QUESTION: Top 5 directors?
ANSWER: I can’t whittle it down to 5, you can’t make me! My top 6 directors are…
6. James Cameron
Titanic, Avatar, The Terminator
For whatever reason, I always get Cameron mixed up with Nolan, which is just ridiculous, but true. Titanic is one of my favourite films, one which I will never get sick of watching. Perhaps I could even say the same for Avatar, considering I saw it in the cinema two or three times. Cameron is the master of long films. It never feels like I’ve been watching a Cameron film for too long, he makes time evaporate. Which is a good thing, when your spending that time watching a beautiful and bewitching film.
5. Peter Jackson
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy
Two more of my favourite trilogies, all six films directed by the same person. Jackson has a way with Middle Earth that just makes me want more. Aside from the Middle Earth films, the only other Jackson film I’ve seen is King Kong, but you know, one does not simply exclude Peter Jackson from a top directors list.
4. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Lord and Miller have a way with humour that’s completely up my street. It’s so up my street it’s practically right outside my door ringing the doorbell and looking through the letterbox. Okay that is just creepy and now I’m freaked out. They aren’t afraid to be silly in their comedy and let their child-like imagination run free. Not to mention they know how to make a sequel that rivals the original.
3. Alfonso Cuarón
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gravity
Cuarón won my heart with Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s odd, that I am so fond of Cuarón because, of his films, I’ve only seen Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity. But how can I not love the director of my favourite film? Well, one of them. As for Gravity, I saw it in the cinema specifically for my dissertation, to study how Cuarón used the size of the screen to his advantage. My conclusion? He is an excellent wielder of the big screen.
2. Hayao Miyazaki
Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away
Miyazaki holds a precious place in my heart. His films are utterly magical, in the sense that he plays with realities, and in the sense that he makes you feel real emotions. From some directors on this list I require an interest in the concept of the film, and it’s just a bonus that the particular director is attached. From Miyazaki, all I require is his name, because he has proven his talent as a storyteller.
1. Christopher Nolan
The Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar, Inception
Nolan is my number one. It is close between Nolan and Miyazaki, I must say. I’m not sure why Nolan was the winner of the showdown. I think it’s because the Dark Knight trilogy is perfect. Although I will give the new Batman a chance, and any future Batmans, Nolan’s vision will forever resonate. It is mysterious, and dark, and suspenseful. He respects and challenges the art of film simultaneously, in a way that produces haunting moments such as the lorry/truck flip scene in The Dark Knight, which was done in camera with an impressive multi-cam set up. Of course, it’s not just The Dark Knight that impressed me. His stretching vision extends through all of his films, which ultimately challenges us to think outside the box along with him. And we all need that inspiration from time to time.
Who is your number one director? Which of my favourite five (six) is your favourite? What is your favourite film by any of the directors I mentioned? Tell me!