Top 10 Best Directors For The Next Generation

I will be naming the best young filmmakers who will still be making movies when people like scorsese, tarantino and fincher die out.
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Paul Thomas Anderson
Anderson was born in 1970. He was one of the first of the "video store" generation of film-makers. His father was the first man on his block to own a V.C.R., and from a very early age Anderson had an infinite number of titles available to him. While film-makers like Spielberg cut their teeth making 8 mm films, Anderson cut his teeth shooting films on video and editing them from V.C.R. to V.C.R...
“ Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is known for complex, critic-pleasing dramas, including 1999's Magnolia and 2008's There Will Be Blood. A child of the cinema, Anderson went about making movies right out of school, and by the time he was 25 he was directing his first feature, Hard Eight (1996). His provocative 1997 movie, Boogie Nights, made a splash, and Anderson's Oscar-nominated script got just as much attention as Mark Wahlberg's performance as a porn star. Anderson's next film, Magnolia (1999), earned him even more praise for his mature dramatic sensibilities, and brought him a second Oscar nomination for screenwriting. ” - tuanlekreuk
Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Nolan one of the leading directors of his generation. His films embody originality, visual flair, unique stories and complex themes. He is a inventive filmmaker where all his work is original, through a host of great low mass market films such as the following, memento, insomnia then his blockbusters like The prestige, Batman Trilogy and Inception.
Nolan ‘probably’ sat down one day and asked himself ‘Why are blockbusters so stupid?’ Intelligent summer films need not be an oxymoronic proposition and Nolan has proved that with the likes of Inception and his Batman trilogy.

Nolan has dealt with Crime as a genre with expertise and conviction in each of his films. His films have his trademark be it characterization, cast or stories. In all his films the lead/central character has some psychological disorder or is emotionally unstable. The character is either facing trauma from the past or the memory which he is not able to forget and move on. The characters are “lonely troubled protagonists” who are unwillingly forced to hide their true identity from the world. ” - tuanlekreuk
Wes Anderson
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ He started working on films with actor/writer Owen Wilson when the two met as students at the University of Texas in the early 1990s. Out of college, the two wrote, and Anderson directed, the comedy Bottle Rockets (first as a short, then as a feature in 1996), a quirky comedy that found a limited but enthusiastic audience. Anderson and Owen then reached a wider audience with Rushmore (1998, with Bill Murray) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, with Gwyneth Paltrow). Anderson has proven himself as a filmmaker with a distinctive style, earning a not-quite-cult following and appreciative nods from most critics. Anderson's movies are neither epic nor flashy; he creates characters and tells stories of relationships with understated humor, earning him comparisons to filmmaker Woody Allen.
He also got the best compliment you can get in film, when scorsese was asked who is the next you he replied ''Wes Anderson'' ” - tuanlekreuk
Darren Aronofsky
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ The themes of obsession that haunt Pi are continued in Requiem for a Dream in the form of drug addiction. The film is based off of the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr. who also worked on the screenplay with Aronofsky. The film centers around the gradual deterioration of four characters linked through Harry a young, burgeoning addict, his best friend, girlfriend and mother who becomes dependant on amphetamines while attempting to diet. The film utilized many of the same techniques that Aronofsky began to develop in Pi including quick editing that increased in pace throughout the film mirroring the unraveling of sanity and grip on the world that the characters undergo. The film was released as unrated by the studio due to a short full nudity sex scene that Aronofsky felt would compromise the film if cut. It was this controversy that prompted Kirby Dick to include Aronofsky in his 2006 documentary on the Motion Picture Association of America’s rating system, This Film Is Not Yet Rated. The film was met with critical acclaim, not with the same force as Pi, but substantial enough to keep critcs’ eyes on Aronofsky’s career.

Aronofsky’s third film took longer than expected to get off of the ground. He had slated Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt to star in the forthcoming The Fountain as early as 2001 after the continued success of Requiem for a Dream but after Pitt dropped out and the projected costs being so high, Aronofsky had to wait to make the film and its eventual release was in 2006. The Fountain continues but expounds upon Aronofsky’s highly stylized stagecraft with the weaving of three stories, that of a medical researcher obsessively searching for a cure for his wife, a conquistador searching for a mythical life-giving tree on the orders of his queen and a lone mystic floating in a bubble in space with the dying tree (all men played by Hugh Jackman and the femal correspondent played by Rachel Weisz). Again, Aronofsky’s main character is driven by an obsession and again using quick editing increasingly throughout the film. It is in The Fountain however that the obsession that drives Aronofsky’s main character becomes something that is able to be transcended and the film opens up to be geared more towards overcoming one’s fears than succumbing to them.

The Wrestler, released in 2008, also deals with an overcoming of sorts of obsession. Randy “the Ram” Robinson is an aging pro-wrestler brought face-to-face with the limitations of his physical capabilities due to drug-use and wear and tear to his body. The film gained wide critical acclaim as much in part to Aronofsky’s skilled crafting of the story as to Mickey Rourke’s performance for which he won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Independent Spirit Award along with an Academy Award nomination. The film itself won the Golden Lion Award at teh Venice Film Festival in 2008. ” - tuanlekreuk
Rian Johnson
Director, Looper
Rian Johnson was born in Maryland. At a young age, he moved to San Clemente, California, where he was raised. After graduating from High school, he went on to attend University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. His first feature film "Brick" was released in 2005 and was the building block (no pun intended) that launched his career...
“ I have a great appreciation for directors who consistently create films that I enjoy for their ability to make great, detailed movies each time they take on a new project.

