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18th June 2006 5:05  #1

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Favourite directors
Earlier I was thinking about what constitutes a 'favourite' director. There are plenty of director's who have made a few films I like, but not that many who have made more than one or two that I 'love'. So I challenged myself to come up with a list of directors who have made three films that I consider to be fantastic. The things I do when I can't sleep. Anyway, here's the list (I'll probably think of more).

  • Steven Spielberg: For Jaws, E.T. and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • John Carpenter: For The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China and They Live. The last one has really grown on me over the years. Pretty much anything he did pre-1988 earns his place here.
  • Martin Scorsese: For Goodfellas, Cape Fear and Casino. There are others of course, but these three stick in the mind.
  • Paul Verhoeven: For RoboCop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers. I stand by this.
  • Quentin Tarantino: For Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown (and to a lesser extent, Kill Bill, had it been one film).
  • Park Chan-wook: For Sympathy for Mr., Vengeance, Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

Had to exclude Lucas, because of the films he's done I only really love the first Star Wars. Copola is the same. Godfather I and II are amazing, III not so much and Apocalypse Now wasn't my thing. Dracula might have been in there if not for Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. As I said, probably more. I'll add them when I think of them.

18th June 2006 9:09  #2

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
My fave is Wolfgang Petersen for his work on "Air Force One" and "Poisedon"

Michael Bay is not bad, either, for his work on "Armageddon", "The Rock", etc.

I also enjoy the works of Garry Marshall, Nancy Meyers, and Nora Ephron, Tony Scott, Brett Ratner, Jon Amiel and Renny Harlin.

I'm sure there's more.

18th June 2006 12:38  #3

adam roddis Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 100
1.Takashi Miike for films like ichi the killer, audition and gozu and all his other films. Plus his masters of horror episode 'imprint' and his 3 extremes episode 'box'
2. Park chan wook for his revenge trilogy, his episode in 3 extremes ' cut' and jsa.
3. Tarantino for all his films
4. Scorsese for the obvious reasons.
5. peter jackson for braindead , bad taste and meet the feebles- these films are so funny.

18th June 2006 12:38  #4

lst Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 42
Richard Kelly - donnie darko
David Fincher - Seven, fight club, the game, panic room
Michael Mann - Collateral, Heat
Steven Spielberg - Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Munich
Quentin Tarantino - pulp fiction
Chan Woo Park - Vengeance Trilogy
Paul Thomas Anderson - Magnolia, boogie nights
John Woo - the killer
James Cameron - Terminator 2, titanic

18th June 2006 13:41  #5

Chris Hazelton Member Join Date: January 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 40
They are as follows;

Stanley Kubrick - No explanation necessary I guess, however to say that if you’ve never seen one of his film’s drop what your doing and see one. Notably “Clockwork Orange”, “2001” and “Barry Lyndon”.

Werner Herzog – His film’s particularly when teamed with Klaus Kinski are true works of art, “Aguirre: The Wrath of God”, is the most chilling documentation of the Conquistadors in South America. The documentary “Lessons of Darkness” is the most beautiful and powerful documentary I have ever seen.

Ridley Scott – Though not in the same league as the former two artistically, his films are always a stand out. “Gladiator” and “Blade Runner” are a cut above the rest of his films.

Steven Spielberg – He is a master of the box office, giving the public what they want, engaging stories, beautifully shot. “Close Encounters”, “Jaws”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Shindler’s List” personal favorites.

Of the up and coming directors Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky and Wes Anderson are three that I will watch with interest.

