High points include The Thin Blue Line (which unearths the nightmarish truth behind a Dallas cop killing), Mr Death (a treatise on execution-device inventor and Holocaust denier Fred Leuchter Jr), and the forthcoming Fog of War, his compelling autopsy on the war in Vietnam.Substance 17 Look 16 Craft 17 Originality 17 Intelligence 17 Total 84 More about Fog of War It's about time the rest of the world came to appreciate the genius of Japanese animator Miyazaki, whose films have been breaking box-office records in Japan for years.That said, opinion is divided over the man's recent output.Some regard his monumental Gangs of New York as a classic to rank alongside Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.The Coens' special mix of arch, sculpted dialogue, film-history homage and scrupulously-framed cinematography has never failed them yet, and through their associations with Sam Raimi and Barry Sonnenfeld, have exerted a powerful, if unacknowledged, influence on mainstream event cinema.Until Fargo, they seemed content to mess about in their own particular corner of the film industry; that film's stunning popular success suddenly catapulted them into the Hollywood big league.Substance 15 Look 18 Craft 17 Originality 18 Intelligence 16 Total 84 Nick Park pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki More about Spirited Away Few directors have ploughed such distinctive furrows as Cronenberg.
Substance 17 Look 16 Craft 17 Originality 17 Intelligence 16 Total 83 Lukas Moodysson at the NFT More about Together Ramsay, the second highest-placed Brit - and the highest woman of any nationality - has trodden a distinctive path through the lottery-fuelled sludge of modern British cinema.
Substance 16 Look 17 Craft 16 Originality 18 Intelligence 16 Total 83 Menace to society: interview Our highest-placed British film-maker is here because of his uncompromising and unique cinematic vision; but, with painful irony, it's also made him the highest-profile victim of Britain's commercial film industry revival.
Emerging from the state-sponsored art-film sector in the mid-80s, Davies completed a trilogy of short films and two features - Distant Voices, Still Lives and The Long Day Closes.
Others worry that the heavyweight champion of American movies is no longer quite punching his weight.
Substance 17 Look 18 Craft 18 Originality 17 Intelligence 18 Total 88 More about Gangs of New York A terrible beauty: interview Their latest film, Intolerable Cruelty, may have marked a new, "commercial" phase in their career, but no one could ever accuse the Coen brothers of selling out.