Is there anyone out there that I think is awesome today? Someone who didn't make a name for themselves making 1970s horror films. Here's what I came up with....
1. Chan-wook Park - This guy can do no wrong, he is a super freak.
2. Ryûhei Kitamura - Give me a Versus, Godzilla: Final Wars, Midnight Meat Train triple feature any day of the week. This man is a rock star!
3. Alexander Payne - Election and About Schmidt are awesome. I feel jealous when I watch his movies.
4. Edgar Wright - One of those super geniuses, hate him.
5. Joss Whedon - Didn't really care until last year. Buffy never got me. Firefly got me interested. Avengers blew my mind.
6. Hayao Miyazaki - The imagination rampage in this dude's movies is insane. It's an insult to call it anime.
7. Michel Gondry - Man, I hate this guy. Eternal Sunshine just made me too mad to think.
8. Paul Thomas Anderson - Sure, I couldn't make it through The Master, but if Punch Drunk Love was playing on an endless loop on my TV, that'd be okay.
9. Brad Anderson - he's had some recent missteps, maybe going too mainstream. But Session 9 is wonderful, and Transiberian i watched then watched it again right after. He's a tie with Scott Derrickson, who makes really pretty movies.
10. Neil Marshall - Doomsday was the best time at the movies. The Descent (original cut) is the ultimate. This man is the mega mega. I will follow him to HELL!
11. Jim Mickle - He makes quiet textured little movies. They have strong characters and powerful scares. Mulberrry Street had me up and cheering, and that doesn't happen too often.