18th June 2006 13:54  #6

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino
Stanley Kubrick
Alfred Hitchcock (I don't believe no one said that)
Richard Kelly
David Fincher

18th June 2006 14:00  #7

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
mine are...
Terry Gilliam...Every Film he has done
David Fincher...every thing and he did make the best Alien film
Richard Kelly...Donnie Darko, my favourite film, can't wait for Southland Tales
Robert Rodriguez...I like all his films even shark boy for being gutsy...I'm a huge fan of
From Dusk Till Dawn,Sin City,Roadracers and El Mariachi Trilogy
Tony Scott...not a great director but I love Domino and True Romance and his BMW short...
Beat The Devil

18th June 2006 15:10  #8

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Here's some possibilties:

  • Hayao Miyazaki: Spirited Away, Laputa, Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Kim Ji-woon: Quiet Family, Tale of Two Sisters, Bittersweet Life
  • Hideo Nakata: Ringu, Ringu 2, Dark Water
  • Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Delicatessen, Amelie, City of Lost Children
  • Luc Besson: Léon, Nikita, Subway, Big Blue, Fifth Element etc...
  • David Cronenberg: Spider, The Dead Zone, The Fly etc...

18th June 2006 15:28  #9

Danny Storr Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 161
The name that instantly comes to mind is of course ...
Spielberg- Saving Private Ryan, Schindler List, Raiders, Jaws, Munich.. I feel if spielberg has his name on it it worth a least a watch!!
Others I like are
Scorsese- Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York(What a performance by Day-Lewis)
Coppola-Simple for the Godfather Trilogy(Yes including part 3)
Fincher-Seven, Fight Club,
Chris Nolan- Insomia and Memento
Sidney Lumet- Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico

18th June 2006 15:34  #10

Danny Storr Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 161
How could I forget ..
Bryan Singer- The usual suspects, X-Men 1+2,Superman returns...
Is he becoming the new Steven Spielberg?????

18th June 2006 16:16  #11

£ukasz D Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: Poland Posts: 859 Send a message via Skype to £ukasz D
-Michael Mann
-Steven Spielberg
-Luc Besson
-Ridley Scott (for "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk DOwn"Wink
and my favourite:
TIM BURTON

18th June 2006 16:41  #12

adam roddis Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 100
oh and george romero for his 4 dead films

18th June 2006 18:25  #13

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
Sergio Leone - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Once Upon a Time in America.

18th June 2006 19:13  #14

Kozinski Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 235
Toughy, but in no real order...

Quentin Tarantino
Bryan Singer
Tim Burton
Coen Bros.
Stanley Kubrick
Steven Spielberg
and Clint Eastwood is mighty
Quite like Jim Jarmusch too
And likewise, Christopher Nolan is coming along nicely as is David Fincher.

God I could be here all night...

18th June 2006 19:44  #15

scottmck Contributor Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 393
Pretty much all of the above for me Wink

One more addition though...

Takeshi Kitano - Brother and Hana-bi are beautiful films that could so easily have been screwed up by a Hollywood editing freak and Zatoichi is a joy to watch from start to finish.

18th June 2006 22:30  #16

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
Woody Allen - brilliant, lost of words to describe this genious...

Cameron Crowe - Almost Famous is my favourite movie of all time, absolutely mesmerising...

19th June 2006 1:11  #17

Trap Door Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 250
Martin Scorsese - his earlier work. Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Mean Streets.

Wong Kar Wai - in the mood for love, Chungking express, Ashes of time.

Chris Nolan - Insomia, Memento, Batman Begins

Michael Mann - Heat, Collateral, Manhunter.

John Woo - Bullet in the head, the killer, Hard Boiled.

19th June 2006 2:48  #18

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
I forgot Kevin Smith also... Clerks II looks funny as hell.

19th June 2006 4:42  #19

GRZA Member Join Date: December 2005 Location: United States Posts: 89
My fave directors not mentioned. Fave flicks all CAPS...

-Wes Anderson: Bottle Rocket, RUSHMORE, Tennenbaums, Life Aquatic.
-Chan-wook Park: JSA, Mr Vengeance, OLDBOY, Three Extremes, Lady Vengeance.
-David O. Russell: Spanking the Monkey, Flirting w/Disaster, THREE KINGS, Huckabees.
-Brad Anderson: Happy Accidents, SESSION 9, The Machinist.
-M. Night Shyamalan: 6th Sense, UNBREAKABLE, Signs, Village.
-Steven Soderbergh: Sex Lies Videotape, Out of Sight, THE LIMEY, Traffic.
-Fernando Meirelles: CITY OF GOD, Constant Gardener.

