The 22nd Best Director of All-Time: Kar-Wai Wong

Kar-Wai Wong. For the purposes of this list his strengths are his two giant masterpieces and the fact that he is certainly a “style-plus” director.  It’s hard to think of an auteur that is more

The 21st Best Director of All-Time: Fritz Lang

Lang. Lang is an early master- he gave us the 4th best film of the 20’s and 3rd best of the 30’s- that’s remarkable. I think I looked past Lang initially because he doesn’t have

Eijanaika – 1981 Imamura

It’s very plotted for an Imamura film- a saga, a love story (doomed of course because it’s Imamura), there’s the Ronin story with Ken Ogata and then the larger political and social reform back story

The 20th Best Director of All-Time: Sergio Leone

Leone. There are no easy choices on this list/project. By and large, I think much more of all 3 Leone/Eastwood collaborations than the TSPDT critical consensus. Also, I view Leone’s style as a huge plus

Profound Desires of the Gods – 1968 Imamura

The first color film for Imamura and the first one that is largely outdoors--- this may not sound like a big deal but to a student of Ozu with the shoji doors and control of

The 19th Best Director of All-Time: Carl Theodor Dreyer

Dreyer. The strength of Dreyer’s case is not in his production quantity but quality.  Oddly enough, Dreyer only one archiveable film a decade for 5 straight decades from the 20’s to 60’s- wild. I’ve seen

The 18th Best Director of All-Time: David Lynch

Lynch. Lynch’s case is really strong. Lynch has 10 features- I have 9 of the 10 films in my archives. I’ve given Dune a few chances and probably have another one left in me but it’s

Widows – 2018 McQueen

1.0 December 2018 McQueen continues the streak-- of one of the most promising starts to a career (he’s 11 years in now and 4 films) in cinema history He’s great at capturing places, a great

The 17th Best Director of All-Time: Max Ophüls

Ophüls. During 2011 and 2012 I saw all of Ophüls’ available films (his early pre ww2 German films are largely unavailable or lost). After leaving his homeland (Germany) he made a few films in Hollywood

High Society – 1956 Walters

An impressive remake of Cukor’s 1940 The Philadelphia Story. Grace Kelly plays the Katharine Hepburn role, Bing Crosby plays the Cary Grant role and Frank Sinatra plays the Jimmy Stewart role. It’s a testament to

The 16th Best Director of All-Time: Jean-Luc Godard

Godard. I feel like I’ve written so much about Godard over the years. I’ll be the first to grant that if you consider documentaries and experimental cinema alongside narrative fiction cinema, then Godard would probably

The 15th Best Director of All-Time: Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson. Anderson’s 4 films in the top 100 (work from 2009 or newer not yet eligible) puts him tied with Welles for second place behind only Kubrick (5) and that’s his case—and what

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