MY TOP 5 DIRECTORS TO EMERGE FROM THE 2000’s
While some of these guys got their start before we took to our bunkers for the Y2K apocalypse, they’ve all managed to make a name for themselves in the past decade. While they may not yet be on the same level as the Scorceses and Speilbergs, I feel these guys may be in line to be Hollywood’s next group of directing elites. Here they are (in order):
5. EDGAR WRIGHT.
Best Film: Shaun of the Dead
Next Up: Them & Marvel’s Ant-Man
Not only did he direct probably my favorite comedy of all time but Edgar has made progress to solidify himself as more than just the director buddy of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. With Scott Pilgrim he proved he’s here to turn conventional filmmaking on its head. He’s a young guy but look for him to continue making his way to directing elite.
4. J.J. ABRAMS.
Not only is Abrams a good director but he seems to have a good gauge for the types of movies people want to see. He seems to make everything he touches better, even if it’s a producing capacity. He has cited Speilberg as a major influence and I think you can see the influence in his work. If he keeps it up, he just might be the heir apparent.
3. JON FAVREAU.
I don’t like that Favreau doesn’t make more of these types of lists. I mean, has he made a bad film yet? With each film he continues to get better and better and as sad as I am that he’s leaving the Iron Man franchise, I think it’s a smart move. I’m really looking forward to Magic Kingdom (a story about a family that gets trapped in the Disneyland park after it closes and everything comes to life).
2. ZACK SNYDER.
So, I’m a fanboy! We know this. And while Snyder tends to choose films that are fanboy favorites, that’s not why he makes the list. The fact of the matter is that Snyder is a great visual storyteller and makes films that audiences enjoy. He’s one of the few directors that never makes me feel cheated when I leave the theater having payed 15 bucks for my ticket. I also like that after years of bitching about CGI and poor special effects, Snyder came along and left us asking for even more because he uses it so well.
1. CHRISTOPHER NOLAN.
Arguably all ready elite, Nolan is a fantastic filmmaker. His biggest credit is taking men in funny suits and grounding them in reality. Obviously, most of you probably assume that Batman is what puts Nolan as my #1 but the fact of the matter is it’s his other films that earned him my top spot. Films like Inception, Memento and The Prestige are so wonderfully conceived, written and executed that Nolan earns the honor of top visionary to emerge from behind the camera!