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« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2017, 08:29:23 AM »
Hard Eight
Boogie Nights
Magnolia
Punch Drunk Love
There Will Be Blood
The Master
Inherent Vice

I think that's his complete filmography. It is short, diverse, and great. Hard Eight is a casino story about a professional gambler learning his trade; Boogie Nights is a 3-hour epic set in the world of 70s adult films; Magnolia is an "everyone is connected" melodrama; Punch Drunk Love is a romantic comedy with Adam Sandler; There Will Be Blood is an American capitalist/western epic; The Master is another American capitalist/western epic but with religion instead of oil; Inherent Vice is a shaggy-dog it's-all-about-the-journey comedy about a stoned detective unearthing a conspiracy.

BN, TWBB, and TM are masterpieces; The Master is downright Kubrick-like. There is a new Paul Thomas Anderson film coming this Christmas with Daniel Day Lewis, supposedly his last role before retiring.

PTA is probably my favorite living director, and Boogie Nights, The Master, and Inherent Vice are some of my favorite recent movies. Lot of good stuff in the others, too, even Magnolia, which is overall a little bit too much.

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Re: Favorite film directors!
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2017, 11:02:08 AM »
Hard Eight
Boogie Nights
Magnolia
Punch Drunk Love
There Will Be Blood
The Master
Inherent Vice

I think that's his complete filmography. It is short, diverse, and great. Hard Eight is a casino story about a professional gambler learning his trade; Boogie Nights is a 3-hour epic set in the world of 70s adult films; Magnolia is an "everyone is connected" melodrama; Punch Drunk Love is a romantic comedy with Adam Sandler; There Will Be Blood is an American capitalist/western epic; The Master is another American capitalist/western epic but with religion instead of oil; Inherent Vice is a shaggy-dog it's-all-about-the-journey comedy about a stoned detective unearthing a conspiracy.

BN, TWBB, and TM are masterpieces; The Master is downright Kubrick-like. There is a new Paul Thomas Anderson film coming this Christmas with Daniel Day Lewis, supposedly his last role before retiring.

PTA is probably my favorite living director, and Boogie Nights, The Master, and Inherent Vice are some of my favorite recent movies. Lot of good stuff in the others, too, even Magnolia, which is overall a little bit too much.

That's a nice introduction, thanks! Magnolia is a film I know by name, but I don't think I have seen it. If I have seen it, it must have been forgettable.
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« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2017, 01:37:09 PM »
Boogie Nights is brilliant

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Re: Favorite film directors!
« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2017, 01:44:03 PM »
roughly chronologically

Charles Chaplin
Preston Sturges
Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
Alfred Hitchcock


Good man! But you forgot Lubitsch in this early bunch, who is the greatest of all. But I rank Sturges first as a writer.

I would put Capra in for Ford btw, a controversial decision!
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« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2017, 01:50:33 PM »
Hard Eight
Boogie Nights
Magnolia
Punch Drunk Love
There Will Be Blood
The Master
Inherent Vice

I think that's his complete filmography. It is short, diverse, and great. Hard Eight is a casino story about a professional gambler learning his trade; Boogie Nights is a 3-hour epic set in the world of 70s adult films; Magnolia is an "everyone is connected" melodrama; Punch Drunk Love is a romantic comedy with Adam Sandler; There Will Be Blood is an American capitalist/western epic; The Master is another American capitalist/western epic but with religion instead of oil; Inherent Vice is a shaggy-dog it's-all-about-the-journey comedy about a stoned detective unearthing a conspiracy.

BN, TWBB, and TM are masterpieces; The Master is downright Kubrick-like. There is a new Paul Thomas Anderson film coming this Christmas with Daniel Day Lewis, supposedly his last role before retiring.

PTA is probably my favorite living director, and Boogie Nights, The Master, and Inherent Vice are some of my favorite recent movies. Lot of good stuff in the others, too, even Magnolia, which is overall a little bit too much.

Someone said that to be a Sondheim fan is to always have your heart broken. I feel that way about PTA. Watching Magnolia on first release I thought I was watching the best film since The Godfather, maybe since Vertigo. And then ... we'll, no spoilers but the film went splat. I have never seen a movie turn to shit so suddenly.

Nothing since then has been a complete success IMO, but most have bits of genius.
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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2017, 01:53:14 PM »
That's a nice introduction, thanks! Magnolia is a film I know by name, but I don't think I have seen it. If I have seen it, it must have been forgettable.

