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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #150 on: December 08, 2011, 10:56:39 AM »
Lovely list flieger. I haven't finalized mine yet but it looks like we'll have around 15 in common. Love seeing Elaine May!

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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #151 on: December 08, 2011, 11:18:19 AM »
Terence Davies
Shirley Barrett
Sara Driver
Seijun Suzuki
Amy Heckerling
Tran Anh Hung

You need to school your son and get him to watch Distant Voices and The Long Day Closes especially the latter.  I admit his short film trilogy can grate; though, I love their bare emotional honesty.

I saw Love Serenade because of my Miranda Otto crush.  Want to see more.

Haven't seen a Sara Driver.

Didn't know of your Suzuki admiration.  Ditto Heckerling and Tran.

Tran made my list at #51 and thinking how Kechiche made my list with love for 2 films then Tran definitely should've been in the top 50.  At least I've tried to spread the love for Vertical Ray of the Sun.  That's a little consolation for me, I guess.
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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #152 on: December 08, 2011, 11:59:12 AM »
Awesome list, flieger. Fantastic top 5.


But does this mean the feud is over now?

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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #153 on: December 08, 2011, 12:40:15 PM »
Top Directors List

I felt that my list is distinctly different than last year.  I've been introduced to a number of excellent directors this year (Powell and Pressburger, Mike Leigh, for example).  Thanks to the FS troupe who prodded me toward these wonderful films.

 This year, I felt that I could only include directors that I have at least two four star films on my overall list, and they had to be distinct as a director-- I needed to be able to recognize their work.  In the list below, I listed all five- and four-star ratings each director had.  But, as is clear, a director can have a number of high-rated movies, but that doesn't necessarily make them a personal favorite.  There has to be qualities of their films I personally enjoyed above others.

Finally, I gave each director a nickname that is a theme or style that is distinct in many of their films.


A. "I will watch every film" Directors

1. Hayao “Nature and Humanity” Miyazaki
Spirited Away, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro; Castle In The Sky; Howl’s Moving Castle; Porco Rosso; Castle of Caliostro; Ponyo

2. Krzysztof “Concept Film” Kieslowski
The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors: Blue, Three Colors: White, The Decalogue, Three Colors: Red, A Short Film About Love

3. Terrence “Wheat and Trees” Malick
The Tree of Life, The New World, The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven

4. Akira “Character Development” Kurosawa
Red Beard; Seven Samurai; Rashomon;  Stray Dog; Ran

5. Joel and Ethan “Twist Reality” Coen
A Serious Man, Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou, Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Ladykillers, The Big Lebowski

6. “Shake the Genre” Powell and Pressburger
A Canterbury Tale, The Red Shoes, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, A Matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus

7. Gus “Arthouse” Van Sant
Milk; Elephant; Paranoid Park; My Own Private Idaho

8. Terry “Art Chaos” Gilliam
Tideland ;Brazil; Monty Python and the Holy Grail; The Fisher King; And Now For Something Completely Different


B. Great Directors-- At Least Some of the Time

9. Francis Ford “Heart of Darkness” Coppola
Godfather, Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation

10. Steven “Popcorn” Spielburg
Schindler’s List; Saving Private Ryan; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade;  AI: Artificial Intelligence; Jaws; Raiders of the Lost Ark; Amistad;Catch Me If You Can;  Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; The Terminal

11. Christopher “Intelligent Twist” Nolan
Memento; The Dark Knight; The Prestige; Batman Begins; Following

12. Quentin “Grindhouse” Tarantino
Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Inglorius Basterds; Jackie Brown

13. Howard “Entertain us” Hawkes
His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, Bringing Up Baby

14. Sergio “Wait for the Tension” Leone
Once Upon A Time In The West; For A Few Dollars More

15. Robert “Ensemble Cast” Altman
Gosford Park; The Player; A Prairie Home Companion

16. Ridley “Moody Action Epic” Scott
Blade Runner, Gladiator, Alien, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom of Heaven

17. Frank “Uplifting End” Capra
It’s a Wonderful Life, You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Arsinic and Old Lace, Meet John Doe

18. Charlie “Slapstick” Chaplin
Modern Times, City Lights, Limelight

19. Stanley “Intensity” Kubrick
2001: A Space Odyssey; Dr. Strangelove; The Shining; The Killing; A Clockwork Orange; Full Metal Jacket

20. Fritz “Underbelly” Lang
Metropolis, M

21. Orson “Angle” Welles
Citizen Kane, F is for Fake

22. Michael “Negativity” Heneke
Cache, The Seventh Continent, The White Ribbon

23. Chuck “Animated Animation” Jones
Duck Amuck, Rabbit of Seville, The Dot and the Line, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who!

