January 10, 2007

The Directors of 2006

I don't like all of them, and they may not have all made the greatest movies of their careers (albeit some certainly did), but just look at this list of note-worthy directors who released films in 2006. It's mind-boggling.

  • David Lynch
  • Pedro Almodovar
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Sofia Coppola
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Alfonso Cuaron
  • Ray Lawrence
  • Zhang Yimou (x2)
  • Rolf de Heer
  • Paul Greengrass
  • Robert Altman
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • Lars Von Trier
  • George Miller
  • Clint Eastwood (x2)
  • Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu
  • Stephen Frears
  • Woody Allen
  • John Cameron Mitchell
  • Anthony Minghella
  • Richard Linklater (x2)
  • Brian de Palma
  • Michael Mann
  • Steven Soderbergh (x2)
  • Alkinos Tsiliminos
  • Nicole Holofcener
  • Spike Lee (x2)
  • Christopher Guest
  • Michel Gondry (x2)
  • Tom Tykwer
  • Steven Shainberg
  • Sidney Lumet
  • Mary Herron
  • Christopher Nolan
  • John Lasseter
  • Ridley Scott
  • Ana Kokkinos
  • Wim Wenders
  • The Dardenne Brothers
  • Paul Curran
  • Todd Field
  • Neil Marshall
  • Oliver Stone
  • Bryan Singer
  • Bill Condon
  • Mel Gibson
  • Neil Armfield
  • Barbara Kopple
  • Sydney Pollack
  • Francois Ozon
  • Nancy Meyers
  • Ron Howard
  • Robert Towne
  • Neil LaBute
  • Gore Verbinski
  • M Night Shyamalan
  • Steven Zaillian
  • Brett Ratner
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Larry Clark
  • Catherine Hardwicke
  • Michael Winterbottom (x2)

Amazing. Shame that the year is ended as an average one. For me, it's not a bad year at all, but it's nowhere near a 2001 or even 2004. One thing that I've noticed thought is that in technical categories I find myself overrun my possibilities (and I haven't seen stuff like the films by Coppola, Aronofsky, Yimou, etc) but I find the very top awards quite thin in terms of really passionate stuff. I hope the films I have yet to see really boost it up. I'm settled with my number one of the year and I can't see anything overtaking it (if it does, it'll have to be goooood!). Hmmm.


adam k. said...

Glenn, keep an open mind. The Fountain is better than United 93.


RC said...

good list...it's very true...I feel like part of the problem this year is not even that the films are bad, but the award groups are in short term memory mode, and they go with the crowds so many roles and performances get ignored.