Netflix is poised to spend $8b on original content, but here you are watching The Office for the 5th time. We dive into eight (technically nine) directors whose respective works have helped shape the film industry as we know it. So the next time you’re stuck with the paradox of choice, staring at the vast array of streaming options from your parent’s cable subscription, refer back to our Grateful 8:
Mind-bending thrillers chock-full of cinematic goodness. Nolan’s direction brings out the best in every actor & actress he works with. His filmography is highly ambitious and he does not shy away from a towering project. Hans Zimmer’s scores only elevate the intensity of his movies, too.
The direct of the cult classic American Psycho, Harron does not shy away from potentially controversial projects. Her films have focused on everything from 80s era opulence and over-indulgence to a coming of age gothic story of sorts. While her filmography might not be extensive (yet), they are all worth watching.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Bold visual style, strange storylines, flawed & desperate characters--his movies are a beast all their own. Daniel Day-Lewis and Seymour-Hoffman appear throughout and are absolute powerhouses when paired with PTA.
The brothers redefine genres through their use of wholly original stories, zany characters, and bizarre situations. More often than not their films are set in a reality that is slightly embellished and there are references galore throughout their works.
An auteur, Anderson’s films are fast-paced, character-driven comedies peppered with serious, melodramatic bits. His sets and costumes are a sight to behold and a style all his own. Most of all, his soundtracks are second to none.
You’ve seen at least one of his movies during your lifetime. His films are full of stunning visual effects--the man laid the foundation for much of today’s CGI. He explores parent-child relationships and his works are generally optimistic--no dark and gloomy endings here.
The man was a wizard with a camera, plain and simple. His cinematography is unparalleled. Kubrick placed a heavy emphasis on images and sounds over dialogue. He explained this as “emotions and subconscious are far more similar than intellects”. The goal was to make movies accessible to everyone and he did just that. Kubrick explored the relationship between man & machine, the masses & authority, and the artificial & the natural.
Movies that are often intense and far from fantastical, Villeneuve’s works are guaranteed to leave you glued to your seat. His films often begin with an attention-grabbing opening scene, focus on a character looking for something, and are filled with violent realism. But beware: the man loves twist endings.
Odd Man Out: Quintin Tarantino
*Sorry Tarantino. Maybe next time.