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Title: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 15, 2008, 01:55:40 PM
Please post your Top 20 Directors lists here.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Junior on November 15, 2008, 02:21:42 PM
20. Edgar Wright
19. Alfred Hitchcock
18. Michel Gondry
17. Darren Aronofsky
16. Steven Soderbergh
15. Tim Burton
14. Alfonso Cuaron
13. Coen Brothers
12. Clint Eastwood
11. Steven Spielberg
10.  Hayao Miyazaki
9. Stanley Kubrick
8. Ridley Scott
7. Danny Boyle
6. Christopher Nolan
5. Brad Bird
4. Guillermo del Toro
3. Howard Hawks
2. David Fincher
1. Paul Thomas Anderson

I would take away points from George Lucas, James Cameron, Kevin Smith, and Wes Anderson if I could...
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on November 15, 2008, 04:54:17 PM
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12. [noembed]Nicholas Ray (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcZU1WYfzJY)[/noembed]

Think of how much cooler directors would look like if they all had eye patches.

They Live By Night (1948) ★★★★
In A Lonely Place (1950) ★★★★
Johnny Guitar (1954) ★★★★
Bigger Than Life (1956) ★★★★


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11. [noembed]Paul Thomas Anderson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD7i3hWM6FU)[/noembed]

This man needs an eye patch.

Hard Eight (1996) ★★1/2
Boogie Nights (1997) ★★★★1/2
Magnolia (1999) ★★★★
Punch-Drunk Love (2002) ★★★★1/2
There Will Be Blood (2007) ★★★1/2

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10. [noembed]Wes Anderson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px19OewnsP8)[/noembed]

So does this guy.

Bottle Rocket (1996) ★★★
Rushmore (1998) ★★★★1/2
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) ★★★★1/2
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) ★★★
The Darjeeling Limited (2007) ★★★1/2

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09. [noembed]Hou Hsiao-Hsien (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILtQIQzfzDM)[/noembed]

And, probably, this guy.

Millennium Mambo (2001) ★★★★1/2
Cafe Lumiere (2003) ★★★
Three Times (2005) ★★★★
Flight of the Red Balloon (2007) ★★★★

(http://i37.tinypic.com/28tfepf.jpg)
08. [noembed]Edward Yang (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwdGuwv7BfM)[/noembed]

This guy needs to come back to life. Please.

A Brighter Summer Day (1991) ★★★★
A Confucian Confusion (1994) ★★★★
Yi Yi (2000) ★★★★★

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07. [noembed]Akira Kurosawa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvOWm6Te0gY)[/noembed]

I need to see more from this man.

Stray Dog (1949) ★★★★
Rashomon (1950) ★★★1/2
Ikiru (1952) ★★★★1/2
Seven Samurai (1954) ★★★★1/2
Throne of Blood (1957) ★★★★
The Hidden Fortress (1958) ★★★1/2
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) ★★★★
Yojimbo (1961) ★★★
Sanjuro (1962) ★★★1/2

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06. [noembed]Krzysztof Kieslowski (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQpsn9m29B4)[/noembed]

The man knew his actresses...

The Decalogue (1989) I watched enough of it to know :D
The Double Life of Veronique (1991) ★★★★
Three Colors: Blue (1993) ★★★★
Three Colors: White (1994) ★★★
Three Colors: Red (1994) ★★★★1/2

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05. [noembed]François Truffaut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oRbWVTDWrQ)[/noembed]

Truffaut was Cinema.

The 400 Blows (1959) ★★★★★
Shoot the Piano Player (1960) ★★★★
Jules and Jim (1962) ★★★★1/2
Day for Night (1973) ★★★1/2
The Story of Adele H. (1975) ★★★
Small Change (1976) ★★★★★

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04. [noembed]Charles Chaplin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zskO9O3hF78)[/noembed]

Louis Garrel is right.

The Kid (1921) ★★★★1/2
The Gold Rush (1925) ★★★★1/2
City Lights (1931) ★★★★★
Modern Times (1936) ★★★★1/2
The Great Dictator (1940) ★★★★


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03. [noembed]Wong Kar-Wai (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpfXGxrOMJc)[/noembed]

Something sad, something happy.

As Tears Go By (1988) ★★1/2
Days of Being Wild (1991) ★★★★1/2
Chungking Express (1994) ★★★★★
Fallen Angels (1995) ★★★★
Happy Together (1997) ★★★★
In The Mood For Love (2000) ★★★★1/2
2046 (2004) ★★★1/2
My Blueberry Nights (2007) ★★1/2

(http://i34.tinypic.com/2pyrn88.jpg)
02. [noembed]Pedro Almodovar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_NODJbKyZ4)[/noembed]

Something beautiful, something personal.

Law of Desire (1987) ★★★1/2
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) ★★★★
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990) ★★★1/2
The Flower of My Secret (1996) ★★★
Live Flesh (1997) ★★★1/2
All About My Mother (1999) ★★★★★
Talk to Her (2002) ★★★★1/2
Bad Education (2004) ★★★
Volver (2006) ★★★★

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01. [noembed]Hayao Miyazaki (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98RjgQMO4kM)[/noembed]

Magic.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) ★★★1/2
Castle in the Sky (1986) ★★★1/2
My Neighbor Totoro (1988) ★★★★★
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) ★★★★1/2
Porco Rosso (1992) ★★★1/2
Princess Mononoke (1997) ★★★★★
Spirited Away (2001) ★★★★★
Howl's Moving Castle (2004) ★★★1/2

Also, I guess add this guy as my #13:

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[noembed]Harmony Korine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2RoYIjBQBI)[/noembed]

Embrace it.

Gummo (1997) ??????????????? / ★★★★★
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Kevin Shields on November 15, 2008, 05:58:09 PM
Instead of going for favorites, I'm going for most influential for me on a personal filmmaking level.  Besides, Sofia Coppola is my personal favorite but for this list.  She's not #1. 

1. Lars von Trier
2. Sergio Leone
3. Terrence Malick
4. Akira Kurosawa
5. Todd Haynes
6. Gus Van Sant
7. Mike Leigh
8. The Coen Brothers
9. Robert Altman
10. Pedro Almodovar
11. Bernardo Bertolucci
12. Wong Kar-Wai
13. Ingmar Bergman
14. Sofia Coppola
15. Federico Fellini
16. Paul Thomas Anderson
17. Krzystof Kieslowski
18. Stanley Kubrick
19. Michelangelo Antonioni
20. Michael Winterbottom

Honorable Mentions:  Wes Anderson, Werner Herzog, Richard Linklater, Francois Ozon, Woody Allen, Alfonso Cuaron, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Soderbergh, and Clint Eastwood. 
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 16, 2008, 09:10:04 PM
20-Spike Lee

19-Sergio Leone

18-Michael Curtiz

17-Chantal Akerman

16-Leos Carax

15-Krzysztof Kieslowski

14-Francis Ford Coppola

13- Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu

12-Stanley Kubrick

11-Robert Bresson

10-Guy Maddin

9-Denys Arcand

8-Michel Gondry

7-David Fincher

6-Atom Egoyan

5-Jean-Luc Godard

4-Wong Kar-Wai

3-Clint Eastwood

2-David Cronenberg

1-Akira Kurosawa

If there are any points awarded to honorable mentions: Takeshi Kitano, David Mamet, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Young, Martin Scorsese
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Basil on November 16, 2008, 09:49:47 PM
Here's my list, folks. Each director name is linked to an especially awesome video to represent his body of work. You might find that, based on my grades for each film, the rankings seem illogical. They are based mostly on potential for future greatness. In other words, even if I haven't seen a lot from a specific director, I may feel like I still haven't seen his best work. Films are ranked in order of preference. Enjoy.

20. [noembed]Stanley Kubrick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Nf1MK7lts)[/noembed]
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Full Metal Jacket (A)
2001: A Space Odyssey (A-)
A Clockwork Orange (B+)
Dr. Strangelove (C+)

19. [noembed]John Huston (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyL8jl_wPmE)[/noembed]
(http://i38.tinypic.com/rig7r4.jpg)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (A-)
The Maltese Falcon (A-)
The Asphalt Jungle (B)

18. [noembed]Charles Chaplin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgAxWIbTqCs)[/noembed]
(http://i38.tinypic.com/5698p.jpg)
City Lights (A)
The Great Dictator (A)

17. [noembed]Michel Gondry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0HSD_i2DvA)[/noembed]
(http://i34.tinypic.com/28ho0bb.jpg)
The Science of Sleep (A)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (B+)
Be Kind, Rewind (C+)

16. [noembed]Akira Kurosawa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwOswxbTFd8)[/noembed]
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Seven Samurai (A)
Ran (A)

15. [noembed]Jean-Luc Godard (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=192tbw_qetI)[/noembed]
(http://i33.tinypic.com/akhbv6.jpg)
Breathless (A)
Band of Outsiders (B)

14. [noembed]Steven Spielberg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bRNEZVNVSs)[/noembed]
(http://i37.tinypic.com/263xxug.jpg)
Jaws (A)
E.T. (A-)
Schindler's List (A-)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (A-)
Munich (B+)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (B+)
The Terminal (B)
War of the Worlds (B)
Saving Private Ryan (B-)
Jurassic Park (B-)
A.I. (C)
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (C)

13. [noembed]Sidney Lumet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ELleCQvew)[/noembed]
(http://i38.tinypic.com/bje2kj.jpg)
12 Angry Men (A)
The Verdict (A-)
Network (A-)
Dog Day Afternoon (B+)
Murder on the Orient Express (No Grade)

12. [noembed]Terrence Malick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO89BR7YCpE)[/noembed]
(http://i34.tinypic.com/71phyp.jpg)
The Thin Red Line (A)
Days of Heaven (A-)
The New World (A-)
Badlands (B+)

11. [noembed]David Fincher (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_4E5Wao_OU)[/noembed]
(http://i36.tinypic.com/ae8cyg.jpg)
Zodiac (A)
Se7en (A)
The Game (B+)
Panic Room (B)
Fight Club (B-)

10. [noembed]Francois Truffaut (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JH3O4HSs7g)[/noembed]
(http://i33.tinypic.com/jrs8ro.jpg)
Jules and Jim (A)
The 400 Blows (A-)
Pocket Money (B+)

9. [noembed]Yasujiro Ozu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTGqZ3upfBc)[/noembed]
(http://i38.tinypic.com/1686iwi.jpg)
Tokyo Story (A)
Early Summer (A-)

8. [noembed]Howard Hawks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IpEnsdXwFM)[/noembed]
(http://i33.tinypic.com/ne88yc.jpg)
Rio Bravo (A)
His Girl Friday (A-)
Only Angels Have Wings (B+)

7. [noembed]Joel and Ethan Coen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78DB1AVj63A)[/noembed]
(http://i38.tinypic.com/23gxqtt.jpg)
No Country for Old Men (A-)
Miller's Crossing (A-)
O Brother, Where Art Thou (A-)
Barton Fink (A-)
Fargo (A-)
Raising Arizona (B+)
Burn After Reading (B+)
The Big Lebowski (B)

6. [noembed]Francis Ford Coppola (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zui4s0aLpr4)[/noembed]
(http://i33.tinypic.com/o7kggk.jpg)
The Godfather: Part II (A)
Apocalypse Now (A)
The Godfather (A)
The Conversation (A-)
The Rainmaker (B+)

5. [noembed]Sergio Leone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXldafIl5DQ)[/noembed]
(http://i34.tinypic.com/2s1ngo5.jpg)
Once Upon a Time in the West (A)
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (A)
For a Few Dollars More (A)
A Fistful of Dollars (A-)

4. [noembed]Paul Thomas Anderson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAWDEsgMahQ)[/noembed]
(http://i34.tinypic.com/zoer20.jpg)
Magnolia (A)
There Will Be Blood (A-)
Boogie Nights (A-)
Hard Eight (B+)
Punch-Drunk Love (B)

3. [noembed]Robert Altman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcp8xjaFfb8)[/noembed]
(http://i33.tinypic.com/vdlhkh.jpg)
Short Cuts (A)
Nashville (A)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (A)

2. [noembed]Alfred Hitchcock (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhynlS1-o_c)[/noembed]
(http://i34.tinypic.com/mljjuo.jpg)
Vertigo (A)
Rope (A)
Rear Window (A)
Shadow of a Doubt (A-)
Psycho (A-)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (B+)
North By Northwest (B+)
The Birds (B+)
Saboteur (B+)
The 39 Steps (B+)
The Lady Vanishes (B)
Strangers on a Train (B-)
To Catch a Thief (C+)
Frenzy (C+)


1. [noembed]Steven Soderbergh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vndgFQBhXY4)[/noembed]
(http://i37.tinypic.com/28hpe7t.jpg)
Traffic (A)
Che (No Grade)
Out of Sight (A)
Schizopolis (A)
The Limey (A)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (A-)
Bubble (A-)
Erin Brockovich (B+)
Ocean's Eleven (B+)
The Good German (B)
Ocean's Twelve (B)
Ocean's Thirteen (B)
Solaris (B-)

The End. (of cinema)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Clovis8 on November 17, 2008, 01:02:06 AM

20. Todd Haynes
19. Paul Greengrass
18. Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu
17. Wes Anderson
16. Gus Van Sant
15. Micheal Winterbottom
14. David Cronenberg
13. Michel Gondry
12. Clint Eastwood
11. Darren Aronofsky
10. Stanley Kubrick
9. Ridley Scott
8. Atom Egoyan
7. Spike Lee
6. Cohens
5. Frances Ford Coppolla
4. Steven Soderbergh
3, Martin Scorsese (how is he on no lists yet!)
2. Paul Thomas Anderson
1. David Fincher
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Basil on November 17, 2008, 01:13:58 AM
3. Steven Soderbergh

Love you, Clovis. Make sure you submit your list to frozenhamster.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: mañana on November 17, 2008, 01:19:27 AM
Hey FroHam, do I need to email my list to you or is posting it here sufficient?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on November 17, 2008, 11:30:25 AM

3, Martin Scorsese (how is he on no lists yet!)


it probably has something to do with boring and over-rated (and a few of the [thurston powelly voice]cinephiles[/thurston powelly voice] have not yet responded, they know better, you know?)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on November 17, 2008, 11:32:42 AM
20. Todd Haynes
19. Paul Greengrass
18. Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu
17. Wes Anderson
16. Gus Van Sant
15. Micheal Winterbottom
14. David Cronenberg
13. Michel Gondry
12. Clint Eastwood
11. Darren Aronofsky
10. Stanley Kubrick
9. Ridley Scott
8. Atom Egoyan
7. Spike Lee
6. Cohens
5. Frances Ford Coppolla
4. Steven Soderbergh
3, Martin Scorsese (how is he on no lists yet!)
2. Paul Thomas Anderson
1. David Fincher

I'm jealous that so many of your favorite directors are still alive and making movies.

Rest in peace, Stanley.

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Clovis8 on November 17, 2008, 11:55:44 AM

3, Martin Scorsese (how is he on no lists yet!)


it probably has something to do with boring and over-rated (and a few of the [thurston powelly voice]cinephiles[/thurston powelly voice] have not yet responded, they know better, you know?)

All I can say to that is ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ok.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Clovis8 on November 17, 2008, 11:56:32 AM
20. Todd Haynes
19. Paul Greengrass
18. Alejando Gonzalez Inarritu
17. Wes Anderson
16. Gus Van Sant
15. Micheal Winterbottom
14. David Cronenberg
13. Michel Gondry
12. Clint Eastwood
11. Darren Aronofsky
10. Stanley Kubrick
9. Ridley Scott
8. Atom Egoyan
7. Spike Lee
6. Cohens
5. Frances Ford Coppolla
4. Steven Soderbergh
3, Martin Scorsese (how is he on no lists yet!)
2. Paul Thomas Anderson
1. David Fincher

I'm jealous that so many of your favorite directors are still alive and making movies.

Rest in peace, Stanley.

pixote

haha I didnt even notice that they were all alive except one. I guess I need to watch more classics.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on November 17, 2008, 12:20:43 PM

3, Martin Scorsese (how is he on no lists yet!)


it probably has something to do with boring and over-rated (and a few of the [thurston powelly voice]cinephiles[/thurston powelly voice] have not yet responded, they know better, you know?)

All I can say to that is ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ok.

only kinda kidding, while i'm not a fan, i can recognize the man's brilliance on film history, his style and subject matter do about nothing for me.  i won't be unghappy if he shows up in the Top 100  ;)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 17, 2008, 12:38:37 PM

3, Martin Scorsese (how is he on no lists yet!)


it probably has something to do with boring and over-rated (and a few of the [thurston powelly voice]cinephiles[/thurston powelly voice] have not yet responded, they know better, you know?)

All I can say to that is ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ok.

only kinda kidding, while i'm not a fan, i can recognize the man's brilliance on film history, his style and subject matter do about nothing for me.  i won't be unghappy if he shows up in the Top 100  ;)

Even if he doesn't make my list, there's no way in hell Scorcese isn't on a top 100, hell top 50, list.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on November 17, 2008, 12:42:24 PM

3, Martin Scorsese (how is he on no lists yet!)


it probably has something to do with boring and over-rated (and a few of the [thurston powelly voice]cinephiles[/thurston powelly voice] have not yet responded, they know better, you know?)

All I can say to that is ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ok.

only kinda kidding, while i'm not a fan, i can recognize the man's brilliance on film history, his style and subject matter do about nothing for me.  i won't be unghappy if he shows up in the Top 100  ;)

Even if he doesn't make my list, there's no way in hell Scorcese isn't on a top 100, hell top 50, list.

yeah, that was a joke  :D
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on November 17, 2008, 06:07:43 PM
20.  Preston Sturges
19.  Terence Davies
18.  Buster Keaton
17.  Woody Allen
16.  Charles Burnett
15.  Andrei Tarkovsky
14.  Claire Denis
13.  Satyajit Ray
12.  Agnes Varda
11.  Chantal Akerman
10.  Jacques Tati
9.   Ermanno Olmi
8.   Wong Kar-wai
7.   Edward Yang
6.   Hou Hsiao-hsien
5.   Mikio Naruse
4.   Yasujiro Ozu
3.   Krzysztof Kieslowski
2.   Frederick Wiseman
1.   Jean Renoir
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 17, 2008, 06:13:20 PM
20.  Preston Sturges
19.  Terence Davies
18.  Buster Keaton
17.  Woody Allen
16.  Charles Burnett
15.  Andrei Tarkovsky
14.  Claire Denis
13.  Satyajit Ray
12.  Agnes Varda
11.  Chantal Akerman
10.  Jacques Tati
9.   Ermanno Olmi
8.   Wong Kar-wai
7.   Edward Yang
6.   Hou Hsiao-hsien
5.   Mikio Naruse
4.   Yasujiro Ozu
3.   Krzysztof Kieslowski
2.   Frederick Wiseman
1.   Jean Renoir

Nice coup there by putting Preston Sturges. I've always liked his work quite a bit.
I have a terrible confession to make though regarding your number 1. I have a Jean Renoir box set at home which has 2-3 of his early silent films and 3-4 of his later stuff. I have yet to open it. Despite me owning about 6 of his works I have never seen a Jean Renoir film and he is hence absent from my list. Shame...on me.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 17, 2008, 06:19:35 PM
20.  Preston Sturges
19.  Terence Davies
18.  Buster Keaton
17.  Woody Allen
16.  Charles Burnett
15.  Andrei Tarkovsky
14.  Claire Denis
13.  Satyajit Ray
12.  Agnes Varda
11.  Chantal Akerman
10.  Jacques Tati
9.   Ermanno Olmi
8.   Wong Kar-wai
7.   Edward Yang
6.   Hou Hsiao-hsien
5.   Mikio Naruse
4.   Yasujiro Ozu
3.   Krzysztof Kieslowski
2.   Frederick Wiseman
1.   Jean Renoir

Great list, at least half of these names I badly need to catch up on.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on November 17, 2008, 06:22:43 PM
Nice coup there by putting Preston Sturges. I've always liked his work quite a bit.

Glad to see another person that appreciates his work here.  Such a fantastic writer who made some of the funniest movies ever.

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I have a terrible confession to make though regarding your number 1. I have a Jean Renoir box set at home which has 2-3 of his early silent films and 3-4 of his later stuff. I have yet to open it. Despite me owning about 6 of his works I have never seen a Jean Renoir film and he is hence absent from my list. Shame...on me.

These?:

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Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 17, 2008, 06:26:22 PM
The 3-Disc Collector's Edition in the black box. I really, really have to fin the time to sit through all those movies. Maybe a Jean Renoir week or something of the sort.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on November 17, 2008, 06:35:49 PM
16.  Charles Burnett
12.  Agnes Varda
11.  Chantal Akerman
2.   Frederick Wiseman
Woooooooot.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on November 17, 2008, 06:38:06 PM
I highly recommend starting with Renoir of the 30s which is one of the strongest decades by a filmmaker in history.  Most people will tell you to hit the iconic works - The Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game - first, but he has other ones that are slightly behind the aforementioned like La Bete Humaine, La Chienne, The Crime of Monsieur Lange, Boudu Saved From Drowning, A Day in the Country, Toni, and La Marseillaise which are all Renoir near-masterpieces...which would be most filmmakers' masterworks.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on November 17, 2008, 06:39:54 PM
16.  Charles Burnett
12.  Agnes Varda
11.  Chantal Akerman
2.   Frederick Wiseman
Woooooooot.

Ah!  A fellow fan of these marvelous filmmakers.  Where do you think they'd rank on your list?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on November 17, 2008, 06:44:11 PM
16.  Charles Burnett
12.  Agnes Varda
11.  Chantal Akerman
2.   Frederick Wiseman
Woooooooot.

Ah!  A fellow fan of these marvelous filmmakers.  Where do you think they'd rank on your list?
They're all in the 20. Varda and Akerman might be higher than you had them, and Wiseman a bit lower. Burnett about the same.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 17, 2008, 06:52:02 PM
Burnett is really great but I've only seen Killer of Sheep.  How is My Brother's Wedding?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on November 17, 2008, 06:54:32 PM
Burnett is really great but I've only seen Killer of Sheep.  How is My Brother's Wedding?
Haven't seen it myself. But To Sleep with Anger is topnotch.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on November 17, 2008, 07:12:06 PM
Burnett is really great but I've only seen Killer of Sheep.  How is My Brother's Wedding?
Haven't seen it myself. But To Sleep with Anger is topnotch.
I think To Sleep With Anger is his best work not his most iconic, though, that's for sure.  KOS and Wedding are his other masterworks.  The latter doesn't have the urban lyricism of the former, but some days I think the latter is the better film.  Nightjohn is a very good later Burnett.

From my vantage point, the original cut (the longer one) of MBW is better than the shorter director's cut.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on November 17, 2008, 07:17:39 PM
Burnett is really great but I've only seen Killer of Sheep.  How is My Brother's Wedding?
Haven't seen it myself. But To Sleep with Anger is topnotch.
I think To Sleep With Anger is his best work not his most iconic, though, that's for sure.  KOS and Wedding are his other masterworks.  The latter doesn't have the urban lyricism of the former, but some days I think the latter is the better film.  Nightjohn is a very good later Burnett.

