Now, I know some people may disagree, but a one-movie set-list is all good, because if that movie is good enough, it will shoot the director up to the top. My pics are:
5. Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Invictus, Mystic River): One of the most moving directors of all time, Eastwood adds beauty to all situations, and makes everything seem so dramatically powerful.
4. Shelton Jackson “Spike Lee” (25th Hour, She Hate Me, Inside Man, Miracle at St. Anna): One of the most visionary and racially powerful directors of all time, Spike Lee has made many movies that have been impacting in both dramatic power and in the aspect of strong emotional and racial hatred for the characters, as well as love and a bonding between races.
3. Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Gangs of New York): Martin Scorsese’s two best films were made in this decade, and really made me think about the way crime drama features are supposed to be.
2. Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, The Beach, Sunshine): Danny Boyle had the biggest impact on film in the 00’s, but that doesn’t mean he was the best. He made a very beautiful film in Sunshine, and made an epic fight for survival in 28 Days Later.
1. James Cameron (AVATAR): Go figure, my favorite movie of the year’s director. It is true, though. Cameron wrote and directed this film, which I feel will go down in history as not just the best graphical film, but the most inclusive film of thought out character-studies and strong plot lines. Bravo, Jim!