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Who is your favorite director?

Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 6:04pm

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I would have to say Ron Maxwell... his movies are kinda slow I guess... but he pasy so much attention to detail and his historical movies are so unbiased that I have to give him props!

(he is now working on a Joane of Arc movie because he thought the ones they have now dont tell the story accuratly enought)
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 7:10pm

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mine is

Brian De Palma

yeah baby yeah!!
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 7:59pm

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Depends really. There are certain directors whose movies I am almost guaranteeed to enjoy to some degree - Paul Verhoeven, Spielberg, Tim Burton etc.

But in terms of directors I admire for sheer filmmaking classiness, I'd probably go for Kubrick, David Lean, David Fincher, Ridley Scott. They just seem to have a mastery of the process. Fincher and Scott haven't always had great scripts to work from, but their movies are always pretty fascinating and beautiful.

Talking of David Lean, I saw Lawrence of Arabia for the first (!) time just the other day. Man, what a film!
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 8:01pm

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its all about the wes anderson up in dis house!
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 8:16pm

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Peter Jackson all the way!
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 8:18pm

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I like so many different directors.

Sam Mendes has got to be one of the best around, Sofia Coppola is also fantastic. You've got to admire David Lean, Steven Spielberg and Scorsese (even though I don't really like any of Scorsese's films) I like the old directors like Michael Curtiz (his attitude as well as his films), John Ford, Howard Hawks and such as well as Peckinpah and Leone those two are some of my favourites. I like the some of the slick modern directors like Tsui Hark, Luc Besson, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and I've been known to partake of Michael Bay films from time to time. I also admire Philip Kao, Yuen Kwai, Yuen Woo-Ping and Ching Siu-Tung for the action they create

Bobby Rodriguez is one of my favourites for the way he makes his films probably more that the films he makes (if that makes sense)

But for favourite directors I just can't beat a nice bit of Woo, a nice juicy bit of Woo melodrama with added shooting. My film tastes at this point in my life are towards melodramatic romances and dramas beautifully shot with a rate load of superb two-fisted gunplay.
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 8:22pm

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Ah yes, I'd add Rodriguez as well. He's a real inspiration. Absolutely love Desperado - one of the classiest, most beautiful action movie ever made. And Fritz Lang is also superb. Lucas I admire for his dedication to improving film technology.
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 8:25pm

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Tarn wrote:

Ah yes, I'd add Rodriguez as well. He's a real inspiration. Absolutely love Desperado - one of the classiest, most beautiful action movie ever made. And Fritz Lang is also superb. Lucas I admire for his dedication to improving film technology.
he takes pride in doing everything with as small a crew as possible

truly an inspiration!
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 9:19pm

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id say kubrick
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 9:38pm

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I whould have to say Ridley Scott. He hasnt made many movies but the ones he has have been well accepted. I loved Gladiater and Black Hawk Down. M Night Shamadingdong (however you say his name) because of how dedicated he is. He is so much like Hitchcock sometimes it is hard to beleive. Hitchcock I think was one of the best directors of all time.
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 10:28pm

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Sollthar, Sidewinder, Mechaforce.
Posted: Tue, 21st Sep 2004, 10:39pm

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Don't have a single favourite, but I really rate:
Kubrick (his meticulousness pays off...), Hitchcock (his 40s & 50s films are among some of my favourite - especially Vertigo), Roger Avary (Rules of Attraction is carried off brilliantly & its ultimate message is pretty profound IMO), P.T. Anderson (Magnolia is one of my fave films), Curtis Hanson, Gary Ross (Pleasantville is amazing), David Cronenberg, Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, David Lean (Lawrence, Hobson's Choice, Great Expectations etc etc), Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull - ugly but so beautiful), Buster Keaton, Alejandro Amenebar (competitior to Shyamalan for creating masterful films with a twist), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Amores Perros is frenetic, brilliantly conceived & oh so empathetic for its characters, even for a fighting dog that can't go against what people have bred into him), Orson Welles (genius in Citizen Caine, Lady of Shanghai), Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men is superbly shot, gripping & examines human nature amazingly), William Wyler (love Dodsworth & Ben Hur), & Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard is masterful, tragic & uncomfortable in its portrayal of a decaying Hollywood).

David Lean was brilliant, probably the most successful British director in Hollywood (Scott & Hitchcock compete for this though), & the images he created are amazing. I love the grittiness of Great Expectations, the sweeping grandeur of L of A (I have it on Superbit DVD & it looks even more lush). And that music. Doctor Zhivago & Ryan's Daughter are good too but L of A is his masterpiece. Just the first sequence with the motorbike is genius.

Buster Keaton deserves a mention too - check out The General if you have never done so - as do Fritz Lang & F.W. Mernau (sp?).