One thing Magnolia is not is forgettable! I don't want to say more since I don't like spoilers, but you wouldn't forget Magnolia!
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« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2017, 02:39:41 PM »
I will enthusiastically second Greg for Murnau, Todd for Malick (and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner), and alien for Herzog.  Hitchcock, of course. No one has mentioned Bergman - if push came to shove likely my favorite all-time for conveying inner drama no one else has the wherewithal, much less courage, to confront (Haneke and Fassbinder being the only exceptions who come to mind). Jean Vigo, absolutely, for the genius, joie and spontaneity of his few films.  Gtz Spielmann, Dardenne Bros, Fritz Lang, Ren Clair, Marcel Carn,  ric Rohmer, Cocteau, Powell & Pressburger, Dreyer  Agns Varda, and Demy have created many more sublime cinematic moments for me than most of those listed in previous posts.  Kurosawa and Ozu, natch.  Carl Bessai in Canada (don't miss his Lola) doesn't get an even break here - American films and directors are, generally, way overrated, in my opinion; the natural concomitant of American socio-economic dominance.  And our stock in actors continues to decline - one reason why the producers of the Wire brought in so much talent from overseas.  See:  https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/05/us-rallies-to-stop-uk-taking-hollywood-by-storm     
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« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2017, 02:42:31 PM »
Fritz Lang  Why?  M, Metropolis

Merian Cooper - The Four Feathers, King Kong, (THE ORIGINAL and the BEST!  8)   )  She, War Eagles

Victor FlemingThe Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Guy Named Joe

Orson Welles - Citizen Kane, Lady from Shanghai, Magnificent Ambersons, Macbeth, Touch of Evil, Chimes at Midnight, The Trial

John Ford - They Were Expendable, The Quiet Man and some Westerns with John Wayne   ;) 8)

Akira Kurosawa - Yojimbo, The Seven Samurai, Ran

Sergei Bondarchuk - War and Peace, Waterloo, Boris Godunov

Andrei Tarkovsky - Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Stalker, Solaris

Werner Herzog - Jeder Fuer Sich und Gott Gegen Alle: Die Geschichte von Kaspar Hauser, Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo, Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man

Clint Eastwood - High Plains Drifter, Unforgiven, American Sniper

Brian de Palma - Sisters, Phantom of the Paradise, Obsession, Carrie, The Fury, Scarface, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible

Steven Spielberg - Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan

David Lynch - Dune, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway,  Mulholland Drive

and yes....

Alfred Hitchcock - Oh come on!  ;)   YOU already know why!   ;)

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« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2017, 03:00:34 PM »

Past Their Prime:
Francis Ford Coppola (70s stuff)
Martin Scorsese (through Goodfellas)
Steven Spielberg (solid through Raiders, and a few after)
Ridley Scott (for Alien and Blade Runner alone)

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Outlier:
Terrence Malick (a visual and atmospheric genius, some of his films feel like random shots stitched together)

I agree with these assessments, although none of the directors named is a favorite of mine. Malick in particular is frustrating - visual poetry wasted on banal dialogue and voice-overs.

My personal faves list hasn't changed in several years:

Bergman
Tarkovsky
Buuel
Kubrick
Kurosawa
Kieslowski

One level down from the top tier:

Altman
Dreyer
Herzog
Wenders
Chaplin
Welles
Fellini
Jarmusch
Antonioni
Parajanov

Now I'm gonna set the cat among the pigeons by stating how overrated I think Hitchcock is. I recently re-watched Vertigo and North by Northwest, and was struck by how visually crude and schematic (in a connect-the-dots sort of way) they were. Still, fairly enjoyable, with good scores by Bernard Herrmann.

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« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2017, 07:28:59 PM »
Fritz Lang  Why?  M, Metropolis

He came to mind last night, well after I had written my list. He is one of my favorites too. M and Metropolis are both cinematic masterpieces and shocking for their time even!  :)
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« Reply #30 on: September 11, 2017, 07:41:35 PM »
Lang also made plenty of other really great films too, I think a Lang-athon is necessary  :laugh:
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« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2017, 08:14:07 PM »
Stanley Kubrick
Andrei Tarkovsky
Hayao Miyazaki

above all, possibly in that order.

