Directors are an essential aspect of film that I don’t think I’ve talked enough about on Docthewho, so I wanted to make a list of my favourite directors and the reasons why they’re my favourites.
One of the godfathers of sci-fi and a prolific director in the genre, pretty much always giving us a great story when he forays into it, his direction is solid and he crafts well told and interesting films that show his ambition and creativity. I also love watching his films because he’s so adept at crafting stunning visuals, while not completely focusing on style over substance as he’s a good storyteller, he also has great range as a director and has made good films in a few different genres, showing his ambition to branch out. Alien and Blade Runner are of course what he’s best known for but I think he’s still making great films.
Christoper Nolan, a director with such love of film and grand stories that he took on Batman, re-invented the character and gave us one of the best comic book films of all time and a great comic book trilogy. Nolan is a fantastic director because of the time, attention to detail and level of effort he puts into his films which are all very well made, he’s great at making engaging and engrossing emotional stories that showcase his ambition and creativity, stories that often hit that emotional high point, Inception especially.
He’s a great story teller and his films often become events themselves because he’s become so popular for his work which everyone expects to be of such high quality.
JJ Abrams is a brilliant director, only directing films for the past 9 years since Mission Impossible 3, he seems to be a natural with epic action films and right at home in sci-fi, JJ is a strong visual director and his distinct style of cinematography always stand out. Abrams makes entertaining films that everyone can watch and manages to tell well contained and straightforward stories with interesting narratives and characters.
Fincher devotes a lot of time and dedication to his projects which are often elaborate dramatic character driven stories and while he tends to focus on crime dramas, he has shown variety in his film subjects, Fincher is excellent at directing actors and bringing a level of intensity and grit out of them, making for engaging and gripping storytelling. And he also brings an effective style of filming to his stories, setting appropriate tone and atmosphere, his films often have a distinct dramatic feel to them as we watch stories that play out in ways that feel ‘real’ despite the material he may adapt the film from, great director.
Spielberg, well where to be begin, he’s a legendary director and his filmography alone speaks volumes of his ambition, creativity and sheer range in what he’s directed, from action to adventure, thriller to drama, his films are hits whether they’re big blockbusters like Raiders or Jurassic Park or emotional dramas like Schindlers List. The man can direct some great, fun stories that everyone can watch and has the ambition to adapt just about anything and make it work, just looking at his filmography, you can see that he’s been a major force in cinema for the last 30+ years.
In making this list I realized how many other great directors there are out there that I annoying couldn’t fit into my top 5 but whose work I hugely enjoy – Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorcese, Stanley Kubrick, Matthew Vaughn, Zack Snyder, Danny Boyle, Guillermo Del Toro.