The Director's Thread!

Discussion in 'The Cutting Room Floor' started by Matt Mortem, May 9, 2013.

  1. Matt Mortem Karloff is King

    Sep 6, 2007
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    I didn't see a thread on this in the film lounge, so I thought I'd make one. This is a place to discuss your favorite directors, maybe post interviews and things that make you admire that director so much. I'll start by listing a few of my favorites:

    1. David Cronenberg

    2. Jim Jarmusch

    3. David Fincher
  2. Soapy Registered

    Aug 18, 2006
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    David Lynch and Wes Anderson are two of my favorites.

    Last time I checked Lynch is currently writing his next movie, so I'm looking forward to hearing more on that.
  3. weezerspider Registered

    Jun 3, 2006
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    Paul Thomas Anderson is my favorite director. His next film, Inherent Vice, is supposed to start filming this month and Joaquin Phoenix and Benecio Del Toro are attached. I'm extremely excited. I rank his films:

    1. There Will Be Blood
    2. The Master
    3. Boogie Nights
    4. Magnolia
    5. Punch Drunk Love
    6. Sidney/Hard Eight

    I also love Spielberg. He's always working on something. He's got too many films to rank, but my favorites of his are:

    1. Schindler's List
    2. Saving Private Ryan
    3. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    4. Jaws
    5. Jurassic Park
    6. Catch Me If You Can
    7. Minority Report
    8. E.T.
    9. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
    10. Lincoln

    My other favorite director is Martin Scorsese. I'm extremely pumped for The Wolf Of Wallstreet coming out later this year and his next film with Andrew Garfield. My favorite of his films are:

    1. Taxi Driver
    2. The King Of Comedy
    3. Goodfellas
    4. The Departed
    5. Raging Bull
    6. Gangs Of New York
    7. The Aviator
    8. Casino
    9. Mean Streets
    10. Shutter Island

    Lastly I love Tarantino. I really hope his next film goes away from the whole revenge motif, he's covered that enough. I'd rank his films:

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Reservoir Dogs
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Inglorious Basterds
    5. Jackie Brown
    6. Kill Bill
    7. Kill Bill 2
    8. Death Proof
  4. Spider-Aziz Dummy Dragon Holo

    Oct 11, 2010
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    Weird, but I don't really have a favorite director, I like/love some movies by some directors, but not a huge fan of the work of one of them
    If anyone, I might consider Sam Raimi, cause of my childhood shows like Hercules the Legendary Journeys and its spinoff series
  5. jonathancrane I love Marvel, DC & EC!

    Feb 17, 2011
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    Tim Burton

    1. Ed Wood
    2. Sleepy Hollow
    3. Batman Returns
    4. Big Fish
    5. Alice in Wonderland
    6. Batman
    7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    8. Sweeney Todd

    John Carpenter

    1. Halloween
    2. Big Trouble in Little China
    3. The Fog
    4. Escape From New York
    5. In the Mouth of Madness
    6. The Thing
    7. Prince of Darkness

    Stanley Kubrick

    1. The Shining
    2. 2001
    3. A Clockwork Orange
    4. Dr. Strangelove

    David Lynch

    1. Blue Velvet
    2. Lost Highway
    3. Eraserhead
    4. Elephant Man
    5. Mulholland Drive

    The Coen Brothers

    1. No Country for Old Men
    2. The Big Lebowski
    3. Burn After Reading
    4. O Brother Where Art Thou

    John Ford

    1. The Searchers
    2. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    3. Fort Apache
    4. Stagecoach
  6. childeroland Registered

    Jan 13, 2010
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    Edward Yang -- a poet of the city, whose films build up slowly but inexorably, analyzing their characters and their interrelationships minutely, patiently building tapestries made of nuance that are always more than the sum of their parts. Standouts: Yi Yi, A Brighter Summer Day, Taipei Story.

    Hou Hsiao-Hsien - another leading director of the New Taiwan cinema movement, both as a historian (his trilogy, consisting of A City of Sadness, The Puppetmaster, and Good Men, Good Women) and as a chronicler of ordinary life in transition (Millennium Mambo, Three Times, Goodbye South Goodbye). Stunning cinematography, films that demand but reward patience as you watch private and public moments accumulate into the most intense cinematic experiences.

    Terrence Malick -- one of the few directors dedicated to trying to touch the ineffable. Standouts: Days of Heaven, The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line.

    Tian Zhuangzhuang -- Fifth Generation director who criticisms of Communism has landed him in trouble with the government again and again. But his masterpiece The Blue Kite, his remake of Springtime in a Small Town, and his first major film September combine the most searching dramas of family life with the larger political contexts that help shape them in all sorts of damaging ways.