From my vantage point, the original cut (the longer one) of MBW is better than the shorter director's cut.
Someone told me you love Jeanne Dielman too. I'm keeping a space in my heart for you whenever you want it.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on November 17, 2008, 09:08:47 PM
I just did a top 10. I said to myself if the director can't produce 3 or more films I like, he's out. The more of their films I like, the higher they rank. Maybe not the best way, but whatever. I had some time to kill so I did the picture thing too.  ;)

1. Hayao Miyazaki
(http://aloader.com/files/8/miyazakiFinal.jpg)

2. Woody Allen
(http://aloader.com/files/8/woodyallenFinal.jpg)

3. Bruce Brown
(http://aloader.com/files/8/brucebrown%20Final.jpg)

4. Stanley Kubrick
(http://aloader.com/files/8/kubrick%20final.jpg)

5. Satoshi Kon
(http://aloader.com/files/8/satoshi%20kon%20final.jpg)

6. Milos Forman
(http://aloader.com/files/8/MilosForman%20Final.jpg)

7. Sergio Leone
(http://aloader.com/files/8/leone%20final.jpg)

8. Michael Mann
(http://aloader.com/files/8/michael%20mann%20final.jpg)

9. Darren Aronofsky
(http://aloader.com/files/8/Darren%20Aronofskyfinal.jpg)

10. Errol Morris
(http://aloader.com/files/8/Errol%20morris%20final.jpg)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on November 17, 2008, 09:20:21 PM
Have you talked about Millennium Actress anywhere? This was a recent watch, right? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on November 17, 2008, 11:16:32 PM
Have you talked about Millennium Actress anywhere? This was a recent watch, right? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

Yeah, I only just watched it last night. Shame that it took me so long. Ultimately I found it hopeful. The whole interwoven style of story telling was done just right. While it's not as intense as Perfect Blue, or as imaginative as Paprika this was still a very compelling film. I'm not sure where I'd rank think one among his work because it's been many years since I watched Tokyo Godfathers... 3rd or 4th. I remember TG being kind of meh... but I want to watch it again now. I haven't seen any of his films more than once though, it could all change the second time through.  :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 18, 2008, 12:20:30 AM
Have you talked about Millennium Actress anywhere? This was a recent watch, right? I'd love to hear your thoughts :)

Yeah, I only just watched it last night. Shame that it took me so long. Ultimately I found it hopeful. The whole interwoven style of story telling was done just right. While it's not as intense as Perfect Blue, or as imaginative as Paprika this was still a very compelling film. I'm not sure where I'd rank think one among his work because it's been many years since I watched Tokyo Godfathers... 3rd or 4th. I remember TG being kind of meh... but I want to watch it again now. I haven't seen any of his films more than once though, it could all change the second time through.  :)

Didn't like TG much either, that kept me from seeing PB or MA but then Paprika was really amazing to watch so imma have to go back on those.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 18, 2008, 01:11:04 PM
I had to leave off quite a few directors that will probably make it on to my list, but right now I haven't seen enough of their films to justify it. My ranking is loosely based on the number of movies from them I love, their consistency, and in some cases, influence as a filmmaker.

20. Edgar Wright
19. Alfonso Cuaron
18. Ridley Scott
17. Takeshi Kitano
16. Danny Boyle
15. Guillermo Del Toro
14. Christopher Nolan
13. Orson Welles
12. Steven Speilberg
11. The Coen Brothers
10. David Lean
09. Quentin Tarantino
08. Charles Chaplin
07. David Fincher
06. Stanley Kubrick
05. Paul Thomas Anderson
04. Alfred Hitchcock
03. Brad Bird
02. Akira Kurosawa
01. Hayao Miyazaki
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Basil on November 18, 2008, 01:12:54 PM
Miyazaki is already running away with this. Huh...
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on November 18, 2008, 01:14:49 PM
He is a great man... unlike you, Basil.

Stir it up!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on November 18, 2008, 01:20:28 PM
He is a great man... unlike you, Basil.

Stir it up!

ouch!  i still love you, basil  :-*

in the meantime, i reckon a reminder for The Dardennes and De Sica is in order, they have yet to show on any lists

Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on November 18, 2008, 01:47:50 PM
Don't forget Isao Takahata, folks.  Too bad his masterwork and one of the greatest animated films of all-time, Only Yesterday, isn't available on Region 1 DVD.  (Right?)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on November 18, 2008, 01:53:56 PM
I was actually going to include him in my original draft of people but figured that since Yamadas wasn't on the level as the other films, I couldn't justify it. This is reminding me that I need to see Pom Poko.

I would've included the Dardennes but I've only seen two of theirs.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: worm@work on November 18, 2008, 02:02:11 PM
I'm actually err.. obtaining Only Yesterday as we speak :).
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 18, 2008, 06:22:19 PM
Miyazaki, as Basil said, is taking over this competition.

I think he's alright, but he'll never be one of my favorites. Either I just don't get what's so marvelous about his work or I'm a bastard with a cold heart.

I like to think it's the latter.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 18, 2008, 06:25:15 PM
Miyazaki, as Basil said, is taking over this competition.

I think he's alright, but he'll never be one of my favorites. Either I just don't get what's so marvelous about his work or I'm a bastard with a cold heart.

I like to think it's the latter.

He wouldn't be my number 1, but the more I think about it the more I think he'll end up ranked highly.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: spooncivicR on November 19, 2008, 12:17:01 AM
01.Sofia Coppola
Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette

02.Wong Kar-wai
Fallen Angels, As Tears Go By, Days of Being Wild

03.Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

04.Hsiao-hsien Hou
Millennium Mambo, Three Times, Goodbye South, Goodbye

05.Kenji Mizoguchi
Ugetsu Monogatari, Sansho the Bailiff , The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums

06.Orson Welles
The Magnificent Ambersons, The Trial, Mr. Arkadin 

07.Stanley Kubrick
Barry Lyndon, Lolita, The Killing 

08.Billy Wilder
Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd., Sabrina 

09.Kim Ki-duk
Time, 3-Iron, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

10.Wes Anderson
The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Rushmore   

11.Satoshi Kon
Millennium Actress, Paprika, Perfect Blue

12.David Lynch
Lost Highway, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Mulholland Dr. 

13.Steven Soderbergh
Traffic, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Out of Sight 

14.Mamoru Oshii
Angel's Egg, Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer, Patlabor: The Movie 2

15.Sam Peckinpah
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Straw Dogs, Major Dundee

16.Akira Kurosawa
Ran, Kagemusha, Ikiru

17.Federico Fellini
La Dolce Vita, 8½, Vitelloni, I

18.Robert Altman
Short Cuts, A Prairie Home Companion, The Long Goodbye

19.Jean Renoir
The Rules of the Game, The Grand Illusion, The Lower Depths

20.John Huston
The Maltese Falcon, The Asphalt Jungle, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: samfuller on November 19, 2008, 12:28:40 AM
1. Martin Scorsese
2. Jean-Luc Godard
3. Alfred Hitchcock
4. Howard Hawks
5. Hong Sang-soo
6. Ingmar Bergman
7. Yasujiro Ozu
8. Michael Haneke
9. Hou Hsaio-hsien
10. Jean-Pierre Melville
11. Kenji Mizoguchi
12. Jean Renoir
13. Fritz Lang
14. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
15. Emile de Antonio
16. Lee Chang-dong
17. John Ford
18. Orson Welles
19. Stanley Kubrick
20. Francois Truffaut
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on November 19, 2008, 07:49:31 AM
I'm deeply pained by those I had to leave off and I sort of lost interest in ordering them after the first 10. Woooo!

20.   Jean Cocteau
(http://i35.tinypic.com/33nw1mo.jpg)

19.   Luis Buñuel
(http://i38.tinypic.com/121zym8.jpg)

18.   Charles Burnett
(http://i35.tinypic.com/2ccnww0.jpg)

17.   Wong Kar-wai
(http://i35.tinypic.com/ot408n.jpg)

16.   Andrzej Wajda
(http://i36.tinypic.com/1gi0c9.jpg)

15.   David Cronenberg
(http://i34.tinypic.com/1587cz4.jpg)

14.   Frederick Wiseman
(http://i33.tinypic.com/29z4j9v.jpg)

13.   P.T. Anderson
(http://i37.tinypic.com/4g6j5c.jpg)

12.   Michael Powell/The Archers
(http://i37.tinypic.com/10yfdr6.jpg)

11.   David Lynch
(http://i38.tinypic.com/24vmr6w.jpg)

10.   Jean-Pierre Melville
(http://i34.tinypic.com/9ulut4.png)

9.   Chantal Akerman
(http://i35.tinypic.com/23vi1dj.jpg)

8.   Douglas Sirk
(http://i36.tinypic.com/212s3h2.png)

7.   Stanley Kubrick
(http://i38.tinypic.com/2a98pd1.jpg)

6.   Agnès Varda
(http://i35.tinypic.com/qsqud4.jpg)

5.   Akira Kurosawa
(http://i34.tinypic.com/27wvhqw.png)

4.   Lina Wertmüller
(http://i35.tinypic.com/2h6auxx.png)

3.   Peter Greenaway
(http://i36.tinypic.com/5ciqsj.jpg)

2.   Alain Resnais
(http://i35.tinypic.com/2ryr01u.jpg)

1.   Carl Th. Dreyer
(http://i34.tinypic.com/rau3dg.jpg)

Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Wilson on November 19, 2008, 08:35:31 AM
When's the deadline?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 19, 2008, 09:22:14 AM
That's a great list face, especially your #1.  I'm going to finish Wajda before I finalize my list but he's off to a good start so far.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Thor on November 19, 2008, 09:57:51 AM
We're still doing a second round of voting, right?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 19, 2008, 10:21:48 AM
Wassup! I knew there just had to be someone out there with a bit of love for my boy Cronenberg. Your list gets my stamp of approval this time face.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on November 19, 2008, 10:29:15 AM
Wassup! I knew there just had to be someone out there with a bit of love for my boy Cronenberg. Your list gets my stamp of approval this time face.
You must have turned a blind eye to number 11.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 19, 2008, 10:46:39 AM
a) more filmspotters like Lynch than Cronenberg
b) judging from your taste in film, Lynch's appearance was, in a sense, to be expected.

therefore c) I'm just happy Cronenberg received another vote of confidence. You want me retract that stamp of approval? I'll do it if you dare me!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on November 19, 2008, 11:26:40 AM
face, love that Sirk frame!  what is it from?  i am also feeling awful that i have zero experience with seven! of your  directors - Cocteau, Wajda, Melville, Sirk, Wertmüller, Resnais, and Dreyer - i drop my head in shame.  also, is the Varda still from La pointe-courte?  (it is a pretty recognized frame, no?)

Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 19, 2008, 12:10:25 PM
face, love that Sirk frame!  what is it from?  i am also feeling awful that i have zero experience with seven! of your  directors - Cocteau, Wajda, Melville, Sirk, Wertmüller, Resnais, and Dreyer - i drop my head in shame.  also, is the Varda still from La pointe-courte?  (it is a pretty recognized frame, no?)

I can vouch for Wajda, Melville, and Dreyer.

I'm hoping at least Melville and Dreyer get high on the list.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 19, 2008, 03:52:57 PM
When's the deadline?

The 28th


We're still doing a second round of voting, right?

We shall see.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: 'Noke on November 19, 2008, 03:59:24 PM
 Paul greengrass
 david fincher
 spike jonze
 rian johnson
 andrew dominik
 john hillcoat
 alejandro gonzalez inarritu
 terence malick
 christopher nolan
 david fincher
 martin scorsese
 sergio leone
 coen brothers
alfonso cuaron

in no particular order
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: karlwinslow on November 19, 2008, 04:05:19 PM
fincher's so good, you had to have him twice eh?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Clovis8 on November 19, 2008, 05:31:08 PM
What Cronenberg film is that shot from?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on November 19, 2008, 06:20:14 PM
a) more filmspotters like Lynch than Cronenberg
b) judging from your taste in film, Lynch's appearance was, in a sense, to be expected.

therefore c) I'm just happy Cronenberg received another vote of confidence. You want me retract that stamp of approval? I'll do it if you dare me!
No, I appreciate your logic and gladly accept your approval.

face, love that Sirk frame!  what is it from?  i am also feeling awful that i have zero experience with seven! of your  directors - Cocteau, Wajda, Melville, Sirk, Wertmüller, Resnais, and Dreyer - i drop my head in shame.  also, is the Varda still from La pointe-courte?  (it is a pretty recognized frame, no?)


The Sirk frame is from Written on the Wind (It's a fantastic film, particularly good if you're in a Lacanian mood). I am very saddened that you've missed the ones you have and hope you can fit in some rectification in asap. Yeah, it is a pretty recognized frame from La Pointe-courte. I don't have a dvd for that one so I had to take what the internet gave me. It's a fun one to show since it pre-dates Persona.

What Cronenberg film is that shot from?
Naked Lunch
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on November 19, 2008, 06:31:34 PM
I don't like your top three. They are typical faceboy choices.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 19, 2008, 09:21:58 PM
Paul greengrass
 david fincher
 spike jonze
 rian johnson
 andrew dominik
 john hillcoat
 alejandro gonzalez inarritu
 terence malick
 christopher nolan
 david fincher
 martin scorsese
 sergio leone
 coen brothers
alfonso cuaron

in no particular order

They have to have a particular order for the scoring system to work.

Also, everyone remember that putting your list on this thread ain't good enough. You have to send me a PM with your lists.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on November 19, 2008, 10:07:55 PM
I don't like your top three. They are typical faceboy choices.
I refuse to hide who I am.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 19, 2008, 11:31:01 PM
I don't like your top three. They are typical faceboy choices.
I refuse to hide who I am.

then why are you wearing that nosehorn?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on November 20, 2008, 07:57:59 AM
I don't like your top three. They are typical faceboy choices.
I refuse to hide who I am.

then why are you wearing that nosehorn?
Wearing?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 20, 2008, 08:05:08 AM
Stop eating genetically modified foods. I don't know what you looked like before, but I'm sure your fur wasn't all that green.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 20, 2008, 11:14:10 AM
Stop eating genetically modified foods. I don't know what you looked like before, but I'm sure your fur wasn't all that green.

I assumed it was just vanity, where does one get green highlights done anyway?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 20, 2008, 11:40:12 AM
Also, everyone remember that putting your list on this thread ain't good enough. You have to send me a PM with your lists.

Nothing I do is ever good enough for you, is it?

(aka, thanks, I totally forgot)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: 'Noke on November 20, 2008, 01:23:18 PM
fincher's so good, you had to have him twice eh?

yah sorry i meant to put him in once.

Paul greengrass
 david fincher
 spike jonze
 rian johnson
 andrew dominik
 john hillcoat
 alejandro gonzalez inarritu
 terence malick
 christopher nolan
 david fincher
 martin scorsese
 sergio leone
 coen brothers
alfonso cuaron

in no particular order

They have to have a particular order for the scoring system to work.

Also, everyone remember that putting your list on this thread ain't good enough. You have to send me a PM with your lists.

If i had to put them in order:

14.david fincher
13.alfonso cuaron
12.oliver stone
11.alejandro gonzalez inarritu
10.Andrew dominik
9.john hillcoat
8.paul greengrass
7.christopher nolan
6.spike jonze
5.martin scorsese
4.rian johnson
3.sergio leone
2.terence malick
1.coen brothers

also i don't get what all the fuss about soderbergh is.
and whats a pm?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 20, 2008, 01:29:35 PM
and whats a pm?

PM = Personal Message

Click on a users name for an option to send them a PM.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 20, 2008, 03:03:43 PM
and whats a pm?

PM = Personal Message

Click on a users name for an option to send them a PM.


I would like to remind everybody that they should be sending me a Top 20 list so as to keep the calculations more uniform and accurate. Please don't stop at 10 or 15. It's not that difficult to do a Top 20. There are plenty of directors to choose from
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 20, 2008, 03:04:22 PM
2.terence malick
I like you new girl/guy/it.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Emiliana on November 20, 2008, 04:29:01 PM
20   Mike Nichols
19   Richard Linklater
18   David Cronenberg
17   Terry Gilliam
16   David Lynch
15   Tim Burton
14   Wong Kar-Wai
13   Krzysztof Kieslowski
12   Charles Chaplin
11   Ang Lee
10   Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger
9   Terence Malick
8   Werner Herzog
7   Pedro Almodovar
6   Billy Wilder
5   Stanley Kubrick
4   Woody Allen
3   Alfred Hitchcock
2   PT Anderson
1   Ingmar Bergman

My strict rule that I had to have seen at least three films for a director to make my list feels a bit illogical in hindsight... And I'm not entirely comfortable putting someone at number one in the first place. I don't have a favourite director as such - the top 10 could be in a totally different order on any other day.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Junior on November 20, 2008, 04:35:22 PM
I never understand the "must have seen 3 movies" or "must have made 10 movies" idea. If I only saw Magnolia or There Will Be Blood, PTA would have still made my list. You can see the same things in any Howard Hawks movie. All the ideas are the same, only the stories are different (and even then not much changes between some stories).
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: 'Noke on November 20, 2008, 04:45:33 PM
2.terence malick
I like you new girl/guy/it.

Just to clarify, I'm an it.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 20, 2008, 07:55:04 PM
I was a parasite and stole people's images. If anyone has a problem with that my lawyer needs work anyway.  :P

And I also listed the films that made them make the cut.

Yea, I need more images but I don't feel like hunting down and uploading them. Besides, The Office is about to come on.  ;)

(http://i34.tinypic.com/71phyp.jpg)
1. Terrence Malick
Films: Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World

(http://i34.tinypic.com/2wcjll3.jpg)
2. Krzystztof  Kieslowski
Films: The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors Trilogy

(http://i34.tinypic.com/mljjuo.jpg)
3. Alfred Hitchcock
Films: Vertigo, Rear Window, Notorious, Psycho

(http://i36.tinypic.com/2argy1.jpg)
4. Akira Kurosawa
Films: Rashomon, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo

(http://i36.tinypic.com/120qupy.jpg)
5. Charlie Chaplin
Films: City Lights, Modern Times, The Gold Rush, The Kid

6. F. W. Murnau
Films: Nosferatu, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

7. Sergei M. Eisenstein
Films: Ivan the Terrible Part I and II, Battleship Potempkin

(http://i37.tinypic.com/263xxug.jpg)
8. Steven Spielberg
Films: Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Color Purple, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan

9. Guillermo del Toro
Films: The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army

10. Andrew Stanton
Films: A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, WALL-E

11. Quentin Tarantino
Films: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 2

12. Ridley Scott
Films: Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down

13. James Cameron
Films: Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens

14. Martin Scorsese
Films: Goodfellas, The Departed

(http://i34.tinypic.com/2s1ngo5.jpg)
15. Sergio Leone
Films: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, A Fistful of Dollars

16. Brad Bird
Films: The Incredibles, Ratatouille

17. Peter Weir
Films: The Truman Show, Dead Poet Society

(http://i37.tinypic.com/2itn79c.jpg)
18. Paul Thomas Anderson
Films: There Will be Blood

19. Joss Whedon
Films: Serenity,
(And this show called Firefly)

(http://i36.tinypic.com/ae8cyg.jpg)
20. David Fincher
Films: Zodiac, Fight Club, Alien3 
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Junior on November 20, 2008, 07:57:35 PM
You also need to see The Devil's Backbone.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on November 20, 2008, 09:19:18 PM
I never understand the "must have seen 3 movies" or "must have made 10 movies" idea. If I only saw Magnolia or There Will Be Blood, PTA would have still made my list. You can see the same things in any Howard Hawks movie. All the ideas are the same, only the stories are different (and even then not much changes between some stories).

yeah, as i'm thinking my people i have a small group that have each made two films i love, beyond that comes loving one film, really liking two or more, digging their vision, not sure how that'll fall out

and, bold move sammy, i like it :) :

19. Joss Whedon
Films: Serenity,
(And this show called Firefly)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 20, 2008, 10:12:23 PM
Seriously. Bold move, Sam. Joss Whedon is amazing. I'm convinced that if he would direct more he might be one of my top 20 directors. As it is I can't make that claim.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 20, 2008, 10:22:08 PM
Seriously. Bold move, Sam. Joss Whedon is amazing. I'm convinced that if he would direct more he might be one of my top 20 directors. As it is I can't make that claim.

The only reason he's not on my list is because I felt a little like he would've made it on a technicality. As incredible as he is, he doesn't really come to mind as a film director. Serenity is awesome, but even that is an extension of his TV career.

But I'm glad to see him get a mention. He probably should've been on my list anyways.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 21, 2008, 01:00:29 AM
Oh well made my list and some collages then checked it twice & decided to change my mind.  so some collages!


Tim Burton
(http://i38.tinypic.com/fz1c9w.jpg)


Terrence Malick
(http://i38.tinypic.com/16ii14n.jpg)


Wim Wenders
(http://i36.tinypic.com/1i1zsi.jpg)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 21, 2008, 08:18:49 AM
Yea, Joss Whedon is kinda a cheat but I really think Serenity was an amazing feat from a creative standpoint because it was so different and risky and Whedon made it work. Of course, it started with his TV show, Firefly, which makes it somewhat of a cheat.

And what's with the lack of Murnau? Sunrise anyone?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Dracula on November 22, 2008, 07:31:39 PM
1. Stanley Kubrick
2. Akira Kurosawa
3. Martin Scorsese
4. John Ford
5. Ingmar Bergman
6. Steven Spielberg
7. Alfred Hitchcock
8. Billy Wilder
9. David Lean
10. Federico Fellini
11. John Huston
12. Robert Altman
13. Orson Welles
14. Jean Renoir
15. David Fincher
16. Ridley Scott
17. Sam Peckinpah
18. Quentin Tarantino
19. Oliver Stone
20. James Cameron
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on November 23, 2008, 09:04:59 AM
20. James Cameron

I'm glad somebody else thinks so. Maybe I'll complete the 11-20 section of my list and find room for him.  :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 23, 2008, 09:52:03 AM
20. James Cameron

I'm glad somebody else thinks so. Maybe I'll complete the 11-20 section of my list and find room for him.  :)
Ahem. He's my #13. Just saying... ::)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on November 23, 2008, 11:16:18 AM
20. James Cameron

I'm glad somebody else thinks so. Maybe I'll complete the 11-20 section of my list and find room for him.  :)
Ahem. He's my #13. Just saying... ::)
oops, sorry sam. I don't usually ignore you  ;)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 23, 2008, 12:07:03 PM
20. James Cameron

I'm glad somebody else thinks so. Maybe I'll complete the 11-20 section of my list and find room for him.  :)
Ahem. He's my #13. Just saying... ::)
oops, sorry sam. I don't usually ignore you  ;)
It happens far to often. Even my family ignores me.  :-[
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 23, 2008, 01:52:45 PM
20. James Cameron

I'm glad somebody else thinks so. Maybe I'll complete the 11-20 section of my list and find room for him.  :)
Ahem. He's my #13. Just saying... ::)
oops, sorry sam. I don't usually ignore you  ;)
It happens far to often. Even my family ignores me.  :-[

I never ignore you.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 23, 2008, 05:31:09 PM
20. James Cameron

I'm glad somebody else thinks so. Maybe I'll complete the 11-20 section of my list and find room for him.  :)
Ahem. He's my #13. Just saying... ::)
oops, sorry sam. I don't usually ignore you  ;)
It happens far to often. Even my family ignores me.  :-[

I never ignore you.
Never ignore you enemies. The moment you do they'll stab you in the back.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: worm@work on November 23, 2008, 10:46:08 PM
1. Wong Kar Wai

- Chungking Express ★★★★★
- Happy Together ★★★★★
- Fallen Angels ★★★★★
- ITMFL ★★★★★
- 2046 ★★★★
- Days of Being Wild ★★★1/2
- Ashes of Time ★★★1/2
- As Tears Go By ★★★
- My Blueberry Nights ★★★
- Eros ★★1/2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krYuVgBQnGo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krYuVgBQnGo)

2. Almodovar

- Volver ★★★★★
- Bad Education ★★★★
- Hable Con Ella ★★★★★
- Todo Sobre Mi Madre ★★★★★
- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown ★★★★★
- Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down ★★★★
- Law of Desire ★★★★
- The Flower of My Secret ★★★1/2


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6o62hySbDM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6o62hySbDM)

3. Kieslowski

- Dekalog ★★★★★
- Red ★★★★★
- Blue ★★★★★
- The Double Life of Veronique ★★★★★
- White ★★★★
- A Short Film About Love ★★★★
- A Short Film About Killing ★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0PENbPmT7Y (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0PENbPmT7Y)

4. Truffaut

- The 400 Blows ★★★★★
- Small Change ★★★★★
- Jules et Jim ★★★★★
- Stolen Kisses ★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ0Bi_5TNuc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ0Bi_5TNuc)

5. Satyajit Ray

- Pather Panchali ★★★★★
- Charulata ★★★★★
- Agantuk ★★★★
- Ghare Baire ★★★★
- Sonar Kella ★★★★
- Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne ★★★★
- Mahanagar ★★★★
- Apur Sansar ★★★★
- Aparajito ★★★★
- Shatranj Ke Khiladi ★★★1/2
- Devi ★★★1/2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvsE_ApPwZk&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvsE_ApPwZk&feature=related)

6. Chaplin

- Limelight ★★★★★
- City Lights ★★★★★
- Modern Times ★★★★★
- The Great Dictator ★★★★★
- The Kid ★★★★★
- Monsieur Verdoux ★★★★1/2
- The Gold Rush ★★★★1/2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-UiCnxARJY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-UiCnxARJY)
7. Kurosawa
- The Seven Samurai ★★★★★
- Ikiru ★★★★★
- Ran ★★★★★
- Yojimbo ★★★1/2
- Rashomon ★★★★
- Stray Dog ★★★★★
- Throne of Blood ★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc4y-asVh3c (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc4y-asVh3c)

8. Hayao Miyazaki
- Princess Mononoke ★★★★★
- My Neighbor Totoro ★★★★1/2
- Spirited Away ★★★★★
- Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind ★★★★1/2
- Howls Moving Castle ★★★★1/2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCiD8KLXPEk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCiD8KLXPEk)

9. Edward Yang
- Yi Yi ★★★★★
- A Brighter Summer Day ★★★★★
- The Terrorizer ★★★★★
- A Confucian Confusion ★★★★
- Mahjong ★★★★
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPxfbbGzI-E (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPxfbbGzI-E)

10. Welles
- F For Fake ★★★★★
- Touch of Evil ★★★★★
- The Lady from Shanghai ★★★★
- The Magnificent Ambersons ★★★★1/2
- Citizen Kane ★★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX-EJ8BCCTU&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX-EJ8BCCTU&feature=related)

11. Hou Hsiao Hsien
- Three Times ★★★★★
- Flowers of Shanghai ★★★★
- Millennium Mambo ★★★★★
- The Puppetmaster ★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0vJ6W6noGY (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0vJ6W6noGY)

12. Dardennes
Le Fils  ★★★★★
L'Enfant  ★★★★★
La Promesse  ★★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vd3mmuXU10 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vd3mmuXU10)

13. Dreyer
Ordet  ★★★★★
Day of Wrath  ★★★★
The Passion of Joan of Arc ★★★★★
Vampyr  ★★★★1/2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAqnUPqj3JY&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAqnUPqj3JY&feature=related)

14. Leos Carax
Les Amants de Pont Neuf  ★★★★★
Boy Meets Girl  ★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNOX2Pdb_-s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNOX2Pdb_-s)

15. Michel Gondry
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  ★★★★★
The Science of Sleep  ★★★★1/2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKN0VFCZB9w&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKN0VFCZB9w&feature=related)

16. Wes Anderson
Bottle Rocket  ★★★★★
Darjeeling Limited  ★★★★
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou  ★★★★1/2
Rushmore  ★★★★★
The Royal Tenenbaums ★★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pyBB7y8fDU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pyBB7y8fDU)

17. Lynne Ramsay
Morvern Callar  ★★★★★
Ratcatcher  ★★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG5amE6TRwc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG5amE6TRwc)

18. Arnaud Desplechin
A Christmas Tale  ★★★★★
Kings & Queen ★★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVrpp_TLY50 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVrpp_TLY50)

19. P.T. Anderson
There Will Be Blood  ★★★★1/2
Punch-Drunk Love  ★★★★★
Magnolia  ★★★★1/2
Boogie Nights  ★★★★1/2
Sydney ★★★★1/2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdxbfkKewy8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdxbfkKewy8)

20. Claire Denis
Beau Travail ★★★★1/2
Vendredi Soir ★★★★★
Trouble Every Day ★★★★

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkzyzsyjTvw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkzyzsyjTvw)

Bold and Italics denote my favorite film from each director
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 23, 2008, 11:21:16 PM
Great list, worm.

