This weekend, I finally had a chance to sit down with Cinema Scope‘s 50th issue, the bulk of which was dedicated to what the magazine called “The Best 50 Filmmakers Under 50.” Generally, I range from indifferent to mildly amused by festivities like this. A debate of who the best filmmakers of any age are amounts to little more than watercooler fodder for me, and I share similar sentiments toward the upcoming Sight and Sound list of greatest films of all time. I rarely dig on polemics, and I’m certainly no fan of dogma, so this sort of thing really isn’t my bag. But Cinema Scope is one of the more well-respected publications in international cinema, and if anybody has their finger on the pulse of the so-called 50 best filmmakers under age 50, it’s probably them.