September 4, 2012 at 7:38 am #539707
All of the people on the list were nominees for Directing that lost in the last 10 years. Which one among them do you think is the best?September 4, 2012 at 8:17 am #539709
This is tough. The Social Network is among my five favorite films of all time, but Fernando Meirelles directed City of God to perfection. In fact, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Paul Greengrass or Paul Thomas Anderson. Those for in particular I would at least consider putting over their respective victors. Everyone else is kinda meh.September 4, 2012 at 8:39 am #539710
I’m voting for Malick, but had Fincher been nominated for “Zodiac” it would’ve easily been my choice. “The Social Network” and “Inglorious Basterds” tie in second for me.September 4, 2012 at 9:21 am #539711
Tarantino for Inglorious Basterds, with Malick close behind.September 4, 2012 at 9:50 am #539712
Anderson for There Will Be Blood, with Tarantino and Fincher close behind. Darren Aronofsky should be up here for Black Swan.September 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm #539713
Terrence Malick for his incredibly brave/ballsy feature, followed by a tie for second between, Pedro Almodovar and Fernando Meirelles.September 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm #539714
Hands down. Fincher.September 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm #539715
Tie between fincher and malick hands down
Then tarantino + I agree with the one who said aronofsky should be there…September 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm #539717
I went with one for each year. Since Fincher was more competitive and the film was more acclaimed, I decided to go with him. Also, to be honest, I didn’t like “Black Swan” very much. Extremely flawed film, and many of those flaws come from directing. Had he been nominated for “The Wrestler” instead, I would’ve probably included him.September 4, 2012 at 11:44 pm #539718
Fincher’s an easy choice as his film is the film that will be studied the most. But, for me, the film that really stands out is 2006’s United 93. The fact that the man (Greengrass) has the guts to, 5 years after such a devistating tragedy as 9/11, direct a film based on that event is ballsy.
A most cathartic experience came over me when I viewed the much publicized “United 93”. At once speculative and realistic, the 111-minute film will surely bring back the pall of fatalistic inevitability one feels about 9/11, but its more defining characteristic is revealing the untapped heroism and humanism of people caught in the most malevolent of circumstances. Masterfully written and directed by Paul Greengrass, this relentlessly intense movie covers that fateful morning when United Airlines Flight 93 departed Newark for San Francisco with 33 passengers and seven crew members on board.
As it turns out, Greengrass’s heavy background in documentaries turns out to be a blessing in this treatment, as he tracks the subsequent events in real time and uses either under-the-radar actors or actual aviation personnel to play the real-life characters. Instead of focusing on the higher profile passengers to provide an emotional locus, which a more commercial filmmaker would have done, he encompasses all the passengers within the emotional purview of the film, including the four hijackers who killed the pilots and took control of the plane. The key dramatic difference is that we get to know not the people but the situation at hand. Consequently, we get a more realistic sense of the scale of the events that may have occurred on that flight. That’s not to say it is any less devastating. In fact, the last half-hour is harrowing in the most personal sense as the inevitable becomes reality.September 5, 2012 at 12:18 am #539719
FACTOID: For such an “important” film, THE SOCIAL NETWORK merits a less-than-impressive #588 ranking in Sight & Sound’s 2012 Greatest Films Poll.
Only two critics and one director voted for that film.
On the other hand, THE TREE OF LIFE ranks #102. I never understood why so many people hated that movie–it’s great. Even Brad Pitt is great in that film.September 5, 2012 at 9:50 am #539720
It’s been only 2 years. Of course it wouldn’t be in Sight & Sound very high. “Tree Of Life” did quite well on the critics side, but it’s not clear if it’s only leftover love from the acclaim it had last year, or if it’s really gonna become such a huge mark for filmmaking.
Also, it would be hard for “The Social Network” to do well on Sight & Sound’s directors list. Directors tend to vote for films and directors that directly influenced them, and many of these people tend to go towards choices that affected them in their formative years.
As for critics, time will tell, but it stands a good chance, although I think “Zodiac” will become his most acclaimed film (and it’s already higher than “The Social network” on the list too).September 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm #539721
I voted without think. I evaluated the entire career, not only the movie that received a nomination lol PTA #1 and Fincher #2, but Leigh is a master and VD is marvelous, so I’m ok.