To everyone, what do you think of this list ran two months ago of the greatest working directors?
Lynne Ramsey does not belong based off her last film, Nicolas Winding Refn is not good, and Jason Reitman is a hack. I don't think I have ever seen a Joss Whedon film but he has never made anything that looks interesting either. Terrence Malick at 22 below charlatans like Steve McQueen is goofy.
I think it's a terrible list to be frank. I agree with all your points except I like Refn and McQueen; not sure why you call the latter a charlatan.
Pedro Costa is the most glaring omission; he would be my top choice if it weren't for Philippe Grandrieux, but I wouldn't expect a mainstream-leaning publication like Guardian to select him. Though, unlike Costa, he's released something relatively recently. And no Claire Denis?! Get the fuck outta here.
I like Leos Carax, but until Holy Motors
(which I haven't yet seen) he hadn't produced a feature since '99, so it seems weird to include and rank him so highly. As you said, Ramsay blew any chance with We Need to Talk About Kevin
, a revolting film. Speaking of which, depending on how Simon Killer
is, Antonio Campos might deserve a place; I really liked Afterschool
, which starred Ezra Miller. Bruno Dumont should probably be in the running, too.