REMINDER:  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ALSO SEND YOUR LIST TO ME IN A PERSONAL MESSAGE. IT WILL MAKE MY LIFE A HECK OF A LOT EASIER. THANKS!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on November 24, 2008, 12:45:05 AM
worm, great list, and presentation.  even though i'm not familiar with five of your directors, and barely familiar with a few more, it really seems fabulous!  and, i'm very happy Denis snuck in at 20.  the trailer from Le Fils was wonderful, it brought back how amazing that film is; and their other film is L'Enfant :)  i plan on making your list a touchstone for future rentals :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: worm@work on November 24, 2008, 12:59:49 AM
Thanks for all the kind words, skjerva! I do hope that the Dardennes will get more love on this thread soon :(.

Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 24, 2008, 07:31:08 AM
Great list, worm.

REMINDER:  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ALSO SEND YOUR LIST TO ME IN A PERSONAL MESSAGE. IT WILL MAKE MY LIFE A HECK OF A LOT EASIER. THANKS!
I knew I forgot something.  :P
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bill Thompson on November 24, 2008, 08:57:00 AM
Mesa list,

1) Hayao Miyazaki
2) Alfred Hitchcock
3) Stanley Kubrick
4) Akira Kurosawa
5) Brad Bird
6) Guillermo del Toro
7) John Ford
8) Billy Wilder
9) Ridley Scott
10) David Fincher
11) Orson Welles
12) John Lasseter
13) Clint Eastwood
14) David Cronenberg
15) George Romero
16) Elia Kazan
17) Coen Brothers
18) Alfonso Cuaron
19) Steven Spielberg
20) Danny Boyle
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 24, 2008, 09:45:01 AM
Nice to see Lasseter get some recognition. Seems like everyone has kinda forgotten about him with the emergence of Bird and Stanton.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 02:08:29 PM
Nice to see Lasseter get some recognition. Seems like everyone has kinda forgotten about him with the emergence of Bird and Stanton.

I look at Lasseter as the Spielberg of animation. He is an incredible director in the field, who has been hugely influential, but because he is the standard by which everyone is compared he is unfairly marginalized. His first three films are masterpieces and even Cars is, in my opinion, a great film. But somehow he is forgotten in the light of Bird and Stanton, much like Spielberg is forgotten in the light of people like Fincher, or even Scott.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: 'Noke on November 24, 2008, 02:25:20 PM
Because Fincher is a carbon copy of Spielberg
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 02:30:53 PM
Because Fincher is a carbon copy of Spielberg

Except minus the sentimentalism and plus more needless/gratuitous special effects. If there is anything great about Spielberg its that he uses CG only when needed (Indy 4 not counted) and nearly always makes sure they do not call attention to themselves (again, Indy 4 not counted.)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: THATguy on November 24, 2008, 02:34:11 PM
Doesn't appear that Miyazaki needs any more love, but I really couldn't see it being anyone else. :)

1. Hayao Miyazaki
2. Woody Allen
3. Darren Aronofsky
4. Milos Forman
5. Akira Kurosawa
6. Martin Scorsese
7. Robert Altman
8. Frank Capra
9. Brad Bird
10. Stanley Kubrick
11. Isao Takahata
12. Tim Burton
13. Michel Gondry
14. John Lasseter
15. The Coen Brothers
16. Andrew Stanton
17. Guillermo Del Toro
18. Billy Wilder
19. Danny Boyle
20. Satoshi Kon
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: StarCarly on November 24, 2008, 02:38:58 PM
I'm not really a director fangirl, but here's my attempt at a list. The top 10 are the ones I really admire and love to watch.

1. Paul Thomas Anderson
2. The Coen Brothers
3. Woody Allen
4. Alfred Hitchcock
5. Pedro Almodovar
6. Orson Welles
7. Michel Gondry
8. David Fincher
9. Wes Craven
10. Alfonso Cuaron
11. Wong Kar-Wai
12. Stephen Spielberg
13. Judd Apatow
14. Michael Moore
15. Stanley Kubrick
16. Sofia Coppola
17. Edgar Wright
18. Alejandro González Iñárritu
19. Rob Reiner
20. Milos Forman
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: 'Noke on November 24, 2008, 02:40:40 PM
Because Fincher is a carbon copy of Spielberg

Except minus the sentimentalism and plus more needless/gratuitous special effects. If there is anything great about Spielberg its that he uses CG only when needed (Indy 4 not counted) and nearly always makes sure they do not call attention to themselves (again, Indy 4 not counted.)

i was being sarcastic.

How is the director of fight club and seven even compare to the director of jaws and raiders fo the lost ark? Please tell me, i just can't see why.

also, wasn't war of the worlds very effects heavy, or did they actually create loads of giant walking tripods and put veins all over the earth?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: THATguy on November 24, 2008, 02:43:19 PM
And it just hit me.  I completely forgot about Chan-wook Park.

Possibly would've been a top 10 pick.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 03:09:21 PM
Because Fincher is a carbon copy of Spielberg

Except minus the sentimentalism and plus more needless/gratuitous special effects. If there is anything great about Spielberg its that he uses CG only when needed (Indy 4 not counted) and nearly always makes sure they do not call attention to themselves (again, Indy 4 not counted.)

i was being sarcastic.

How is the director of fight club and seven even compare to the director of jaws and raiders fo the lost ark? Please tell me, i just can't see why.

also, wasn't war of the worlds very effects heavy, or did they actually create loads of giant walking tripods and put veins all over the earth?

Fincher has been compared to Spielberg because he is like the modern extension. Working with amazing visual effects to create intense and well-crafted stories. Like Fincher and his friends are taking the mantle from Spielberg. Obviously their films and styles are completely different.

And regarding the effects. Even in War of the Worlds the effects were out of necessity and most of the effects are incredibly well integrated to the point where until you just mentioned it I hadn't even considered that the veins might be computer animated.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 24, 2008, 04:35:21 PM
I have to admit, I completely overlooked Lasseter. He is totally deserving though, glad to see him show up on a few lists.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bill Thompson on November 24, 2008, 05:15:20 PM
I have to admit, I completely overlooked Lasseter. He is totally deserving though, glad to see him show up on a few lists.

The sad thing is I probably would have overlooked him to if not for getting into a debate with someone at another board over whether or not it was ok that a Pixar documentary treated Lasseter like some sort of animation god. My response was that based on all his accomplishments, his innovations, the iconic characters he created and how every movie or short she's helmed has been good or great he certainly does qualify as an animation god. Sadly, if not for that argument I never would have thought about him, and now that I think about it more I believe I may have made a mistake with putting him below Bird.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 05:23:19 PM
I have to admit, I completely overlooked Lasseter. He is totally deserving though, glad to see him show up on a few lists.

The sad thing is I probably would have overlooked him to if not for getting into a debate with someone at another board over whether or not it was ok that a Pixar documentary treated Lasseter like some sort of animation god. My response was that based on all his accomplishments, his innovations, the iconic characters he created and how every movie or short she's helmed has been good or great he certainly does qualify as an animation god. Sadly, if not for that argument I never would have thought about him, and now that I think about it more I believe I may have made a mistake with putting him below Bird.

I still say he should be below Bird simply because I think Bird has proven himself a better director. Lasseter has accomplished much more in the field of animation, but if you look at his skills purely as a director I don't think they quite match Bird. And tell your friend that The Pixar Story treats Lasseter like a god, because he is a god. He's the god. God himself. The Second Coming. (of Walt Disney)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bill Thompson on November 24, 2008, 05:28:43 PM
I was thinking about Toy Story and Toy Story 2 and based on those movies alone I don't know if I can say that Bird is the better director. The way that Lasseter decides position his characters in those movies and the shots he frames up are simply incredible. I think I was still taking Lasseter for granted when I put him at around 13 on the list. It's not a big deal really, because Bird is no slouch either and as long as Lasseter is represented then I'm cool.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Dracula on November 24, 2008, 05:31:01 PM
Because Fincher is a carbon copy of Spielberg

Except minus the sentimentalism and plus more needless/gratuitous special effects. If there is anything great about Spielberg its that he uses CG only when needed (Indy 4 not counted) and nearly always makes sure they do not call attention to themselves (again, Indy 4 not counted.)

i was being sarcastic.

How is the director of fight club and seven even compare to the director of jaws and raiders fo the lost ark? Please tell me, i just can't see why.

also, wasn't war of the worlds very effects heavy, or did they actually create loads of giant walking tripods and put veins all over the earth?

Fincher has been compared to Spielberg because he is like the modern extension. Working with amazing visual effects to create intense and well-crafted stories. Like Fincher and his friends are taking the mantle from Spielberg. Obviously their films and styles are completely different.

And regarding the effects. Even in War of the Worlds the effects were out of necessity and most of the effects are incredibly well integrated to the point where until you just mentioned it I hadn't even considered that the veins might be computer animated.

Honostly, I can't see it.  Yeah, Fincher has special effects in his movies, but who doesn't these days?  Looking at the larger themes in their work they're pretty different, I can't say I can really picture Spielberg ending a movie with a head in a box.  If I was picking a successor to Spilberg I'd probably name Peter Jackson (special effects driven blockbusters loved by critics and audiences alike), Guillermo del Toro (fairy tales for adults with a lot of effects), or maybe Frank Darabont.

Also, I've got to say I'm pretty shocked that so many people are putting Hayao Miyazaki at the very top of their lists.  I've got nothing against the guy... but that seems to be a bit much.  Anyone want to explain the extreme apeal.

Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 05:37:17 PM
Because Fincher is a carbon copy of Spielberg

Except minus the sentimentalism and plus more needless/gratuitous special effects. If there is anything great about Spielberg its that he uses CG only when needed (Indy 4 not counted) and nearly always makes sure they do not call attention to themselves (again, Indy 4 not counted.)

i was being sarcastic.

How is the director of fight club and seven even compare to the director of jaws and raiders fo the lost ark? Please tell me, i just can't see why.

also, wasn't war of the worlds very effects heavy, or did they actually create loads of giant walking tripods and put veins all over the earth?

Fincher has been compared to Spielberg because he is like the modern extension. Working with amazing visual effects to create intense and well-crafted stories. Like Fincher and his friends are taking the mantle from Spielberg. Obviously their films and styles are completely different.

And regarding the effects. Even in War of the Worlds the effects were out of necessity and most of the effects are incredibly well integrated to the point where until you just mentioned it I hadn't even considered that the veins might be computer animated.

Honostly, I can't see it.  Yeah, Fincher has special effects in his movies, but who doesn't these days?  Looking at the larger themes in their work they're pretty different, I can't say I can really picture Spielberg ending a movie with a head in a box.  If I was picking a successor to Spilberg I'd probably name Peter Jackson (special effects driven blockbusters loved by critics and audiences alike), Guillermo del Toro (fairy tales for adults with a lot of effects), or maybe Frank Darabont.

Also, I've got to say I'm pretty shocked that so many people are putting Hayao Miyazaki at the very top of their lists.  I've got nothing against the guy... but that seems to be a bit much.  Anyone want to explain the extreme apeal.



All those guys you mentioned are heirs to the throne of Spielberg. And Miyazaki is amazing.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 24, 2008, 05:45:37 PM
I'm not really a director fangirl, but here's my attempt at a list. The top 10 are the ones I really admire and love to watch.

1. Paul Thomas Anderson
2. The Coen Brothers
3. Woody Allen
4. Alfred Hitchcock
5. Pedro Almodovar
6. Orson Welles
7. Michel Gondry
8. David Fincher
9. Wes Craven
10. Alfonso Cuaron
11. Wong Kar-Wai
12. Stephen Spielberg
13. Judd Apatow
14. Michael Moore
15. Stanley Kubrick
16. Sofia Coppola
17. Edgar Wright
18. Alejandro González Iñárritu
19. Rob Reiner
20. Milos Forman

I was starting to think I was the only one who thought of Inarritu. Thank you so much for putting him on.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 05:47:47 PM
I got a whole bunch more lists sent to me today, including one from Adam.  Thanks everyone, and everyone who hasn't sent in a list, please do.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on November 24, 2008, 05:47:58 PM
1. Hayao Miyazaki
2. Woody Allen
3. Darren Aronofsky
4. Milos Forman

I like.

Quote from: StarCarly
9. Wes Craven

Good one. Never even cross my mind!

Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 24, 2008, 05:49:40 PM
Forget it Dracula. I'm with you on the 'Miyazaki is certainly good but what's with the crazy love?' bandwagon, but we won't get any other kind of reply other than 'He's amazing.'

Rumor has it that he really is though.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 05:51:29 PM
Forget it Dracula. I'm with you on the 'Miyazaki is certainly good but what's with the crazy love?' bandwagon, but we won't get any other kind of reply other than 'He's amazing.'

Rumor has it that he really is though.

He's amazing.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 24, 2008, 05:51:54 PM
I do also hold Bird a bit higher than Lasseter looking purely at their directing careers. I don't consider A Bug's Life and Cars to be up there with Toy Story 1 & 2, but all three of Bird's are masterpieces.

Regarding Miyazaki, he stands out for me because his films are entirely unique. There's nobody else like him, and he's extremely consistent in churning out amazing movies. At least 5 of his movies are in masterpiece territory for me. Nobody else comes close to that without having at least a couple of stinkers.

Also, he's amazing.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: StarCarly on November 24, 2008, 05:56:01 PM
My roommates practically watched Princess Mononoke on a loop last year, and I just don't get it. I don't see the brilliance that everyone else does.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 06:01:05 PM
My roommates practically watched Princess Mononoke on a loop last year, and I just don't get it. I don't see the brilliance that everyone else does.

Did you see Spirited Away?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 24, 2008, 06:01:37 PM
This is turning out to be like the Synecdoche discussion.

It's a great film.

Why?

Cause it is.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: StarCarly on November 24, 2008, 06:03:12 PM
My roommates practically watched Princess Mononoke on a loop last year, and I just don't get it. I don't see the brilliance that everyone else does.

Did you see Spirited Away?

Nope. Maybe someone should dictate it to me in January.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Basil on November 24, 2008, 06:03:19 PM
This is turning out to be like the Synecdoche discussion.

It's a great film.

Why?

Cause it is.

Haha, sometimes that's all that can be said.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 24, 2008, 06:06:16 PM
This is turning out to be like the Synecdoche discussion.

It's a great film.

Why?

Cause it is.

Well it is!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 06:07:22 PM
My roommates practically watched Princess Mononoke on a loop last year, and I just don't get it. I don't see the brilliance that everyone else does.

Did you see Spirited Away?

Nope. Maybe someone should dictate it to me in January.

Maybe I should just dictate it to you now.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 24, 2008, 06:09:10 PM
My roommates practically watched Princess Mononoke on a loop last year, and I just don't get it. I don't see the brilliance that everyone else does.

Did you see Spirited Away?

Nope. Maybe someone should dictate it to me in January.

Maybe I should just dictate it to you now.


Geez, look who's gotten all power hungry once a little bit of 'list responsibilities' are given to him.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on November 24, 2008, 06:21:10 PM
My roommates practically watched Princess Mononoke on a loop last year, and I just don't get it. I don't see the brilliance that everyone else does.

Sometimes I find it pretty distracting to watch movies with people who already know and love the movie in question. It really messes with the magic that happens when you experience the movie in your own way.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 24, 2008, 06:27:45 PM
My roommates practically watched Princess Mononoke on a loop last year, and I just don't get it. I don't see the brilliance that everyone else does.

Sometimes I find it pretty distracting to watch movies with people who already know and love the movie in question. It really messes with the magic that happens when you experience the movie in your own way.

Hey don't worry. You can watch a Bond movie with me anytime.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 06:30:17 PM
But Bond movies ain't no good.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 24, 2008, 06:31:09 PM
I got a whole bunch more lists sent to me today, including one from Adam.  Thanks everyone, and everyone who hasn't sent in a list, please do.

Is his list going to be made public? or is he going to be the one vote for Dennis Dugan?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bill Thompson on November 24, 2008, 06:32:19 PM
Forget it Dracula. I'm with you on the 'Miyazaki is certainly good but what's with the crazy love?' bandwagon, but we won't get any other kind of reply other than 'He's amazing.'

Rumor has it that he really is though.

I find Miyazaki amazing because his movies look gorgeous, and they have such a distinct feel to them. It's hard to put into words, but the way he gives his movies such a grand scale while at the same time keeping them small is simply amazing, something I don't think any other director does on a regular basis. His eye for setting up characters and getting the best look, the best shot, or the more interesting take than what others would have done is second to none. Finally, he creates an entirely unique experience with his movies, mostly through the way he can combine both his visual style and his social commentary or the narrative of the movie until they are almost one and flow completely off of one another. Basically, he is amazing, but I hope that's more of the explanation you were looking for.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 06:36:04 PM
I got a whole bunch more lists sent to me today, including one from Adam.  Thanks everyone, and everyone who hasn't sent in a list, please do.

Is his list going to be made public? or is he going to be the one vote for Dennis Dugan?

I'm not going to make his list public. If he wants to he's more than welcome.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: THATguy on November 24, 2008, 07:01:27 PM
My roommates practically watched Princess Mononoke on a loop last year, and I just don't get it. I don't see the brilliance that everyone else does.

Did you see Spirited Away?

While I love both Mononoke and Spirited Away, they're not even what I'd recommend to someone getting into Miyazaki, at least, not over My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or Laputa.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 24, 2008, 07:07:20 PM
While I love both Mononoke and Spirited Away, they're not even what I'd recommend to someone getting into Miyazaki, at least, not over My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or Laputa.

Totoro and Spirited Away are my preferred "introductory Miyazaki" movies.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 07:08:17 PM
While I love both Mononoke and Spirited Away, they're not even what I'd recommend to someone getting into Miyazaki, at least, not over My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or Laputa.

Totoro and Spirited Away are my preferred "introductory Miyazaki" movies.

Agreed.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 24, 2008, 07:09:05 PM
While I love both Mononoke and Spirited Away, they're not even what I'd recommend to someone getting into Miyazaki, at least, not over My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or Laputa.

Totoro and Spirited Away are my preferred "introductory Miyazaki" movies.

Totoro is the only Miyazaki I've seen that I remember and it was really lovely.

Minor points lost for the Disneyfied Fanning sister voiceover.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 24, 2008, 07:16:51 PM
Totoro is the only Miyazaki I've seen that I remember and it was really lovely.

Minor points lost for the Disneyfied Fanning sister voiceover.

Isn't that your fault for watching it dubbed? ;)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: THATguy on November 24, 2008, 07:23:40 PM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A big one for me would be Yoshifumi Kondo.  Whisper of the Heart is just brilliant, and if he had another 2 or 3 films, at least, on a similar level, he would've made my list somewhere.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 07:24:53 PM
Stanton
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 24, 2008, 07:28:14 PM
But Bond movies ain't no good.

That's just about enough from you frosty. Feel free to stop making comments about Bond.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 07:30:12 PM
But Bond movies ain't no good.

That's just about enough from you frosty. Feel free to stop making comments about Bond.

Bond sucks!










I'm finished... I'm finished.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 24, 2008, 07:36:37 PM
Totoro is the only Miyazaki I've seen that I remember and it was really lovely.

Minor points lost for the Disneyfied Fanning sister voiceover.

Isn't that your fault for watching it dubbed? ;)

That's the way it was on the DVD I had.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: worm@work on November 24, 2008, 07:39:14 PM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A big one for me would be Yoshifumi Kondo.  Whisper of the Heart is just brilliant, and if he had another 2 or 3 films, at least, on a similar level, he would've made my list somewhere.

I included ppl that only had 2 feature-length films to their credit. So, can't really answer that one. Totally agree that Whisper of the Heart is simply amazing and I wish he had more films to his credit too. I'm hoping to watch Only Yesterday sometime soon and I believe he worked on that one too?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Dracula on November 24, 2008, 07:42:23 PM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A lot of them actually, I think my list is a bit biased towards dead people.  P.T. Anderson, Curon, Inaritu, Malick, Ang Lee, Miereles were all directors that might make my list someday if the managed to keep their pace up for another ten years.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bill Thompson on November 24, 2008, 07:49:57 PM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A big one for me would be Yoshifumi Kondo.  Whisper of the Heart is just brilliant, and if he had another 2 or 3 films, at least, on a similar level, he would've made my list somewhere.

Andrew Stanton, I so wanted to include him, but with his body of work still so small I just couldn't do it.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Dracula on November 24, 2008, 07:56:58 PM
I do also hold Bird a bit higher than Lasseter looking purely at their directing careers. I don't consider A Bug's Life and Cars to be up there with Toy Story 1 & 2, but all three of Bird's are masterpieces.

Regarding Miyazaki, he stands out for me because his films are entirely unique. There's nobody else like him, and he's extremely consistent in churning out amazing movies. At least 5 of his movies are in masterpiece territory for me. Nobody else comes close to that without having at least a couple of stinkers.

