February 20, 2009
Who are the greatest active directors?
One major surprise: Woody Allen is nowhere to be found. Yes, the man has had some clunkers, but he's probably still made more truly great films than most of the people on this list-- certainly more than Apatow, who probably wouldn't have a career if not for Allen's trailblazing work, and certainly more than Zack Snyder, whose biggest claim to fame, 300, is little more than a technically impressive but soulless exercise in violence pornography.
Someone whose absence is not surprising, but who I would have liked to see on the list anyway: Wes Anderson, who, apart from Tim Burton, just might be cinema's greatest stylist-- and, with at least some of his movies, a tremendous storyteller.
Are there any other directors who you think should have made the cut? Any who made the cut and perhaps shouldn't have?