Some of the greatest movies of our time were created by directors that fall short of meeting our definition of visionary. From popular crowd pleasers like “Animal House” (John Landis), “Ghost Busters” (Ivan Reitman) and “Braveheart” (Mel Gibson) to top-notch thrillers like “Usual Suspects” (Bryan Singer) and “The Professional” (Luc Besson), these films have rightfully earned our admiration and these directors deserve credit for their contributions to the craft.
For these directors, we have created The Lobby, a list of film makers we consider to be capable and accomplished, but not quite on the verge of visionary.
You will notice missing from this list directors that ARE on the verge of visionary, names like Kim Jee-Woon, director of the phenomenal “The Good, the Bad the Weird”, Fernando Meirelles (“City of God”), Ridley Scott (“Blade Runner”) among others. Yet also missing from The Lobby are those directors who have demonstrated signs of hack, but have not yet convinced us all. The founders of Visionary or Hack are still debating these and and many other directors, and we welcome all to join in the discussion. One caveat: our say is final (unless we change our minds)!
Paul Thomas Anderson
Gus Van Sant