Also, he's amazing.

five masterpieces and no stinkers?  really?  I mean, there's a lot to respect in Spirited and Mononoke.  Nausicaä was a cool action-anime, and a lot of people seem to love Totoro.  But I thought Porco Rosso and Howl's Moving Castle were both well below his usual high standards, especially the later.  and I didn't get much out of Castle in the Sky either (the crappy James Van Der Beek dub probably didn't help).  

It's all a matter of opionion, but I'd argue that Kubrick came a lot closer to five masterpieces and no stinkers (2001, Strangelove, Shining, Clockwork, Barry Lyndon).
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: THATguy on November 24, 2008, 08:00:25 PM
Maybe it is through my extremely biased eyes, but I don't know how anyone can dislike Porco Rosso.  It was made from a different angle than most Miyazaki, but is a fun, beautiful, charming love story, and probably the funniest thing Miyazaki has done.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Dracula on November 24, 2008, 08:13:14 PM
Maybe it is through my extremely biased eyes, but I don't know how anyone can dislike Porco Rosso.  It was made from a different angle than most Miyazaki, but is a fun, beautiful, charming love story, and probably the funniest thing Miyazaki has done.

honestly, I don't remember a whole lot about it except that I was indiferent to it, and certianly didn't love it.  Frankly, I think Miyazaki's sense of humor is his achilese heel, everytime he tries to add comic relief his movies tend to lose me.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FifthCityMuse on November 24, 2008, 08:23:56 PM
At this stage it looks like I'm gonna include more than a few who I've only seen one or two films from... I think that if talent is there, it's hard to be denied.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 24, 2008, 09:46:18 PM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A lot of them actually, I think my list is a bit biased towards dead people.  P.T. Anderson, Curon, Inaritu, Malick, Ang Lee, Miereles were all directors that might make my list someday if the managed to keep their pace up for another ten years.

Malick's going to need more than ten years to make another movie.  Ang Lee has directed 8 films (granted some of them aren't so great), so he certainly has a large enough body to consider.  I'd say the same for PTA.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 24, 2008, 09:58:50 PM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A lot of them actually, I think my list is a bit biased towards dead people.  P.T. Anderson, Curon, Inaritu, Malick, Ang Lee, Miereles were all directors that might make my list someday if the managed to keep their pace up for another ten years.

Malick's going to need more than ten years to make another movie.  Ang Lee has directed 8 films (granted some of them aren't so great), so he certainly has a large enough body to consider.  I'd say the same for PTA.

Stanton.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 25, 2008, 07:39:07 AM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A big one for me would be Yoshifumi Kondo.  Whisper of the Heart is just brilliant, and if he had another 2 or 3 films, at least, on a similar level, he would've made my list somewhere.

Andrew Stanton, I so wanted to include him, but with his body of work still so small I just couldn't do it.
He only has one less film than Malick and Malick is on several people's lists.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 25, 2008, 11:32:40 AM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A big one for me would be Yoshifumi Kondo.  Whisper of the Heart is just brilliant, and if he had another 2 or 3 films, at least, on a similar level, he would've made my list somewhere.

Andrew Stanton, I so wanted to include him, but with his body of work still so small I just couldn't do it.
He only has one less film than Malick and Malick is on several people's lists.

Stanton only has two film. I don't count his Co-Director credits.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 25, 2008, 11:59:12 AM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A big one for me would be Yoshifumi Kondo.  Whisper of the Heart is just brilliant, and if he had another 2 or 3 films, at least, on a similar level, he would've made my list somewhere.

Andrew Stanton, I so wanted to include him, but with his body of work still so small I just couldn't do it.
He only has one less film than Malick and Malick is on several people's lists.

Stanton only has two film. I don't count his Co-Director credits.
A Bug's Life is definitely more Stanton than Lasseter seeing as Stanton both Co-Directed and wrote the screenplay. And it lacks Lasseter's smack of nostalgia which infects Toy Story and Cars
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 25, 2008, 12:12:18 PM
I actually brought this up in chat... but figured it might make a nice sidebar for this conversation.  Were there any directors, who if they had a larger body of work, would've been considered for your list?

A big one for me would be Yoshifumi Kondo.  Whisper of the Heart is just brilliant, and if he had another 2 or 3 films, at least, on a similar level, he would've made my list somewhere.

Andrew Stanton, I so wanted to include him, but with his body of work still so small I just couldn't do it.
He only has one less film than Malick and Malick is on several people's lists.

Stanton only has two film. I don't count his Co-Director credits.
A Bug's Life is definitely more Stanton than Lasseter seeing as Stanton both Co-Directed and wrote the screenplay. And it lacks Lasseter's smack of nostalgia which infects Toy Story and Cars

I disagree with that. But either way I don't find that Stanton's films have yet proved him, to me at least, to be the master of the art that Bird is, even though they've made about the same number of films.

There are elements of both Nemo and Wall-E that I find don't work as well as they should and it is because Stanton's skill as a director isn't quite there yet. Stanton should have either not had humans in Wall-E, or given them about 3-5 minutes longer to develop their characters fully enough so that we actually care what happens to them. He also could have added a few more scenes of Wall-E and EVE interacting at the beginning so as to better set up their love, particularly on EVE's side. These are choices that are indicative of his direction not being up to the standard of Bird.

Even the flaws in Ratatouille, which are few and far between, are more indicative of the trouble the project was in before Bird took the rains than anything. And Lasseter has proven himself very well, despite the flaws in Cars. The real proof of Lasseter's ability is the story of the Toy Story 2 production. Originally a direct to video movie that Disney decided to give a theatrical release. Lasseter saw that the film being made, not under his own supervision, was a complete mess and refused to release it and tarnish the good name of Pixar. He convinced Disney to let him restart the film from scratch and with only 9 months left before the scheduled released date he managed to rewrite the whole film and redo everything. The result? A masterpiece. Any director that can pull of something like that is worthy of admiration. Particularly because he did it purely out of a deep sense of integrity.

Stanton's films so far have been great, but I'm still waiting for him to give me the film that completely knocks me out of my seat the way Toy Story, The Iron Giant or The Incredibles have.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 25, 2008, 12:23:40 PM
Okay people. Now both Adam and Matty have submitted lists. And they're busy people! Well... I don't actually know about Matty, but Adam is busy people! You all have no excuses now. Please PM me your top 20s before Friday at Midnight. I will compile the list over the weekend, and depending on how accurate I feel the list is I will do the reveal on Monday night. Any requests for a specific time to do the reveal?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: mañana on November 25, 2008, 12:25:23 PM
Okay people. Now both Adam and Matty have submitted lists. And they're busy people! Well... I don't actually know about Matty, but Adam is busy people! You all have no excuses now. Please PM me your top 20s before Friday at Midnight. I will compile the list over the weekend, and depending on how accurate I feel the list is I will do the reveal on Monday night. Any requests for a specific time to do the reveal?

Please tell me David S. Ward is on Matty's list.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 25, 2008, 12:26:51 PM
Okay people. Now both Adam and Matty have submitted lists. And they're busy people! Well... I don't actually know about Matty, but Adam is busy people! You all have no excuses now. Please PM me your top 20s before Friday at Midnight. I will compile the list over the weekend, and depending on how accurate I feel the list is I will do the reveal on Monday night. Any requests for a specific time to do the reveal?

Please tell me David S. Ward is on Matty's list.

Damn, you beat me to it!  :'(
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Thor on November 25, 2008, 01:23:14 PM
I will compile the list over the weekend, and depending on how accurate I feel the list is I will do the reveal on Monday night.

This line worries me - why not just reveal the list as it came to you, with no editorializing? Then let everyone vote on whether they want to do a second round of lists based on that.

The list is as 'accurate' as it was when you received it, because it represents the compiled yet diverse opinions of others. It doesn't necessarily need to be made more 'accurate'...
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 25, 2008, 02:48:17 PM
Because I don't want to do extra work if it's not necessary. None of the lsists so far seem to have been too accurate so if in my calculations it ends up being more accurate than in the past I'll just post it as is and if there is some kind of severe outcry then somebody else can take over responsibility for the second round. If I don't see it as being very accurate (which right now it really isn't) then on Monday night I'll post a 1-150 and I'll initiate a second round myself. And honestly at the moment there aren't even 150 directors submitted so a second round would really just be to correct rankngs.

Does that sound fair? I'm not trying to be an egotistical jerk here. It's just a lot of work and if I feel that I've made this list as accurate as I can then I don't want to be running a second round just for the hell of it. Another thing is that so many of you are calling for a second round, but I haven't yet hear a clear explaination of how to do one.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Thor on November 25, 2008, 03:12:35 PM
I'm just baffled by how you're using the word 'accurate'.

What's an accurate survey to you?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 25, 2008, 03:34:34 PM
I'm just baffled by how you're using the word 'accurate'.

What's an accurate survey to you?

For example, if a director only gets 5 votes out of 20 entries and somehow winds up on the top 10 then that is inaccurate.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 25, 2008, 03:36:40 PM
I'm just baffled by how you're using the word 'accurate'.

What's an accurate survey to you?

For example, if a director only gets 5 votes out of 20 entries and somehow winds up on the top 10 then that is inaccurate.

But if those 5 votes are all #1 votes, how would it be inaccurate based on the system that has been set up?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 25, 2008, 04:45:18 PM
I'm just baffled by how you're using the word 'accurate'.

What's an accurate survey to you?

For example, if a director only gets 5 votes out of 20 entries and somehow winds up on the top 10 then that is inaccurate.

But if those 5 votes are all #1 votes, how would it be inaccurate based on the system that has been set up?

It's about discretion. I can say that at the moment the list seems accurate enough, except that because there are so few entries there are far too many directors tied. And if the number of directors doesn't go higher than 150 is there really a point in doing a second round?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 25, 2008, 06:44:21 PM
I'm just baffled by how you're using the word 'accurate'.

What's an accurate survey to you?

For example, if a director only gets 5 votes out of 20 entries and somehow winds up on the top 10 then that is inaccurate.

But if those 5 votes are all #1 votes, how would it be inaccurate based on the system that has been set up?

It's about discretion. I can say that at the moment the list seems accurate enough, except that because there are so few entries there are far too many directors tied. And if the number of directors doesn't go higher than 150 is there really a point in doing a second round?

What does discretion have to do with any of this?  If there is a tie, there's a tie.

I've said all along that a top 50 directors with maybe another 25 as "honorable mentions" would probably be more feasible.  150, hell even 100, is quite a bit, especially when I suspect there's a decent amount of overlap between many of the lists.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: mañana on November 25, 2008, 06:50:30 PM
I can say that at the moment the list seems accurate enough

I'm confused, how are you verifying "accuracy"?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 25, 2008, 07:13:36 PM
I can say that at the moment the list seems accurate enough

I'm confused, how are you verifying "accuracy"?

Easy. I look at the list and think about whether or not it appears to properly reflect the entries. I don't understand why I'm constantly attcked on this as though I am biased or want anything but to produce a list that I think everyone will be pleased with. I haven't even done my own top 20 yet to have a bias toward.

And regarding the ties, currently there are ties for a good portion of the directors below rank 50. I think that will clear up as I enter more lists but we'll see.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 25, 2008, 07:26:18 PM
I can say that at the moment the list seems accurate enough

I'm confused, how are you verifying "accuracy"?

Easy. I look at the list and think about whether or not it appears to properly reflect the entries. I don't understand why I'm constantly attcked on this as though I am biased or want anything but to produce a list that I think everyone will be pleased with. I haven't even done my own top 20 yet to have a bias toward.

And regarding the ties, currently there are ties for a good portion of the directors below rank 50. I think that will clear up as I enter more lists but we'll see.

I don't think anyone is attacking you, it was just your vague usage of the words "accuracy" and "discretion" without really explaining what you meant.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: mañana on November 25, 2008, 08:17:13 PM
I can say that at the moment the list seems accurate enough

I'm confused, how are you verifying "accuracy"?

Easy. I look at the list and think about whether or not it appears to properly reflect the entries. I don't understand why I'm constantly attcked on this as though I am biased or want anything but to produce a list that I think everyone will be pleased with. I haven't even done my own top 20 yet to have a bias toward.

And regarding the ties, currently there are ties for a good portion of the directors below rank 50. I think that will clear up as I enter more lists but we'll see.

I didn't mean to attack you and I certainly wasn't accusing you of cooking the books or anything. I was, as usual, just confused.

Even still, when you say that you're going "to look at the list and think about whether or not it appears to properly reflect the entries", it just seems kind of arbitrary.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 25, 2008, 08:24:04 PM
I can say that at the moment the list seems accurate enough

I'm confused, how are you verifying "accuracy"?

Easy. I look at the list and think about whether or not it appears to properly reflect the entries. I don't understand why I'm constantly attcked on this as though I am biased or want anything but to produce a list that I think everyone will be pleased with. I haven't even done my own top 20 yet to have a bias toward.

And regarding the ties, currently there are ties for a good portion of the directors below rank 50. I think that will clear up as I enter more lists but we'll see.

I don't think anyone is attacking you, it was just your vague usage of the words "accuracy" and "discretion" without really explaining what you meant.

Was the book list accurate? Why is this so hard to understand. I put forward a seemingly decent way to tabulate the top 100. Nobody liked that, despite that it's not much different from the other lists. Then I agreed that if the results still seem off I'm willing to run a second round. What was the response? People started questioning my judgement about it all. I'll put out the top 100 on tuesday and if people have problems with it they can worry about a second round. I'm beginning to be tired of this.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on November 25, 2008, 11:09:25 PM
I forgot to post mine, so here it is, better late than never...

1.Steven Spielberg
2.Peter Weir
3.John Hughes
4.Hal Ashby
5.David Lean
6.Mike Nichols
7.Billy Wilder
8.Joe Wright
9.John Ford
10.Savage Steve Holland
11.Francis Ford Coppola
12.Alfred Hitchcock
13.Martin Scorsese
14.Stanley Kubrick
15.James Cameron
16.Woody Allen
17.John Boorman
18.Sidney Lumet
19.Sophia Coppola
20.Ted Demme
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Wilson on November 26, 2008, 06:39:02 AM
Here's my top 20.

1. Ingmar Bergman
2. Martin Scorsese
3. Alfred Hitchcock
4. Steven Spielberg
5. John Ford
6. Coen Brothers
7. Werner Herzog
8. P.T. Anderson
9. Lukas Moodysson
10. Woody Allen
11. Quentin Tarantino
12. David Fincher
13. Christopher Nolan
14. Clint Eastwood
15. Michael Mann
16. Sofia Coppola
17. Steven Soderbergh
18. David Lynch
19. Brad Bird
20. Wes Anderson
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Thor on November 26, 2008, 12:38:46 PM
Hey Hamster, don't fret. Ties are OK. A few films in the top 100 only had a couple of votes and that wasn't soo bad, was it?

With Wilson and Schneider and your list and mine (coming today), that should give you a few more votes to play with as well...
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Thor on November 26, 2008, 04:28:46 PM
My top 20 Directors

1.   Stanley Kubrick
2.   Andrei Tarkovsky
3.   Robert Bresson
4.   Preston Sturges
5.   Alfred Hitchcock
6.   Akira Kurosawa
7.   Martin Scorsese
8.   David Lynch
9.   Billy Wilder
10.   Orson Welles
11.   Joel and Ethan Coen
12.   Wong Kar-Wai
13.   Terence Malick
14.   Krystof Kieslowski
15.   Pedro Amaldovar
16.   Frederico Fellini
17.   Chris Marker
18.   Michel Gondry
19.   Terry Gilliam
20.   Francis Ford Coppola


I wish I had time to do cool pictures or rate the films by each one, but you'll just have to take my word for it - these guys rock.

These guys rock too -

Woody Allen
Ingmar Bergman
Paul Verhoeven
Paul Schrader
Howard Hawks
Roman Polanski
Brad Bird
F.W. Murnau
Michael Powell/The Archers
Ang Lee
Hayao Miyazaki
Hal Ashby
Chris Cunningham
Aleksandr Sokurov
David Lean
Andrew Stanton
Fritz Lang
Wes Anderson
David Fincher
Sidney Lumet

 - but you said I was only allowed 20.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 26, 2008, 04:46:46 PM
Nice list Thor, I think I'm probably going to have the most in common with you.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: worm@work on November 27, 2008, 01:47:00 PM
Very nice list Thor. I need to do a Chris Marker marathon!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 27, 2008, 02:05:58 PM
Nice going mighty Thor. I knew there had to be someone else who felt compelled to put Robert Bresson on their list. While this doesn't make up for your allegiance to Spurs, I somewhat respect you more now. Somewhat.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on November 28, 2008, 03:25:54 AM
Putting together this list turned out to be way more fun than I expected.  I was actually a little wary of this project at first because I've really never been all that invested in film authorship; the "Who's your favorite director?" question has always stumped me.  But that's exactly what made this so enjoyable: I had zero idea going in what my final list would look like.  In fact, I'm not sure if any of my eventual top five directors are names I would have mentioned off the top of my head.  Still, the list below isn't at all definitive — the "Who's your favorite director?" question will continue to stump me — but, whatever, yay for self-discovery!

Before I get to my list, I should maybe explain why some names are absent.  Well, names and genders.

The main contributing factor in who made my list and who didn't was just random exposure.  When I see a great film, I not all that apt to rush out and rent everything else in that directory's filmography.  I've never put that kind of effort into trying to evaluate directors.  So, as much as I liked Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding, I think I've only seen one other Mira Nira feature and one short, neither seemed impressive enough in my memory to get her on my list.  And, sadly, that's the closest a female director came to making my top twenty.  Barbara Kopple and Lynne Ramsay were also on my shortlist, but, again, I've only seen two features each by them, and I couldn't confidently put them in my top twenty based on those films, as great as Harlan County, USA and Ratcatcher are individually.

Besides those three women, there aren't very many female directors that I've seen multiple films from.  Euzhan Palcy's Sugar Cane Alley is a favorite of mine, but A Dry White Season disappointed.  I've seen a couple films each by Catherine Hardwicke (yes, including Twilight), Rebecca Miller, Nicole Holofcener, and Jill Sprecher, but none that I consider great.  As pleasantly surprised as I was by Whale Rider, I couldn't tell you without checking IMDb whether Niki Caro has made another film since (update: ah, North Country, right).  And somehow I've still only seen one film each from Varda, Denis, and Lupino (The Hitch-Hiker w00t!), so they were never in contention.

My list's lack of diversity doesn't end there.  The directors below are also overwhelming white and overbearingly dead.  I'd like to believe that our cable system is to blame there.  If they had ever carried IFC or something like that in addition to Turner Classic Movies, the demographics below might be a little different.  But it is what it is.  I'm pretty shocked, though, how I ended up with zero directors from the Far East.  Yeah, you read that right.  Going in, I totally expected Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu all to make the final cut, but that didn't happen.  When it came down to making the last few decisions, I had to admit that I never seem to look that forward to watching their films; once I hit play, everything's fine, but beforehand I always seem to approach their films more as a chore.  I'm not sure what that's all about, but I couldn't in good conscience include directors whose films I approach with that kind of reluctance.  (Kubrick, Dreyer, and Eisenstein are in this category, too.)  Kinji Fukasaku and Hayao Miyazaki were two other names from the Far East that I kept going back to, but they just missed the cut as well.

Given my emphasis on films over directors, I can't quite explain why so few of the movies on my Top 20 Films (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=3192.msg136429#msg136429) list have their directors represented on the list below — only five out of twenty.  I think maybe I have a tendency to let one great film by a director skew my expectations too much when checking out that director's other films.  Maybe that's why, despite Kurosawa and Ozu each having a film in my top six, it was actually Mizoguchi who was closest to making my directors list.  But, yeah, even though François Truffaut made what I've called my favorite film ever, you won't find his name below.  I've always felt the success of his first two films hurt him artistically; made him complacent or something.  Or maybe I just made that up right as I was typing that sentence.  Fellini is another director I can't believe I left off my list, but again I had to admit that I'm not quite as interested in checking out the rest of his films as I am the films of the twenty directors below.  René Clair, Orson Welles, and Andrei Tarkovsky also fell victim to sort of a "what have you done for me lately" thing; my most recent experience with each was I Married a Witch, Mr. Arkadin, and Solaris respecively — all pretty disappointing.  Clair was by far the hardest of those three to leave off.  It's just not fair that the director of Entr'acte, The Crazy Ray, À nous la liberté, Under the Roofs of Paris, and Le Million isn't represented here on account of a late career Hollywood film, but, damn, the direction of I Married a Witch was just that unimpressive (even though I graded the film a C+).

William Wellman lost out on account of that same thing.  If I hadn't just recently seen the very unspectacularly directed The High and the Mighty, he probably would have made the list on the strength of the combined awesomeness of Beau Geste, The Ox-Bow Incident, and The Story of G.I. Joe.  Of course, a bad film here or there didn't kill a director's chances with me, but some films seem so poorly directly that they almost have to call into question that director's contribution to his or her more successful films.  So, for example, as much as I love a couple of Robert Altman's movies, there was no way I could allow the director of Pret-a-Porter onto my list.  (Okay, even with that, Altman was still a really close call; I just like hating on that film.)  Spielberg was a tricky case, too, but he's one of those guys who, despite making quite a few very good films, has an underlying sensibility that just isn't my thing ("You need a mommy!").  John Ford, Billy Wilder, John Huston, and Martin Scorsese are other examples, and they didn't make my list either.

Okay, that's probably a long enough prologue.  Onto the list...

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on November 28, 2008, 03:49:10 AM
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#20 — William Wyler (1902 - 1981)

I had a lot of names penciled into this final spot at various points.  Originally it was Frank Borzage — largely because I watched The Mortal Storm recently and he made things work in that film that had no right working and I totally respect him for that — but I decided I should really check out History Is Made at Night before canonizing Borzage like that.  And Henry King was here, on the strength of Twelve O'Clock High and The Gunfighter; and King Vidor, just because I love his overall sensibility, not to mention The Big Parade, The Crowd, and the amazing finale of Our Daily Bread, among others; George Cukor ("C. K. Dexter Haven!"); Richard Brooks, also for his overall sensibility; Rouben Mamoulian; Sidney Lumet; Robert Siodmak; Jean-Pierre Melville, whom I might regret not putting here after I finally see Le Doulos; and, lastly, Andrzej Wajda.  But every time I matched someone up against Wyler, it was Wyler who came out on top.  It certainly helps that I just recently got to see The Best Years of Our Lives in 35mm, and I spent as much time at that screening drooling over Wyler's direction as I did drooling over Gregg Toland's photography.  It really is just a masterfully directed film, from the performances he gets out of the cast (I don't think Fredric March was ever better) to the perfect blocking of every action and the precise (but never forced or theatrical) manipulation of composition and spatial relationships within every frame to add so much nuance to the surprisingly understated script.  It's one of those films that's ill-suited for a DVD commentary because there are too many subtly brilliant moments to point out without pausing and rewinding.  And it's those moments, the same kind evident in films like Roman Holiday, Detective Story, Jezebel, and Dead End, that earn Wyler a spot on this list.  Plus he gets bonus points for having a strong documentary to his credit — The Memphis Belle.


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#19 — Werner Herzog (b. 1942)

Herzog was an unexpected last-minute addition to my list.  Fitzcarraldo made my Top 20 Films list, and I like most of his other collaborations with Klaus Kinski (though I have no real use for Nosferatu), but even with the bonus points he gets for having many good documentaries in his filmography (this will be a theme), I still didn't expect him to make the cut here.  Not sure why that is — maybe just a carry-over effect from my being lukewarm on Rescue Dawn.  What changed my mind though was thinking about which directors have multiple films that I'm totally excited to see even though I know nothing about them.  So Herzog makes my list as much for the films I haven't seen — The Mystery of Kasper Hauser (aka Every Man for Himself and God Against All) and Where the Green Ants Dream, for starters — as for the ones I have.  I guess it pays to title your films well (or to get them titled well in translation).


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#18 — Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922 - 1975)

Like with Herzog and a few other names on this list, Pasolini's appeal, for me, is as much in what he tries to do, what he's interested in doing, as in what he's actually successful in doing.  The Gospel According to St. Matthew and Salò are great enough to earn him mention here, but it's more just that I feel, almost instinctively, I guess, that he's interested in the same characters and the same attributes of those characters that interest me.  I can't really pinpoint where that comes from, but for whatever reason I trust him and want to go wherever he takes me.  Hmm, wait, I wonder if that's the same sort of attitude that got him killed.


