I don't deny that his career has certainly been an achievement, but if Brett Ratner had directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, would he be here too?
No. Just NO! FUCKING NO!, even. Christ. It's a good thing he hasn't made more than six movies because if he had he might have actually been number ONE! I like the guy and has made a few great movies, but this is fanboy-ism gone beserk. Sorry, but it is. Fincher is the TENTH best director EVER after six movies? No. Way. Jose. (who's Jose?)
Even as a huge fan of QT's I can't help but think he's a tad high, don't you think? He, too, only has six films on his resume. Jackie Brown is still his best, by the way (and don't you forget).
Much like Fincher at #10, this is utter madness. Let me get this straight Total Film: After FOUR films, Anderson is already considered a greater director than Robert Altman, the man who has influenced him more than any other. For the record, Altman came into the countdown at #26. Yeah, I'm confused too.
Should be, like, #2. :P
Just like the other younger modern directors on this list it seems that the fanboy mentality has overtaken rational thinking. Four movies (okay, five, but only about three people on the planet have seen his debut Following) into his career and he is already considered one of the greats (a spot under him at #33? Yasujiro Ozu!) I presume it is only because he made Batman Begins. If he hadn't he'd be hanging around #99 with Sofia Coppola. Or, at least, #65 with Bryan Singer.
Yeah, I KNOW! Quite possibly one of cinemas greatest pioneers of all time apparently hasn't done enough of merit to rank him alongside David Fincher (five films) and Paul Thomas Anderson (four films). Not creating one of cinemas most beloved franchises with The Terminator. Not revolutionising cinema and visual effects with Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Not even creating the highest-grossing film of all time with Titanic. Nope. He didn't make Fight Club so, naturally, he doesn't deserve to be that high. :/
I'd rank him (much) higher, but my issue is with their selection of his best film. The Curse of the Cat People, his debut and a sequel to Cat People, is actually lame and doesn't feature anything that made the original an amazing classic. Bizarre.
Let it be known that the man who has won two Best Director Academy Awards and been nominated for another is ranked one position below the man who made Days of Thunder. You did read that correctly.
This isn't about Verhoeven (I haven't seen any of his Dutch work to say), but could they at least do some fact checking? They say that "Verhoeven impressed with ironic/iconic sci-fi(Robocop, Starship Troopers) until success bred excess (Showgirls)." yet Starship Troopers came after Showgirls. So, until success bred excess, which bred success again?
With only three movies to his name, with Australia he'll be TOP TEN MATERIAL!
Christ, what a stupid list (yet at other times, spot on perfect - Hitchcock!) I thought I'd type down a few names that failed to meet the taxing criteria put upon the candidates.
Jacques Tourneur - Cat People, Out of the Past, I Walked With A Zombie, The Leopard Man
Sidney Lumet - Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Serpico, The
Charlie Chaplin - The Gold Rush, City Lights, Modern Times, The Kid
FW Murnau - Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Nosferatu, Faust
Bernardo Bertolucci - The Last Emperor, The Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, 1900
Warren Beatty - Reds, Heaven Can Wait, Dick Tracy
Victor Fleming - Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Joan of Arc
Otto Preminger - Anatomy of a Murder, The Man with the Golden Arm, Bunny Lake is Missing, Carmen Jones
William Wyler - Mrs Miniver, Funny Girl, The Little Foxes, The Best Year of Our Lives
George Stevens - Giant, A Place in the Sun, Woman of the Year, Shane
Bob Fosse - All That Jazz, Cabaret, Lenny, Sweet Charity
Vincente Minnelli - An American in Paris, Meet Me in St Louis, Designing Women, Gigi
King Vidor - The Champ, War and Peace, The Citadel, The Crowd
Michelangelo Antonioni - Blow Up, L'aventtura, The Passenger, Zabriskie Point
But who are those guys compared to the man who made Alien3? REALLY? I'm surprised they didn't throw Guillermo del Toro or someone like him on there because Pan's Labyrinth was the greatest thing evaaaaa!