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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors Countdown : Comments & Discussion
« Reply #50 on: December 13, 2010, 12:37:42 PM »
How can either of her films be better than The Truman Show? I just don't see how that's possible. Very few films can claim to be better than The Truman Show.

you are talking about a film starring Laura Linney "the age-appropriate character delivery deviceĒ and Jim Carrey the biggest over-actor in hollywood........

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Both Ramsey's film are far better than the Truman Show.

I will take:

Gallipoli (1981)
Dead Poets Society (1989)

Over Movern Callar, or for that matter either of Rian Johnson's films. The power of Gallipoli and Dead Poets Society to move the viewer, alone, provides, for me, enough evidence. So while Movern Callar and Brick are interesting, I would compare them will Picnic at Hanging Rock. The Brothers Bloom is more polished and shows Rian Johnson has great promise, but for me I need to see more before being convinced.

I think it all ends up being totally subjective. I think the images, so stark and beautiful, that Ramsay is able to capture, and the storytelling through the camera, is so much more powerful then Gallipolli or the Truman Show, with those being two great movies, Truman Show being one of my favourites. But, I can see how the other way could be argued.

In  the same way, I'd say Birck is more powerful through imagery and the little detials then Weir's work, but not by a lot. They are all fantastic films by wonderful directors. Arguing is silly.
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors Countdown : Comments & Discussion
« Reply #51 on: December 13, 2010, 12:44:57 PM »
I'm going to grab a coffee and spend some time reading the quotes and jotting down titles of interest.

#100 to 91

Jia Zhang-Ke - The World (most appealling)
Satioshi Kon - Tokyo Godfathers (need to revisit)
MIchael Curtiz - Sea Hawk/Robin Hood (one for a marathon, the other because of its reputation)
Michael Weir - The Mosquito Coast, Fearless (the ones I havenít seen)
Edward Yang - I wasnít sure which one Iíd like
Lynn Ramsay - Would I like Movern Callar? The trailer looks... okay.
Preston Sturges - Iím going to pass on Stuges for now.
John Carpenter - Halloween, Escape from New York / L.A. (these look fun)
Kevin Smith - Mallrats
Agnes Varda - The Gleaners and I (no trailer... but it looks like a movie where you get to watch people work... which is always kind of interesting).

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« Reply #52 on: December 13, 2010, 12:47:25 PM »
Woohoo! Awesome work worm! I love the list (and presentation). Makes me excited to check out more from the ones I'm not very familiar with.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors Countdown : Comments & Discussion
« Reply #53 on: December 13, 2010, 12:53:46 PM »
How can either of her films be better than The Truman Show? I just don't see how that's possible. Very few films can claim to be better than The Truman Show.

you are talking about a film starring Laura Linney "the age-appropriate character delivery deviceĒ and Jim Carrey the biggest over-actor in hollywood........

 ;D



Both Ramsey's film are far better than the Truman Show.

I will take:

Gallipoli (1981)
Dead Poets Society (1989)

Over Movern Callar, or for that matter either of Rian Johnson's films. The power of Gallipoli and Dead Poets Society to move the viewer, alone, provides, for me, enough evidence. So while Movern Callar and Brick are interesting, I would compare them will Picnic at Hanging Rock. The Brothers Bloom is more polished and shows Rian Johnson has great promise, but for me I need to see more before being convinced.

I think it all ends up being totally subjective. I think the images, so stark and beautiful, that Ramsay is able to capture, and the storytelling through the camera, is so much more powerful then Gallipolli or the Truman Show, with those being two great movies, Truman Show being one of my favourites. But, I can see how the other way could be argued.

In  the same way, I'd say Birck is more powerful through imagery and the little detials then Weir's work, but not by a lot. They are all fantastic films by wonderful directors. Arguing is silly.

Yes it does all come down to personal taste, but discussing/arguing is not all that silly. In the end I have trouble with seeing directors with so little output in the list, which is personal.

Also many thanks to Worm@Work and Roujin for the great work.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors Countdown : Comments & Discussion
« Reply #54 on: December 13, 2010, 12:55:17 PM »
I guess so.

Thanks worm and Rouj!! A wonderful job by both of you!
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors Countdown : Comments & Discussion
« Reply #55 on: December 13, 2010, 01:10:51 PM »
Usually I can find a lot that I disagree with in these community lists.  I love doing them, but the results here, there's not a lot to whine about, so that makes these pretty great.  A few people I feel are underrated, a few that fell I still kind of feel are overrated, but in all, I'm pretty damn pleased.