24. Rian “New Kid On The Block” Johnson
Brick; Brothers Bloom

25. Kelly “Geared Down” Reichardt
Wendy and Lucy, Old Joy

26. Richard “Keep Em Talking” Linklater
Before Sunset; Before Sunrise; A Scanner Darkly; School of Rock; Waking Life

27. Rob “Timing” Reiner
The Princess Bride; When Harry Met Sally; This is Spinal Tap; A Few Good Men; Stand By Me

28. Carl Theodore “Saints” Dreyer
The Passion of Joan of Arc; Ordet

29. Spike “Black Power” Lee
Malcolm X, Let the Right One In, The Insider

30. Tim “Fantasy” Burton
Edward Scissorhands; Ed Wood; Big Fish

31. Wong “Play It Again” Kar-Wai
In the Mood for Love; 2046; Chungking Express

32. Michael “Real People” Leigh
Naked, Happy Go Lucky, Another Year

33. Clint “K.I.S.S.” Eastwood
Unforgiven; Gran Torino; Letters From Iwo Jima; Million Dollar Baby

34. Spike “Texture” Jonze
Adaptation; Where The Wild Things Are; Three Kings

35. James “Mr. Popular” Cameron
Terminator 2;  Aliens; Avatar; The Abyss;  Titanic

36. Paul “Shaky Cam” Greengrass
United 93; Sunday Bloody Sunday; The Borne Ultimatum


C. Directors I deeply respect but don't often adore

37. Billy “Who Knows What To Expect” Wilder
Ace In the Hole; The Apartment; Sunset Blvd; Some Like It Hot

38. Peter “Storyteller” Weir
The Truman Show, Master and Commander; Witness; Dead Poets’ Society

39. Guillermo “Monster” Del Toro
Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy 2

40. Robert “Low Budget” Rodriguez
Planet Terror; Spy Kids; Sin City; Shorts; Spy Kids 3D

41. Alfonso “Shadow” Cuaron
Children of Men; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; Y Tu Mama Tambien

42. Alfred “Surprise” Hitchcock
Rear Window; Dial M For Murder; Vertigo; The 39 Steps

43. Steven ”Deadpan” Soderburg
sex, lies and videotape; Schitzopolis; Kafka; Traffic

44. Mira “Homeland” Nair
Monsoon Wedding, Mississippi Masala

45. Werner “Eccentric” Herzog
Grizzly Man; Fitzcaraldo; Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

46. Jean-Pierre “Quirk” Jeunet
Amelie,  Delicatessen, Micmacs

47. Woody “Neurotic” Allen
Crimes and Misdemeanors; Purple Rose of Cairo; Zelig; Annie Hall

48. Danny “Edit” Boyle
Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, Millions

49. Pedro “Mother Issues” Almadovar
All About My Mother; Volver

50. Eric "Dialogue" Rohmer
My Night At Maud’s
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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #154 on: December 08, 2011, 01:03:00 PM »
A lot of greats on there. Love the various descriptions.

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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #155 on: December 08, 2011, 02:21:28 PM »
Ah, good old Wheat & Trees. Ever try his cereal? Don't. It's very bland. (And sappy.)

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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #156 on: December 08, 2011, 02:33:06 PM »
1. Hayao “Nature and Humanity” Miyazaki
Spirited Away, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro; Castle In The Sky; Howl’s Moving Castle; Porco Rosso; Castle of Caliostro; Ponyo

What of Kiki's Delivery Service? Unseen, unliked, or simply forgotten? I must know :)

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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #157 on: December 08, 2011, 03:12:00 PM »
1. Hayao “Nature and Humanity” Miyazaki
Spirited Away, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro; Castle In The Sky; Howl’s Moving Castle; Porco Rosso; Castle of Caliostro; Ponyo

What of Kiki's Delivery Service? Unseen, unliked, or simply forgotten? I must know :)

I gave it a 3/5, so it didn't qualify.  For Miyazaki and Spielberg, I was looking for excuses NOT to list films.  The lists are so long.  Even so, with Miyazaki, his films are like children-- how could I not include them all?  Alas, I couldn't.
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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #158 on: December 08, 2011, 03:35:33 PM »
You'll get Hitch eventually. Once that stubborn resistance of youth falls away. btw it's "Surprise or Suspense"
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Re: Filmspotters Top 100 Directors 2011 : FYC and Your Lists
« Reply #159 on: December 08, 2011, 03:59:15 PM »
You'll get Hitch eventually. Once that stubborn resistance of youth falls away. btw it's "Surprise or Suspense"

The first word I put was "suspense", and then I settled on "surprise".  But you are certainly right:  it's either/or/and/both.
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