The second batch (David Lynch and M. Night Shyamalan) is much better than the first.
I think of myself as a cinemaphile, but I had no idea who Diablo Cody, Jason Reitman, Kevin Smith, and Wes Anderson were. Once I looked them up, I had at least heard of their films.
Why not Quentin Tarrantino and the Coen Brothers?
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.