Terrence Malick's first film is a stunning preview of the art he will slowly but eventually make. It's also weird that this is his most accessible film.
(Let's see If I can go through this whole interview without mentioning a 1968 science fiction masterpiece by name.)
Christopher Nolan is one of the most ambitious directors working today in Hollywood. His themes are ambitious. His stories are ambitious. His vision is ambitious Hell, even his tracking shots are ambitious. After a while though, his films could start to feel the same. What makes Interstellar stand out from his other films is the (not so strong) emotional journey.
Movies and magic go hand in hand. The best magic trick is where you doesn't question how the trick was pulled off, but how awe inspired you are. The same goes for movies. Méliès was, after all, a magician turned filmmaker who used many of his tricks to create special effects for his films (You've all seen Hugo).
Alfonso Cuaron is not a Director, but a Magician and Gravity pulls of a spectacular and emotional trick.
The visual effects are…