Today, I’d like to take the time to look at some of my favourite working directors. I’ve decided to limit my choices to directors who I would consider to be the new masters of cinema. So don’t expect your Spielbergs and Scorceses on the list.
Jordan Peele has become the new master of horror. Peele has taken a genre that has truly struggled in the last decade and injected new life into it. His narratives focus on the horrors of social norms and trauma; his monsters are the monsters we see and experience everyday. Peele is an exciting director who will carry the tradition of great cinema forward.
I bare no bones when I say that I’m a Nolan fanboy. Nolan has mastered the art creating films which mesh popular Hollywood action thrillers with an artistic edge that just cannot be replicated. His experimentation with non-linear storytelling and temporal shifts within the narrative set his films apart. He is also one of the few directors who favours practical effects over visual effects, which adds a layer of realism to his films. Nolan is a director whose films that I am always willing to pay money to see.
Denis Villeneuve is a director that I love more with each new project. Villeneuve is a true artist who crafts pieces, which focus on the individual, challenged by the philosophy of their world. His works are immaculate studies of how characters navigate and respond to these philosophical dilemmas. All of his works are compelling pieces which don’t rely on action spectacle.
The undisputed sweetheart of cinema at this given time, Taika Waititi is known for his offbeat comedic style. What truly sets him apart is how he is able to inject his character with a certain level of emotional weight. His films never feel like they’re superficially played for laughs, but as a means for his characters to grow, develop, and learn to accept themselves. Taika also has a killer fashion sense.
Ryan Coogler is the youngest filmmaker on this list and certainly one to watch. His works focus predominantly on black characters and the challenges they face. Coogler crafts characters who are relatable or have relatable struggles which helps endear his audience to them. He also loves to use music to elevate his narratives. Ryan Coogler DESERVES ALL THE KUDOS.
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