Some directors are hit and miss, others are not. A director whose work I feel is consistently great is Rian Johnson.

He has only made three feature-length films, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Johnson’s talent lies within his ability to find subcategories of the American crime genre and write a brilliant screenplay that encapsulates the conventions that define the genre, while updating them so that they are comfortingly similar yet refreshingly new.

Johnson is truly on the cutting edge of modern directors and should be highly applauded for his imaginative work. ” - tuanlekreuk
“ All directors have their thematic or genre fixations, but there aren’t many who continually return to the coming of age story. Levine hasn’t reached the output of Hughes yet, but he is following in the master’s footsteps. Each of his films have been about teens and young adults in transition. His characters all begin their journeys stunted in some way. To paraphrase a line from The Wackness, they’re unable to do the things they need to do to become who they need to be. Which is why something bad happens to them. Levine believes that that growth in life is catalyzed by pain and (to impose on The Wackness again) you have to “embrace your pain, make it a part of you.”

Levine doesn’t believe that life’s hard knocks simply introduce disillusionment and cold reality to youths, and that’s what amounts to maturity. Like Hughes, he believes the challenging experiences his characters go through – death, heartbreak, cancer – push them out of stagnation and toward change. They grow into a better existential place where they can be better versions of themselves and more at peace with who they are.

Luke in The Wackness is a lonely, depressed teenager full of the typical swagger that masks deep insecurities, inexperience, and fear of emotional vulnerability. In the end he’s happy with who he is, confident about his emotions and displaying them, and accepting of the hardships life can dole out. Adam from 50/50 is the quintessential compromiser. He’s too shy to confront people or pursue his own happiness — whether that means asserting what he wants in a romantic relationship or asking a friend to quiet down. By the time the film wraps up, Adam has learned to express his true feelings, speak up for himself, and stop being such a pushover. There are a lot of reasons why the last scene of 50/50 is perfect, but most of all, it’s because it perfectly encapsulates Levine’s firm belief in the value and momentous significance of growing up. Like Hughes, he is an optimist. Levine believes his characters can handle pain and hardship — and in fact, that struggling a bit might be the best thing that could ever happen to you.

R, the zombie lead in Levine’s latest, Warm Bodies, is no exception. He too bears all the trademarks of a quintessential Levine-ian protagonist. He’s a stuck, depressed, lonely outsider who is unable to do the things he needs to do in order to become who he wants to be. But what distinguishes R from Adam and Luke is his desire – more than anything – for a kind of coming of age change. He’s introspectively insecure and existentially self-aware enough to know he doesn’t want to be this way – reduced to hurting people and living a life with no hope. ” - tuanlekreuk
Ben Affleck
Producer, Argo
American actor and filmmaker Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are divorced. Ben has a younger brother...
“ Ben Affleck's story is one of admiration a actor who starred in several terrible films to then his breakthrough and then go back to terrible films and then finally establishing himself as respected filmmaker.
Along with his childhood buddy, Matt Damon, he was a struggling actor, in the final stages of being consigned to Hollywood's dustpile. But together they fought back. Bucking the system, they wrote their own screenplay, attracted their own finance, and produced and starred in their own movie. Within a year, Good Will Hunting had taken off, in 1998 earning them both an Oscar and propelling them into major roles in such mega-blockbusters as Armageddon and Saving Private Ryan. Were then Matt Damon went on to have a good acting career Ben affleck did a couple more terrible films like pearl harbour but in 2007 it was the start of his comeback with the making of Gone baby gone, in my opinion his best film hes made, he then made the town in 2010 and argo in 2012 two films he both played the lead in. ” - tuanlekreuk
“ Jason Reitman is a filmmaker who earned an Oscar nomination for directing the 2007 comedy Juno. Reitman naturally began making movies when he was a kid, and as a young man he made it to the Sundance Film Festival with short films in 1998 and 2000. His first feature film was the satire Thank You for Smoking (2005), a critical and box office success. His film of Diablo Cody's Juno was another hit that made stars of Cody and lead actress Ellen Page. He then wrote, produced and directed 2009's Up in the Air, starring George Clooney and Vera Farmiga, and followed that with another Diablo Cody-scripted comedy, Young Adult. ” - tuanlekreuk
“ Born in Australia, Andrew Dominik made is first mayor statement when he directed his first american movie, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward of Robert Ford, an artful western which gave Brad Pitt one of the parts of his career. His latest effort is Killing Them Softly, also starring Pitt, a noir and brilliantly filmed movie that pretends to be a metaphor of the actual landscape in the western civilization. ” - tuanlekreuk
Sofia Coppola
Writer, Somewhere
Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere, Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette. She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was previously married to Spike Jonze.
“ Sofia Coppola is the writer and director of the critically acclaimed movies The Virgin Suicides (1999) and Lost in Translation (2003). The daughter of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola got her start in the movies as an infant in The Godfather & part 3 as michaels daughter. Her first movie as a writer/director, the somber The Virgin Suicides, proved that she was an able and mature filmmaker, and the sophistication of Lost in Translation where she won her first oscar for best original screenplay. ” - tuanlekreuk
Jeff Nichols
Writer, Mud
“ Tied with Coppola

Jeff Nichols is one of those directors whose films smell and taste American movies. Is second feature, Take Shelter, premiered at Sundance and was one of the best surprises of 2011. In 2012 he presented is new film Mud in Cannes at the last day, and his reception was very good. ” - tuanlekreuk