    Park Chan-wook -- His Vengeance Trilogy, Thirst, and Joint Security Area are superb thriller classics. The kind of rollercoaster rides Hollywood always tries to provide and usually fails to.

    Kim Ji-woon -- masterpieces in the Western (The Good, the Bad, and the Weird) horror (A Tale of Two Sisters) thriller/suspense (I Saw the Devil) black comedy (The Quiet Family), crime drama (A Bittersweet Life).

    Akira Kurosawa -- introduced the world (or the parts that weren't already aware) to Japanese cinema. Directed maybe the greatest action film ever (Seven Samurai), the best Shakespeare adaptations (Throne of Blood, Ran), maybe the best film about a doctor ever made (Red Beard), two of the best crime films (Stray Dogs, High and Low, arguably Rashomon), and on and on. Dominated whatever genre he decided to.

    Steven Spielberg -- defined cinema for generations of American filmgoers. Even with Star Wars, without Raiders, Jaws, Close Encounters, E.T., Poltergeist, Jurassic Park, not to mention the things he's produced, movies would not look the same today, for better or worse. They just wouldn't.

    Hayao Miyazaki -- the best animator the world has ever produced (Walt Disney being a close second). Puts pure enchantment on film with nary a misstep. Standouts -- Spirited Away, Mononoke-Hime, Castle in the Sky, Castle of Cagliostro. All engrossing adventure stories that never, ever grow tired no matter how many times you see them. Of today's other animators, only Pixar and Brad Bird are on his level, and only when they're firing on all cylinders.

    Yasujiro Ozu - devastating portraits of different generations trying to relate to and understand each other. Standouts -- Tokyo Story, Floating Weeds.
  7. Matt Mortem Karloff is King

    Sep 6, 2007
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    Great choice. Miyazaki's films are always fantastic.
  8. Snow Queen Maybe Someday (she/her)

    Dec 27, 2012
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    1. Stanley Kubrick
    1. The Shining
    2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    3. A Clockwork Orange
    4. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    5. Full Metal Jacket

    2. Christopher Nolan
    1. The Dark Knight/The Dark Knight Rises
    3. Memento
    4. Inception
    5. The Prestige
    6. Batman Begins
    7. Following
    8. Insomnia

    3. David Fincher
    1. Fight Club
    2. Se7en
    3. Zodiac
    4. The Social Network
    5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

    4. Steven Spielberg
    1. Schindler's List
    2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    3. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    4. Munich
    5. Lincoln
    6. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    5. Quentin Tarantino
    1. Inglourious Basterds
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Pulp Fiction
    4. Kill Bill, Volume 1
    5. Kill Bill, Volume 2
    6. Reservoir Dogs

    6. Martin Scorsese
    1. The Departed
    2. Taxi Driver
    3. Hugo
    4. Goodfellas

    7. JJ Abrams
    1. Star Trek Into Darkness
    2. Star Trek
    3. Super 8
    4. Mission Impossible III
    #8 Snow Queen, May 11, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2013
  9. moviedoors Indeed (P)

    Jan 27, 2011
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    My favorite above all others: The Coen Brothers.

    My first favorite director: James Cameron

    An overly long random list of the others I love:

    John Carpenter
    David Cronenberg
    Stanley Kubrick
    Michael Curtiz
    Akira Kurosawa
    FW Murnau
    Terence Fisher
    Howard Hawks
    Steven Spielberg
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Quentin Tarantino
    Christopher Nolan
    Takashi Miike
    Takashi Kitano
    Martin Scorsese
    Early Francis Ford Coppola
  10. Blitzkrieg Bop Fight Owens Fight

    Mar 28, 2009
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    Nicolas Winding Refn, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and James Whale.








    "We don’t do radio plays or plays. We do movies, which is about what you see. Or what you don’t see.”
  11. gwynplaine L'homme qui rit.

    Jul 12, 2007
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    ^ Great pictures, Blitzkrieg Bop:up:
  12. gwynplaine L'homme qui rit.

    Jul 12, 2007
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    Don Siegel:
    _ Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    The Killers
    _ Coogan's Bluff
    _ Dirty Harry
    _ Charley Varrick
    _ The Shootist
    _ Escape from Alcatraz

    Sam Peckinpah:
    _Ride the High Country
    _Major Dundee
    _The Wild Bunch
    _Ballad of Cable Hogue
    _Straw Dogs
    _The Getaway
    _Pat Garett & Billy the Kid
    _Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

    Hal Ashby:
    _Harold & Maude
    _The Last Detail
    _Being There

    Brian De Palma:
    _Phantom of the Paradise
    _Blow Out
    _Carlito's Way

    Charlie Chaplin:
    _The Kid
    _Gold Rush
    _City Lights
    _Modern Times
    _The Great Dictator

