Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Top 30 Directors of All Time: Part 4

10. Woody Allen - No one is quite as weird, or talented as Woody Allen, while his off-screen personal life has made our eyebrows raise, his genius behind the camera is enough to forget all about that other stuff. I know what your saying...he is more of a writer than a director. That may be true, but since he does double duty most of the time, you can't mention one without the other. Allen has always had a way to make us laugh, and his quirky character dissections are the stuff of legends. With films like Manhattan, Annie Hall, Mighty Aphrodite, Bullets Over Broadway, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Sweet and Lowdown, Deconstructing Harry, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Match Point, and hopefull many more to come, Allen has given us a unique and undeniably-Woody collection.

9. Stanley Kubrick - If you think Woody Allen's weird, you have never seen a Stanley Kubrick film. He is first and foremost known for his science fiction dissections (A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove) that went so much further than the average sci-fi romp, and made us truly question our own lives. They wer controversial, political, and brilliant. Many also forget his looks at history and war such as Full Metal Jacket, Barry Lyndon, Spartacus, and Paths of Glory, his mysteries like The Killing, and his horror classic The Shining. I don't think this man ever made a bad movie.

8. William Wyler - While this name may not be recognizable to many modern movie lovers, the films and stories he created may ring a bell. The epic, Ben-Hur, the horror of The Collector, the romantic Roman Holiday, The Heiress, and The Best Years of Our Lives, the western Friendly Persuasion, the mysterious Detective Story, the dramatic Mrs. Miniver, and of course The Little Foxes, The Letter, Dodsworth, and Wuthering Heights. His films are timeless, romantic, epic and eclectic. The man was nominated for 14 Oscars, winning 3, and is one of our finest directors. Period.

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