Anyway, all the directors above IMO consistently make/made complete films that showed great understanding of the meeting of all minds, processes & techniques that occur in a film, resulting in near-flawless films every time.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 1:07am

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While I don't really have a favorite, I like Joel Schumacher and Jerry Brockheimer's stuff.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 1:13am

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ben3308 wrote:

While I don't really have a favorite, I like Joel Schumacher and Jerry Brockheimer's stuff.
is bruckhiemer a director, i dont think so but if im wrong someone please correct me
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 1:14am

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evman101 wrote:

Peter Jackson all the way!
So... is that solely based on LOTR?

As for me, Robert Rodriguez and Wes Anderson top the list, then Orson Welles and David Fincher. There's so many others, though, just like Mel. Can't think of them all.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 1:19am

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Forget LotR. Peter Jackson is clearly a genius based on Braindead. Not forgetting the slightly lesser, but still superb Bad Taste.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 1:24am

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Aculag wrote:

evman101 wrote:

Peter Jackson all the way!
So... is that solely based on LOTR?

Of course. He made my favorite 3 films of all time. So obviously, hes my favorite director. But if he f*s up king kong, then I my appreciation for him might wain.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 1:41am

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ben3308 wrote:

While I don't really have a favorite, I like Joel Schumacher and Jerry Brockheimer's stuff.
Joel Schumacher?? The one who directed two of the worst movies ever, Batman Forever, and Batman And Robin?

He's possibly one of the worst directors, and now he's about to remake The Phantom of The Opera. He should'nt be allowed to make movies, in my opinion anyway.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 1:54am

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mod_007 wrote:

ben3308 wrote:

While I don't really have a favorite, I like Joel Schumacher and Jerry Brockheimer's stuff.
Joel Schumacher?? The one who directed two of the worst movies ever, Batman Forever, and Batman And Robin?

He's possibly one of the worst directors, and now he's about to remake The Phantom of The Opera. He should'nt be allowed to make movies, in my opinion anyway.
That was just a tad bit harsh.

My favorite directors would be,

Steven Spielberg, directed two of my favorite films of all time, Jurassic Park and Jaws.

Robert Rodriguez, just a very influencing guy, great (insert crew position here)

M. Night Shyamalan, very good at building suspense, and knows the meaning less is more.

Tim Burton, loved his style and oddness ever since I saw Edward Scissorhands. I've think I've seen almost all of his movies, all are classic.

That's me anyway.

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Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 3:08am

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Sollthar, Sidewinder, Mechaforce.
Yeah! Go me!

Zack Snyder did an awesome job with the new Dawn of the Dead.

Kurt Wimmer also did a superb job with a miniscule budget on Equilibrium.

Sam Raimi went from Evil Dead to Spiderman 2. He's my kind of guy.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 3:18am

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mod_007 wrote:

ben3308 wrote:

While I don't really have a favorite, I like Joel Schumacher and Jerry Brockheimer's stuff.
Joel Schumacher?? The one who directed two of the worst movies ever, Batman Forever, and Batman And Robin?

He's possibly one of the worst directors, and now he's about to remake The Phantom of The Opera. He should'nt be allowed to make movies, in my opinion anyway.
He's also directed some other stuff that's quite good. This includes TV and commercials, though I can't think of any now. Also, Jerry Brockheimer isn't a director, but he's a friggin awesome producer. You know anything Brockheimer has to be good. He's made all the the reality TV shows that don't suck- The Amazing Race (the final episode was filmed about a half a mile from my house!)- and movies produced by him- pretty much any good movie you've seen- are always awesome. So don't hate. Jeesh. Tony Scott is also a good director. I mean, he directed Enemy of the State. Enemy of the State is the best movie ever. If not the best, it's second best *Pencil, I swear if you say Kill Bill is the best, I'll hate you*. If anyone here hasn't seen EOTS, I HIGHLY reccomend you see it. How about this. 10 force to whoever watches EOTS. There's a catch, of course, but I can't tell you now. Just....watch the movie. I may not have enough force to give it to everyone.

EDIT: [EDITED because what I said was misinformed]

EDIT2: Okay, dunno why I got a -1, I edited my post. eek

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Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 3:34am

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oh darn I forgot Steven Sommers (or that guy who did the Mummy and Van Helsing...he is gifted)
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 3:37am

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Ok, I like Steven Spieldburg. Yeah, it sounds dumb and like everyone who doesn't knwo any names would choose him, his films are jsut so bloody brilliant. I absolutely love Jurrassic Park, I liked the Terminal actually. I liked all I have seen. He's brilliant. And even the movies he worked on but didn't direct were great. It was because of his presense they were great. wink

I also like PJ. Though I have only seen 3 of his films. They were some of my favorites. Even if King Kong is bad, it wont be as bad as the old one (hated it), he wil still be awesome. Every director has a bad movie, and you learn from your mistakes, and sometims, it goes badly, but in the big times, when you make a bad film, the publishers don't care, when it's done, they want it released.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 9:43am

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ben3308 wrote:



EDIT: mod_007, Tim Burton directed Batman Forever, so you might have to take that up with Marek. Know your directors, son. hugegrin
Rofl - yep, know your directors...

Joel Schumacher directed Batman Forever, Burton only did Batman & Batman Returns
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 10:06am

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Hehehehehe, Burton definitely did not direct Batman Forever!

