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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 20, 2009 |

Entertainment Weekly, which recently replaced Reader’s Digest, as the magazine most likely to be found next to your shitter, has come out with its list of the top 25 active directors. and it’s pretty much the same list you’d expect to find in any movie magazine. Because it’s such a safe list, it’s difficult to take issue with anything on it, even if they don’t mesh with your own personal preferences (*cough* Peter Jackson *cough*). Spielberg at number one and Scorsese at number 3. Get out of here? And babies are cute? No way! You like chocolate sundaes? Get the fuck out of here! I like chocolate sundaes, too!

1. Steven Spielberg
2. Peter Jackson
3. Martin Scorsese
4. Christopher Nolan
5. Steven Soderbergh
6. Ridley Scott
7. Quentin Tarantino
8. Michael Mann
9. James Cameron
10. Joel and Ethan Coen
11. Guillermo del Toro
12. David Fincher
13. Tim Burton
14. Judd Apatow
15. Sam Raimi
16. Zack Snyder
17. Darren Aronofsky
18. Danny Boyle
19. Clint Eastwood
20. Ron Howard
21. Ang Lee
22. Paul Thomas Anderson
23. Paul Greengrass
24. Pedro Almodóvar
25. Jon Favreau

Of course, if you were the kind to quibble, you could argue that Cameron Crowe is missing from the list. And Alfonso Cuaron. And maybe it’s too soon to include Zack Snyder; he’s got two films, for God’s sake, and if we’re going to give it to director’s with two films, why not Andrew Stanton, who directed both Finding Nemo and Wall-E? Not to mention, A Bug’s Life. Moreover, Ron Howard is not so much great as he is keenly competent. And while Apatow deserves to be on a list of the top 25 screenwriters, I don’t think he warrants a spot in the director list already (ahead of Sam Raimi, no less) after only two films (Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin).

Oh and while I’m quibbling, WHERE THE FUCK IS WES ANDERSON? I love Favreau as much as the next guy, but come on. He directed Zathura and Elf. Iron Man was outstanding, yes: But not because of Favreau. Because of RDJ. Dude is woefully out of place on that list. In a purely technical sense, I might even put Michael Bay ahead of Favreau. And no sane person could argue that Favreau is a better director than Anderson. That’s just dumb, a fanboy asskiss that not even fanboys could get behind. Hell, here are five directors not on the list that are better than Favreau, off the top of my head: Curtis Hanson, Spike Jonze, David O’ Russell, Sam Mendes, AND WOODY ALLEN.

And it’s good to see so many women and minorities on the list, too. Glad to see Spike Lee is right where he deserves to … what? He’s not even on the list? Come again? You leave off Spike fucking Lee? And I hate to bring this up, because he doesn’t direct particularly good movies anymore, but he is still active, and he did direct the Godfather trilogy, but we’re going put Zack Snyder and Judd Apatow ahead of Frances Ford Coppolla?

That’s EW, for you. Sounds about right.

And, for our anime friends, I give you two words: Hayao Miyazaki.

Get the torches, folks.

As Designated by High-Gloss Toilet Paper / Dustin Rowles

Industry | February 20, 2009 |

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