Your favourite film directors?

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  1. Sentinel

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    "Not so shabby" - I love that phrase. Is it a typical English one?

    Yeah, David is the TV series guy, right? Guinness Book of records, and various animal programs.

    Richard later stated that ET (Spielberg) was a much better movie than Gandhi and should have won more awards. Later, he even had a role in Jurassic Park (Spielberg)
     
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    I think it is more of a Hobbitie expression.:???:

    I have watched more of David’s work than all the other directors on the list combined. I’m not into the predation scenes. I close my eyes or switch channels, and then hope it is over by the time I come back. I can’t say watching his work has made me any smarter, but it has made me feel smarter and that’s all the really matters.:)
     
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    Hey I never said he was a bad director. I like most of his films he is just not one of my favorites.

    People care about storytelling? Have you seen the ratings for shows like Duck Dynasty?
     
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    Opie & Meathead - aka Ron Howard (already mentioned) and Rob Reiner. Reiner just knows how to make funny movies - not necessarily profound but really funny. Also really like Ang Lee - he gets wonderful emotions from the actors & handles tensions/conflicts in the screenplay so well.
     
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    Well, the ratio of people caring/not caring about storytelling has always been the same. It just seems worse now, despite that being not true.
     
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    I don’t know if he has been mentioned yet but John Houston was terrific, with movies such as…

    The African Queen
    Prizzi's Honor (What a hoot)
    Key Largo
    The Maltese Falcon (My favorite)
    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
    And last but not least, he did the voice of Gandalf in the animated version of The Hobbit.
     
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    Great list you have there, Elite. Of course, Lynch being at the top is a bonus ;)

    I'd add:
    Tim Burton
    Martin Scorcese
    David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en)
    Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream)
    Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
    Danny Boyle (Trainspotting)
    Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential)
     
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    Carpenter's The Thing is probably one of the greatest horror film of all time (arguably the greatest).
     
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    L.A. Confidential was such a well constructed movie. All the clues were there, and yet such a surprise on who was the villain.
     
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    Psycho rang up and disagreed.
     
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    I thought i heard Murray use it once .

    Anyway, noticed your location the other day, and your sig, too. Damn, I long to re-read LOTR, to go back into that world again :)
     
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    Before:
    Kubrick is the greatest ever, he had it all ,
    David Lynch is in his own planet, being the boss of that planet so to speak
    and Coppola did the Godfather series.

    IMHO, those three are the best from last century.

    Now:

    Terrence Malick is obviously elitist, always trying to outsmart the audience, so I really didnt enjoy any of his movies. It's boring and presomptuous. Sadly even great photography doesnt save the boring plots... I dont really like watching movies with so many cultural references you have to be aware of in order to enjoy the story.

    That's why I prefer Lars Von Trier for the psychological violence and dramatic themes/plots he presents and photography
    and of course Emir Kusturica for the way he depicts eastern european subnations with humour, style and roughness. He's a modern poet.

    And for the young generation directors who are making a change in the industry I'd say Zack Snyder (Watchmen was just monumental) and David Ayer, who also writes a lot (End of Watch, Harsh Times, Street Kings).
     
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    Lars Von Trier's Medea still disturbs me.

    Anybody watch Dario Argento movies?
    I don't think they are enjoyable, but my son loves them.
     
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    Yeah its probably my favorite Carpenter film. Escape from New York is pretty darn good as well. Then theres Big Trouble in Little Chine which is a classic. Carpenter is one of the few directors that can really do any genre. Along with that he wrote produced and did most of the music as well.

    He really had some magic in the late 70s to mid 90s

    Assault on Precint 13
    Halloween
    The Fog
    Escape from New York
    The Thing
    Starman
    Prince Of Darkness
    Big Trouble in Little China
    They Live
    Invisible Man


    Thats quite a diverse set of films in terms of style.... Horror, Comedy, Political Thriller, Sci Fi, Action, Love Story etc. etc. He was quite the visionary when it came to effective storytelling in multiple formats. Many different moods and many different looks to his films. Carpenter really shuffled his style around to fit different types of stories and found new ways to keep things fresh and entertaining. Looking back I dont know of many Directors that have pulled that off. It might be one of the reasons hes my all time favorite. Its too bad Hollywood burned him because he was a real artist when he had the motivation to tell a story.

    Even now most directors have a certain stle that they cling to. In the end things can get stale for both them and the audience. I think most directors now are overated to be honest. There are those like Fincher, Nolan, Malick etc. that are good with certain types of films but dont seem to ever go out of there comfort zone like Carpenter did. Most of these new directors dont write either. Carpenter (along with partner Debra Hill) wrote a lot of good stuff (almost prophetic in some films).

    I guess thats the difference between a true artist and just a director though. Similar to a singer that cant wright their own music.
     
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    Mike,

    What is your opinion of Tarkovsky ? I've been coming across his name quite a bit.
     
