February 21, 2013 at 2:02 am #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.
EW’s Top 25 Working Directors
and Ethan Coen
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
February 21, 2013 at 2:44 am #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?February 21, 2013 at 3:11 am #92100
TOO MUCH HOLLYWOOD NAME.February 21, 2013 at 4:06 am #92101
Lol! This list is dreadful with the exception of a few directors.February 21, 2013 at 5:29 am #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?February 21, 2013 at 5:59 am #92103
Kinda embarrassing that they put Affleck and David O. Russell ahead of Wes Anderson. I mean…February 21, 2013 at 7:33 am #92104
Affleck being above most of that roster is gross. Next.February 21, 2013 at 8:32 am #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.February 21, 2013 at 8:49 am #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.February 21, 2013 at 9:21 am #92107
So 17 of the Top 25 ‘greatest’ directors currently working are American???February 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm #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.
February 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm #92110
Replace spike Lee with either jason Reitman or Ridley Scott, then im ok.February 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm #92111
Even though some people who should have been included are not, it could have been worse… it could have included Joss Whedon.February 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm #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.