Out of the two I definitely have to go with Aronofsky. I find Anderson way too quirky for my taste. I did enjoy Rushmore, but his other two films I've seen (The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic) I thought were ok but not what they are made out to be. Aronofsky actually has my highest rating out of directors I have seen 5 films from (he is tied with PT Anderson who I would probably rank over Aronofsky). Out of Aronofsky's 5 films I loved all of them except for Pi. That doesn't mean Anderson doesn't have talent, but I personally enjoy Aronofsky's films more. Probably because I don't enjoy Anderson's comedic approach (except for Rushmore and the gunfight scenes in The Life Aquatic) and I'd much rather watch Aronofsky's dramas. Shallow as the theme for Requiem is it has a great performance by Ellen Burstyn and I consider it well executed by Aronofsky. I felt Hugh Jackman gave a great performance in The Fountain (that didn't really get noticed because of how poorly the film was received, and it certainly seems like a love or hate kind of film in which I am in the former). Then came The Wrestler with some more great performances from Rourke and Tomei, and finally Natalie Portman in Black Swan.
I love Aronofsky because I am a big fan of dramas and his films tend to have some very good performances in them (Ellen Burstyn, Jackman, Rourke, Tomei, Portman). Anderson is kind of a dramatic director also, but I just don't enjoy the humor he infuses into them. While no one directly said as much, I don't understand the notion that Aronofsky isn't as talented as Anderson. Sure he is not as original as Anderson in writing, but he seems every bit as technically oriented as Anderson. I think Requiem and The Fountain are good examples. Aronofsky gets far less credit for The Fountain than he deserves as far as editing/special effects goes. There is actually a really short making of The Fountain explaining how they created such a beautiful film IMO without using a bunch of CGI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgkZHNpGKhY
). I think even if you hated that film, you can at least say that it was well carried out. Enough of my rant.
Spunkie wrote: Anderson directed Rushmore, Aronofsky haven't directed any fully accomplished movie. I guess I'm not hanging for Aronofsky's next movie, while next Anderson is at least welcome.
I'm not exactly sold on Noah yet either, but at least he seems to be assembling a decent cast. I don't love Russel Crowe, but I'm sure he will do at least a decent job with the role of Noah. I've heard both Jennifer Connelly and Julianne Moore rumored in the role of Noah's wife. Both actresses that I think are underrated. Emma Watson is also playing a love interest of one of Noah's sons (played by two actors I've never heard of), but I don't really know if she can act outside the Harry Potter series. I am however most excited about the fact that Ray Winstone is rumored for the villain role. I've only seen 2 of his films (The Departed and The Proposition), but based on those 2 films I think he could nail that role. I don't know much about the story of Noah but the brief synopsis I learned in catechism a while back, so I'm not really sure what will go on with the story, but I have faith in Aronofsky that it will be good. Hell if he delivers a taut drama with a great performance or two (again I'm thinking Winstone as the villain), I think I'll like it.
sixx wrote: In the end I'm going to go with Aronofsky since he jump started Clint Mansell's career.