My perception of him doesn't change much from before this run-through, because I already had not many unseen films of his, and usually geared towards the beginning. Seeing them in order has made me see a kind of evolution though. Where people have accused him of being more 'Oscar-bait' as the years go by, I see more as naturally growing up, becoming adult and grasping with darker aspect of the world. It seems he needs either some darkness or more thematic 'layers' in a story now to thrive well (example of the former are War of the Worlds and Munich, and the latters are Catch Me If You Can and Bridges of Spies), because his attemps to go back to the guileless mode of pure adventure or childlike wonder of yesteryear, like Indiana Jones 4 and The BFG, have been middling. Hope he will be able to get back to that mode again some days though.
As for the next project, I still have no idea on director yet; I might cop out and do the expected like Scorsese, or use my back-burner, unhurried reviews I have been saving up at leisurely pace like Linklater. Someone mentions no need to be the same director and that's interesting becuase I have thought I might do something like a Studio Ghibli runthrough.