He has taken even longer to come out with a great film (hopefully). It's got everthing going for it, cast, cinematography, writer, and... director. If he can do it once, he can do it again. Let's go, Kenny!
a. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) b. Cities of the Plain (2012)
c. Blonde (2013)
'Blonde' stars the fitting actress (and one of my favorites) Naomi Watts, but I'm not sure what 'Cities' is about. 'Jesse James' was one of my favorite films of 07, so I've got some high expectations for these upcoming projects.
a. (500) Days of Summer (2009) b. Spider-Man Reboot (2012)
c. Jesus Christ Superstar (2013)
'Summer' was one of the most inventive romantic comedies I've ever seen, so I'm a little confused as to why he's working on a Spider-Man reboot and an adaptation of 'Superstar'. Hopefully he'll throw some unique twists into those like he so brilliantly did with his 09 release.
a. Date Night (2010)
b. Real Steel (2011)
c. The Hardy Men (2012)*
d. The Ten Best Days of My Life (2013)
Once again, a director who's had previous films, big ones in fact (Night at the Museum movies, Cheaper By the Dozen) but none that I ever considered great. His next film, "Date Night" (Carell and Fey) looks like he could climb out of his mediocrity hole. Plus, he's set to helm a film that's been in my eyesight for years, "The Hardy Men", with Stiller and Cruise.
a. Moon (2009) b. Source Code (2011)*
c. Escape from the Deep (2012)
'Moon' was one of my favorite films of last year and 'Source Code' looks like it could even top that, with a stellar cast and equally stellar synopses. I can't wait to see a David Bowie cameo in one of his films.
a. Crash (2005)
b. In the Valley of Elah (2007) c. The Next Three Days (2010)*
d. Ranger's Apprentice (2012)
The reason for his drop is more about the increase in interest for other directors, as I've been waiting for "The Next Three Days" for so long, it seems. Hopefully it will be worth the wait, which is still at the end of this year.
a. Accepted (2006) b. Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
c. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2012)
d. Werewolves of Reseda (2012)
He will finally have a second worthy-of-this-list film coming out this year, along with a remake of one of my all-time favorite comedies ('Scoundrels'). Let's hope he deserves to be on this list with 'Hot Tub' (Looks hilarious).
a. Gone Baby Gone (2007) b. The Town (2010)
c. The Trade (2012)*
Last year he had two upcoming projects, but they were completely different. Not a bad thing, because these two seem a lot more interesting. It looks like he may team up with Damon again, after a far-too-long hiatus, in "The Trade", playing Yankees. Yeah, two Beantown-loving finatics. That may be a true test to their acting talents.
a. Control (2007) b. The American or A Very Private Gentleman (2010)*
As with Romanek, I've been waiting a while for this former music video director to work on some more projects, since his 'Control' debut. There may be a change in the title, but my immense interest in this George Clooney-starring film has not.
a. The Illusionist (2006)
b. The Lucky Ones (2008) c. The Dark Fields (2011)*
d. The Bride of Frankenstein (2013)
He's got two solid but little-seen films under his belt and he's working on a remake of a classic and his 'Dark Fields' (with Robert De Niro and Brad Cooper) is one of my more anticipated films for 2011.
a. One Hour Photo (2002) b. Never Let Me Go (2010)*
c. A Cold Case (2012)
d. In Deep (2012)*
e. The Voices (2013)
I've been waiting so very patiently for this former music video director to come out with some new films. His next film is stocked with a great young British cast and he seems to be adding new projects every few months. His 'A Cold Case' project, however, has been in the works for years...
a. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
b. Atonement (2007)
c. The Soloist (2009) d. Hanna (2011)
e. Indian Summer (2011)*
f. The Little Mermaid (2013)
He almost made the cut for the "Future Directing Greats" list, with his three successful films already in the bag. If either "Hanna" or "Indian Summer" are as good as his completed films, he'll head straight there in 2012.
a. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) b. Get Him to the Greek (2010)
c. Five-Year Engagement (2011)*
d. The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made (2012)*
He still only has one completed film, but with the unofficial sequel to his first coming out this year and the continued collaborations with actor/writer Jason Segal over the next few years, his resume is looking quite promising.
a. Mission: Impossible III (2006)
b. Star Trek (2009) c. Super 8 (2011)*
With his involvement in so many projects it's hard to believe he has still only directed two films. Since he's two for two thus far, I am hoping he'll succeed again with "Super 8" (a film he also wrote), coming out next year.
a. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
b. Margot at the Wedding (2007) c. Greenberg (2010)*
d. The Emperor's Children (2011)*
He barely missed the list last year, but with a very intriguing film starring Ben Stiller (Greenberg) coming out this year and an adaptation from a very good novel by Claire Messud on the horizon (Emperor's Children) I had to place him at the top, with haste.
The Second Annual series of these lists has begun...
This list includes directors who...
-- Have at least one successful film finished or at least one promising film on the way
-- Have directed full-length features for less than ten years.
The more promising films the director has on deck, the higher their rank.
But of course the quality in films they've completed is just as important.
The Hughes Brothers
Those who missed the cut, but have potential to be on the list in 2011:
- "Crazy Heart"
- "In the Loop"
- "Cold Souls"
- "State of Play"
- "Coco Before Chanel"
- "Harry Brown"
- "Winter's Bone"
- "I Am Love"
- "The Adjustment Bureau"
- "Please Give"