This idea popped into my head a couple of months ago when I wondered who my favorite directors are right now. I’ve played around with the idea a lot since then, and decided on these evaluation criteria:
- A living director’s three most recent full-length, fictional films.
- If I’ve only seen two of the three, I’m allowed to go to the fourth-most recent, but no deeper than that.
- The major factor is the average of my Criticker ratings for the three films.
- Carrying less weight but still a factor: my personal preferences for a director’s other decisions.
Still a work in progress, those criteria, but it’s what I’m working with for now.
I’m still putting the candidates list together, but this is who I have in the running right now.
- Quentin Tarantino: The Hateful Eight; Django Unchained; Inglorious Basterds
- Jason Reitman: Men, Women, and Children (haven’t seen); Labor Day (haven’t seen); Young Adult
- Alexander Payne: Downsizing, Nebraska, The Descendants
- Andrew Stanton: Finding Dory, John Carter (haven’t seen), WALL-E, Finding Nemo
- Joel and Ethan Coen: Hail, Caesar!; Inside Llewyn Davis; True Grit
- Bryan Singer: X-Men: Days of Future Past; X-Men Apocolypse; Jack the Giant Slayer
- Richard Linklater: Last Flag Flying (haven’t seen); Everybody Wants Some!!; Boyhood; Before Midnight; Bernie
- Anthony Russo and Joe Russo: Captain America: Civil War; Ant-Man; Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Tom McCarthy: Spotlight; The Cobbler (haven’t seen); Win-Win; The Visitor (haven’t seen); The Station Agent
- David O. Russell: Joy, American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter
It bugs me that there are no women on this list but I think the only two real possibilities were Naoko Ogigami, and I haven’t seen her last three or four films, and Nancy Meyers, and I really didn’t care for two of her last three. Yikes.
Based on this list, I really need to see Last Flag Flying and probably The Cobbler.