A dispiriting trend is that a number of the most vital American directors of a recent vintage (thinking those who emerged between 25 and 50 years ago) who are still working have struggled to grapple with addressing the contemporary moment (i.e., since 2010) head on and have retreated to making strictly period pieces. Not that I think that's necessarily bad, per se, and there are a lot of reasons for it (largely naked capitalism), but it is a little depressing to know that the most recent e.g., Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, and Quentin Tarantino films set in the present were released in 2002, 2006, and 2007, respectively.
Trying to collect all those set in the present in one place. Dumb but whatever. Open to recommendations. Oh, and a different name for the list.