Who’s the Better Director? Paul Greengrass or Penelope Spheeris

Welcome to the inaugural season of Face/Off! This season, we’re pitting two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and letting YOU, the commenters, decide on who reigns supreme!

You have to decide which director is better than the other? Various factors could play into your decision from who takes the biggest risks to who has the more distinctive style. Remember, it isn’t so much about which director has made the most money at the box office or won the most awards, but, in your mind, which director simply makes better films.

Let’s analyze the filmography of today’s challengers.


Paul Greengrass

1980s to 2000s Directorial Features: Resurrected (1989), The Theory of Flight (1998), Bloody Sunday (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), United 93 (2006), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

2010s Directorial Features: Green Zone (2010), Captain Philips (2013), Jason Bourne (2016), 22 July (2018)


Penelope Spheeris

1960s to 1980s Directorial Features: Uncle Tom’s Fairy Tales (1969), I Don’t know (1972), Suburbia (1983), The Boys Next Door (1985), Hollywood Vice Squad (1986), Dudes (1987)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Thunder and Mud (1990), Wayne’s World (1992), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993), The Little Rascals (1994), Black Sheep (1996), Senseless (1998), The Kid & I (2005), Balls to the Wall (2011)


Only one can move on. Let the Face/Off begin!

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Face/Off: Greengrass vs. Spheeris

Who's the better director?


Discuss in the comments below your favorite films from each director and who should advance to the next round.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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