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by djross
Tue May 12, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Filmmakers
Topic: 21st century directors: any great ones?
Replies: 33
Views: 34871

Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

djross wrote:
Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:01 pm
There are some great directors working this century, but are there any who have only emerged during the 21st century? Or, another question: who in this group looks like they have the potential to become great? Fifteen years should be enough time for there to have emerged a group of new filmmakers who have been able to make more than one very good movie each, and so the criteria I am using for the list below are the following:
  • 1. Feature film debut in year 2000 or later;
    2. At least one tier 10 movie;
    3. At least two movies in tier 9 or 10.
For me, the only directors fulfilling these requirements are:
  • 1. Asghar Farhadi (Tier 10: A Separation. Tier 9: About Elly; The Past).
    2. Bertrand Bonello (Tier 10: Tiresia. Tier 9: House of Tolerance).
I think that's it.
Four years later, and twenty years into the century, has the situation changed for me? Switching from tiers to percentiles, the criteria should be:
  • 1. Feature film debut in year 2000 or later;
    2. At least one movie with percentile of 90–99;
    3. At least two movies with percentile of 80–99.
In other words, in addition to making their feature film debut in the year 2000 or later, they need to have made at least two movies with a percentile of 80 or more, at least one of which has to have a percentile of 90 or more.

For me, the only directors who fit these criteria are:
  • Asghar Farhadi (48 years old)
    Percentile 90–99: 3 films (Fireworks Wednesday, A Separation, The Salesman).
    Percentile 80–89: 2 films (The Past, About Elly).

    Bertrand Bonello (51 years old)
    Percentile 90–99: 1 film (Tiresia).
    Percentile 80–89: 1 film (House of Tolerance).
In short, no change.

Other directors who made their debut in the 21st century and who have made one film with a percentile of 90 or higher:
  • Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York) (61 years old).

    Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) (52 years old).
Other directors who fit criteria 2 and 3 but made their debut one or two years before the year 2000:
  • Gaspar Noé (debut: 1998; 56 years old)
    Percentile 90–99: 3 films (I Stand Alone, Irreversible, Love, but the first of these is from 1998)
    Percentile 80–89: 2 films (Climax, Carne, but Carne is not a feature film and is from 1991).

    Darren Aronofsky (debut: 1998; 51 years old)
    Percentile 90–99: 2 films (Black Swan, Mother!).

    Spike Jonze (debut: 1999; 50 years old)
    Percentile 90–99: 2 films (Being John Malkovich, Her, but only Her is from the 21st century)
    Percentile 80–89: 2 films (What's Up, Fatlip?, Where the Wild Things Are, but What's Up, Fatlip? is not a feature...and probably an overrating).
Are there any other essentially "21st-century directors" who seem like they could ultimately turn out to be great?
  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan, but he's already 61 years old (and for my money has only made one great film, Winter Sleep).

    Paul Thomas Anderson is only 49 years old, with, for me, one 90–99 percentile film and another 80–89, both in the 21st century.

    Noah Baumbach is 50, has no films with a percentile of 90 or higher, but 5 with a percentile of 80–89.

    Wes Anderson is 51, has no films with a percentile of 90 or higher, but 4 with a percentile of 80–89.

    Paolo Sorrentino is 49, debuted in 2001, and has made two films with a percentile of 80–89, but they were his first two movies and I've largely lost interest in his recent work.

    Sion Sono: all of his great films were made this century (five with percentile 90 or higher, and a couple more with percentile 80 or higher), but his debut was way back in 1987. He's 58 years old.
Other directors who've made significant great movies this century are Lars von Trier (numerous masterpieces and great films, 64 years old), Pedro Almodóvar (70 years old), David Lynch (74 years old), Terrence Malick (76 years old), Martin Scorsese (77 years old), Abbas Kiarostami (deceased), and documentarians like Adam Curtis (64 years old), Ross McElwee (72 years old), Patricio Guzmán (78 years old), Frederick Wiseman (90 years old) and Claude Lanzmann (deceased). There are a few others who have either made great films or shown some potential to do so (Kenneth Lonergan, Bruno Dumont, Coens, Woody Allen, José Padilha, Michael Haneke, Werner Herzog, Alexander Payne, Cristi Piui, Errol Morris, Cristian Mungiu, Yorgos Lanthimos, Safdies, Aleksandr Sokurov, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel).

Leaving all other considerations aside, for me the greatest director of films in the 21st century must be Lars von Trier. I would argue that the three most artistically courageous directors of our time are von Trier, Sion Sono and Gaspar Noé.