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    I would rather play tennis than watch a movie
     
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    He is an incredibly influential director in film history. That being said, most people find his films slow and hard to watch. I have Andrei Rublev, The Mirror, Stalker, and Solaris on DVD, but rarely watch these films. Solaris is probably my favourite.

    You need to let Tarkovsky films take over you, and lead you to a dreamy and hypnotic state. He likes to employ long takes with slow camera movement. Many scenes have beautiful cinematography with little action. Takovsky's films require patience, but have rewarded me for my patience when watching them.
     
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    Thanks Mike.

    That's great.

    Somehow I got the preshun that you'd rather be posting 25,000 posts and giving Breakpoint a run for his money than play tennis. :D
     
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    My favorite directors

    Martin Scorsese
    Quentin Tarantino
    Richard Linklater
    Stanley Kubrick
    Coen Brothers
    Ingrid Bergman
    Majid Majidi
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Padmarajan India Malayalam
    Jafar Panahi
     
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    How does Terrence Malick try to outsmart his audiences? His films are relatively simple and not presumptuous in the least. His style is inaccessible but I don't see how that affects the thematic framework of his films.

    This is an interesting analysis and I agree. Tarkovsky had to be one of the most unconventional Soviet directors out there. I first watched his work at 14 years of age and found myself bored to death. Fast forward some years and he is now one of my favourite directors. He really encapsulates what personal filmmaking is all about. The term "avant-garde" best describes it.

    If anyone here is interested in Tarkovsky, watch Ivan's Childhood, his first motion picture. It's much more accessible than his other films. Don't jump straight into Stalker or The Mirror like I did.
     
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    Unless you read kant, schopenhauer or jp sartre, it's very unlikely to get the deep philosophical message that most of his movies contain.
    I'm not the one saying this, but the critics. When I finished the tree of life, I read some reviews with the philosophical explanations and insights. Totally different feeling about the movie after reading that I must admit.
    And I guess people dont really enjoy having to do some homework before watching a movie.
    So yes, mallick does not make mainstream movies for mainstream audiences cause he outsmarts them with strong and massive intellectual references people need to have to get the message.
    I hope I answered you question.
     
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    Also: if by style you mean the photography of his movies yep you're right.
    His movies are incredibly beautiful.
    I prefer his older movies personnaly, the red line is a masterpiece.
     
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    You're making little sense. Just because you don't make a mainstream movie doesn't automatically make you trying to outsmart the audiences. Independent horror films are a perfect example of this. And I don't think he makes "massive intellectual references", but that's just me.
     
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    ^^ if a film's message is that obscure and inaccessable, I don't think I'd consider the director to be a significant talent.
     
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    Which film and what message are we talking about here?
     
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    I guess you just like his movies then!
    And obviously all the hidden references you dont get dont bother you
    Good for you!
     
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    Feather, I think you meant Ingmar Bergman.
     
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    Godard,Borman,Truffaut,Fellini,Bergmark and Visconti along classics Von Stronhaum,Chaplin,Kubrick,Hitchcock,Houston,Vidor,Ford,Altman and Wyler,Capra and Wilder
    Over last yrs ni doubt it is Eastwood
     
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    Nolan, Tarantino, and De Palma are my favorites. David Fincher gets a nomination, only because of Fight Club.

    No love for M. Night Shyamalan? :)
     
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    Night is great... Loved "The Village". Very underrated. Night can make horror genre intelligent and touching at the same time.

    Skill.
     
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    Only just seen this thread and I'm glad I have as I want to nominate the director of this movie - he certainly is one of my all time fav film makers...

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    ^ Such a truly great film, a surreal nightmare, an incomparable, stunningly well realised satire.

    But it wasn't as if Stanley Kubrick just made one excellent film...

    Barry Lyndon (such an unheralded masterpiece)... 2001 - A Space Odyssey (just insanely breathtaking in its scope and meaning and execution)... A Clockwork Orange (so stylish, subversive and influential)... Paths of Glory (just incomparable)... The Killing (love this movie - and so does Q. Tarantino)... The Shining (I mean, come on, how good a film is that?!)... Full Metal Jacket (work of art right here, work... of... art...) - indeed, IMO most of his output is just pure class, genius even (with the single exception of Eyes Wide Shut, which I couldn't take seriously for one single minute.)

    Anyhow, I'm a massive Stanley Kubrick fan. :)
     
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    Your taste is phenomenal ! I dont think anyone has mentioned Wyler before ... won 3 Oscars for Best Director. Capra won three too - saw his films as a kid.
     
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    very polivalent and talented director.Capra was great for comedies, so was Lubitsch.Great directors take the best of great actors and great actors imporve with great directors.
     
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    Sir Peter Jackson for me...
     
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    Didn't like District 9, though.
     
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    He didnt direct it, only produced among 10 other dudes
     
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