Who do you like? Who do you not like? Why?
Just in the last year or two I've started to pay attention to directors. Before, I would just watch a movie and not even know who directed it. For whatever reason Spielberg was always the exception, I suppose because they use his name as a big marketing tool.
Anyway, I really started to pay attention to who the director was when I was talking with a friend and I started listing, what I thought were random unrelated movies. They ended up being a bunch of Coen brother films. Ever since then I have started following who was doing what.
I've mentioned this before and I'm going to again but I love the Coen's as well as Michael Mann.
I hate Spike Lee, it's hard to put my finger on it but he's just terrible. I think he's an amateur, his editing and transition scenes are often horrific. I know what he's trying to do, but to me he's falling well short of his goal. I like the topics he's covered but to me he ends up butchering the hell out of them. There are a few exceptions, 25th Hour, Summer of Sam, and Malcolm X were decent, but I still have problems with them. To me he tries too hard to be unique and original.
I'm not a fan of Tarantino. I used to hate the guy but then I gave both Kill Bill's a second chance and I was able to stomach them, especially the second one. Pulp Fiction was entertaining but it didn't blow me away. I wanted to like Reservoir Dogs but I found it to only be an average movie.