30th Best Director of All-Time: Vittorio De Sica

De sica. It feels late to finally be adding one of the great neorealists. Bicycle thieves is an all-time great film (17th all-time last time I did my top 100 in 2012) and if I had Rossellini’s best

The 31st Best Director of All-Time: David Cronenberg

Cronenberg. DC emerged from the creative burst the horror genre produced in the 1970’s to become one of the greatest auteurs on the planet in the modern era. My next top 100 film update will

The 32nd Best Director of All-Time: Steven Spielberg

Spielberg. I have spielberg’s filmography point totals higher than his #32 ranking here which would suggest, correctly I believe, that his oeuvre is stronger than he is as a director. I love spielberg’s films. I

The 33rd Best Director of All-Time: Roberto Rossellini

Rossellini. As I said in the de sica entry--  Rossellini is one half of the truffaut/godard of Italian neorealism. I’m not sure there’s a bicycle thieves without rossellini but I’ve tried to reward the better film when

The 34th Best Director of All-Time: Michael Powell

Powell…Or Powell and Pressburger. The team of “the archers” as they are known and proclaim (complete with their own mission statement long before von trier). I usually only consider Powell, not only because he has

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