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#17 — Michael Powell (1905 - 1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902 - 1988)

Um, yeah, these guys are good.  Adam and Matty should do a marathon of their films or something.  And they should get their own separate Random Screenshot thread because just the look of their films is enough to get them mentioned here.  Using color well is important, you know?  I also like Powell's Pressburger-less work on The Thief of Bagdad and Peeping Tom, but I haven't been able to work up the courage to watch Age of Consent.  I just get the feeling I'm gonna miss Emeric's presence too much on that one.


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#16 — Jean Renoir (1894 - 1979)

It starts for me with The Little Match Girl.  Renoir just hypnotized me with that film.  Then you got your La Chienne, your Boudu Saved from Drowning, and your Crime of Monsieur Lange, and that's probably already enough to get on this list, without even mentioning Grand Illusion and The Rules of the Game, the second of which probably should have been on my Top 20 Films list.  In fact, Renoir should probably be higher here, only I haven't seen much by him recently and I have a lot of his film left to see.  Let's do this again next year and see where we stand, okay?


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#15 — Preston Sturges (1898 - 1959)

There was a moment when I wasn't positive Sturges would make my list.  I was remembering my general disappointment with Hail the Conquering Hero and Miracle of Morgan's Creek and the fact that I don't quite love The Lady Eve as much as I want to.  Also working against Sturges was the fact that I value his writing more than his directing, which was really the deciding factor in Joseph L. Mankiewicz and John Sayles not making my Top 20.  But then I remembered the absolutely sublime filmmaking at the end of Sullivan's Travels along with how much I love and enjoy The Great McGinty, The Palm Beach Story, and Unfaithfully Yours, and I thought, yeah, I'd be really dumb to leave him off.  Really, really dumb.


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#14 — Jean-Luc Godard (b. 1930)

What I said about respecting Pasolini as much for what he attempts as for what he accomplishes, that applies ten-fold to Godard.  He didn't direct The 400 Blows, nor could he have, but overall he's just such a more interesting filmmaker than Truffaut.  I certainly won't be accusing him of complacency any time soon.  And, what can I say, I love jump cuts and pinball machines and self-reflexivity and general coolness and pretentiousness made strangely palatable and blue-painted faces and clouds of meaning in a cup of coffee.


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#13 — Wim Wenders (b. 1945)

Oh my god, back-to-back living directors!  There must have been a mistake.  I actually really like that Wenders ended up next to Godard because I think their sensibilities complement each other nicely.  Godard puts Sam Fuller and Fritz Lang in his movies; Wenders made a film with Nicholas Ray (which I still need to see, dammit).  Except whereas Godard is sort of a contemptuous hipster dick about everything (in a fun way!), Wenders is more of an enthusiastic nerd.  Instead of scoffing at the Americanization of the world, he's more like, "Wow, that's fascinating.  And, you're right, I could totally use a Coke right now.  Thanks!"  Wenders also gets the customary bonus points for having made some strong documentaries (Tokyo-Ga, Notebook on Cities on Clothes) and for having awesomely titled films that I'm super anxious to see (The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, Until the End of the World).


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#12 — Buster Keaton (1895 - 1966)

I really didn't know what to do with Chaplin and Keaton.  They're both very awesome, and I can't easily justify my inclusion of Keaton and exclusion of Chaplin here. Mostly just instinct — plus Keaton gets my self-reflexivity bonus points.  And I'll always take a stone-faced guy over a kick to the seat of the pants.  But, yeah, even though I've seen plenty of their films, I still don't feel I've given these two all the attention they warrant.  I certainly can't speak about them with any great authority.  But enough about me.  Have you seen The General and Sherlock Jr and all those great Keaton shorts?  Well, if not, you should.  And so should I.  Again.


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#11 — Howard Hawks (1896 - 1977)

There are usually a few moments in a Howard Hawks movie when I get the impression he has no idea what he's doing behind the camera (DeMille is the same way).  These moments usually follow and precede long stretches of brilliance (here ends the parallel to DeMille — BURN!).  I find this all very confusing.  One way or another, though, he's a damn fine storyteller and responsible for more than his fair share of great films, including Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River, and I Was a Male War Bride, a film which contains my pick for the funniest moment in film history.  Scarface, Only Angels Have Wings, and Sergeant York have their moments, too, but I'm not that big on Twentieth Century and Ball of Fire and I can't work up any interest for his work after 1950 (including the much revered Rio Bravo).  Ceiling Zero and Air Force are very high on my list of films to see.  Can't wait.


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#10 — Fred Zinnemann (1907 - 1997)

My god, I had no idea this post would get so long, and I'm only halfway done.  I'll be so happy if one person reads this whole thing.  Anyway, Fred Zinnemann.  I do believe I started a thread (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=3546.0) on him at some point, so no surprise that he's here.  Plus, you know, he's awesome.  His resume is every bit as strong as Hawks', but I never ever doubt whether or not he knows what he's doing behind the camera.  He's the ultimate Hollywood craftsman.  Right up there with Wyler.  What sets him apart for me, though, is realist aesthetic he brought to post-war Hollywood cinema.  It's interesting to compare The Best Years of Our Lives with Zinnemann's The Search.  I love both, but Zinnemann's precisely rugged immersion into the rubble of post-war Europe feels so much more alive to me than Wyler's perfectly composed domestic interiors.  (Though the scene in Best Years with Dana Andrews in the airplane scrap yard shows that Wyler was comfortable with a similar aesthetic, something he utilized more a few years later with Roman Holiday.)  Hmm, what else can I say?  I mean, have you seen High Noon?  Pretty awesome.  And Marlon Brando's film debut in The Men?  Pretty awesome.  And From Here to Eternity?  The rare film that's better than the book.  And The Nun's Story?  The last scene of that film is a master class in directing.  Just like the scene in Day of the Jackal when the Jackal tests his gun.  So good.  So very, very good.


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#9 — Frank Capra (1897 - 1991)

Frank Capra is one of the two filmmakers I credit with getting me to care about film in the first place (well, four if you count Cary Grant and James Stewart).  So he's got that going for him.  And though It's a Wonderful Life made my Top 20 Films list, it was more Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and You Can't Take It With You that first grabbed my interest.  He's just such an appealing storyteller.  It kills me whenever his films are dismissed with that 'Capracorn' label.  I hate to see his skills as a filmmaker diminished or completely obscured by the general sentiment of his films.  (I guess the same thing happens with Spielberg.)  Anyway, It's a Wonderful Life is another one of those films that's so wonderfully crafted with such attention to detail that I discover something new and amazing in it every year when I watch it.  I should start watching some of Capra's other films on a yearly basis, too.  It's been way too long since I've seen some of them.


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#8 — Abbas Kiarostami (b. 1940)

I'm not sure if, in working through all of 1StrongOpinion's Top Directors Working Today polls, I declared Kiarostami my favorite active director, but I probably should have.  Very few working filmmakers even made my shortlist for this new project.  Ken Loach was on there.  Spike LeeMichael Apted (just for the Up series) and Richard Linklater (just for Before Sunrise and Before Sunset) eked on there.  Jacques Rivette, Francis Ford Coppola, and a few other veterans.  And then some younger wildcards like Lukas Moodysson, Steve James, Wes Anderson, Michael Moore, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and Cédric Klapisch.  You know, I'm not really sure what sets Kiarostami so far apart from all of them.  Well, for one thing, he hits the bonus points jackpot for having made not just a strong documentary but a strongly self-reflexive documentary.  I was totally impressed, watching ABC Africa, at Kiarostami's confidence in playing with the medium and knowing exactly how far he could push things and just how much he could get away with.  I love everything about his aestethic, and I can't wait to see whatever film of his I track down next.


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#7 — Frederick Wiseman (b. 1930)

A ha!  I had one more active director up my sleeve.  This is kind of a faith pick by me because, unless I'm forgetting something, I've only seen Wiseman's first two films, Titicut Follies and High School.  But I'm pretty confident, just from those, that I have a very good idea of who Wiseman is as a filmmaker, what he stands for, and what I can expect from the rest of the films — and, despite what I said in my introduction about not making a point of watching every movie in a director's filmography, I'm pretty much determined to see everything Wiseman has ever made.  Hopefully sooner than later.


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#6 — Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)

Oh, Hitch, you troublesome beast.  I had no idea where to rank him on this list.  For one thing, he's the other director besides Capra to fuel my interest in cinema.  He's made a billion great films (I'm partial to the ones in black-and-white) and there are still plenty of films in his filmography that I can't wait to see (starting with The Lodger).  Okay, that's the good stuff.  But Hitchcock is also one of those directors, like the aforementioned and unlisted Ford and Wilder, with undercurrents to many of his films that really bother me — except even moreso.  So here I am with no women filmmakers on my list but ranking a guy with a pretty strong misogynistic bent in the sixth spot.  Joy.  But, yeah, Shadow of a Doubt and The 39 Steps and Foreign Correspondent and Psycho and most of those other films are really, really good, and as a storyteller and a technician and all that, Hitchcock is often without equal.  So that's that.


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#5 — Krzysztof Kieslowski (1941 - 1996)

Not only are there two many men on my list, but too many asshole men.  A bunch of egotistical, self-aggrandizing tyrants.  So, in a way, this entry is the perfect followup to Hitchcock because, more than anyone else on this list, Kieslowski is the director whose films make me want to hang out with him, to sit on the swings in an empty playground, drinking hot apple cider at a winter sunset, reminiscing about what we as children expected from life as adults and how we were more right than we knew except in the ways we were oh so wrong.  As a bonus, he seems to have made only great films or films that were very close to greatness.  Camera Buff, Blind Chance, Dekalog, Double Life of Veronique, the Three Colors trilogy — I have no complaints there.  He probably shouldn't have died, though.  He lost some points there.


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#4 — Robert Bresson (1907 - 1999)

If you take what I love about Fred Zinnemann, combine it with what I love about Frederick Wiseman, and then make it a little French, I think you sort of get Robert Bresson.  As kind of an extension of my taste for documentary impulses, I'm a total sucker for the details of process in storytelling, and Bresson is pretty much the king of this, both in his filmmaking method and in the details of the stories he tells.  I love his commitment to what he does and how he does it, and the results are wonderful and compelling and wonderfully compelling.  I should stop writing now and go rent Mouchette.


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#3 — Chuck Jones (1912 - 2002)

I feel bad about this one because I'm pretty sure it's going to lead to a flood of private messages to frozenhamster with people asking to edit their lists because they didn't think to include Chuck Jones.  But, with preemptive apologies to my BFF, I couldn't submit a list without Jones on it (unless I was in more of a Friz Freleng or Tex Avery mood, I guess).  I mean, talk about bonus points for self-reflexivity.  You've seen Duck Amuck, right?  It's kind of perfect.  And there are many more like it.  I mean, I saw His Girl Friday on 35mm a couple years ago, and they screened No Barking beforehand, and it by itself was one of the best films I saw in the theater that year.  Just so amazing and so seemingly effortless.  And now I can't wait until Christmas to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas and admire again just how perfect and awesome Jones' work can be.


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#2 — F. W. Murnau (1888 - 1931)

I had no idea Murnau was my second favorite director of all time.  He might actually be my number one; I haven't really sorted that all out yet.  This is all based on just three films, too:  Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, and Sunrise.  None of those made my Top 20 Films list, which seems pretty dumb since all three are probably worthy.  I think, going by memory, I'd rank The Last Laugh as my favorite right now.  Few films have blown me away like that one did on first viewing.  It's pretty astonishing.  And those other two are just as good, which is why Murnau finds himself so high on this list.  Three masterpieces.  That's a very rare thing.


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#1 — Robert Flaherty (1884 - 1951)

Not to be outdone by Murnau, Flaherty has three masterpieces of his own: Nanook of the North, Man of Aran, and Louisiana Story.  And that's all I've seen from him so far.  What's weird is that my top two directors were supposed to collaborate on Tabu; and even though Flaherty left the project, it's even weirder that I still haven't seen Tabu.  I should probably make that a priority, huh?  Maybe it'll be enough to bump Murnau up to the top spot here.  Really, though, even though I think Flaherty totally deserves to be here on the basis of those three films and his great influence on both fiction and nonfiction cinema, I put him at the top of my list partly for symbolic purposes, too.  Documentary filmmakers seem to have a much harder time putting together the string of films necessary to earn consideration for lists like these.  The same kind of support network isn't there on either the production or distribution side of things (Thor's Best Documentary Oscar polls underscored that distribution issue pretty effectively).  Flaherty was a total pioneer here, but even he struggled to get projects off the ground and find the means to complete them.  So even though it's just his name on the top of my list, I mean for him also to represent some of those that came after him, like John Grierson and Humphrey Jennings, Robert Drew and Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker and the Maysles brothers, Michael Roemer and Shirley Clarke, Martin Bell and Rob Epstein, Errol Morris and Michael Moore, and a bunch of others I'm too tired to think of right now.

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 28, 2008, 04:11:21 AM
Crazy awesome post as always pix.  Glad to see Keaton finally get some love.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on November 28, 2008, 05:36:07 AM
Going in, I totally expected Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu all to make the final cut, but that didn't happen.  When it came down to making the last few decisions, I had to admit that I never seem to look that forward to watching their films; once I hit play, everything's fine, but beforehand I always seem to approach their films more as a chore.

Mizoguchi, I get - he dwells in bleak melodrama; the women suffer.  I can see that with the non-samurai Kurosawas (though, it maybe exactly his samurai pics that you feel are chores!).  But Ozu...  Have you seen his comedies?  There are lots of humor in his melodramas as well.  I chuckle throughout Late Spring, for instance.  It seems like people (not you) lump Ozu with directors like Bresson and non-early Dreyer (see what you did Paul Schrader), but Chaplin's, Harold Lloyd's (who, for my money, is up there with Keaton and Chaplin) and Lubitsch's influence can be spotted in Ozu's films.  On the other hand, it's probably Ozu's comedies that you feel are chores so nevermind :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Ronan on November 28, 2008, 05:38:50 AM
Nice post pix. Good to see Bresson so high.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: worm@work on November 28, 2008, 06:06:45 AM
Awesome posts pix! I have Man of Aran here from the library and kept putting off watching it for some reason. Seeing your #1 pick has totally made me enthusiastic to watch it now!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on November 28, 2008, 06:13:12 AM
#20 — William Wyler (1902 - 1981)

But every time I matched someone up against Wyler, it was Wyler who came out on top.  It certainly helps that I just recently got to see The Best Years of Our Lives in 35mm, and I spent as much time at that screening drooling over Wyler's direction as I did drooling over Gregg Toland's photography.  It really is just a masterfully directed film, from the performances he gets out of the cast (I don't think Fredric March was ever better) to the perfect blocking of every action and the precise (but never forced or theatrical) manipulation of composition and spatial relationships within every frame to add so much nuance to the surprisingly understated script.  It's one of those films that's ill-suited for a DVD commentary because there are too many subtly brilliant moments to point out without pausing and rewinding.  And it's those moments, the same kind evident in films like Roman Holiday, Detective Story, Jezebel, and Dead End, that earn Wyler a spot on this list.  Plus he gets bonus points for having a strong documentary to his credit — The Memphis Belle.

Don't forget the incredible The Little Foxes!  I think it's Wyler's best film.

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#13 — Wim Wenders (b. 1945)

Kings of the Road, baby!

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#11 — Howard Hawks (1896 - 1977)
and I can't work up any interest for his work after 1950 (including the much revered Rio Bravo).

What's the reason for that?  The Big Sky is pretty underrated.  And, yes, I am one of those who thinks Rio Bravo is his best film.

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#8 — Abbas Kiarostami (b. 1940)

Have you seen Victor Erice's Dream of Light?

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#7 — Frederick Wiseman (b. 1930)

#2 on my list.

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#4 — Robert Bresson (1907 - 1999)
As kind of an extension of my taste for documentary impulses,

What do you think of the films of Bill Douglas, Morris Engel, Ermanno Olmi, early Milos Forman, the Dardenne brothers, Cassavetes, and Peter Watkins?


I forgot to say: great posts, Pixote.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on November 28, 2008, 08:55:35 AM
#19 — Werner Herzog (b. 1942)

This guy is actually one of the directors I'm more eager to check out. All of his films just look so damn interesting.

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#17 — Michael Powell (1905 - 1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902 - 1988)

Same for these guys.

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#14 — Jean-Luc Godard (b. 1930)

First of all, CINECAST! you.

Second of all:

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He didn't direct The 400 Blows, nor could he have

:(

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, but overall he's just such a more interesting filmmaker than Truffaut.

I'll probably give you this. There's a lot of Godard's stuff that just looks way more interesting than Truffaut's stuff. But the odds that they're any good are pretty slim (I'm pretty interested in some of his 80s stuff and Nouvelle Vague + Histoires, though). But, still, CINECAST! you :(

I guess I should change my avatar.... nah, Jean-Pierre is too cute :)


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#8 — Abbas Kiarostami (b. 1940)
 I love everything about his aestethic, and I can't wait to see whatever film of his I track down next.

I find it interesting... but I don't know if I'll like it all that much. The blending of documentary and fiction... I liked that... but...

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#6 — Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)

why do you hate women, pix?

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#4 — Robert Bresson (1907 - 1999)

I don't think you've ever mentioned liking this douchebag this much...
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 28, 2008, 10:11:54 AM
Okay pix, so your list is basically a bunch of white dead men. But that's besides the point. I get the feeling that you took an 'outside the box' approach to your list. I'm just throwing out thoughts here. Frankly, putting Chuck Jones at number 3 was arguably the coolest coup I've seen done so far on all of these these lists. Just that blew my list straight out of the water. Kabloowy.

I haven't seen work from everyone on your list, but I get the sense that you like films from another time, from 40+ year ago. All kidding aside, I'd say it was the most interesting list to see, and there have been some darn good ones.

Robert Bresson has always been one of my favorite directors, so seeing him on yet another list was nice. Zinnemann is one of the directors who I know is good (I've seen Day of the Jackal) but I never get around to checking out more of his work. Kiesloswki, well, no arguments there. Hitchcock is one who I didn't put on my list (shamefully) but that I glad to see on yours.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your choices.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 28, 2008, 11:25:37 AM

#3 — Chuck Jones (1912 - 2002)


Have you been to the Telluride Film Festival?  You should get there at some point and experience the Chuck Jones Theater.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on November 28, 2008, 11:32:48 AM
Great posts, pix. I think I just added about 50 movies to my to-watch list. :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 28, 2008, 11:43:31 AM

#3 — Chuck Jones (1912 - 2002)


Have you been to the Telluride Film Festival?  You should get there at some point and experience the Chuck Jones Theater.

Chuck Jones is probably the most inspired choice I've seen on here.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on November 28, 2008, 12:12:58 PM
as if other efforts haven't been impressive enough, i'm now even more paralyzed - great posts pix.  i'm pretty sure i didn't need to feel inspired to catch so many more films

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#4 — Robert Bresson (1907 - 1999)

I don't think you've ever mentioned liking this douchebag this much...


i'm afraid to ask, why douchebag (and i'm guessing you mean that douchebags are bad)?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on November 28, 2008, 12:16:08 PM
i'm afraid to ask, why douchebag (and i'm guessing you mean that douchebags are bad)?

Not necessarily. I'm quite fond of Bresson actually (my favorite is not Balthazar though). I use douchebag in a playful way ;)

I'm genuinely surprised at the inclusion of him since I've never seen pix talk highly too highly of him.

Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 28, 2008, 12:26:05 PM
REMINDER!

If you have not submitted a list yet, please send me a Private Message with your Top 20, ranked according to preference. If you have submitted your list to this thread and not sent me a PM please try and send me a PM so I can rely as little as possible on the thread. Please submit your list if you haven't already. It doesn't take long to put together a Top 20, and the more lists I get the better the Top 100 will represent the voice of Filmspotters.

I will begin the presentation ceremony for the Top 100 on Monday night at 9PM EST. Mark it off on your calendars. This is going to be fun times.

Thanks to everyone.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: e_e on November 28, 2008, 01:04:58 PM
1. Hayao Miyazaki
Howl's Moving Castle 8/10
Kiki's Delivery Service 6/10
Laputa Castle In the Sky 5/10
My Neighbour Totoro 9/10
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 8/10
Porco Rosso 7/10
Princess Mononoke 10/10
Spirited Away  8/10

2. Chan-Wook Park
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK 7/10
Lady Vengeance 10/10
Oldboy 10/10
Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance 10/10

3. Akira Kurosawa
Ikiru 8/10
Ran 9/10
Rashomon 9/10
Seven Samurai 10/10

4. Jim Jarmusch
Coffee and Cigarettes 9/10
Down by Law 9/10
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 10/10
Night on Earth 7/10

5. Paul Thomas Anderson
Boogie Nights 8/10
Magnolia 10/10
There Will Be Blood 10/10

6. Stanley Kubrick
2001: A Space Odyssey 10/10
A Clockwork Orange 4/10
Dr. Strangelove 8/10
Paths of Glory 8/10
The Shining 7/10

7. Christopher Nolan
Batman Begins 10/10
The Dark Knight 9/10
Memento 9/10
The Prestige 8/10

8. Coen Brothers
Barton Fink 8/10
The Big Lebowski 8/10
Blood Simple
Burn After Reading 7/10
Fargo 6/10
Intolerable Cruelty 3/10
Miller's Crossing 8/10
No Country For Old Men 9/10
O Brother, Where Art Thou 7/10

9. Satoshi Kon
Millennium Actress 8/10
Paranoia Agent (TV Series) 9/10
Paprika 6/10
Perfect Blue 7/10
Tokyo Godfathers 6/10

10. George Romero
Dawn of the Dead 9/10
Day of the Dead 7/10
Land of the Dead 6/10
Night of the Living Dead 9/10

11. Quentin Tarantino
Kill Bill Volume 1 7/10
Kill Bill Volume 2 7/10
Pulp Fiction 9/10
Reservoir Dogs 6/10

12. Isao Takahata
Grave of the Fireflies 9/10
My Neighbours the Yamadas 4/10
Only Yesterday 7/10
Pom Poko 5/10

13. Woody Allen
Annie Hall 8/10
Hannah and Her Sisters 9/10
Manhattan 10/10

14. Krzysztof Kieslowski
Blue 9/10
Red 8/10
White 5/10

15. Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather Part I 7/10
The Godfather Part II 9/10
The Godfather Part III 7/10

16. Andrew Stanton
A Bug's Life 5/10
Finding Nemo 8/10
WALL-E 10/10

17. Alfred Hitchcock
Psycho 8/10
Rear Window 10/10

18. Joon-ho Bong
The Host 7/10
Memories of Murder 10/10

19. Terry Gilliam
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 9/10
Twelve Monkeys 8/10

20. Edgar Wright
Hot Fuzz 8/10
Shaun of the Dead 7/10
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on November 28, 2008, 02:14:06 PM
I realized I forgot to put my list on this thread. How silly of me.

1. Steven Spielberg
2. Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Martin Scorsese
4. Brad Bird
5. Ridley Scott
6. Akira Kurosawa
7. Stanley Kubrick
8. Hayao Miyazaki
9. Alfred Hitchcock
10. Christopher Nolan
11. Billy Wilder
12. Sergio Leone
13. David Lean
14. Francis Ford Coppola
15. Terrence Malick
16. Joel and Ethan Coen
17. Milos Forman
18. Danny Boyle
19. George Lucas (I defend this solely based on his first three films)
20. Orson Welles
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ses on November 28, 2008, 05:21:09 PM
1. Alfred Hitchcock
2. Steven Spielberg
3. Coen Brothers
4. Stanley Kubrick
5. Billy Wilder
6. Howard Hawks
7. Francis Ford Coppola
8. Francois Truffaut
9. Frank Capra
10. Elia Kazan
11. Roman Polanski
12. Sidney Lumet
13. Akira Kurosawa
14. Sergio Leone
15. Quentin Tarantino
16. David Fincher
17. Clint Eastwood
18. John Ford
19. Orson Welles
20. Martin Scorsese
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on November 28, 2008, 05:49:06 PM
With time almost up to submit lists, I've been going over those that have been posted in the past couple of weeks. There are certain trends in many people's lists. Although I'll make time to witness the countdown on Monday, I'm not expecting any surprises.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 28, 2008, 06:06:37 PM
When I made my first list up I imposed all kinds of rules about how many films the director's made, how many i've seen, how many I'd rate A- or better and the fact that they were film directors in the first place.  I have since jettisoned those rules and took all the work I’ve seen into consideration including film (long & short), commercial, music video, skate video, art pieces ect.

