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  1. Standard member Iron Monkey
    Primal Primate
    10 Apr '08 03:21
    i like directors who can tell a story effectively - a significant story that is at the same time entertaining - and also innovate in the way that it is told. Welles, Murnau, Eisenberg, Hitchcock, Ray, Huston, Hawks, Godard, Truffaut, Fellini, Rosellini, Bertolucci, Visconti, Herzog, Altman, Jarmusch, Tarantino, Tarkovsky, Jodorowsky and many others have been able to do this, but i think my favourite director of all would have to be Kubrick - simply because he does all of the above, and also has such range. No two of his films are very alike - at least, none of the five i've seen: Spartacus, Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining.

    who are your favourites?
  2. 10 Apr '08 06:31
    Kubrick would have been my favorite if you asked me 10 years ago; however, I'm going to fault him for Barry Lyndon and Eyes Wide Shut. Both were dull and boring, and I was convinced that style is no longer after enduring Altman's A Prairie Home Companion. Long shots, neverending panning (Altman) or pullback from closeup (Kubrick) style - it worked for them in earlier films but was dreadful to watch in their last ones.

    So....these days I have to say that Quentin Tarantino is batting 1.000 for me. He's not directing anything yet that I haven't loved.
  3. 10 Apr '08 06:44
    Originally posted by Iron Monkey
    i like directors who can tell a story effectively - a significant story that is at the same time entertaining - and also innovate in the way that it is told. Welles, Murnau, Eisenberg, Hitchcock, Ray, Huston, Hawks, Godard, Truffaut, Fellini, Rosellini, Bertolucci, Visconti, Herzog, Altman, Jarmusch, Tarantino, Tarkovsky, Jodorowsky and many others have ...[text shortened]... Spartacus, Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining.

    who are your favourites?
    I'm going to be shot down here I'm sure, but I think Kubrick is way over-rated. I like some of his stuff - technically it's great - but there's a loss of humanity and emotion and connection in much of his work.
    I would give my top few favourites as:

    Tarantino
    Fincher
    Hitchcock
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    The Coens
    Mann

    ... in no particular order.
    I find the devotion to directors that many have is a little misguided. It misses much of the work that writers, cinematographers, editors and many others do to bring a film to fruition.
  4. Donation rwingett
    Ming the Merciless
    10 Apr '08 10:45
    Although his films from recent years have been pretty hit-and-miss, my all time favorite director is Woody Allen.
  5. 10 Apr '08 12:53
    Aki Kaurismäki
  6. 10 Apr '08 13:18
    The Brothers Coen
  7. 10 Apr '08 16:09
    Ridley Scott is a tremendous director. Go back and watch Alien or Bladerunner and note the attention to detail.

    David Cronenberg is another favorite. He has the uncanny knack for placing his charecters in the most uncomfortable situations for the viewers to watch (Crash).

    Ang Lee is also very good, especially his work while in China and his first few American films. Eat Drink Man Woman, The Ice Storm, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, more than make up for The Hulk.
  8. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    10 Apr '08 19:00
    Originally posted by Iron Monkey
    who are your favourites?
    Berlusconi.
  9. Standard member Iron Monkey
    Primal Primate
    11 Apr '08 03:03
    i think Coppola (FF) definitely deserves a mention for Godfather 1&2, and Apocalypse Now (and others, no doubt, but these are my favourite films of his). Scorsese of course. I've never seen a Kurosawa film that was anything less than excellent. Ingmar Bergman always provides plenty of material for reflection long after the film has ended. Fincher, i think, just about rivals Kubrick in the quality and breadth of his projects. And let's not forget Guillermo del Toro - even when he makes comic-book movies, he's good. It looks like he may be directing the Hobbit movies, btw.
  10. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    12 Apr '08 14:19
    Kubrick
    Pasolini
    Kieslowski
    Leone
    Tarantino
    Bergman
    Tarkovsky
    Aronofsky
    Kurosawa
    Hitchcock
    Jeunet
    Kitano
    Wenders
    Burton
    Van Sant
    Chan-Wook Park
    Coen Brothers
    ...
  11. Standard member Climacus
    Anti-Climacus
    13 Apr '08 17:59 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Nordlys
    Aki Kaurismäki
    ...and Kieslowski, Almodóvar, Lynch and Iñárritu.
  12. 13 Apr '08 22:52
    i have no idea who his name is but that guy who made signs, the sixth sense, etc. is pretty awesome. my mom knew quentin tarantino personally so i have to include him also
  13. 14 Apr '08 12:03
    Originally posted by EcstremeVenom
    i have no idea who his name is but that guy who made signs, the sixth sense, etc. is pretty awesome. my mom knew quentin tarantino personally so i have to include him also
    M Night Shyamalan ...
  14. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    15 Apr '08 09:37
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    Berlusconi.
    All the world is a silverscreen...
  15. Standard member epiphinehas
    Luke 12:24
    15 Apr '08 10:33
    Terrence Malick and Robert Zemeckis are my two all-time faves.