Last night, Entertainment Weekly unveiled a list of the 50 Greatest Active Film Directors working in Hollywood.
And you can imagine they only included the best of the best. The shining stars, the real auteurs like Jon Favreau, Zack Snyder, Judd Apatow (he’s only directed two movies!) and Mel Gibson.
Yes, as others have pointed out, it’s a pretty terrible list. Among the directors not included or included but far too down the list are Woody Allen, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson, women directors, foreign directors, animation directors and ones that are actually good. Okay, so that last bit is a stretch as there are ample examples herewithin.
It’s possible the numeric order of the directors doesn’t actually matter, it’s just there for posterity and not for ranking. Still.