So now the list:

20. Tim Burton - The greatest fantasy filmmaker of all time (with apologies to Terry Gilliam)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYuf_BDmF6A (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYuf_BDmF6A)

19. Quentin Tarantino - Recycled cool is still cool
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvLBm6Hz9tE (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvLBm6Hz9tE)

18. Jonas Åkerlund - He's trying to freak you out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3KQAN-t9Mc&NR=1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3KQAN-t9Mc&NR=1)

17. Kar Wai Wong - one of my favorite words - lush.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHc-vE_6Qic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHc-vE_6Qic)

16. Sidney Lumet - The dean of drama & the other king of New York.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWTEbB65jmw (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWTEbB65jmw)

15. David Lynch - I've linked a video - it reminds me of sausage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMSbn7pgJH0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMSbn7pgJH0)

14. Michel Gondry - something magical is happening
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXhEDuL5DGg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXhEDuL5DGg)

13. Francis Ford Coppola - His best days are behind him but they were some of the best days ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zui4s0aLpr4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zui4s0aLpr4)

12. Jonathan Glazer - Commercial legend, video master and Sexy Beast was pretty great too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAk2wUkmguk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAk2wUkmguk)

11. Spike Jonze - Ascent of the hipster doofus.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmNLBUPrnGM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmNLBUPrnGM)

(the rest after the jump)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 28, 2008, 06:07:36 PM
With time almost up to submit lists, I've been going over those that have been posted in the past couple of weeks. There are certain trends in many people's lists. Although I'll make time to witness the countdown on Monday, I'm not expecting any surprises.


Froham told me that Kevin Smith has garnered a significant about of secret support.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 28, 2008, 06:09:37 PM
10. Danny Boyle - Choose life.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmzaBvKzrZI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmzaBvKzrZI)

9. David Fincher - "I don't know how much movies should entertain.  To me, I'm always interested in movies that scar."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwbdZ90NUC8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwbdZ90NUC8)

8. Wim Wenders - King of the road(movie)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFIHnl4rmd0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFIHnl4rmd0)

7. The Coen Brothers - Two brothers, two sides, a bunch of fantastic footage.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEfk6CfObEI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEfk6CfObEI)

6. Alfred Hitchcock - Holding all the cards

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCu-NUMrsj0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCu-NUMrsj0)

5. Chris Cunningham – Anyone else doing live VJ sets?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEdCEOblsVU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEdCEOblsVU)

4. Paul Thomas Andeson - Wunderkind
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD7i3hWM6FU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD7i3hWM6FU)

3. Gus Van Sant - The only person on this list to direct a Hanson video.
(Embedding Disabled)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cne6pwjyQVk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cne6pwjyQVk)

2. Martin Scorsese - Um…King Missile? Could you… yeah, thanks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQKS4_Y7QCI (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQKS4_Y7QCI)

1. Stanley Kubrick - The Man
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6RzJFwDE_8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6RzJFwDE_8)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Clovis8 on November 28, 2008, 10:07:40 PM
Ok you just officially made montages cool.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on November 29, 2008, 01:15:55 PM
(A) This list was pretty much barfed out yesterday realizing the deadline (and then Froham letting me edit it this morning as i forgot to list Aki and fill my list to 20).  I didn't put too much labor into this, though thoughts have been bouncing around for the past couple of weeks.

(B) I had wanted to make this list juicy as others have done - nice essays, quotes, pretty frames - just never made the time for it.  maybe later.

(C) The list is weird.  I kind mostly ordered it by folks that have multiple films that resonate as very powerful/meaningful to me now and are thus somewhat fresh with me.  I reckon some folks on this list would be higher were their work fresher (Chantal Akerman, Robert Bresson, Wong Kar-Wai) while others would be lower/off (Kelly, Moore, Van Sant?).

(D) It was stil fun - I'm looking forward to Round 2  ;D

(E) I started writing on each director, got halfway through Moore and realized this was already taking too long, just list:

20. Richard Kelly
19. Michael Moore
18. Agnès Varda
17. Charlie Chaplin
16. Vittorio De Sica
15. Robert Bresson
14. David Lynch
13. David Cronenberg
12. Jim Jarmusch
11. Wong Kar-Wai
10. John Cameron Mitchell
9. Gus Van Sant
8. Claire Denis
7. Chantal Akerman
6. Kelly Reichardt
5. Richard Linklater
4. Aki Kaurismäki
3. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
2. Catherine Breillat
1. Tsai Ming-liang

Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 29, 2008, 01:30:35 PM
10. John Cameron Mitchell

 8)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on November 29, 2008, 03:34:27 PM
19. Michael Moore

Glad to seem him on a list.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on November 29, 2008, 08:27:19 PM
20. David Cronenberg
(http://i33.tinypic.com/208y549.jpg)

19. John Cassavetes
(http://i37.tinypic.com/i6xul0.jpg)

18. Andrzej Wajda
(http://i36.tinypic.com/24enul5.jpg)

17. Michel Gondry
(http://i38.tinypic.com/2wp6wk4.jpg)

16. Woody Allen
(http://i34.tinypic.com/2qvvyok.jpg)

15. Errol Morris
(http://i35.tinypic.com/2ivcjlh.jpg)

14. Wes Anderson
(http://i38.tinypic.com/2njvnh3.jpg)

13. Stanley Kubrick
(http://i33.tinypic.com/2nibint.jpg)

12. Terrence Malick
(http://i35.tinypic.com/ri8dar.jpg)

11. Krzysztof Kieslowski
(http://i35.tinypic.com/263ixjm.jpg)

10. Billy Wilder
(http://i38.tinypic.com/2360if.jpg)

9. Carl Theodor Dreyer
(http://i38.tinypic.com/298lxk.jpg)

8. Werner Herzog
(http://i34.tinypic.com/212iis9.jpg)

7. Joel & Ethan Coen
(http://i37.tinypic.com/xbz8sn.jpg)

6. Akira Kurosawa
(http://i36.tinypic.com/ipbgc1.jpg)

5. Orson Welles
(http://i35.tinypic.com/2edt5zc.jpg)

4. Jean-Pierre Melville
(http://i38.tinypic.com/34y8ruo.jpg)

3. Alfred Hitchcock
(http://i38.tinypic.com/de8zn7.jpg)

2. Wong Kar Wai
(http://i35.tinypic.com/2csdkm1.jpg)

1. Paul Thomas Anderson

(http://i37.tinypic.com/w2bz1g.jpg)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: StarCarly on November 29, 2008, 10:09:55 PM
Great list, great screenshots.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: worm@work on November 29, 2008, 10:11:24 PM
Great list, great screenshots.

Your screenshots make me want to watch so many of these films again :). Very nice list. I am now inspired to watch the Wajda set.

-w@w
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on December 01, 2008, 03:05:11 AM
I will begin the presentation ceremony for the Top 100 on Monday night at 9PM EST. Mark it off on your calendars. This is going to be fun times.

I almost forgot that I had a reason to get out of bed tomorrow  Awesome.

Also, bumping this thread so that I remember to respond to people.

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on December 01, 2008, 04:49:06 PM
I will begin the presentation ceremony for the Top 100 on Monday night at 9PM EST. Mark it off on your calendars. This is going to be fun times.

I almost forgot that I had a reason to get out of bed tomorrow  Awesome.

Also, bumping this thread so that I remember to respond to people.

pixote

Alright everyone. Approximately 3 hours to go. Let's flood the chatroom at 9PM EST!!!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 01, 2008, 04:49:59 PM
I will begin the presentation ceremony for the Top 100 on Monday night at 9PM EST. Mark it off on your calendars. This is going to be fun times.

I almost forgot that I had a reason to get out of bed tomorrow  Awesome.

Also, bumping this thread so that I remember to respond to people.

pixote

Alright everyone. Approximately 3 hours to go. Let's flood the chatroom at 9PM EST!!!

I'll bring nachos.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Thor on December 01, 2008, 05:11:32 PM
I'll be missing it. I will be being a zombie extra in a student film instead.  :'(
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on December 01, 2008, 05:47:40 PM
It's a good thing you're an evil man.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FifthCityMuse on December 01, 2008, 05:53:20 PM
Being extras in a student film is always fun.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on December 01, 2008, 06:03:08 PM
Okay. So I've tabulated all the scores. The results are in. Looking at the list I can see that there are a number of ties. But luckily all of the directors in the Top 100 got at least two votes, so that's a good thing.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on December 01, 2008, 07:53:28 PM
Okay. So I've tabulated all the scores. The results are in. Looking at the list I can see that there are a number of ties. But luckily all of the directors in the Top 100 got at least two votes, so that's a good thing.

Thank you kindly for taking the time and effort to compile the results. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on December 01, 2008, 08:02:12 PM
Mizoguchi, I get - he dwells in bleak melodrama; the women suffer.  I can see that with the non-samurai Kurosawas (though, it maybe exactly his samurai pics that you feel are chores!).  But Ozu...  Have you seen his comedies?  There are lots of humor in his melodramas as well.  I chuckle throughout Late Spring, for instance.  It seems like people (not you) lump Ozu with directors like Bresson and non-early Dreyer (see what you did Paul Schrader), but Chaplin's, Harold Lloyd's (who, for my money, is up there with Keaton and Chaplin) and Lubitsch's influence can be spotted in Ozu's films.  On the other hand, it's probably Ozu's comedies that you feel are chores so nevermind :)

I'm trying to remember what Ozu comedies I've seen.  I Was Born But... and Ohayô were both delightful.  Yeah, it's not really that.  It's more just that the last Ozu film I watched was Floating Weeds (1959), and I was looking as forward to seeing that about as much anything, and it ended up really disappointing me.  So I've sort of been shying away from Ozu for a bit.  Presumably, the next film I see from him will get start the cycle again, with me excited to see everything he's done, only to get disappointed somewhere in there and back off for a while, etc.

Don't forget the incredible The Little Foxes!  I think it's Wyler's best film.

You know, I actually haven't seen The Little Foxes yet.  It's one of those film I've recorded a bunch of times or planned to watch live or whatever, but it's not yet happened.  There was also probably a time in there where I thought, hmm, maybe I should read Hellman's play first.  It's not on TCM anytime soon, so I might have to rent it, now that you've reignited my interest.  The Big Country is on TCM in a couple days, though.  Looking forward to that one.  I should also maybe watch Ben-Hur at some point, but that's another one of those where I always make an excuse (need to read the book first, need to see the silent version first, need to see it in 70mm, like I've had more than a couple chances to, etc.).  Plus I'm scared of Charlton Heston.

What's the reason for that?  The Big Sky is pretty underrated.  And, yes, I am one of those who thinks Rio Bravo is his best film.

My hesitancy to see more of Hawks' work from after 1950 is mostly just an instinct thing — a reluctance to see him work in color, fail to grow more as a director, recycle more of his older work, and such.  I've seen only seen Rio Bravo and bits and pieces of Monkey Business and Gentleman Prefer Blondes, and I just got a bad vibe from all of those.  I wish I remembered more clearly why I didn't like Rio Bravo; I suppose I should watch it again.  I'll try to catch The Big Sky at some point, too — but probably after Ceiling Zero and Air Force.

Have you seen Victor Erice's Dream of Light?

No, but I just put a hold on one of the VHS copies at the library.

What do you think of the films of Bill Douglas, Morris Engel, Ermanno Olmi, early Milos Forman, the Dardenne brothers, Cassavetes, and Peter Watkins?

I'm totally unfamiliar with Bill Douglas.  What should I hunt down first?  I think Engel's The Little Fugitive is such a special film, just on it's own, but also in the way it was made and the influence it feels like it had on The 400 Blows.  Haven't seen anything else by Engel.  For Olmi, I've only seen The Tree of Wooden Clogs, which didn't do much for me, but I don't remember it very well at all, and the fact that I'm surprised to see Olmi's name among these others tells me I should probably watch The Legend of the Holy Drinker sooner rather than later.  Except for Svankmajer, really, Czech film is a huge gap in what I've seen, and that extends to early Forman (and Chytilová).  I should really get on that.  The Dardennes seem like they'll probably be on my top directors list if we do it again in five years — and I base that on having seen just La Promesse.  Their style is perfectly appealing to me.  Cassavetes is a director I respect but don't really like — but I really haven't seen enough to make that kind of judgment (Shadows and A Woman Under the Influence, I guess).  In my head, I've sort of written off his films as having too many scenes of people shouting at each other.  That said, I still really really want to see The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.  I finally saw Watkins' The War Game and Culloden recently, the first of which I thought was good but not great.  I remain really optimistic about Edvard Munch.

I get the feeling that you took an 'outside the box' approach to your list.

That wasn't my intent, really.  There was a moment where I thought I might throw in some tv directors (Mark Tinker!) or directors with just one film to their credit (Lee Kwang-mo!), but the more time I spent thinking about it, the more effort I put into creating I list that I feel like I can truly stand behind.  I didn't even try to game the system by ranking the underdogs higher or anything like that.  What I posted was as accurate as I could make it.

I'm genuinely surprised at the inclusion of [Bresson] since I've never seen pix talk highly too highly of him.

I just feel very very comfortable in his world.

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on December 01, 2008, 11:08:16 PM
It's more just that the last Ozu film I watched was Floating Weeds (1959), and I was looking as forward to seeing that about as much anything, and it ended up really disappointing me.  So I've sort of been shying away from Ozu for a bit.  Presumably, the next film I see from him will get start the cycle again, with me excited to see everything he's done, only to get disappointed somewhere in there and back off for a while, etc.
I see.

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You know, I actually haven't seen The Little Foxes yet.  It's one of those film I've recorded a bunch of times or planned to watch live or whatever, but it's not yet happened.  There was also probably a time in there where I thought, hmm, maybe I should read Hellman's play first.  It's not on TCM anytime soon, so I might have to rent it, now that you've reignited my interest.
See it soon.

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My hesitancy to see more of Hawks' work from after 1950 is mostly just an instinct thing — a reluctance to see him work in color, fail to grow more as a director, recycle more of his older work, and such.  I've seen only seen Rio Bravo and bits and pieces of Monkey Business and Gentleman Prefer Blondes, and I just got a bad vibe from all of those.  I wish I remembered more clearly why I didn't like Rio Bravo; I suppose I should watch it again.  I'll try to catch The Big Sky at some point, too — but probably after Ceiling Zero and Air Force.
I think Hawks grows as a director in that period in that Rio Bravo is, looking at it from an auteurist stance, the pinnacle of Hawksian themes and the Hawks film world found in all the Hawks films prior to it (not that I think that was his intent).  But I'm with you in that that's the period in which Hawks recycles his older work with the obvious example being El Dorado and in a way repeats himself and, on the whole, I agree he doesn't grow.  So yeah, Rio Bravo is the only essential Hawks of that period from what I've seen of that period so far.

Have you seen Victor Erice's Dream of Light?
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No, but I just put a hold on one of the VHS copies at the library.
Considering your love for Kiarostami, I think that Erice is definitely something you should look into.  Critics often bring up Kiarostami when talking about Dream of Light with its blurring of reality and fiction.  There was a Erice-Kiarostami retrospective a while back that also included the two directors, I believe, creating artworks in response to the other's or something like that.

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I'm totally unfamiliar with Bill Douglas.  What should I hunt down first?
He only made four feature-lengths and only three of them are available as part of The Bill Douglas Trilogy:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ac-GpuiEL._SS500_.jpg)

It was released on DVD not too long ago by both the BFI and Facets.  Prior to that they had quite a reputation despite being underseen.  The films clock in at 46, 55, and 71 minutes respectively so the trilogy is not a daunting task.  There have been articles covering it because of the DVD release, and it's something I think you'd like given your love for The 400 Blows, The Little Fugitive and films with documentary impulses.  Keep in mind the Douglas films are very different in tone from the Truffaut and Engel.

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I think Engel's The Little Fugitive is such a special film, just on it's own, but also in the way it was made and the influence it feels like it had on The 400 Blows.  Haven't seen anything else by Engel.
I feel the same way.  Though, I think Lovers and Lollipops is better!  Weddings and Babies should be on TLF and LaL's level, but it's marred by the acting.  However, Weddings and Babies' footage of the street festival in Little Italy is wondrous; great documentary value.

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For Olmi, I've only seen The Tree of Wooden Clogs, which didn't do much for me, but I don't remember it very well at all, and the fact that I'm surprised to see Olmi's name among these others tells me I should probably watch The Legend of the Holy Drinker sooner rather than later.
Yeah, Wooden Clogs is extremely different from the films I have in mind for you when bringing up the brilliant Olmi.  I haven't seen The Legend of the Holy Drinker, but it also sounds different from what I have in mind for you.  I'm thinking about the masterpieces, Il Posto and I Fidanzati.

Have you been to the new Criterion Collection site?  They contain trailers for their films.  The trailer for Il Posto:
trailer (http://www.criterion.com/films/364)

The film is also currently available for download for a $5 fee from them.  I assume there's compression involved.  I still haven't seen the site's orientation video.  If there is compression, I say rent the DVD which also has his very good, charming short La cotta.

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Except for Svankmajer, really, Czech film is a huge gap in what I've seen, and that extends to early Forman (and Chytilová).  I should really get on that.
If you liked the Engel and end up liking the Olmis, I think you'd like The Loves of a Blonde and Black Peter especially the former.

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The Dardennes seem like they'll probably be on my top directors list if we do it again in five years — and I base that on having seen just La Promesse.  Their style is perfectly appealing to me.
Man, if you found that film and its style to be appealing, I think you're gonna love The Son and The Child which I think are their two best films.  For my money, the former being one of the top ten (maybe) films this decade.

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Cassavetes is a director I respect but don't really like — but I really haven't seen enough to make that kind of judgment (Shadows and A Woman Under the Influence, I guess).  In my head, I've sort of written off his films as having too many scenes of people shouting at each other.
Just brought him up because it's in the ballpark of films with documentary impulses in my opinion.  Same with Peter Watkins.  Well, in the case of Watkins, it's pseudo-documentary.

I hope you see Il Posto soon.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: saltine on December 01, 2008, 11:15:20 PM
I didn't post my list here, but I was 20 for 20!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Junior on December 01, 2008, 11:15:48 PM
I, too, was 20/20. Me and saltine rock very hard.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: StarCarly on December 01, 2008, 11:17:50 PM
17/20

Craven, Apatow, Rob Reiner didnt make it. But I knew that going in,.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ses on December 01, 2008, 11:19:26 PM
19/20

Kazan was the only one of mine that didn't make the list.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Basil on December 01, 2008, 11:19:51 PM
19/20. Not bad. Soderbergh is all that matters though.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on December 01, 2008, 11:25:22 PM
12/20 i believe. Also, 2/5 for my top 5.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on December 01, 2008, 11:25:59 PM
I was 12/13.

People are not ready to accept Harmony Korine, I guess.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on December 01, 2008, 11:30:22 PM
I was a surprising 19/20. I think it's the first time my tastes were reflected in a top 100 so overwhelmingly. My friend Denys Arcand was a casualty of war sadly.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on December 01, 2008, 11:32:20 PM
Fourteen out of twenty.  No love for Wyler (#20), Pasolini (#18), Zinnemann (#10), Kiarostami (#8), Jones (#3), or Flaherty (#1).  One billion animators on the list, but no Chuck Jones?  Doesn't seem fair.

I think Kiarostami might make the list next time we do this, assuming his films become more available in the meantime.

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on December 01, 2008, 11:35:07 PM
One billion animators on the list, but no Chuck Jones?  Doesn't seem fair.


With regards specifically to all those Pixar animators/directors who made the cut, I couldn't agree with you more.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: worm@work on December 01, 2008, 11:35:29 PM
17/20.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Kevin Shields on December 01, 2008, 11:36:17 PM
16/20
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Melvil on December 01, 2008, 11:49:31 PM
I was 19 / 20, but looking back my list kinda sucked.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on December 01, 2008, 11:54:03 PM
I was 19 / 20, but looking back my list kinda sucked.

lol
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on December 02, 2008, 12:00:34 AM
I'm still in the lead!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: mañana on December 02, 2008, 12:10:47 AM
16 of mine made it. The 4 that did not are John Sayles, DA Pennebaker, Ken Burns, and Christopher Guest.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on December 02, 2008, 12:34:30 AM
18 for me, no Wajda or Cassavetes.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on December 02, 2008, 01:06:47 AM
18 for me, no Wajda or Cassavetes.
Hmm, did I know that Wajda didn't make it? Could I be down to 11?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on December 02, 2008, 01:07:39 AM
I'm still in the lead!

but where do your people fall?  

my 1 & 2 are not present, my 3 is 64 and my 5 is 93.  (how did Tsai Ming-liang not make the list? or De Sica for that matter?)

here is how all my folks landed:

10  WKW 11
27  Chaplin 17
28  Lynch 14
31  Cronenberg 13
38  GVS 9
42  Bresson 15
51  Akerman 7
62  Denis 8
64  Dardennes 3
71  Varda 18
80  Jarmusch 12
80  Moore 19
93  Linklater 5
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on December 02, 2008, 01:11:02 AM
Hmm, did I know that Wajda didn't make it? Could I be down to 11?

Nah, you knew.

What are your top three Sirk films, by the way?

(how did Tsai Ming-liang not make the list? or De Sica for that matter?)

I was more tempted by Rosselini, but no Italians made my list, I don't think (not even the fat, bearded ones).  edit: Oops, forgot I snuck Pasolini on there.

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on December 02, 2008, 01:33:40 AM
I'm still in the lead!

but where do your people fall?  

my 1 & 2 are not present, my 3 is 64 and my 5 is 93.  (how did Tsai Ming-liang not make the list? or De Sica for that matter?)

here is how all my folks landed:

10  WKW 11
27  Chaplin 17
28  Lynch 14
31  Cronenberg 13
38  GVS 9
42  Bresson 15
51  Akerman 7
62  Denis 8
64  Dardennes 3
71  Varda 18
80  Jarmusch 12
80  Moore 19
93  Linklater 5


doing some digging, face has:


1    Stanley Kubrick  7
4    Akira Kurosawa  5
5   P.T. Anderson 13
10  Wong Kar-wai  17
28  David Lynch  11
31  David Cronenberg  15
40  Wiseman  14
48  Jean-Pierre Melville 10
49  Michael Powell/The Archers
51  Chantal Akerman 9
56  Carl Th. Dreyer 1
71  Agnès Varda  6


four picks in the Top 10 to my 1
his #1 at least shows up at 56
9 in the Top 50 to my 6, 11 in the Top 60 to my 6
his lowest ranked director is 71, while i have slots 71, 80, 80, and 93

i'm not sayin, i'm just sayin :)

when is round 2?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Dracula on December 02, 2008, 06:44:27 AM
19/20

No John Huston?  Really, I think a lot of classic Hollywood directors got the shaft by this list.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Wilson on December 02, 2008, 07:09:33 AM
19/20 for me, which means more Moodysson assignments in the dictators club.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Ronan on December 02, 2008, 07:23:59 AM
Just going through the list now, a bit ridiculous. Did you see how high Sofia Coppola was. On the same page shes better than Lean, Fellini, Boyle, The Archers, Keaton & Ozu
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Wilson on December 02, 2008, 07:28:04 AM
Just going through the list now, a bit ridiculous. Did you see how high Sofia Coppola was. On the same page shes better than Lean, Fellini, Boyle, The Archers, Keaton & Ozu

haha nice, I caught the Boyle joke you slipped in there.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Dracula on December 02, 2008, 07:50:26 AM
Just going through the list now, a bit ridiculous. Did you see how high Sofia Coppola was. On the same page shes better than Lean, Fellini, Boyle, The Archers, Keaton & Ozu

She is too high on that list.  Michel Gondry too, who's apparently better than Berman and Altman.  Then again Eternal Sunshine and Lost in Translation are apparently among the greatest movies ever so it's not a huge suprise that they get a lot of love here.

