Hi! This is kind of an extension of the "Your Favorite Movie of All Time" thread. Instead of your favorite films, name your favorite directors! If possible, name some films that person has done so others get an idea who that person is. You get "Greg Points" for putting names out there of directors people don't know as well.
(Note: Don't do obscure for the sake of obscure. That's just dickish.)
In no real order:
Stanley Kubrick - Every film he's made was fantastic. My favorite is Barry Lyndon, although I do love Eyes Wide Shut and Dr. Strangelove almost as much.
David Fincher - From Fight Club to The Social Network, he's done some quality stuff.
Nicolas Winding Refn - Probably my favorite working director. His Pusher trilogy is almost as good as Bronson or Drive (his best). I can't wait for Only god Forgives!
Quentin Tarantino - People have said as much about him as possible, probably. My favorite is Kill Bill, followed by Death Proof, then Django, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, Jackie Brown, and Reservoir Dogs.
Wes Anderson - Such a loveable film-maker! So much quirkiness! Moonrise Kingdom or The Darjeeling Limited is my favorite.
Paul Thomas Anderson - All of his films have problems (aside from Boogie Nights; that's perfect), but they're all perfectly shot and directed. There Will Be Blood and The Master are his most recent, but Punch-Drunk Love is probably my favorite.
Zack Snyder (so sue me!) - I haven't seen all of his films, I recognize that Sucher Punch was just plain bad, but I love Watchmen and Dawn of the Dead enough to get over it.
David Lynch - The king of surrealism. Blue Velvet and Inland Empire are fantastic.
David Cronenberg - Super-isolated style, I love him. Cosmopolis was phenomenal, so was Eastern Promises, Videodrome, Crash, and many more by him!
Kevin Smith - I've enjoyed every film he's done, especially Chasing Amy. Clerks is good too, though.
Noah Baumbach - Five Words: The Squid and the Whale.
Shane Carruth - A mind-bending film like Primer and fantastic experimental film like Upstream Color makes me want more.
Rian Johnson - Looper and Brick are phenomenal. Can't wait for his next one.
The Coen Brothers - No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Inside Llewyn Davis...
Darren Aronofsky - Pi, Black Swan, The Fountain.
Francis Ford Coppola - Apocalypse Now is the best film ever made. Oh, yeah, The Godfather is pretty good too.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarittu - 21 Grams and Babel are depressing as fuck yet fantastic.
Danny Boyle - Trance I never saw, but heard good things about. Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later are great.
Steven Soderbergh - One of my favorite directors. Bubble is his masterpiece. Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Behind the Candelabra, Side Effects, Magic Mike... He's done a lot. He's great.
Spike Jonze - Where The Wild Things Are made me cry tears of nostalgia.
Richard Linklater - Before Midnight, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset are enough for me to adore this director.
Robert Rodriguez - Just a good 'ol time with him! Sin City, Machete, El Mariachi, From Dusk Til Dawn...
Park Chan-Wook - Oldboy was fantastic. Stoker was okay. Some good other stuff too.
Guillermo Del Toro - Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy.
Sam Raimi - Evil Dead (original), Evil Dead 2, and Darkman are great.
Edgar Wright - I love Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.
Joe Wright - Atonement has what is possibly the best shot of all time.
Terry Gilliam - Brazil, Time Bandits, and more make him one of the best.
David O. Russell - I heart i <3 huckabees. Super funny existential comedy. I really like The Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter too.
Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker, and Near Dark are great.
Now, how 'bout you? Do you agree with my choices? Why or why not?
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