And because he's my best friend and creative partner - Angus Leith.
Martin Scorsese, Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams
Orson Welles, Hitchcock, Coppola
First, let me state with no hesitation whatsoever that I consider Stanley Kubrick to be the Grand Master of us all: There was no one like him before, and there's likely to be no one like him again. Hal Ashby and Franklin J. Schaffner are a couple of other "old school" and major inspirations. But as for current, working, contemporary directors? Jacques Audiard, for sure. Deeply respect Chris Nolan's mind and technical prowess, as well. More recently, I've acquired a huge admiration for Ben Affleck's work. Wait...Ben Affleck?! Yes, to some, the inclusion of Affleck might indeed seem odd. But I submit to you that Affleck has gone from just "solid" (with his first picture) to "important" (after ARGO). I'd also love to include Neill Blomkamp somewhere on the list (DISTRICT 9 was a mini-masterpiece), but we'll have to see what ELYSIUM delivers. And let us not forget Jim Cameron, who is truly the ultimate bad-ass, in so many ways. Okay, that was more than three, I know...
Werner Herzog. there is no other.
Alejandro Inarritu. You don't know people like him.
Jim Jarmusch can do no wrong. Steal from everything.
of course Steven Spielberg,James Cameron,Paul Thomas Anderson I love Pauls work but i seems he disappeared.
Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese... however I really love some of the people who go further back... David Lynch, Tim Burton, Roman Polanski etc...
Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Michel Gondry