A list of the TOP filmmakers alive. No particular order, but I'll indicate my personal favorites when they show up.
OK- so maybe he's past his prime. But the title did say, best alive. Plus I honestly believe that Schindler's List is the best movie ever made, better than Citizen Kane, better than Star Wars, better than every movie EVER MADE. War Horse was still a pretty good film too!
The Coen Brothers
Inside Llewyn Davis wasn't their best. But it had its moments, honest! It's a watchable movie. But that said, I don't think I need to list their movies, but I will anyway: No Country For Old Men, Fargo, The Big Lebowski
But wait there's more!
O' Brother Where Art Thou?, Burn After Reading, True Grit
Let's see... where was I? Oh yeah best filmmakers...
Easily the most controversial choice here. But I can't help it. His movies are so good! (I haven't seen Noah yet, though).
I told you I'd point out my favorites... and here's my top three/four favorites (I also told you this list would have no order, but in my opinion, he's in my top three/four).
I've long considered to write up an essay detailing why I think The Fountain is a masterpiece, but I really don't have the patience. One day my beloved followers, one day.
Besides The Fountain, he gave us nightmares with Requiem For A Dream, Pi, The Wrestler, and Black Swan.
This guy is great. Never has a persona said, "F*ck you, I'm doing it my way. Don't ask me about Alien3 or I'll punch you in the face." He's kind of like Quentin Tarantino but without the ego and more anger issues.
But I digress. However, I don't think I need to point out the oh so lovable line, "what's in the box?!" Gives me chills every time.
Fincher's best include The Social Network, Se7en (derrrrrr), Fight Club, Panic Room, The Game, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and I CAN'T WAIT for Gone Girl.
Yeah I gotta pizza delivery for... I.C. Wiener?
Paul Thomas Anderson
PTA is another one of those filmmakers with a track record to be admired at. From Boogie Nights to The Master, and I CANT WAIT for Inherent Vice, I got no clue what it's about, but it's a PTA film so you know its going to be awesome. My personal favorite is There Will Be Blood. I don't think anyone else could get away with no talking in the first twelve minutes of a film. I'm not exactly a lover of the Oscars, but this guy's been nominated FIVE times and hasn't won a single Oscar. You'd think the Academy would love this guy, right? Am I going insane??
This is the guy who you'll be able to watch one of his movies and KNOW exactly that it's a Wes Anderson film. Quirky, witty, and absolutely fun to watch, nothing beats his style. Some people think it was a "Wes Anderson overload" in The Grand Budapest Hotel, but I do not concur! That movie was awesome! Moonrise Kingdom, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Where the hell does he get these titles from? (Don't actually answer that in the comments please.)
IF I HAVE TO GIVE A LIST OF THE MOVIES HE'S MADE TO MY AUDIENCE, I'M QUITTING THIS BUSINESS*
*I'm not actually a part any business to be honest.
I know I was somewhat complaining about PTA not getting an Oscar, but Scorsese has been nominated TWELVE times and only won one. But we know by know he'll never get the credit he truly deserves from the Academy.
Oh well. Just as long as he keeps making kick a** films I'm not complaining.
Here's my other favorite. "The next Kubrick."* You heard it here first, folks! I'm calling it.
*Can I trademark this?
He'll never get an Oscar.
Honestly though, every time I read someone ELSE talk up Nolan all I can picture is that one South Park episode where Randy is praising the SH*T out of Obama and says, "He's so awesome! He's so perfect and awesome!"
Last but definitely not least. The one. The only.
Let's be honest, this is the one filmmaker I don't need to say sh*t about him to a general audience. Everyone knows his persona. And only Quentin Tarantino loves Quentin Tarantino more than you love Quentin Tarantino.
My question is, besides Nolan, why haven't any of these guys made comic book movies???? Why do they think they're above that sort of film? You'd think these guys would at least appreciate (may not love) The Dark Knight, right? Maybe even Watchmen because of its political and idealogical message (something you don't find in a typical superhero movie)? That's going out on a limb, though, I understand....
PS I know Aronofsky ALMOST did. And Kill Bill is kinda like a comic book movie. Shiiiiiiiiiiiit you could even say Travis Bickel (Taxi Driver) is like a real life hero, but he wasn't no superhero, kids. But I'm talking real comic book adaptions or at least just use the characters and make up their own story, I'm not the one that's gunna make 'em, they are.