I also found it strange that P.T. Anderson was right above Martic Scorsese on the list when Anderson's big splash was from a movie (Boogie Nights) that pretty liberally "borrowed" from Scorsese.

Wong Kar-Wai was a bit high too, the guy's made some good movies but I'd never put him above Billy Wilder and Orson Welles. 

The two most obscure filmmakers on the list were Chantal Akerman (who only has two movies deemed worthy of a wikipedia page) and Claire Denis.  I consider myself fairly knowedgeable about this stuff and I hadn't heard of either.  I'm suprised they got as high as they did.

Also, I do dig Night and Dawn of the Dead, but I don't know that I can really claim George Romero is a masterclass director.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Junior on December 02, 2008, 08:12:07 AM
I think it's kind of funny how some of you guys don't like how the NKOTB are higher than some of the old school legends. It's like my reaction to the movie list but reversed!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on December 02, 2008, 08:58:25 AM
I think it's kind of funny how some of you guys don't like how the NKOTB are higher than some of the old school legends. It's like my reaction to the movie list but reversed!

Really, it's to be expected.  While I personally only voted for a few "new" directors, I've probably cumulatively seen many more films from them than the old guard.  Hopefully this list will serve what should be its main aim, to inspire people to check out some of the greats they've missed.  I'm also willing to bet that certain directors might have been left off of ballots because people assumed they would get plenty of support and wanted to throw some weight behind deserving, but underheralded (that's a word, right?) directors.  Really the only way this could be avoided is if no one revealed their ballot until after the voting deadline, but honestly, who cares?  I think what will be most interesting is if we revise the list next year, seeing how things change.  It's obvious that a director's most recent work weighs heavily for most, so it makes perfect sense that Nolan is still riding the Dark Knight wave or someone more obscure like Akerman who I know got a bump from the recent rash of JD viewings.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: FroHam X on December 02, 2008, 09:00:09 AM
And how about that Batman guy getting such high placement on the list? Insane.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: roujin on December 02, 2008, 09:13:04 AM
Varda, Denis, Akerman, Coppola...

We did good, people. We did good.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: mañana on December 02, 2008, 11:19:59 AM
If like me, people voted based on their favorites, who are not necessarily the "best", it makes sense that folks like Coppola (Jr.), Gondry, and Nolan ranked higher than some of the masters.

For instance, on my list I had John Sayles higher than Kurosawa or Scorsese. Speaking objectively, do I think Sayles is a "better" filmmaker? Not at all. But I was voting with my heart so things are going to be skewed.   
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on December 02, 2008, 11:28:13 AM
If like me, people voted based on their favorites, who are not necessarily the "best", it makes sense that folks like Coppola (Jr.), Gondry, and Nolan ranked higher than some of the masters.

For instance, on my list I had John Sayles higher than Kurosawa or Scorsese. Speaking objectively, do I think Sayles is a "better" filmmaker? Not at all. But I was voting with my heart so things are going to be skewed.   

Yep, couldn't agree more.  That's why someone like Bergman didn't make my list.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Thor on December 02, 2008, 11:29:40 AM
Is there any interest in a round 2 based on just the top 100? Since so many people got at least 3/4 of their votes on the list, maybe it's not worth it. But maybe it would be fun, you know, just for jokes?

I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out. I mean, I like that you guys like the same movies I like. Some of you, at least.

I didn't do the zombie movie after all. Those students couldn't have organized a piss-up in a brewery.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on December 02, 2008, 11:31:09 AM
Is there any interest in a round 2 based on just the top 100? Since so many people got at least 3/4 of their votes on the list, maybe it's not worth it. But maybe it would be fun, you know, just for jokes?

I don't really think a round 2 is necessary, unless it was strictly something to break all the ties.  Like ranking the directors in each tied group? But even that probably isn't necessary.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on December 02, 2008, 11:34:20 AM
I mentioned this briefly in the chat last night, but I'll reiterate it here again. I suspect that a majority of filmspotters were tempted, by habit, taste or cinematic knowledge, to add more recent directors to their lists. Some of us do watch older movies, be them from the US or foreign, but a vast majority of message board members it seems to me are more familiar with directors such as Fincher, PTA and Nolan, just to name a few. That arguably explains why they earned such stunningly high positions in the list. If we all watched an equal amount of old/new and US based/foreign films, I very much doubt the top 100 list would look like the one we just created.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: duder on December 02, 2008, 11:36:08 AM
I think people are overthinking it. The list is done. It was fun. What's the next one? :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on December 02, 2008, 11:38:22 AM
I think people are overthinking it. The list is done. It was fun. What's the next one? :)

Of course, isn't this always the case?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on December 02, 2008, 11:44:03 AM
There were brief discussions about actors, performances and characters. I left shortly after the countdown was over so I'm not sure if anything concrete came out of the talks.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on December 02, 2008, 11:51:56 AM
It's Filmspot season!

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on December 02, 2008, 11:56:44 AM
There were brief discussions about actors, performances and characters. I left shortly after the countdown was over so I'm not sure if anything concrete came out of the talks.

Yeah I think we decided to shelve those because
It's Filmspot season!

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on December 02, 2008, 12:00:25 PM
Absolutely. Enough about 'all time' lists. It's time to make a little bit of room for 2008. I wasn't a very active message board member at this time last year so I have to say that I'm kind of excited for the filmspots.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Basil on December 02, 2008, 12:01:15 PM
Absolutely. Enough about 'all time' lists. It's time to make a little bit of room for 2008. I wasn't a very active message board member at this time last year so I have to say that I'm kind of excited for the filmspots.

Woohoo! You totally should be. I hear they're pretty awesome.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: facedad on January 18, 2009, 08:19:40 PM
I'm still in the lead!

but where do your people fall?  

my 1 & 2 are not present, my 3 is 64 and my 5 is 93.  (how did Tsai Ming-liang not make the list? or De Sica for that matter?)

here is how all my folks landed:

10  WKW 11
27  Chaplin 17
28  Lynch 14
31  Cronenberg 13
38  GVS 9
42  Bresson 15
51  Akerman 7
62  Denis 8
64  Dardennes 3
71  Varda 18
80  Jarmusch 12
80  Moore 19
93  Linklater 5


doing some digging, face has:


1    Stanley Kubrick  7
4    Akira Kurosawa  5
5   P.T. Anderson 13
10  Wong Kar-wai  17
28  David Lynch  11
31  David Cronenberg  15
40  Wiseman  14
48  Jean-Pierre Melville 10
49  Michael Powell/The Archers
51  Chantal Akerman 9
56  Carl Th. Dreyer 1
71  Agnès Varda  6


four picks in the Top 10 to my 1
his #1 at least shows up at 56
9 in the Top 50 to my 6, 11 in the Top 60 to my 6
his lowest ranked director is 71, while i have slots 71, 80, 80, and 93

i'm not sayin, i'm just sayin :)

when is round 2?
Does this need response from me?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: skjerva on January 19, 2009, 01:57:41 AM
I'm still in the lead!

but where do your people fall?  

my 1 & 2 are not present, my 3 is 64 and my 5 is 93.  (how did Tsai Ming-liang not make the list? or De Sica for that matter?)

here is how all my folks landed:

10  WKW 11
27  Chaplin 17
28  Lynch 14
31  Cronenberg 13
38  GVS 9
42  Bresson 15
51  Akerman 7
62  Denis 8
64  Dardennes 3
71  Varda 18
80  Jarmusch 12
80  Moore 19
93  Linklater 5


doing some digging, face has:


1    Stanley Kubrick  7
4    Akira Kurosawa  5
5   P.T. Anderson 13
10  Wong Kar-wai  17
28  David Lynch  11
31  David Cronenberg  15
40  Wiseman  14
48  Jean-Pierre Melville 10
49  Michael Powell/The Archers
51  Chantal Akerman 9
56  Carl Th. Dreyer 1
71  Agnès Varda  6


four picks in the Top 10 to my 1
his #1 at least shows up at 56
9 in the Top 50 to my 6, 11 in the Top 60 to my 6
his lowest ranked director is 71, while i have slots 71, 80, 80, and 93

i'm not sayin, i'm just sayin :)

when is round 2?
Does this need response from me?

no, but i am inspired to get back to Akerman with your return :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bill Thompson on April 08, 2009, 12:16:12 PM
Mesa list,

1) Hayao Miyazaki
2) Alfred Hitchcock
3) Stanley Kubrick
4) Akira Kurosawa
5) Brad Bird
6) Guillermo del Toro
7) John Ford
8) Billy Wilder
9) Ridley Scott
10) David Fincher
11) Orson Welles
12) John Lasseter
13) Clint Eastwood
14) David Cronenberg
15) George Romero
16) Elia Kazan
17) Coen Brothers
18) Alfonso Cuaron
19) Steven Spielberg
20) Danny Boyle

I mentioned that I was looking into this about a month ago, and I have been mulling this over a lot lately. My top 20 feels like it will significantly change, so I figured I'd revisit this and see just how much it has changed,

1) Hayao Miyazaki
2) Werner Herzog
3) Billy Wilder
4) Alfred Hitchcock
5) Gus Van Sant
6) Akira Kurosawa
7) David Cronenberg
8) Stanley Kubrick
9) Sergio Leone
10) Andrew Stanton
11) Coen Brothers
12) Marc Forster
13) John Lasseter
14) Clint Eastwood
15) John Ford
16) Paul Thomas Anderson
17) Brad Bird
18) Ingmar Bergman
19) Isao Takahata
20) Guillermo del Toro

So it ends up there were some significant changes, and I expect there to be more as I discover other great directors. But, it will be a while before I visit this topic again. I just wanted to see how my views have changed over a short amount of time, so, uh, yeah.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on April 08, 2009, 12:34:21 PM
Mymymy. GVS goes from off the list to #5, passing Kubrick. Quite the changes.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on April 08, 2009, 12:43:09 PM

So it ends up there were some significant changes, and I expect there to be more as I discover other great directors. But, it will be a while before I visit this topic again. I just wanted to see how my views have changed over a short amount of time, so, uh, yeah.

Welles will be back on there once you get around to F for Fake.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bill Thompson on April 08, 2009, 12:59:23 PM
Mymymy. GVS goes from off the list to #5, passing Kubrick. Quite the changes.

That's what happens when all I had previously seen was Elephant, and now I have seen Paranoid Park, Gerry, Drugstore Cowboy, Milk and Good Will Hunting. But, you're forgetting about Herzog, who also wasn't on the original list and jumped all the way to #2.

Welles will be back on there once you get around to F for Fake.

I have a feeling Welles will be back on there once I get around to seeing Othello, The Trial, Touch Of Evil, The Lady From Shanghai and yes, F For Fake.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: zarodinu on April 08, 2009, 01:06:48 PM
Never got a chance to make one, here it is though.  Included are the films I consider 10/10 masterpieces.

1.   Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Ran, Ikiru, Dreams.
2.   Andrei Tarkovsky - Andrei Rublev, Stalker.
3.   Ingmar Bergman - Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly.
4.   Charlie Chaplin - The Gold Rush, Modern Times, The Great Dictator.
5.   Melville - The Samurai, The Red Circle, Army of Shadow.
6.   Joel and Ethal Coen - Fargo, Millers Crossing, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men.
7.   Kim Ki Duk - The Isle, Spring Summer, 3-Iron.
8.   Stanley Kubrick - Paths of Glory, 2001 A Space Odyssey.
9.   Andrei Wajda - Ashes and Diamonds, Promised Land (criminally left off the Filmspotting Top 100!!!)
10.  Sergio Leone - Good Bad Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West.
11.  Hayao Miyazaki - Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke.  
12.  Errol Morris - Mr Death.
13.  F. W. Murnau - Sunrise, Faust.
14.  David Lynch - Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive.
15.  Terry Gilliam - Brazil.
16.  Francis Ford Coppola - Godfather, Apocalypse Now.
17.  Alfred Hitchcock - Rear Window.
18.  Lucas Moodyson - Together.
19.  Hector Babenco - Pixote, Kiss of the Spider Woman.
20.  Billy Wilder - Sunset Boulevard.    
    
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jbissell on April 08, 2009, 01:10:16 PM
Never got a chance to make one, here it is though.  Included are the films I consider 10/10 masterpieces.

1.   Akira Kurosawa - Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Ran, Ikiru, Dreams.
2.   Andrei Tarkovsky - Andrei Rublev, Stalker.
3.   Ingmar Bergman - Seventh Seal, Through a Glass Darkly.
4.   Charlie Chaplin - The Gold Rush, Modern Times, The Great Dictator.
5.   Melville - The Samurai, The Red Circle, Army of Shadow.
6.   Joel and Ethal Coen - Fargo, Millers Crossing, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men.
7.   Kim Ki Duk - The Isle, Spring Summer, 3-Iron.
8.   Stanley Kubrick - Paths of Glory, 2001 A Space Odyssey.
9.   Andrei Wajda - Ashes and Diamonds, Promised Land (criminally left off the Filmspotting Top 100!!!)
10.  Sergio Leone - Good Bad Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West.
11.  Hayao Miyazaki - Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke.  
12.  Errol Morris - Mr Death.
13.  F. W. Murnau - Sunrise, Faust.
14.  David Lynch - Eraserhead, Mulholland Drive.
15.  Terry Gilliam - Brazil.
16.  Francis Ford Coppola - Godfather, Apocalypse Now.
17.  Alfred Hitchcock - Rear Window.
18.  Lucas Moodyson - Together.
19.  Hector Babenco - Pixote, Kiss of the Spider Woman.
20.  Billy Wilder - Sunset Boulevard.    
    

Very nice list.  Maybe with your support, next time we'll get Wajda on the top 100(I don't remember how short he was).
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on April 08, 2009, 01:14:05 PM
That's what happens when all I had previously seen was Elephant, and now I have seen Paranoid Park, Gerry, Drugstore Cowboy, Milk and Good Will Hunting. But, you're forgetting about Herzog, who also wasn't on the original list and jumped all the way to #2.

Just as impressive, for sure.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on April 05, 2010, 01:08:19 PM
#20 — William Wyler (1902 - 1981)

I had a lot of names penciled into this final spot at various points.  Originally it was Frank Borzage — largely because I watched The Mortal Storm recently and he made things work in that film that had no right working and I totally respect him for that — but I decided I should really check out History Is Made at Night before canonizing Borzage like that.

I am a prophet.

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Junior on April 05, 2010, 01:09:42 PM
#20 — William Wyler (1902 - 1981)

I had a lot of names penciled into this final spot at various points.  Originally it was Frank Borzage — largely because I watched The Mortal Storm recently and he made things work in that film that had no right working and I totally respect him for that — but I decided I should really check out History Is Made at Night before canonizing Borzage like that.

I am a prophet.

pixote

But you made the wrong decision!
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: pixote on April 05, 2010, 01:40:51 PM
I am a prophet.

But you made the wrong decision!

Not even Cassandra heeded Cassandra.

pixote
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: THATguy on April 05, 2010, 02:22:21 PM
Doesn't appear that Miyazaki needs any more love, but I really couldn't see it being anyone else. :)

1. Hayao Miyazaki
2. Woody Allen
3. Darren Aronofsky
4. Milos Forman
5. Akira Kurosawa
6. Martin Scorsese
7. Robert Altman
8. Frank Capra
9. Brad Bird
10. Stanley Kubrick
11. Isao Takahata
12. Tim Burton
13. Michel Gondry
14. John Lasseter
15. The Coen Brothers
16. Andrew Stanton
17. Guillermo Del Toro
18. Billy Wilder
19. Danny Boyle
20. Satoshi Kon

UPDATED:

1. Billy Wilder
Double Indemnity *****
Witness for the Prosecution *****
Sunset Blvd. *****
The Lost Weekend **** 1/2
Sabrina **** 1/2
Ace in the Hole **** 1/2
Love in the Afternoon **** 1/2
The Apartment **** 1/2
The Front Page *** 1/2

2. Alfred Hitchcock
Shadow of a Doubt *****
Notorious *****
Rear Window *****
Vertigo *****
Rope ****
The Man Who Knew Too Much ****
The Birds ** 1/2

3. Hayao Miyazaki
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind *****
Porco Rosso **** 1/2
Princess Mononoke **** 1/2
My Neighbor Totoro **** 1/2
Howl's Moving Castle ****
The Castle of Cagliostro ****
Ponyo ****
Laputa: Castle in the Sky *** 1/2
Spirited Away *** 1/2
Kiki's Delivery Service *** 1/2

4. Martin Scorsese
The Last Temptation of Christ *****
Goodfellas *****
Raging Bull **** 1/2
The Departed **** 1/2
Taxi Driver ****
Casino ****
Shutter Island ****
Gangs of New York ****
The Aviator ****
Bringing Out the Dead *** 1/2
The King of Comedy *** 1/2
The Color of Money ***
The Age of Innocence ***
After Hours **

5. Woody Allen
Annie Hall *****
Crimes and Misdemeanors *****
Zelig **** 1/2
Bullets Over Broadway **** 1/2
The Purple Rose of Cairo **** 1/2
Hannah and Her Sisters ****
Stardust Memories ****
Manhattan ****
Whatever Works ****
Another Woman *** 1/2
Deconstructing Harry *** 1/2
Vicky Cristina Barcelona *** 1/2
Bananas *** 1/2
Melinda and Melinda *** 1/2
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy ***
Sleeper ***
Everyone Says I Love You ** 1/2
Scoop * 1/2

6. Frank Capra
It Happened One Night *****
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington **** 1/2
State of the Union **** 1/2
Mr. Deeds Goes To Town ****
Arsenic and Old Lace ****
Lost Horizon *** 1/2

7. Stanley Kubrick
Paths of Glory **** 1/2
A Clockwork Orange **** 1/2
The Shining **** 1/2
Full Metal Jacket ****
2001: A Space Odyssey ****
Eyes Wide Shut *** 1/2
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb *** 1/2
Lolita ***

8. Pedro Almodovar
All About My Mother *****
Bad Education **** 1/2
Broken Embraces **** 1/2
Volver ****
Talk to Her *** 1/2

9. Sidney Lumet
12 Angry Men *****
Network **** 1/2
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead ****
Fail-Safe ****
Dog Day Afternoon *** 1/2
Serpico *** 1/2

10. The Coen Brothers
A Serious Man **** 1/2
Fargo **** 1/2
Burn After Reading ****
No Country For Old Men ****
The Big Lebowski ****
Blood Simple ****
Miller's Crossing ****
O Brother, Where Art Thou? ****
The Man Who Wasn't There ****
The Hudsucker Proxy ***
Raising Arizona ***
Barton Fink ***
Intolerable Cruelty ** 1/2

11. Darren Aronofsky
Requiem for a Dream *****
The Wrestler **** 1/2
The Fountain ****
Pi ****

12. Isao Takahata
Grave of the Fireflies **** 1/2
Only Yesterday ****
Gauche the Cellist ****
My Neighbors the Yamadas ***
Panda! Go Panda! ***

13. Michael Curtiz
Casablanca *****
We're No Angels ****
Angels With Dirty Faces ****

14. Akira Kurosawa
Rashomon *****
Ran **** 1/2
Dreams ***

15. George Cukor
The Philadelphia Story *****
A Double Life **** 1/2
Adam's Rib *** 1/2

16. Michel Gondry
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind **** 1/2
The Science of Sleep **** 1/2
Be Kind Rewind ****

17. Steven Spielberg
Schindler's List **** 1/2
A.I. ****
E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial ****
Catch Me if You Can *** 1/2
Munich ***
The Terminal ***
Minority Report **
War of the Worlds **
Jurassic Park **
The Lost World: Jurassic Park * 1/2

18. John Ford
The Quiet Man **** 1/2
Young Mr. Lincoln ****
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance *** 1/2

19. Satoshi Kon
Paprika **** 1/2
Tokyo Godfathers ****
Millennium Actress *** 1/2
Perfect Blue *** 1/2

David Lynch
Lost Highway **** 1/2
Mulholland Drive **** 1/2
Blue Velvet ***
Inland Empire **

Note: There are several directors who's work I've really liked, but for now, I'm only including directors who I've seen at least 3 of their films... aka the Sergio Leone exception :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on April 05, 2010, 03:47:34 PM
Not loving Jurassic Park much eh? Ouch! :(

Otherwise, nice list.

Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: zarodinu on April 05, 2010, 06:04:10 PM
We totally need to do this again, my list has changed so much, mostly thanks to this forum.  Maybe we can expand the ballots to 50 directors, see whom everyone loves after Kubrick and Kurosawa are out of the way.  Somebody more organized and motivated than me should helm the effort. 
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on April 06, 2010, 11:28:46 AM
THATguy, you have Kurosawa and Curtiz in 14th and 13th place respectively, but you've seen fewer of their films than directors that ranked lower but still earned 4+ star reviews. Just out of curiosity, how did you go about ranking the 10-20?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: edgar00 on April 06, 2010, 11:31:14 AM
We totally need to do this again, my list has changed so much, mostly thanks to this forum.  Maybe we can expand the ballots to 50 directors, see whom everyone loves after Kubrick and Kurosawa are out of the way.  Somebody more organized and motivated than me should helm the effort. 

I agree. A second go at a directors list is something I'd gladly participate in. It seems as if every year since becoming a part of the Filmspotting community I discover more and more directors I had never heard of and whose work really impresses me.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: ¡Keith! on April 06, 2010, 11:33:27 AM
aim for december again?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: THATguy on April 06, 2010, 02:36:20 PM
THATguy, you have Kurosawa and Curtiz in 14th and 13th place respectively, but you've seen fewer of their films than directors that ranked lower but still earned 4+ star reviews. Just out of curiosity, how did you go about ranking the 10-20?

A lot of it was fairly kind of slapdash.  I knew who I wanted at the top, but then I'd find a possible spot for the later ones, and fill in the films I've seen later.

Then I realized I'd forgotten QT, and Stanley Donen, and probably a few others that I really enjoy too, so I figure the whole thing doesn't look like it will look in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Moviebuff28 on July 21, 2010, 04:07:25 PM
1. The Coen Brothers
No Country for Old Men - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Fargo - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Big Lebowski - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Miller's Crossing - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Blood Simple - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
A Serious Man - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Man Who Wasn't There - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Barton Fink - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Raising Arizona - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
The Ladykillers - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Burn After Reading - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Hudsucker Proxy - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
O Brother Where Art Thou - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)

2. Martin Scorsese
Taxi Driver - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Goodfellas - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Raging Bull - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Departed - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Aviator - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Cape Fear - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Shutter Island - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Mean Streets - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Shine a Light - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Gangs of New York - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

3. Stanley Kubrick
Dr. Strangelove - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Full Metal Jacket - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Lolita - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
2001: A Space Odyssey - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
A Clockwork Orange - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
The Shining - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

3. Krzysztof Kieślowski
Red - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Blue - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Double Life of Veronique - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

4. Woody Allen
Crimes and Misdemeanors - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Annie Hall - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Hannah and Her Sisters - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Manhattan - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Zelig - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Broadway Danny Rose - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Husbands and Wives - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Manhattan Murder Mystery - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Melinda and Melinda - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
The Mighty Aphrodite - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Vicky Christina Barcelona - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Small Time Crooks - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Hollywood Ending - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Scoop - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Match Point - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

5. Quentin Tarantino
Pulp Fiction - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Kill Bill - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Inglourious Basterds - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Jackie Brown - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Death Proof - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Reservoir Dogs - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

6. Danny Boyle
Slumdog Millionaire - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Sunshine - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Millions - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
28 Days Later -(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)

7. Paul Thomas Anderson
Punch Drunk Love - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
There Will Be Blood - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Boogie Nights - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Magnolia - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

8. Francis Ford Coppola
The Godfather - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Godfather Part II - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Apocalypse Now - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Conversation - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Tucker, A Man, and His Dream - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Peggy Sue Got Married - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Rainmaker - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
The Outsiders - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Godfather Part III - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Youth Without Youth - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Jack - Zero Stars

9. Terrence Malick
Badlands -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Days of Heaven -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Thin Red Line -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The New World -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

10. Alfred Hitchcock
Rear Window -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
North By Northwest -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Psycho -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Vertigo -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

11. Paul Greengrass (this is where people will start hurling shit but I am ready)
The Bourne Ultimatum -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
United 93 -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Bourne Supremacy -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Bloody Sunday -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Green Zone -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

12. Christopher Nolan
Memento -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Dark Knight -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Inception -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Insomnia -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Prestige -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

13. Ridley Scott
Alien -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Blade Runner -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Black Hawk Down -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Matchstick Men -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
American Gangster -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Kingdom of Heaven -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Gladiator -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

14. Wes Craven
A Nightmare on Elm Street -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Scream -  (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Scream 2 - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Red Eye - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Music of the Heart - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
The Last House on the Left - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)

15. David Gordon Green
Snow Angels - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
George Washington - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
All the Real Girls - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Pineapple Express - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Undertow - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

16. Steven Spielberg
Jaws - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Raiders of the Lost Ark - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Schindler's List - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Munich - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Minority Report - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Jurassic Park - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Catch Me if You Can - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Saving Private Ryan - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Temple of Doom - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
A.I. - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
War of the Worlds - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Color Purple - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
1941 - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
The Lost World - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Hook - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

17. Stephen Sodebergh
Traffic - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Out of Sight - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Che - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Ocean's Movies - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Girlfriend Experience - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Informant - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Erin Brokovich - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

18. Ang Lee
The Ice Storm - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Sense & Sensibility - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Brokeback Mountain - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Hulk - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Lust/Caution - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Ride with the Devil - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Taking Woodstock - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

19. David Cronenberg
A History of Violence - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Eastern Promises - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Fly - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Brood - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Crash - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

20. Kevin Smith (directing isn't always flash visuals)
Chasing Amy - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Clerks II - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Clerks - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Dogma - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Zack and Miri Make a Porno - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Jersey Girl - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Mallrats - (http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)

21. Darren Aronofsky
(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Requiem for a Dream
The Wrestler
(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Fountain

22. Michel Gondry
(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Be Kind Rewind
(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
The Science of Sleep

23. Hayao Miyazaki
(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Princess Mononoke
Spirited Away
Howl's Moving Castle
(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/9241/redstarhalftanmatte.gif)
Castle in the Sky
(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)(http://img180.imageshack.us/img180/2259/redstarmattetantransp.gif)
Ponyo
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on July 21, 2010, 04:25:30 PM
You should watch more Kieslowski. His stuff is so great.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: zarodinu on July 21, 2010, 06:09:20 PM
aim for december again?

