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20th June 2006 15:05  #31

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Chris wrote: 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.

I've heard lots of people say this and somehow I don't believe a single one of them.  Very Happy

20th June 2006 16:34  #32

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Luc Besson is also one of my favorite directors, The Professional is one of my favorite films.

21st June 2006 0:48  #33

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Seems I’m getting here a little late…

Chris Hazelton wrote:
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”.


Or "Dr. Strangelove" or "Full Metal Jacket" plus the 10 others he's done... Kubrick is a film genius, his films will remain forever while others will wither away into nothingness (Gigli, Daredevil. Etc.).

Spielberg is probably my all time favourite, despite recent criticisms. Every film he makes (save 2 or 3) is either a masterpiece or very near being one. I really hate how his recent films are being trashed for close to no reason (except personal taste) (AI, War of the Worlds, Munich. All 3 are amazing films).

Tim Burton's earlier work (Batman (Returns particularly), Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice) is amazing, but his recent stuff isn't bad either. I'm probably the only one who liked his "Planet of the Apes" (and thought its ending was original and thought provoking).

Terry Gilliam gave us "Brazil", "12 Monkeys", "Time Bandits", and many others that allowed us to question what is reality and posed the question "Are we all living in the same world?" All of his films are amazing, definitely one of the most underrated directors of our time.

James Cameron for pretty much all his movies.

Fritz Lang, often overlooked because he isn’t, shall we say “current”. “Metropolis” is the first real science fiction film, and one of the better ones. It’s a shame that 25% of the film as been destroyed throughout the years.

Hitchcock… What can’t be said about the man that terrified a generation or two of moviegoers with his films? The man is the master of suspense. “Vertigo” has to be his masterpiece, with many others tied for a close second.

Scorcese, "Goodfellas", "Casino", "Raging Bull", "Taxi Driver", "After Hours" (often overlooked), "The Aviator".

Woody Allen has been off for a few years with pretty bad to mediocre films. But he redeemed himself in 2005 with “Match Point”. He is truly back in full form and hopefully “Scoop” will be as good as “MP” and many of his other classics.

Ridley Scott: “Blade Runner”, “Alien”, enough said.

Robert Zemekis has brought some wonderful films to this world. “Forrest Gump” will stand out as his best, but we should never forget “Cast Away”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Back to the Future”. An honourable mention to “What Lies Beneath”, a true homage to Hitchcock’s style of suspense.

Ron Howard is very underrated. While some of his work is not exactly on par (“The Grinch”, “The Missing”, etc.), most of his films are very good. One in particular that comes to my mind is “Cinderella Man”, this film is a masterpiece, snubbed at the Oscars and ignored by the public. Why? Because no one remembers it, they remember that Russel Crowe threw a telephone at a hotel worker, but I bet if you asked someone on the street what movie he was promoting at the time, chances are they won’t know. “Apollo 13” is a classic film (despite its age) and “A Beautiful Mind” is very deserving of its Best Picture status. I look forward to his version of “East of Eden”. Oh and “The Da Vinci Code” was a good movie, it did what it intended to do, the only sour point is Audrey Tautou’s horribly stiff acting.

I admit to not having seen all of Peter Jackson’s films, just “Lord of the Rings” and “King Kong” (and parts of “Heavenly Creatures” ) but I consider him to be one of the better modern directors. “The Lovely Bones” should be very good.

David Fincher for “Se7en”, my favourite detective movie.

Bryan Singer for “The Usual Suspects” and the “X-Men” films. “Superman Returns” has to meet expectations, and I’ve heard it surpasses them. The 3D is supposed to be stunning.

Well there you have it, my late addition to this ever growing list.

17th September 2006 1:03  #34

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Just to revive this thread:

David Lynch - Straight Story, Blue Velvet, Dune, Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr, and more.

Am interested in seeing his new one - Inland Empire.

17th September 2006 1:37  #35

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,123 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
I've had Mulholland Dr for ages and just haven't had the time to watch a three hour film. Although it's a flawed piece of work, I really like Dune. I saw it a lot on TV when I was growing up and it just stuck with me.

17th September 2006 3:03  #36

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
Terry Gilliam... He is just a really cool guy firstly (i met after a special showing of Tideland) and is the best living director... everything he has done is good but his stand outs are...
Brazil,Tideland,Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas,Twelve Monkeys,The Fisher King

Jim Jarmusch... Dead Man,Ghost Dog,Mystery Train,Broken Flowers,Down By Law,Coffee And Cigarettes are just great.

David Cronenberg... Videodrome,The Fly,Dead Ringers,Naked Lunch (his masterpiece),Crash,Spider,A History Of Violence

David Fincher... Alien3 (the workprint is easily the best alien film),Seven,The Game,Fight Club,Panic Room

Robert Rodriguez... El Mariachi,Roadracers,Desperado,From Dusk Till Dawn,The Faculty,Spy Kids,Once Upon A Time In Mexico,Sin City

David Lynch... Eraserhead,The Elephant Man,Blue Velvet,Twin Peaks (the show and film),Mulholland Drive (the film is only 2 hours and 20 mins and not 3),The Straight Story

Quentin Tarantino... I love everything

Richard Linklater... A Scanner Darkly,Waking Life,Dazed And Confused,Slacker,Bad News Bears,School Of Rock

Steven Spielberg... Empire Of The Sun, Indiana Jones, A.I, Munich,Catch Me If You Can,E.T

Joel Coen... The Big Lebowski,O Brother,Where Art Thou?,The Man Who Wasn't There,Fargo,The Hudsucker Proxy

Danny Boyle... Trainspotting,28 Days Later,Millions

George A. Romero... Night Of The Living Dead,Dawn Of The Dead,Day Of The Dead,Land Of The Dead

John Carpenter... They Live (HIS REAL MASTERPIECE),Escape From New York,Escape From L.A, Assault On Precinct 13,Halloween,Cigarette Burns

Spike Lee... Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing,25th Hour,Inside Man,Bamboozled,Summer Of Sam

21st September 2006 3:20  #37

Ravenwood Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United States Posts: 230
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