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21st century directors: any great ones?

Postby djross » 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.

Other directors making their feature film debut in the 21st century and who, based on what they've done so far, conceivably have the potential to become great are:

    Ken Lonergan;
    Andrew Dominik;
    José Padilha;
    Jeff Nichols;
    Jonathan Glazer;
    Paolo Sorrentino;
    John Hyams;
    Cristian Mungiu.

Altogether that's ten. Some of these have movies coming out this year: Bonello (Paris est une fête); Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea); Nichols (Midnight Special); Mungiu (Family Photos). These are definitely four films worth looking forward to, and may help to give a clearer picture of where some of these directors are going.

Of the directors listed above, those with the greatest potential are, I think, Farhadi, Bonello and Lonergan, maybe Nichols, but my ultimate feeling is that, even though they are a very skilful group of filmmakers, I'm not quite convinced that any of these ten will end up becoming truly great. In my view, we are still waiting.

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Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Postby AAAutin » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:09 pm

I'm with you on Dominik, Glazer, and Nichols.

Zal Batmanglij
J.C. Chandor
George Clooney (Don't laugh.)
Anton Corbijn
Quentin Dupieux
Fleck & Boden
Cary Fukunaga
Rian Johnson
Giorgos Lanthimos
Pablo Larrain
James Marsh
Martin McDonagh
Steve McQueen
Kelly Reichardt
Joe Swanberg

On the documentary side:
Alex Gibney
Eugene Jarecki

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None meeting your criteria

Postby paulofilmo » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:43 pm

https://www.criticker.com/people/Hogg_Joanna/
https://www.criticker.com/people/Andrea_Arnold/
https://www.criticker.com/people/Duane_Hopkins/

some more names for your scoff and awe (some starting in the '90s)

Zhang Ke Jia
Michel Gondry
Alfonso Cuaron
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Iñárritu
+1 Steve McQueen
Edgar Wright
Ben Wheatley
+1 Kenneth Lonergan
Charlie Kaufman
Chan-wook Park
Shane Meadows (probably the closest to meeting the criteria)
Wes Anderson (ditto)
Masaaki Yuasa
Peter Strickland
Carlos Reygadas

probably some tv directors worthy of such company.

I just remember how satisfying Drive and Shame were. Good year.
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Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Postby Maaxwell » Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:46 pm

To be honest... Ben Affleck. I've given all three of his films 90s.

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Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Postby jeff_v » Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:00 am

No.

There are none who meet the exact criteria. The closest are some who began in the late 90s, or those who have one tier-10 and one tier-9. But no one who began 2000+ has 3 tier 9 or higher (including a tier 10).

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Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Postby djross » Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:12 am

jeff_v wrote:But no one who began 2000+ has 3 tier 9 or higher (including a tier 10).


Criteria are two tier 9 or higher, including at least one tier 10. Sorry if that wasn't clear. But thanks for actually paying some attention to the criteria!

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Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Postby Bojangles » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:03 am

Fit the criteria:
Tom McCarthy
Adam McKay

Almost fit the criteria:
Cary Fukunaga
Bennett Miller

Out of those four I have the highest hopes for Cary Fukunaga.

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Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Postby jeff_v » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:16 pm

djross wrote:
jeff_v wrote:But no one who began 2000+ has 3 tier 9 or higher (including a tier 10).


Criteria are two tier 9 or higher, including at least one tier 10. Sorry if that wasn't clear. But thanks for actually paying some attention to the criteria!


Ok, that lets in a few:

Ken Lonergan - Margaret (t10), You Can Count on Me (t10)
Michel Gondry - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (t10), Dave Chapelle's Block Party (t9)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul - Tropical Malady (t10), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (t9)
David Gordon Green - All the Real Girls (t10), George Washington (t9)
Cristian Mungiu - 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days (t10), Beyond the Hills (t9)
Rian Johnson - Brick (t10), Looper (t9)
Carlos Reygadas - Japon (t10), Stellet licht (t9)
Shane Carruth - Primer (t10), Upstream Color (t9)

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Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Postby theficionado » Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:01 pm

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.

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Re: 21st century directors: any great ones?

Postby djross » Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:06 pm

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
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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.


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