My 5 Favourite Film Directors

As an avid cinema-goer and a huge movie lover, I've decided to compile my 5 favourite film directors in a post and share, imo, their best work.

Woody Allen

Every Woody Allen film i've ever seen has always been worth the watch because it's either made me laugh, smile, puzzled or intrigued. Woody's rom-com's are soul-searching and sophisticated combining the sometimes complicated relationships we encounter throughout life but making you laugh at the silliness of it all. 

Among my favourites are of course the famous Manhattan, Annie Hall and the more recent Irrational Man, Midnight in Paris, Whatever Works, Blue Jasmine and all time favourite of mine Vicky Christina Barcelona. I love how in each film he analyses a character deeply through all their flaws and thoughts and plays with the spontaneity of life and everything it throws at us - like in Vicky Christina Barcelona, when both very different characters Vicky & Christina go on a trip to Barcelona and end up in a tricky love triangle and find themselves questioning what they want from life. I love how Woody explores the randomness of life and how unexpected it can be, and that we should embrace it rather than fear it.

Darren Aronofsky

I've chosen Darren Aronofsky as one of my favourite directors mainly because he directed one of my absolute favourite films - Black Swan. I can't count anymore the amount of times I've watched this film and still to this day, love it more and more everytime. Similarly to Woody, he explores complicated characters with many problems and flaws in their lives. Other favourites of mine are The Wrestler and Requiem for a dream. These films all tend to follow a theme - in that each character has a strong obsession leading them to self-destruction. In Black Swan, lead character Nina is obsessed with being perfect for her Black Swan role, in The Wrestler, the character Randy is obsessed with his job no matter how much it's ruining him physically and emotionally and in Requiem for a dream it explores many characters obsessions with drugs and it's consequences. 

Black Swan, for me, is perfect in visuals, sound, casting and dialogue. I can watch this movie again and again and notice something I hadn't noticed before. Natalie Portman plays the fragile Nina so well who is in a complicated and schizophrenic state of mind and is torn between wanting to explore her dark and more adventurous side but often pulled back into her child-like innocent side. A musttttt watch!

David Lynch

Until a year ago, I had never seen anything by this man at all. I went to a free screening of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and from then on, I was absolutely hooked. Soon after I watched the iconic series Twin Peaks back to back and became a little obsessed. David Lynch's world is different from any other, taking you to a whole different planet, in fact. Among my other favourites are Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart and Mulholland Drive. His work is weird and wonderful, complicated and compelling and so, so addictive. 

His series Twin Peaks (which is due to be released another series this year!!!), is not only a murder mystery but stems off into many other dark and twisting tales of the town of Twin Peaks, exploring each character with curiosity and shocking you further by slowly revealing dark secrets of the series' characters. Blue Velvet & Wild At Heart I enjoyed the most which were so beautifully shot and weird - with David Lynch, the weirder, the better. However, my dad told me I had to watch Eraserhead, his most iconic and bizarre movie to date. So, I did - and despite it not being the most enjoyable film i've seen, by far, the movie certainly succeeded in making me feel extremely uncomfortable and I think if a director can do that to an audience, then he has done his job.

Jean-Luc Godard

I've only recently became a fan of Jean-Luc Godard's work upon studying film at university where we are often encouraged to watch iconic films of the Nouvelle Vague. Amongst my favourites are the iconic À bout de souffle (Breathless) and Une femme est une femme (A woman is a woman) - I have yet to see many more of his work with his impressively long filmography but have fallen in love with his work so far and actors Jean Paul Belmondo, Jean Siberg and Anna Karina - all beautiful yet emotionally complicated and contrary characters. I am a sucker for a black and white movie and even more so on beautiful Parisian backdrops. Similarly to Woody Allen, he explores relationships and love triangles, women and their contrary thoughts in a documentary like style.

Quentin Tarantino

Welllllll of course I had to include this guy! How could I not?! Despite the contraversy linked to his aestheticization of violence, there is no doubt the man is an absolute master of his craft. From Pulp Fiction, to Reservoir Dogs, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, Jackie Brown, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill and True Romance - I can't think of a single one I haven't absolutely adored. He picks the best actors out there (Leo, Jackson, Waltz, Thurman, De Niro...), the best and most addictive 60s/70s soul, funk, blues, r&b soundtracks and the most eye-catching, beautiful visuals you will have ever seen on screen. Yes, it's violent, yes it does glamorize it a little but that's the movies, it's not real - enjoy it, even if it does gross you out a little!

Of course, others I also love equally are Wes Anderson and Martin Scorcese too...there are just so many!

On researching directors a little more, I was a little saddened to find there was only one woman that came up in the top best directors, Sofia Coppola. Though she is great, I think this is a sign we need to be seeing more women in the film industry alongside the other greats.

Who are your favourites?
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