Most favored is "Black Book" by Verhoeven. About a Jewish woman surviving in Nazi occupied Holland, with a lot of small battles, power grabs, betrayal and revenge.
I mostly agree. Give your money to whoever you want to. No skin off my nose.
I understand the potential problem of how big names can sort of crowd out yet unknowns. I think the proper response to that is exactly what the two individuals did in the interview. Light hearted mockery. Big fish swimming in little ponds, when they have the ability to make their way in bigger waters by their own resources is kinda funny.
"Saw". That or it's prequel, "Home Alone".
Before anyone else gets the chance, I'm going to point out that I'm an idiot. I didn't realize Criterion has a bunch of those essays available on the internet. Here is the one I was talking about.
Huston has pride for being called a dirty word by Hemingway. Good stuff.
Here's a link to an interview of Walter Hill that kinda gets to some similar thoughts about Huston. Whole interview is good. Scroll down (or command f) to Huston / Peckinpah comparison that pretty well illustrates some of my difficulty in taking auteur theory too seriously.
Sorry, I should add that Huston just did uncredited writing on "The Killers" with Robert Brooks (I love some of his work too) and Anthony Veiller was credited with screenplay, Siodmak directed. I think I got some of the my ideas from the Criterion booklet essay, which I no longer own, so I'm unable to quickly reference it.