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors Countdown : Comments & Discussion
« Reply #56 on: December 13, 2010, 01:32:31 PM »
Thanks for all the hard work guys!

Random thoughts:

* I had Olmi at #30 and Antonioni at #59.

* As people do marathons and such to further investigate these directors, I hope they will update their entries in the "Director's Best" threads.  I may throw together a list of the top 100 with links to their respective threads.

* I'm very pleased that Satyajit Ray (my #2) made it, hopefully next year he'll rank higher.

* Some rankings are surprisingly low.  Besides Satyajit Ray, Bunuel (75), Bresson (76), and Mizoguchi (87) are jumping out at me.

* Picks from my top 30 that didn't make it:
#09 Ming-liang Tsai
#11 Bela Tarr
#12 Ritwik Ghatak
#13 Aki Kaurismaki
#14 Emir Kusturica
#23 Roy Andersson
#24 Anh Hung Tran
#26 Jacques Tati
#27 Alain Resnais
#29 Kon Ichikawa
#30 Ermanno Olmi

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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors Countdown : Comments & Discussion
« Reply #57 on: December 13, 2010, 02:11:58 PM »
I would have voted for Tati, Resnais and Tsai, in that order.

Ray's a victim of the DVD industry, I'm sure.
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors Countdown : Comments & Discussion
« Reply #58 on: December 13, 2010, 02:22:49 PM »
Here's the list with links to the polls:

Hitchcock, Alfred
Kurosawa, Akira
Coen, Ethan and Joel
Kubrick, Stanley
Leone, Sergio
Wilder, Billy
Miyazaki, Hayao
Tarantino, Quentin
Herzog, Werner
Scorsese, Martin
Wong, Kar-Wai
Coppola, Francis Ford
Nolan, Christopher
Spielberg, Steven
Bergman, Ingmar
Welles, Orson
Anderson, Paul Thomas
Kieslowski, Krzysztof
Lynch, David
Malick, Terence
Almodovar. Pedro
Anderson, Wes
Allen, Woody
Powell, Michael & Emeric Pressburger
Chaplin, Charles
Boyle, Danny
Fincher, David
Lumet, Sidney
Hawks, Howard
Ford, John
van Sant, Gus
Soderbergh, Steven
Lean, David
Hou, Hsiao-Hsien
Truffaut, Francois
Godard, Jean-Luc
Denis, Claire
Fellini, Federico
Capra, Frank
Park, Chan-wook
Mann, Michael
Gondry, Michel
Murnau, FW
Cameron, James
Wiseman, Frederick
Polanski, Roman
Renoir, Jean
Ray, Nicholas
Gilliam, Terry
Weerasethakul, Apichatpong
Melville, Jean-Pierre
Altman, Robert
Eastwood, Clint
Keaton, Buster
Lang, Fritz
Cronenberg, David
Scott, Ridley
Ozu, Yasujiro
Sirk, Douglas
del Toro, Guillermo
Aronofsky, Darren
Leigh, Mike
Forman, Milos
Cuaron, Alfonso
Bong, Joon-ho
Jeunet, Jean-Pierre
Huston, John
Dardenne, Jean-Pierre and Luc
Lee, Ang
Linklater, Richard
Wright, Edgar
Jonze, Spike
Jackson, Peter
Stanton, Andrew
Bunuel, Luis
Bresson, Robert
Wenders, Wim
Jarmusch, Jim
Hughes, John
Johnson, Rian
Campion, Jane
Ray, Satyajit
Zhang, Yimou
Bigelow, Kathryn
Greenaway, Peter
Bird, Brad
Mizoguchi, Kenji
Maysles, Albert and David
Lee, Spike
Reiner, Rob
Varda, Agnes
Smith, Kevin
Carpenter, John
Sturges, Preston
Ramsay, Lynne
Yang, Edward
Weir, Peter
Curtiz, Michael
Kon, Satoshi
Jia, Zhangke



chesterfilms needs to update a lot of his polls.  Also, some of these could use polls that are structured like the other "Director's Best" threads.  I might throw those together later, but what we have now should suffice.
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Re: Filmspotters' Top 100 Directors Countdown : Comments & Discussion
« Reply #59 on: December 13, 2010, 02:25:52 PM »
Preston Sturges - Iím going to pass on Stuges for now.

You should give him a go, he writes fantastic dialogue and his movies are always so much fun.