Filmspotting top 100 is in December
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Wilson on July 22, 2010, 10:52:49 AM
No it's not, top 100 is August/September time
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: verbALs on July 23, 2010, 04:07:47 PM
I realize this listing is as dead as dead but I didn't want to read others people's lists without making my own first.

Top 20 Directors with my 3 favourite films attached;

1) Alfred Hitchcock
(Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, Vertigo)

2) Billy Wilder
(Ace in the Hole, Stalag 17, Double Indemnity)

3) Sidney Lumet
(Network, 12 Angry Men, Serpico)

4) Stanley Kubrick
(2001, Clockwork Orange, Dr Strangelove)

5) Coens
(Fargo, Miller's Cossing, Lebowski)

6) Akira Kurosawa
(Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Rashomon)

7) Alan J Pakula
(Klute, The Parallax View, All The President's Men)

8- Sergio Leone
(Once Upon A Time in the West/ America, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)

9) Pedro Almodovar
(Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Talk to Her, All About My Mother)

10) David Fincher
(Fight Club, 7even, Zodiac)

11) David Lynch
(Blue Velvet, Mullholland Drive, The Elephant Man)

12) Martin Scorcese
(Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, King of Comedy)

13) William Friedkin
(The Exorcist, French Connection, To Live and Die in LA)

14) Park Chan Wook
(Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Thirst)

15) David Lean
(Laurence of Arabia, Bridge over the River Kwai, Brief Encounter)

16) Ridley Scott
(Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator)

17) Francis Ford Coppola
(Apocalypse Now, Godfather 1& 2)

18) Michael Mann
(Heat, Manhunter, The Insider)

19) Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
(Black Narcissus, A Matter of Life and Death, Colonel Blimp)

20) Steven Spielberg
(Jaws, ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind)








Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bondo on July 28, 2010, 10:22:20 AM
1. Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Prestige, Inception)
2. Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting)
3. Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Waking Life)
4. Steven Spielberg (Minority Report, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Schindler's List)
5. Hayao Miyazaki (Nausicaa, Spirited Away, Totoro)
5.5 Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy, Clerks 2, Dogma)
6. M Night Shyamalan (Unbreakable, Sixth Sense, The Village)
7. Jason Reitman (Juno, Thank You For Smoking, Up In The Air)
8. Deepa Mehta (Fire, Earth, Water)
9. Matt Stone and Trey Parker (Team America, South Park)
10. John Cameron Mitchell (Shortbus, Hedwig)
11. Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice)
12. Hirokazu Koreeda (After Life, Still Walking)
13. Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Imaginarium)
14. Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction)
15. David Fincher (Panic Room, Zodiac, Se7en)
16. Tom Tykwer (Perfume, Run Lola Run)
17. Martin Scorsese (The Departed, Shutter Island, The Aviator)
18. Robert Altman (Gosford Park, Prairie Home Companion)
19. Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Verite on May 02, 2014, 06:01:06 PM
#10 — Fred Zinnemann (1907 - 1997)

My god, I had no idea this post would get so long, and I'm only halfway done.  I'll be so happy if one person reads this whole thing.  Anyway, Fred Zinnemann.  I do believe I started a thread (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=3546.0) on him at some point, so no surprise that he's here.  Plus, you know, he's awesome.  His resume is every bit as strong as Hawks', but I never ever doubt whether or not he knows what he's doing behind the camera.  He's the ultimate Hollywood craftsman.  Right up there with Wyler.  What sets him apart for me, though, is realist aesthetic he brought to post-war Hollywood cinema.

Hey pix, have you heard about or read Smyth's Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance?  I hope to read it some time this year.  Some of the chapter titles:

-The Un-American Western
-American Fascists
-Breaking the Silence of Women in the Resistance
-Aging Revolutionaries and the Loss of History
-Resistant Women in Contested Frames

I browsed through it, and it looks like a good read.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: MP on May 08, 2014, 11:40:55 AM
I indexed some directors I've seen three or more works by. You can see it here (http://www.idfilm.net/2014/04/directors.html).
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: 1SO on May 08, 2014, 12:04:25 PM
I'm currently collecting Director's lists so thanks for your index, along with recommendations.

Also, glad to see you're still with us.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: verbALs on June 28, 2014, 02:04:45 AM
Felt it was time to revisit this list. Actually feels like more of a true reflection of my little journey through film over the past few years than a top 100 films would be.

My method? A three film minimum, however good a director with only two great movies might seem; film three might be a turkey. This time I used my top three ratings for a director's films as a starting point. Those with three A rated films are the first ones that appear, then A A A- etc. Then it comes down to body of work considerations, how I separate each grouping. I have listed the top 3 films. Might help someone pick future films to watch. Also, I added, at the top of the list, the total of A rated films for each one to help with my ordering. Some of these directors would rise in the list (Michael Curtiz), but I kept it to films I had reviewed in the "filmspotting period" of my life; when my view on movies has been sharpened by writing about them. I have *'ed the directors who would definitely rise with more reviews.

A A A


1. Alfred Hitchcock [6] (North By Northwest, Rear Window, Strangers On A Train)
2. Sidney Lumet [6] (Network, The Verdict, Prince Of The City)
3. Akira Kurosawa [7] (Ikiru, Yojimbo, The Hidden Fortress)
4. The Archers [5] (I Know Where I'm Going, A Matter Of Life And Death, Black Narcissus)
5. The Coen Brothers [5] (Blood Simple, Miller's Crossing, Fargo)
6. Stanley Kubrick [4] (2001, Full Metal Jacket, A Clockwork Orange)
7. Jean-Pierre Melville [3] (Bob le flambeur, Leon Morin pretre, Army of Shadows)
8. Francois Truffaut [3] (The 400 Blows, Stolen Kisses, Shoot The Pianist)
9. Alan J Pakula [3] (Klute, The Parallax View, All The President's Men)
10. Billy Wilder [3] (Double Indemnity, Ace In The Hole, Some Like It Hot)
11. Pedro Almodovar [5] (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Volver, The Skin I Live In)
12. PT Anderson [3] (Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The Master)
13. Francis Ford Coppola [4] (The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather)
14. Howard Hawks [3] (Only Angels Have Wings, Rio Bravo, His Girl Friday)

A A A-

15. William Friedkin (To Live And Die In LA, Killer Joe, The Exorcist)
16. Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, Joint Security Area)
17. Ingmar Bergman (Wild Strawberries, Scenes From A Marriage, Winter Light)
18. John Cassavettes (Faces, A Woman Under The Influence, Shadows)
19. Roman Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, Knife In The Water)
20. Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Close Encounters, Duel)
21. Michael Mann (Manhunter, The Last Of The Mohicans, Thief)
22. Alexander MacKendrick (Whiskey Galore, Sweet Smell of Success, The Man In The White Suit)

A A- A-

23. Gus van Sant (Paranoid Park, Last Days, To Die For)
24. John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, Night Of The Iguana, Wise Blood)
25. Sam Fuller (White Dog, Pickup on South Street, Shock Corridor)
26. Steven Soderburgh (Out Of Sight, Traffic, Side Effects)
27. James Cameron (Aliens, Terminator, Terminator 2)
28. Spike Lee (25th Hour, Do The Right Thing, Clockers)
29. Kenji Mizoguchi (Sansho The Bailiff, Ugetsu, The Story Of The Last Chrysanthemums)
30. Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Dazed & Confused, School of Rock)
31. Peter Yates (The Friends Of Eddie Coyle, Bullitt, Breaking Away)
32. Martin Scorcese (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, King of Comedy)
33. John McTiernan (Die Hard With A Vengeance, Die Hard, The Hunt For Red October)
34. Danny Boyle (Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting)

A- A- A-

35. Louis Malle (Lift To The Scaffold, Lacombe Lucien, Au revoir les enfants)
36. Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Another Year, Secrets & Lies)



A A B+

37. David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network)
38. David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge On The River Kwai, Great Expectations)
39. David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Wild At Heart)
40. Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Blackhawk Down)
41. Wim Wenders (Wings Of Desire, Paris Texas, The American Friend)
42. Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown)

A A B


43. Terence Malick (Days Of Heaven, Badlands, The New World)

A A- B+

44. Luchino Visconti (The Leopard, Rocco And His Brothers, Ossessione)
45. Werner Herzog (Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre, Nosferatu)
46. Sergio Leone (For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon A Time In The West)
47. Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty)
48. Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust & Bone, The Beat That My Heart Skipped)
49. John Carpenter (The Thing, Dark Star, Halloween)
50. Kristof Kieslowski (The Double Life Of Veronique, Camera Buff, Red)*
51. Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, The Shooting)
52. Jack Clayton (The Innocents, Room At The Top, The Pumpkin Eater)

A A- B

53. Tony Scott (True Romance, Crimson Tide, Unstoppable)

A- A- B+

54. Richard Fleischer (Armored Car Robbery, The Narrow Margin, The Boston Strangler)
55. Richard Brooks (Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Elmer Gantry, Looking For Mr. Goodbar)
56. Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours, Southern Comfort)
57. Nicholas Ray (T-Men, On Dangerous Ground, Rebel Without A Cause)
58. Orson Welles (The Stranger, Mr. Arkadin, Touch Of Evil)
59. Alfonso Cuaron (A Little Princess, Children of Men, Gravity)
60. Anthony Mann (Raw Deal, Winchester 73, The Naked Spur)
61. Delmer Daves (Dark Passage, The Red House, 3:10 To Yuma)
62. John Boorman (Point Blank, Deliverance, Emerald Forest)
63. Jonathon Demme (Stop Making Sense, Silence Of The Lambs, Rachel Getting Married)
64. Max Ophuls (Letter From An Unknown Woman, Madame de...., Lola Montès)
65. Michael Haneke (The Time Of The Wolf, Caché, Amour)
66. Don Coscarelli (John Who Dies At The End, Bubba Ho-tep, Phantasm)
67. Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Manhattan, Crimes And Misdemeanours)
68. Robert Rossen (Body and Soul, All The King's Men, The Hustler)

A A- B

69. Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End)

A A- B-

70. George Cukor (Adam's Rib, Pat & Mike, Gaslight)

A- A- B

71. Fritz Lang (The Big Heat, While The City Sleeps, M)

A B+ B+

72. Michael Curtiz (The Sea Hawk, Mildred Pierce, The Breaking Point)*
73. Carol Reed (The Third Man, The Fallen idol, Our Man In Havana)
74. Stephen Frears (Dirty Pretty Things, High Fidelity, My Beautiful Laundrette)
75. Terence Davies (The Long Day Closes, Of Time And The City, The Deep Blue Sea)

A B+ B

76. Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Witness)
77. David O Russell (American Hustle, Three Kings, Silver Linings Playbook)*
78. Otto Preminger (Advise & Consent, Where The Sidewalk Ends, Fallen Angel)
79. David Mamet (Redbelt, Heist, Spartan)
80. Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Brothers Bloom)
81. Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win)

A B B

82. Michael Powell (Peeping Tom, The Spy In Black, Edge Of The World)
83. Jules Dassin (Night and the City, Brute Force, Thieves Highway)
84. Shane Meadows (The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone, A Room For Romeo Brass, Somers Town)

A B B-

85. Frank Capra (It's A Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington)

A- B+ B+

86. Luis Bunuel (Viridiana, The Exterminating Angel, The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
87. Martin Ritt (The Long Hot Summer, Hud, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold)
88. Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Ararat, Felicia’s Journey)
89. Arthur Penn (The Miracle Worker, Alice's Restaurant, Night Moves)
90. Hal Ashby (The Last Detail, Harold & Maude, Being There)
91. Peter Greenaway (The Draughtman’s Contract, A Zed And Two Noughts, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover)*
92. Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Broken Flowers, Down By Law)
93. Ken Loach (Hidden Agenda, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Route Irish)
94. Ken Russell (Women In Love, The Devils, Altered States)
95. John Ford (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, The Quiet Man)*

A- B+ B

96. Christopher Nolan (Momento, Insomnia, The Dark Knight Rises)
97. Agnes Varda (Cleo from 5 to 7, Le bonheur, Beaches of Agnes)
98. Don Siegel (Charley Varrick, The Big Steal, The Killers)
99. Robert Wise (The Set-Up, Odds Against Tomorrow, The Haunting)
100. Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Down Terrace, Sightseers)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: 1SO on June 28, 2014, 11:00:19 AM
Always love these lists, and I love your method of calculation. Looks like an effective way to balance the 'one a year' directors with the 'once in a blue moon' variety.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: sdb_1970 on June 28, 2014, 12:25:52 PM
Agreed.  That's a great method of balancing breadth and depth.  That said, I would fully expect someone to take the same approach, but go 4 or 5 deep instead of 3.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: smirnoff on June 28, 2014, 12:30:18 PM
Felt it was time to revisit this list. Actually feels like more of a true reflection of my little journey through film over the past few years than a top 100 films would be.

This touches on something we all must run into when list making. How to reconcile our most recent great experiences with our most distant great experiences. It's just not possible to experience all the films in contention in a short enough window to gauge evenly. I think 1SO came as close as anyone can realistically come to doing so. You can give the benefit of the doubt to experiences that have faded, or tone down the enthusiasm of a more recent viewing, or a bit of both. But there's always a disconnect between how a film did resonate at the time, and how it would resonate right now. I've tried to bridge this gap by asking the question, which film would I most want to rewatch this second? But that of course is not a perfect solution, as some films cut deeper than others and take longer to heal. It's natural that those won't be highest on a rewatchability-weighted list.

What's your approach?

Anyways, great list. Thorough. :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: verbALs on June 28, 2014, 12:51:53 PM
Agreed.  That's a great method of balancing breadth and depth.  That said, I would fully expect someone to take the same approach, but go 4 or 5 deep instead of 3.
I'm impetuous and flighty.

I feel it covered all the bases that I wanted to. Directors like Fleischer, Rossen, Brooks and Ritt are right in my wheelhouse so I'm very happy to see their placings.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: jascook on June 28, 2014, 07:48:55 PM
Nothing formal until I've seen a lot more films, but here are some directors whose work fascinates me (in no particular order, and with my current favorite of each):

Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Story)
Ingmar Bergman (Wild Strawberries)
Richard Linklater (Before Sunset)
Zhang Yimou (To Live)
Charlie Chaplin (Modern Times)
Alfred Hitchcock (Vertigo)
Francois Truffaut (Day for Night)
Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo)
F.W. Murnau (Sunrise)
Abbas Kiarostami (Close-Up)
Satyajit Ray (Pather Panchali)
Christopher Nolan (The Prestige)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bondo on February 21, 2015, 07:03:18 PM
Been way too long since I had put this together. Here's a non-scientific update to my list. I find I tend to hold failures against directors. Hitchcock's top three might put him in the top 10 of top three films but he's got so many misses for me that it moves him down below newer directors who haven't had the time to disappoint me yet.

1.   Alfonso Cuaron
2.   Danny Boyle
3.   Richard Linklater
4.   Steven Spielberg
5.   Andrea Arnold
6.   Lois Weber
7.   Steve McQueen
8.   Christopher Nolan
9.   Lukas Moodysson
10.   Hayao Miyazaki
11.   Catherine Breillat
12.   Gurinder Chadha
13.   John Cameron Mitchell
14.   Lars von Trier
15.   Joe Wright
16.   Hirokazu Koreeda
17.   Mike Leigh
18.   M. Night Shyamalan
19.   Muriel Box
20.   Celine Sciamma
21.   Edgar Wright
22.   Charles Chaplin
23.   Martin McDonagh
24.   Suzanne Bier
25.   Clio Barnard
26.   Frederick Wiseman
27.   Denys Arcand
28.   Paul Greengrass
29.   Sydney Pollack
30.   David Fincher
31.   Rian Johnson
32.   Morgan Spurlock
33.   Tom Hooper
34.   Niki Caro
35.   Joel and Ethan Coen
36.   Tomas Alfredsson
37.   Alice Guy
38.   Alfred Hitchcock
39.   Lucile Hadzihalilovic
40.   Stanley Kubrick
41.   Jason Reitman
42.   Amma Asante
43.   Gaspar Noe
44.   Makoto Shinkai
45.   Nadine Labaki
46.   Peter Greenaway
47.   Ashutosh Gowariker
48.   Kimberly Peirce
49.   Debra Granik
50.   Roland Emmerich
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 21, 2015, 05:58:15 AM
I'm not able to do a Top 20 yet but here are my 10 favourite directors at the moment (in no order) with their one-above-all marvels next to them :

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (All About Eve)
Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will be Blood)
Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom)
Jean Renoir (La Règle du Jeu)
Akira Kurosawa (Ran)
Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke)
Stanley Kubrick (2001 : A Space Odyssey)
Woody Allen (Annie Hall)
The Coens (The Big Lebowski)
Frederico Fellini (La Dolce Vita)

I have more trouble loving directors than specific movies. I can't say there are ten others who excite me in the way these do. Usually I like a few of a director's works but am underwhelmed or only slightly amused by the rest. I'll go see anything by Linklater or Scorsese and so forth, but they're still mostly hit and miss. Then there are those I don't know or don't know well enough of course...
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Flyora on January 09, 2016, 06:09:06 PM
Hey! new to this forum, just been looking round people's lists for a while, thought I'd sign up and post my favourite directors. Maybe find some like minded people.

01. Shane Meadows
02. Andrei Tarkovsky
03. Elem Klimov
04. Benedek Fliegauf
05. Lukas Moodysson
06. Larisa Shepitko
07. Bela Tarr
08. Louis Malle
09. Claire Denis
10. Yorgos Lanthimos
11. Martin Scorsese
12. Tim Roth
13. Michael Haneke
14. Ingmar Bergman
15. Lars Von Trier
16. David Lynch
17. Sergio Leone
18. Lucile Hadzihalilovic
19. Shunji Iwai
20. Víctor Erice

Not 100% happy with this list, some get in because of a single films impression on me while others are excluded as I haven't seen enough
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Bondo on January 09, 2016, 06:29:06 PM
05. Lukas Moodysson
18. Lucile Hadzihalilovic

Particularly happy about these. For Hadzihalilovic, is it on the strength of Innocence or have you seen Evolution? That's gotta be my #1 most anticipated film right now.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Flyora on January 09, 2016, 06:39:47 PM
I've yet to see Evolution though it does seem like my kind of film.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Sandy on January 09, 2016, 07:12:24 PM
Welcome, Flyora! :)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: MartinTeller on January 10, 2016, 12:25:01 AM
Wonderful choices, Flyora! Especially pleased to see these:

02. Andrei Tarkovsky
06. Larisa Shepitko
07. Bela Tarr
08. Louis Malle
09. Claire Denis
11. Martin Scorsese
14. Ingmar Bergman
16. David Lynch
17. Sergio Leone
18. Lucile Hadzihalilovic
19. Shunji Iwai
20. Víctor Erice
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: Flyora on January 10, 2016, 09:27:56 AM
Wonderful choices, Flyora! Especially pleased to see these:

02. Andrei Tarkovsky
06. Larisa Shepitko
07. Bela Tarr
08. Louis Malle
09. Claire Denis
11. Martin Scorsese
14. Ingmar Bergman
16. David Lynch
17. Sergio Leone
18. Lucile Hadzihalilovic
19. Shunji Iwai
20. Víctor Erice

Nice one. I've actually been reading your blog for a while, picked up a few films from it.
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: DrWade42 on May 17, 2017, 12:56:25 AM
Here are my top 20, with my favorite of their films as well:

1. Ingmar Bergman (Winter Light)
2. Stanley Kubrick (Barry Lyndon)
3. The Coen Brothers (A Serious Man)
4. Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)
5. Andrei Tarkovsky (Andrei Rublev)
6. Lars Von Trier (Dogville)
7. Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
8. Bela Tarr (Werckmeister Harmonies)
9. Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby)
10. Robert Bresson (A Man Escaped)
11. Masaki Kobayashi (Kwaidan)
12. Jean-Luc Godard (Contempt)
13. David Cronenberg (Videodrome)
14. Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon)
15. Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho)
16. Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita)
17. Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
18. David Lynch (Mulholland Drive)
19. Martin Scorsese (After Hours)
20. John Cassavetes (A Woman Under the Influence)
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: oldkid on May 17, 2017, 02:22:28 AM
Solid list.  Who would be your top female directors?
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: DrWade42 on May 17, 2017, 12:15:05 PM
I need to see more from a lot of female directors. I don't think I've seen more than four from any female director. Sofia Coppola would probably be my favorite, followed by Lynne Ramsay and Andrea Arnold. I've seen one or two from Agnes Varda, Chantal Akerman, Maren Ade, and many others, so I need to further explore their filmographies
Title: Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Film Directors: Your Lists
Post by: valmz on February 11, 2019, 11:27:45 PM
Listed below roughly according to preference of style and roughly according to preference of director. If humanism comes first for you, then you'd probably be more interested in my preferences on that front. Unfortunately, the hardest thing to find for me are great expressionists and humorists. Perhaps it's the curse of high expectations, who knows. There are a lot of films out there.

Expressionists

Andrei Zulawski
Aleksandr Sokurov
Shuji Terayama
Raoul Ruiz
Yoshishige Yoshida

Humorists

Peter Greenaway
Ruben Östlund
Roy Andersson
Wes Anderson
Otar Iosseliani

Humanists

Hirokazu Koreeda
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Michelangelo Antonioni
Mia Hansen-Løve
Eric Rohmer

Formalists/Impressionists

Terrence Malick
Angela Schanelec
Béla Tarr
Theodoros Angelopoulos
Hsiao-Hsien Hou


Top Female Directors, for me:

Angela Schanelec
Mia Hansen-Løve
Lucretia Martel
Claire Denis
Kira Muratova

Haven't Seen Enough or Not Quite Favorite:
Agnes Varda
Kelly Reichardt
Jane Campion
Maren Ade
Chantal Akerman
Larisa Sheptiko
Mai Zetterling
Ildikó Enyedi
Anocha Suwichakornpong
Maria Speth
Naomi Kawase
Márta Mészáros
Josephine Decker