Fave directors already listed…
Steven Spielberg
David Fincher
Chris Nolan
Kim Ji-woon
Quinten Tarantino
Kevin Smith
Robert Rodriguez

19th June 2006 14:20  #20

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
If anyone is interested in classic movies, check out the works of Michael Curtiz.  He directed over 150 movies in his life time, everything from Casablanca to the original Mystery of the Wax Museum.

I also love pretty much everything Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock did, but those were already mentioned.

Lately, I have been watching a lot of Anthony Mann movies.  He is a great B director of noir films.  Never the great casts, but he seems to get the most out of them.

Robert Altman is another great not mentioned.  I saw The Prarie Home Companion this weekend and while it doesn't really have a plot, it is very good entertainment.  Of the Altman films I have seen, only The Company was less than enjoyable.

Woodbridge Van Dyke for the Thin Man series, San Francisco, etc.

George Cukor (and I haven't seen all of his great movies) for My Fair Lady, Adam's Rib, The Philadelphia Story, etc.

My problem with most modern directors for "favorites" is that they direct so few movies.....like QT....it is hard to tell much from them.

19th June 2006 15:55  #21

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Speilbergo is numero uno for me, even though his last few movies haven't really excited me to the same degree as his 70's through early 90's films did.

James Cameron is a close second.

Ridley Scott is up there, so is Scorsese even though I find most of his films stories are just re-inventions of movies he's already done. Bryan Singer, Quintin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez are all on my "up and coming" list.

I put Lucas, Peter Jackson and M. Night Shamalon (can never spell names right) all on my "got lucky once" list.

19th June 2006 16:55  #22

ogirtd Member Join Date: April 2006 Location: Spain Posts: 10
- Terry Gilliam: for 12 monkeys, Brazil and the Holy Grail.
- David Fincher: for Fight Club, Se7en and the Game.
- Alfred Hitchcock: for so many great movies... like Psycho, Vertigo and Dial M for Murder.

19th June 2006 18:58  #23

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Jonny "Me You" wrote: I put Lucas, Peter Jackson and M. Night Shamalon (can never spell names right) all on my "got lucky once" list.

Don't agree with Jackson. The Frighteners and Braindead are both great films. That Shymalan (sp?) bloke only made one good film, and by 'good' I mean 'incredibly predictable'.

19th June 2006 19:05  #24

Stephen Etherton Member Join Date: October 2003 Location: United States Posts: 706
Kevin Smith in on my list because of his 'Jersey Saga'.  
I blind bought Jersey Girl (and kept it) to support the guy.
I will see anything he makes at this point.

19th June 2006 19:52  #25

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I'll say
Argento
Scorsese
Speilberg
Miike
Peter Jackson
Chan-Wook
Ridley Scott
Wes Anderson
PT Anderson...
..see, I suck at narrowing things down.

19th June 2006 19:57  #26

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Chris wrote: That Shymalan (sp?) bloke only made one good film, and by 'good' I mean 'incredibly predictable'.

Which movie are you talking about?  The Sixth Sense?  That movie was hardly predictable, at least if you saw it before it got all the hype.  Maybe it is predictable now looking back, but it is very hard to knock it because it has been ripped off so many times since it was originally in theaters.

19th June 2006 22:53  #27

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,115 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
No, it's predictable when you guess the 'twist' in the first 10-15 minutes of the film. I'd heard nothing about it before seeing it.

20th June 2006 0:05  #28

Gabe Powers Editor Join Date: September 2004 Location: United States Posts: 4,467 Send a message via ICQ to Gabe Powers
I had no clue about the twist. I was lucky to see it opening weekend. Personally I'm a massive fan of Unbreakable. I really love that film.

20th June 2006 1:21  #29

stanton heck Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,098
I like Lasse Halstrom

20th June 2006 14:31  #30

Jersey Jedi Member Join Date: August 2004 Location: United States Posts: 714
No one else is a Leone fan? That's pretty shocking...
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