My Favorite Directors

I may not be a huge movie buff, but there are a solid handful of movies and directors that I absolutely love. Today I want to share with you guys some of my favorite directors of all time, and which movies they’ve created that I’m currently loving. Let me know if we share any favorites!

Jordan Peele | Us

My first experiences with Jordan Peele’s work was through watching Key & Peele as a teenager, and although those comedy sketches are quite different from the movies he writes and directs now, I’d say I have a pretty equal love for both. Even back in his comedy days, I loved Jordan Peele for his awareness of pop culture and stereotypes (particularly racial ones,) and I definitely feel like those themes have carried out into Get Out and Us. While I found Us to (obviously) be so extremely creepy and mind-boggling, I loved it like so many others and I’ve loved going down rabbit holes and reading theories about the film. If you’re a fan of anything scary, then this movie is a must!

Rob Reiner | The Princess Bride

Obviously, The Princess Bride and many of Rob Reiner’s other feel-good movies are classics and had to be included on this list. When I was in middle school, The Princess Bride was one of my absolute favorite movies and I just remember watching it constantly; pretty much until I had memorized every last line! One of the things I love most about Rob Reiner is the diversity of his films- he has created everything from horror movies from romantic comedies. The next film by Rob Reiner I’d like to watch is his famous mockumentary, This is Spinal Tap. Nathaniel has also expressed interest in watching This is Spinal Tap, so I think that may become a movie night in our near future. 

Tim Burton | Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

My love for Tim Burton is a deep-rooted and extremely special one. So many of the movies I loved as a child, such as Edward Scissorhands and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, created such fond memories for me and expanded my imagination into completely new worlds and emotions. To me, his movies transcend beyond entertainment and into the realm of pure art. Although I haven’t seen all of his famed films, I have seen a fair amount of them, and I’m looking forward to watching even more of them in the future. I’ve never seen The Nightmare Before Christmas, shockingly, so I may choose to watch that one next. 

Henry Selick | Coraline 

Coraline is one of my all-time favorite films, and just like The Princess Bride, I’ve seen it so many times, I probably know the entire script by memory. There’s something about the combination of Selick’s overall aesthetic, the nostalgic animation style and the music selection of the film that has kept me captivated for most of my child and ongoing adult life. Coraline is a “comfort film” for me, and whenever I feel like I need to return to my roots and feel safe and go “inward,” it’s one of the first movies I turn to. Henry Selick has also done quite a bit of work with Tim Burton, and funnily enough, it looks like he’s going to be doing some work with Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key. 

Wes Anderson | Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums 

I actually didn’t start getting into Wes Anderson films until earlier this year, as Nathaniel is a big fan of his work and has showed me a couple of his movies. The first Wes Andeson film I watched with him was Rushmore, and I thought it was so sweet and perfect, I couldn’t help but cry when it ended. A couple of days ago, we watched The Royal Tenenbaums together and I loved that film just as dearly (albeit I managed to not cry.) I absolutely love the aesthetics of the movies he produces, and I enjoy how each one is so different yet so similar in regards to overall mood and themes.

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