As for Bruckheimer - he's a megaproducer alright, but his output varies. Some of his stuff is superb - Black Hawk Down springs to mind - but a lot of it is mindless tripe. Of course, a lot of the mindless stuff is also damn good fun, so that's ok.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 10:58am

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(Sir) Steven Spielberg for a body of work thats second to none. Duel, Jaws, J Park, Indiana Jones, Schindlers List, Saving Private Ryan to name but a few. Amazing achievement..

Robert Rodriguez for opening my eyes to break convention and to just go film.

Alfred Hitchcock for being a master craftsman : Vertigo, Rear Window, etc.

F.W Murnau for terrifying me with his 1922 film 'Nosferatu'. It's stuck with me since I was a kid and inspires me / makes me scared of shadows to this day wink
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 11:35am

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Tarn wrote:

Hehehehehe, Burton definitely did not direct Batman Forever!

As for Bruckheimer - he's a megaproducer alright, but his output varies. Some of his stuff is superb - Black Hawk Down springs to mind - but a lot of it is mindless tripe. Of course, a lot of the mindless stuff is also damn good fun, so that's ok.
Yeah, I may have not have got my directors confused, I got my movies confused. Burton did the first two Batman movies, am I right?
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 2:30pm

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Cant forget Kurt Wimmer like Sidewinder said. I thought he did a great job on Equilibrium with the very limited budget plus it was like on of his first movies. Cheers to Kurt








P.S. If you have not seen Equilibrium than go see it now!!!
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 2:51pm

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Here are the first ones that come to mind in seconds:

Martin Scorsese (All of his movies except Gangs of NY... my favorite is Mean Streets)
Takeshi Kitano (Hana-bi, Violent Cop, Sonatine, Dolls... this man = GENIUS)
Wong Kar-wai (Fallen Angels, In the Mood for Love)
Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Storytelling)
Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill, Youth of the Beast, Tokyo Drifter... talk about style!)
Ingmar Bergman (Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal)
Takashi Miike... probably the most exciting, original and daring (also most productive with 4-5 new movies a year! (they're not all good tho)) director living today
Hal Ashby (Harold and Maude, Being There)
Werner Herzog (Stroszek, Fitzcarraldo)
Akira Kurosawa (Drunken Angel, Yojimbo)
Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits)
Jacques Tati (Les vacances de mr. Hulot, Mon oncle)
Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Sympathy with Mr. Vengeance)
David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Eraserhead)

Alright that's enough...

I'm not crazy about american cinema coming out these days... I do like people like P.T. Anderson, Wes Anderson, Coen brothers (I forgive them Intolerable Cruelty being the only bad (very bad) movie they made) and very few others. I hate hollywood.
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 2:55pm

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Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits)
Agreed.....
Posted: Wed, 22nd Sep 2004, 6:24pm

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Good point kerfin how could I forget Wong Kar-Wai. Chungking Express is my favourite.
Posted: Thu, 23rd Sep 2004, 11:13am

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well, if you guys have so many favs or just so many favs, then I might as well post my list:

Brian De Palma (Dressed to Kill, Blow Out)
Stanley Kubrick (Dr. Strangelove, Lolita)
Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil)
Alfred Hitchcock (North by Northwest, Rear Window)
David Lynch (Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead)
M. Night Shyamalan (Unbreakable, Signs)
Federico Fellini (La Strada, La Dolca Vita)
John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator)
Roman Polanski (Fearless Vamprie Killers, The Pianist)
Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums)


there are much more:

Billy Wilder (Some Like it Hot, Irma La Douce)
David Lean (Dr. Zhiwago, Lawrence of Arabia)
Guiseppe Tornatorre (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
Sergio Leone!!! (one should never forget "once upon a time in the west" and the "dollar trilogy")
John Woo!!! (oh my god this one movie: "The Killer" and that one hell of a shootout "Hard Boiled")

more and more
Posted: Thu, 23rd Sep 2004, 11:38am

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Heh, yeah you should have seen how many I deleted from my original post. It's difficult to choose if you have seen lots of good films. You have to also think how much the films are products of the director as opposed to being just signed on to "direct" a pre-packaged film.


HERE I GO OFF AT A MAJOR TANGENT (US military, no tepid jokes please)
With thus topic, I've answered the question as if it was asking "What are the best directors"? Is this the same thing as favourite? The thing is though, my favourite directors are the ones I consider to be the best - but does being a "favourite" director actually equate to being the best (in people's subjective opinions of course)?

E.g. Hypothetical situation:- I might love Free Willy, & consider Simon Wincer to therefore being one of my favourite directors...but he's not one of the best, is he? So, how have other people interpreted this topic & have you drawn a distinction.
Posted: Thu, 23rd Sep 2004, 11:48pm

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Oh I know my directors thank you very much! Tim Burton ONLY directed the first 2 batman movies, which were Batman and Batman Returns.

Batman Forever is directed by Joel.

So don't accuse me of being wrong, when your not even sure.