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There are a lot of film directors out there, each one with their one different styles of directing. In this thread I want you to tell me which film directors you consider to be your favourite(s). What do you like most about their styles and directing methods? What are your favourite films directed by them, and which films do you consider to be their masterpieces?
I have four favourite directors (there is no order, but the last one might just be my absolute favourite):
- Christopher Nolan (Memento; Batman Begins; The Prestige; The Dark Knight; Inception)
- Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs; Pulp Fiction; Kill Bill vol 1,2; Inglourious Basterds)
- Martin Scorcese (Taxi Driver; Mean Streets; Raging Bull; Goodfellas; The Departed; Hugo)
- David Fincher (Se7en; Fight Club; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Inception I think is Nolan's best picture yet, The Dark Knight coming in a close second. Kill Bill (especially the 1st volume) is my favourite out of Tarantino's work, but Pulp Fiction has to be his greatest achievement. Goodfellas should have been the film which earned Scorcese his Academy Award. And Fight Club has to be Fincher's masterpiece, even though I heard Zodiac is considered it by a lot of people (and I can't believe I haven't seen it yet!).
(If by any chance a thread like this already exists or if if a mod thinks that this belongs as part of another thread, please merge it with said thread.)
- Steven Spielberg
I'll add more later.
- Miki Satoshi (In The Pool, Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers, The Insects Unlisted in the Encyclopedia, Tenten, Instant Swamp) :
Very peculiar sense of humour, mostly absurd. He never fails to entertain. I'd recommend his movies to anyone who wants to laugh and feel good. I wouldn't pick any one of his movies to be his masterpiece, they all are extremely funny and soothing imho.
- Takeshi Kitano (Violent Cop, Boiling Point, A Scene at the Sea, Sonatine, Getting Any?, Kids Return, Fireworks, Kikujiro, Brother, Dolls, Zatoichi, Takeshis', One Fine Day, Glory to the Filmmaker!, Achilles and the Tortoise, Outrage) :
He can show some pretty absurd humour too, but he mainly creates really intense movies. While it left him with a bitter aftertaste, A Scene at the Sea is his tender masterpiece to my taste, followed closely by Kikujiro no Natsu and Kids Return.
- Kim Ki-Duk (Wild Animals, The Isle, Real Fiction, Address Unknown, Bad Guy, The Coast Guard, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring, Samaritan Girl, 3-Iron, The Bow, Time, Breath, Dream, Arirang, Amen) :
There is a kind of (not always so) silent violence to his movies, something that shake your soul to the core. His depicting of love is also quite vivid. My favourite is Bad Guy (the theme : I tuoi fuori by Etta Scollo ) but I feel that his masterpiece is Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter... and Spring.
- Wong Jing (far too long ) :
The genius master of HK comedy & action flicks. My favourite is without any doubt City Hunter with Jackie Chan. Regarding his masterpiece, I feel that The Evil Cult and A True Mob Story share the status.
- Hayao Miyazaki (a bit long too ) :
Everybody knows at least one of his works I guess. I consider that his masterpiece is Mononoke Hime, the most poetic and intense at the same time imho.
Last edited by Teubier; February 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM.
Steven Spielberg - He's made so many great movies from my childhood.
Edger Wright - For making Scott Pilgrim, that movie is so damn good.
Ridley Scott - for Alien.
Jon Favreau - for Iron Man and Elf.
In my opinion, the aesthetic of those two in filmmaking hits home perfectly.
Thanks! You too, especially Darren Aronofsky. I loved Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan!
Totally forgot about this thread
Anyway, there's Tom McCarthy, a writer/director 2 in one, most famous for his works The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win Win.
That aside there's Steven Soderbergh (Ocean Triology, The Informant!) and Alejandro González Iñárritu famous for his death triology (Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel)
That's those who weren't mentioned already
Stanley Kubrick(2001, Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove) by far my favorite, I always go back to him when discussing and viewing film, then Ingmar Bergman(The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Fanny and Alexander, Cries and Whispers), Woody Allen(Annie Hall, Deconstructing Harry, Love and Death), Charlie Chaplin(The Great Dictator, Modern Times, The Gold Rush), F. W. Murnau(Nosferatu, Sunrise), Steven Spielberg(E.T., A.I., Jaws, Jurassic Park), Frederico Fellini( La strada, 8 1/2).
George Lucas! Star Wars series and Indiana Jones series. Some of the the best movies I've ever seen.
1. Ingmar Bergman
2. Martin Scorcese
3. Woody Allen
4. Stanley Kubrick
5. Akira Kurosawa
6. Luis Bunuel
7. Quentin Tarantino
8. Andrei Tarkovsky
9. Orson Welles
10. Roberto Benigni
11. Michael Bay
Woops, now I realize that I have so many favorite movie directors. The list could still go on and on at least until 20.
1. Stanley Kubrick (Paths of Glory, Dr. Strangelove, The Shining)
2. Spike Lee (School Daze, Summer of Sam, Mo' Better Blues)
3. Ridley Scott (Legend, Black Rain, Gladiator)
4. Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Hard Eight, Boogie Nights)
5. David Fincher (Fight Club, Seven, The Social Network)
6. Steven Spielberg (E.T., Schindler's List, The Adventures of Tin-Tin)
7. Quentin Tarantino (Resevoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Inglourious Basterds)
8. Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums)
9. Alfred Hitchcock (Frenzy, The Trouble With Harry, Psycho)
10. Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Red State)
11. Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas)
12. Christopher Nolan (Insomnia, Inception, The Prestige)
13. James Cameron (The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies)
14. Tony Scott (Beverly Hills Cop 2, Top Gun, Man On Fire)
15. Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, Machete, From Dusk Till' Dawn)
....that's my list so far and R.I.P. to Tony Scott.
Kwak Jae Yong
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