Then, in no particular order, those whose films I remember most are:
Woody Allen
Coen Brothers
Quentin Tarantino
Brian De Palma
David Lynch
David Cronenberg
Stephen Frears
Danny Boyle
Luis Buuel
Pedro Almodvar
Jacques Tati
Patrice Leconte
Luchino Visconti
Federico Fellini
Nanni Moretti
Werner Herzog
Lars von Trier
Aki Kaurismki
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Emir Kusturica
Radu Mihăileanu
Alexandr Sokurov
Zhang Yimou (not the recent movies...)
Yasujirō Ozu
Akira Kurosawa
Takeshi Kitano
Kim Ki-duk
Peter Weir


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« Reply #32 on: September 11, 2017, 08:45:55 PM »
Now I'm gonna set the cat among the pigeons by stating how overrated I think Hitchcock is. I recently re-watched Vertigo and North by Northwest, and was struck by how visually crude and schematic (in a connect-the-dots sort of way) they were. Still, fairly enjoyable, with good scores by Bernard Herrmann.

I tend to agree (hence leaving him off my list), Vertigo and Rear Window are good films but aside from little brash cinephile aspects (like the opening of Vertigo), his films generally haven't left much of an impression on me.


.......Bernard Herrmann on the other hand  ;D ;D  ;)
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« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2017, 08:46:46 PM »
Ironically, Alien, my next list thread was going to be Favorite Films of the 2000s So Far, I've got films on my mind too!

Make sure you still make it, it'd be an interesting thread  8)
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« Reply #34 on: September 11, 2017, 11:38:52 PM »
Should have included Powell and Pressburger and Chaplin myself.
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« Reply #35 on: September 13, 2017, 02:24:13 AM »
Yet again I forgot another director  :o : Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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« Reply #36 on: September 13, 2017, 04:08:14 AM »
Yet again I forgot another director  :o : Rainer Werner Fassbinder

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« Reply #37 on: September 13, 2017, 04:22:09 AM »
Now I'm gonna set the cat among the pigeons by stating how overrated I think Hitchcock is. I recently re-watched Vertigo and North by Northwest, and was struck by how visually crude and schematic (in a connect-the-dots sort of way) they were. Still, fairly enjoyable, with good scores by Bernard Herrmann.

The most consistent visual crudity across his work has to be the inevitable process shotscar interiors with film playing in the windows. But, that was driven by his obsession with controlling lighting (an essentially visual concern) and the philosophy that you dont put a star on the screen to look otherwise than good, very good.  So, yeah, for instance, either one accepts that, or not.
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« Reply #38 on: September 13, 2017, 05:21:21 AM »
I agree with these assessments, although none of the directors named is a favorite of mine. Malick in particular is frustrating - visual poetry wasted on banal dialogue and voice-overs.

My personal faves list hasn't changed in several years:

Bergman
Tarkovsky
Buuel
Kubrick
Kurosawa
Kieslowski

One level down from the top tier:

Altman
Dreyer
Herzog
Wenders
Chaplin
Welles
Fellini
Jarmusch
Antonioni
Parajanov

Now I'm gonna set the cat among the pigeons by stating how overrated I think Hitchcock is. I recently re-watched Vertigo and North by Northwest, and was struck by how visually crude and schematic (in a connect-the-dots sort of way) they were. Still, fairly enjoyable, with good scores by Bernard Herrmann.


I love that film. But Hitchcock gets overhyped sometimes, so I can understand the sentiment. But if we are going to talk about overrated, we can't fail to mention one of the worst directors in history who gets a pass from his fans at this site - David Lynch. What dreck - almost as bad as Tarantino sometimes is (another generally overrated Director). Reading all the adulation he gets on the other thread is difficult when you think he's not particularly talented and a one-trick pony (shock value anyone?).
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« Reply #39 on: September 13, 2017, 05:40:41 AM »
Reading all the adulation he gets on the other thread is difficult when you think he's not particularly talented and a one-trick pony (shock value anyone?).

While I'm far from the adulating type when it comes to Lynch, I'd argue he's a very talented artist. What I like about him the most is the fact that there's a lot of humanity under all the shock & surreal stuff he does. Have you seen The Elephant Man or The Straight Story, by any chance? I perfectly understand that his more unhinged work isn't for everyone and might be perceived as you described, but I usually enjoy his unique combination of dream logic and pop sensibilities. Plus, he can be quite hitchcockian when he wants (and I mean that as a compliment :)).

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