    Stanley Kubrick:
    _Dr. Strangelove
    _Clockwork Orange
    _Barry Lyndon
    _The Shining

    Martin Scorsese:
    _Mean Streets
    _Taxi Driver
    _Raging Bull
    _Cape Fear

    Steven Spielberg:
    _Raiders of the Lost Ark
    _Schindler's List
    _Saving Private Ryan

    Milos Forman:
    _Loves of a Blond
    _Fireman's Ball
    _Taking Off
    _One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Woody Allen:
    _Take the Money and Run
    _Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
    _Love and Death
    _Annie Hall
    _Purple Rose of Cairo
    _Crimes and Misdemeanors
    _Sweet and Lowdown
    _Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Billy Wilder:
    _Double Indemnity
    _Sunset Blvd
    _Witness to the Prosecution
    _Some Like It Hot
    _The Apartment
  13. CConn Fountainhead of culture.

    Jul 9, 2004
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    I don't have time to go into anything in detail right now but Ingram Bergman, Paul Thomas Anderson and Terrance Mallick are perfection.
  14. Max J Power Trash Boat

    Nov 25, 2005
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    Some of my very favorites:

    -The Coen brothers are my #1 pick. Their movies have everything I could possibly want--compelling drama, smart humor, deep characters and themes, entertaining plots, great acting performances, and stunning visuals. A majority of their movies is great or better, and the rest are at good at the very least. They also hold special importance for me because they were the first filmmakers who made me look at films more in-depth.

    -Quentin Tarantino was the next director I got really into. Pulp Fiction ties Fargo for the "movie that made the biggest impact on the way I looked at movies" award, and most of his other ones are great too. Every new movie he comes out with feels bold in a different way than the ones before it, though I do agree he's played out revenge themes at this point. I'll still look forward to whatever he makes next.

    -Wes Anderson doesn't get enough credit. I feel like he's mostly known for quirkiness, but his films are so much more than that. They have so much genuine emotion beneath the jokes, and there are so many great character moments and funny lines to catch on repeat viewings. Except for Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I just loved immediately, I've liked every Anderson movie more the second time I saw it.

    -Alexander Payne is the most underrated director today. Rarely do I get big laughs and emotionally hard-hitting scenes in the same movie, but Payne does it again and again. His characters always feel very realistic and well-developed. Many of them are not initially likable but become relatable as their stories progress; and it works great every time.

    -I love Woody Allen's brand of humor and I have a certain appreciation for his cynicism, which often leads to stories that challenge conventional audience expectations. His "earlier funny movies" are hilarious, and his more "mature" ones are very thought-provoking. He has a few movies that might have benefitted from a little less cynicism, and some of his movies are overly similar to each other, but there's still a wealth of good times to be had with Allen. I've seen more of his films than any other director.

    -Among classic directors, I think Alfred Hitchcock makes the most entertaining movies. They're both masterful from an artistic standpoint and extremely fun to watch. Most of the ones I've seen did not feel dated at all, and several (especially Vertigo and Rope) really pushed the boundaries of the classic Hollywood era.

    -Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg. I'm tired of typing, so I'll just say that the sheer volume of great movies these two have made--and in a wide variety of genres--is incredible.

    Some others I like a lot, with a couple favorite movies from each:

    Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away)
    Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner)
    Stanley Kubrick (The Shining, Paths of Glory)
    Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, Days of Heaven)
    Steven Soderbergh (Out of Sight, Sex Lies & Videotape)
    David Fincher, (Zodiac, The Social Network, Seven)
    Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation.)
    Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Ace in the Hole)
    Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Young Adult)
    James Cameron (Aliens, Terminator 2)
    Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz)
  15. CConn Fountainhead of culture.

    Jul 9, 2004
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    J.Whale was incredible.
  16. DyeLorean ...and the plot thickens

    Dec 17, 2006
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    Kubrick, Spielberg, Hitchcock and Zemeckis (not counting his terrible motion capture phase) cover most of the things I like about movies.
    And I could add Fincher. I love how he uses the camera.
  17. Wyrminarrd Registered

    May 25, 2004
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    My all time favorite director has to be James Cameron, he's made some incredible films like:

    Terminator 2

    Filling out my top three directors list would be:

    Christopher Nolan & Steven Spielberg
  18. Mandon Knight We did it......

    May 1, 2014
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    My favourite director of all time is Alfred Hitchcock, an innovator, an amazing eye for shot compisition, a great visual story teller (he could build story and character out of the simplist approach). A great technical director too, he knew what he wanted and how to build the scene and frame a shot beautifully.

    His only 'let down', he was not an actor's director, he understood his characters very well, just not the people playing them sadly.

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