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  • Halo_Insider
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    #92097

    Yes, indeed. For those curious, Entertainment Weekly has updated their annual list of the greatest directors actively working today. To scroll through each director’s individual slide (with commentary on the selection), follow the link. Should you simply desire to observe the list, I’ve posted it below.

    http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20311937_20346922,00.html

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    EW’s Top 25 Working Directors

    1.   
    Steven
    Spielberg
    2.   
    Quentin
    Tarantino
    3.   
    Martin
    Scorsese
    4.   
    Kathryn
    Bigelow
    5.   
    Terrence
    Malick
    6.   
    David
    Fincher
    7.   
    Joel
    and Ethan Coen
    8.   
    Paul
    Thomas Anderson
    9.   
    Woody
    Allen
    10.  Mike Leigh
    11.  Ben Affleck
    12.  Christopher Nolan
    13.  David O. Russell
    14.  Michael Haneke
    15.  Darren Aronofsky
    16.  James Cameron
    17.  Alexander Payne
    18.  Ang Lee
    19.  Roman Polanski
    20.  Peter Jackson
    21.  Lars Von Trier
    22.  Wes Anderson
    23.  Spike Lee
    24.  Pedro Almodovar
    25.  Clint Eastwood


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    Profile photo of Bill BuchananBill Buchanan
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    #92099

    Meh, predictable except for mike leigh.

    Spielberg #1, as predictable as can be. Tarantino, Scorsese, Coens PTA, Allen and Malick in top 10. Predictable as can be. But… Ben Affleck is the 11th best working director? With 3 movies?

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    #92100

    TOO MUCH HOLLYWOOD NAME.

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    #92101

    Lol! This list is dreadful with the exception of a few directors. 

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    #92102

    Spielberg at #1. What. A. Shock. Credit for including Haneke, von Trier, Polanski, Malick, Almodovar, and the Andersons. How in the hell is Ang Lee all the way at #18?

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    #92103

    Kinda embarrassing that they put Affleck and David O. Russell ahead of Wes Anderson. I mean…

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    #92104

    Affleck being above most of that roster is gross. Next.

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    #92105

    I’ve been meaning to cancel my subscription to EW for a couple of years now. The ads on the side are becoming more and more sickening for me, and this list of theirs is a very good reminder to just, give it up.

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    #92106

    As I’ve noticed over the last few years of seeing these, they do tend to base these rankings on what Hollywood filmmakers have been more relevant, so the inclusion of Affleck so high doesn’t surprise me (especially given how he was 2012’s “Entertainer of the Year”), though I wouldn’t quite agree with the placement.

    I can’t help but feel that, should “Gravity” and “Pacific Rim” be successful, that Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo Del Toro will easily make this list, next year.  

    Personally, while this list might be a bit too Hollywood friendly, I will say that, as Hollywood directors go, those who made the Top 10 were pretty respectable selections, particularly David Fincher, the Coen Brothers, and Paul Thomas Anderson. I’m still not sure why they continuously feel it sufficient to list Scorsese’s slide as “it’s Martin Scorsese, come on…” when they never rank him above Spielberg, who always gets a rather in-depth analysis.

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    #92107

    So 17 of the Top 25 ‘greatest’ directors currently working are American???

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    #92108

    How can Bigelow be ranked higher than half these people?
    Affleck? He has a great track record, but aren’t you carried away here?
    Tarantino at #2? Come on.
    Malick at #5?
    And no Jason Reitman? At all? 

    This is exactly why we can’t have nice things. 

       
      

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    #92109

    So 17 of the Top 25 ‘greatest’ directors currently working are American???

    Well, Entertainment Weekly isn’t exactly Sight & Sound. I’m franky surprised they didn’t include Michael Bay.

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    #92110

    Replace spike Lee with either jason Reitman or Ridley Scott, then im ok.

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    #92111

    Even though some people who should have been included are not, it could have been worse… it could have included Joss Whedon.

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    #92112

    You can tell from that list that Lisa Schwarzbaum has left their staff.

    That list is a disgrace, irrespective of some solid names.

    Only two directors on it who don’t usually make movies in English, when a majority of the best ones working today never have.   

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