Directors who have made great films this century but are deceased: Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman, Abbas Kiarostami, Claude Lanzmann, Jacques Rivette, Agnès Varda. Directors who made very good movies this century but are deceased: Aleksei German, Alain Resnais, Eric Rohmer. And Mariya Saakyan.
by chmul_cr0n
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Filmmakers
Topic: 21st century directors: any great ones?
Replies: 33
Views: 34871

Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Zach Braff
Jared Hess
Charlie Kaufmann
Michel Gondry
Rian Johnson
Pascal Laugier
Tate Taylor
Jason Reitman
Adam McKay
Joseph Kosinski
Gareth Evans
Prachya Pinkaew
Judd Apatow
Sung-Hee Jo
Deab Deblois
Joss Whedon
Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor
Nima Nourizadeh
Jeong-beom Lee
Sam Fell


...too easy. All of those fulfil the requirements, but I don't know if I'd call any of them great. Maybe Zach Braff, but only as a writer/director. Or Jeong-beom Lee.

Or Spike Jonze, who didn't make the cut anyway, because he didn't wait a year to make Being John Malkovich. :>
by Stewball
Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Filmmakers
Topic: 21st century directors: any great ones?
Replies: 33
Views: 34871

Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

There are many. For me, any director who produces one masterpiece (10/10) is great--and I have eleven of those from this century. But without a second tier 9 (9/10 for me, which is also tier 10), there are only Three:

Ridley Scott: Gladiator, The Counselor (10/10), and The Martian (9/10)
Christopher Nolan: Inception (10/10) and Interstellar, The Dark Knight, Memento (9/10).
Kantheryn Bigelow: Zero Dark Thirty (10/10), and The Hurt Locker (9/10).

But since I went ahead and dug the others up, I'll list them too:

Marc Webb--500 Days of Summer
Craig Brewer--Black Snake Moan
Gavin O'Connor--The Accountant (10+/10, my most perfect movie)
Spike Jonze--Her (10+/10, my most important movie)
Ang Lee--Life of Pi
Frank Whaley--Like Sunday, Like Rain
Coen Brothers--O Brother Where Art Thou!
Walter Hill--Undisputed
by djross
Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:06 pm
Forum: Filmmakers
Topic: 21st century directors: any great ones?
Replies: 33
Views: 34871

Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

theficionado wrote:The 2000 cut-off seems arbitrary, as it ignores people who just started a few years earlier but have produced their best stuff in the 21st century.


Such is the nature of cut-offs.

In relation to the directors you listed who started shortly before 2000:

theficionado wrote:Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, Noah Baumbach, Kim Ki-Duk, Kim Ji-Woon, Wes Anderson, Nicholas Winding Refn, Lynne Ramsay, the Dardennes, Kelly Reichardt, Jafar Panahi
.

Only Spike Jonze matches the other criteria for me (i.e., two movies ≥tier 9 including at least one tier 10: he has two tier 10 and two tier 9 movies for me), but I've admittedly only seen one Kim Ki-Duk (and didn't like it) and no Kim Ji-Woon movies. Even Paul Thomas Anderson only manages one tier 10 and one tier 8 film.
by theficionado
Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Filmmakers
Topic: 21st century directors: any great ones?
Replies: 33
Views: 34871

Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Filmmakers with multiple notable films that have started since 2000 that are very good:

Alfredson, Tomas (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)*
Bong Joon-Ho (Memories of Murder, The Host, Mother)
Castaing-Taylor, Lucien (Leviathan, Sweetgrass)
Dominik, Andrew (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly)
Glazer, Johnathan (Under the Skin, Birth)*
Green, David Gordon (George Washington, All the Real Girls)*
Kaufman, Charlie (Synecdoche New York, Anomalisa)
Lanthimos, Giorgos (Dogtooth, Alps, The Lobster)*
Madsen, Michael (Into Eternity, The Visit)*
Oppenheimer, Joshua (The Act of Killing, The Look of Silence)*
Paravel, Verena (Leviathan, Foreign Parts)
Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker)*
Perry, Alex Ross (The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth)
Strickland, Peter (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy)
Weerasethakul, Apatchitpong (Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century, Uncle Boonmee)*
West, Ti (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers)
Wright, Edgar (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim, The World's End)

* = meets your criteria for me

The 2000 cut-off seems arbitrary, as it ignores people who just started a few years earlier but have produced their best stuff in the 21st century: Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, Noah Baumbach, Kim Ki-Duk, Kim Ji-Woon, Wes Anderson, Nicholas Winding Refn, Lynne Ramsay, the Dardennes, Kelly Reichardt, Jafar Panahi, off the top of my head.

If I had to put money down on which will have the most relevance in the future, I'd go Weerasethakul, Kaufman, Perry.