A few directors who have consistently created films that I love and admire.
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of Switzerland and attended school in Nyons (Switzerland)...
“ Best Film: "Breathless" (1960). This man has created true classics, the kind of unconventional, wonderful films that defined the French New Wave. ” - raadadz
The name "Melville" is not immediately associated with film. It conjures up images of white whales and crackbrained captains, of naysaying notaries and soup-spilling sailors. It is the countersign to a realm of men and their deeds, both heroic and villainous. It is the American novel, with its Ishmaels and its Claggarts a challenge to the European canon...
“ Best Film: "Second Wind" (1966). Another key player in the French New Wave, Melville's tough, uncompromising gangster pictures haven't dated a day since their original release dates. ” - raadadz
“ Best Film: "No Country for Old Men" (2007). Though his quirky stuff often works well, it's his controlled, mainstream films that make their mark as timeless pieces of cinema. ” - raadadz
“ See the description for his brother. ” - raadadz
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino
, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Best Film: "Reservoir Dogs" (1992). A modern day Godard ("Pulp Fiction" is really a touched up remake of "Band of Outsiders"), Tarantino's work represents the beginning of a new wave of American filmmaking. ” - raadadz
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter
's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York
, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
“ Best Film: "Planet Terror" (2007). OK, they're not the artiest films you'll come across, but his films are a series of hugely enjoyable homage films, such as "Once Upon a Time In Mexico" and "Machete". ” - raadadz
Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn
, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding
(née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years. New York quickly became his city and soon began to shape Nicolas's future...
“ Best Film: "Pusher 3: I'm the Angel of Death" (2005). Though he's faded a bit with his more experimental fare ("Bronson", "Valhalla Rising"), his "Pusher" films are among the greatest in recent years, good enough to earn him a place on this list. ” - raadadz
“ Best Film: "Caché" (2005). The king of art house, Haneke is one of the few filmmakers who have gotten better as time progresses, with recent works like "The White Ribbon" and "Time of the Wolf" cementing his place in the pantheon of great directors. ” - raadadz
“ Best Film: "The Butcher Boy" (1997). I have nothing but respect for Neil Jordan, whose films are some of the most lyrical and beautiful I've ever encountered. ” - raadadz
“ Best Film: "Irreversible" (2002). A daring filmmaker who has done what Godard did fifty years ago-take the conventions of storytelling and twist them beyond recognition. ” - raadadz