Best Director in the Bizz. whats your tops

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  1. ShawnCoghill

    ShawnCoghill Stunt Coordinator

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    There are alot of quality Directors out there,some have received the recognition they deserve some have not.Just interested in others favorite directors.
    Here are some of my favs. in no order
    P.T. Anderson
    Joel Coen
    Quentin Tarantino
    David Fincher
    Steven Spielberg
    Martin Scorsese
    Wes Anderson
    Kevin Smith
    Woody Allen
    David Lynch
    Michael Mann
    Oliver Stone
    Ang Lee

    I also really like Sam Mendes and Christopher Nolan
    and I think they will be favorites by there next film
     
  2. JonZ

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    For me the Coens and Oliver Stone.
    I love Stones movies, but U-Turn and Any Given Sunday were disappointing to me.

    Hopefully his next few before he retires will be up there with the Platoon - Nixon stuff.
     
  3. Adam Lenhardt

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    In regards to final results: Steven Spielberg

    In regards to pure vision: George Lucas

    In regards to up and coming: Kevin Smith
     
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    Joel Coen (well, I'm sure Ethan plays a big part also).
    Terrance Malick
    Atom Egoyan
    Up and coming: P.T. Anderson
    Fargo, Thin Red Line, Magnolia and The Sweet Hereafter are masterpieces.
    Edited: Added Egoyan and Malick to the very small list.
     
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    Here are 20 of my favorite directors in no particular order:

    George Lucas - A New Hope, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones
    Steven Spielberg - Minority Report, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.
    David Fincher - Fight Club, Se7en
    Luc Besson - Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element
    Joss Whedon - Hush, Once More With Feeling
    Oliver Stone - JFK, Born on the Fourth of July
    Kevin Smith - Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma
    Danny Boyle - Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary
    James Cameron - The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day
    Robert Zemeckis - Back to the Future, Forrest Gump
    M. Night Shyamalan - Signs, Unbreakable, The Sixth Sense
    Sam Raimi - Spider-Man, Evil Dead
    Brian De Palma - The Untouchables, Carrie
    Ridley Scott - Blade Runner, Alien, Gladiator
    Cameron Crowe - Vanilla Sky, Jerry Maguire
    Peter Jackson - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    Ron Howard - A Beautiful Mind, Willow
    Richard Donner - Conspiracy Theory, Maverick, The Goonies
    John Carpenter - Big Trouble in Little China
    Steven Soderbergh - Traffic, Ocean's Eleven
     
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    I'v have to go for Steven Spielberg as one of the best directors.
     
  7. Fred Bang

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    RIght now, my feelings are for these guys:

    Steven SPielberg
    PT Anderson
    Martin Scorcese (if Gangs of New York is good)
    David Lynch
    Sam Mendes (if Road to perdition is good)
     
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    The Coen Brothers are the best American filmmakers working today, easily.

    Have to acknowledge the work Lars Von Trier has been doing, trying to push the cinema into a new direction. Each one of his films, whether you like them or not, are certainly worth watching.

    The best director working within the studio system has to be Scorsese.
     
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    Wes Anderson. Beautiful cinematography and excellent use of music. And he writes his own scripts!!
     
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    My favorite directors that are still making movies are:

    Atom Egoyan - The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, Felicia's Journey
    Steven Soderbergh - Out of Sight, Traffic, Ocean's 11
    Wong Kar-Wai - In The Mood For Love, Chungking Express, Fallen Angels
    Ang Lee - Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon, The Wedding Banquet, Eat,Drink,Man,Woman
    John Sayles - Secret of Roan Inish, Lone Star, Eight Men Out, Men With Guns
    Hirokazu Koreeda - Maborosi, After Life
    Guiseppe Tornatore - Cinema Paradiso, Legend of 1900, Malena
     
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    Steven Soderbergh
    Steven Spielberg
    Oliver Stone
    Martin Scorsese
    David Fincher
    Christopher Nolan
    Darren Aronofsky
    Terrence Malick
     
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    My absolute favorites:

    Terry Gilliam
    Stanley Kubrick
    The Coen Brothers

    Then, well, add up all the names that have been mentioned already, especially the Andersons (PT & Wes, yes, I know they're not related), Lynch and Scorsese.

    Truly love, not mentioned yet:

    Francis Ford Coppola
    Akira Kurosawa
    François Truffaut
    John Huston
    Preston Sturges
    Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger
    Billy Wilder
    Wim Wenders
    Peter Jackson
    The Wachowski Brothers
    Werner Herzog
    Bill Forsyth
    Baz Luhrmann
    Walter Murch
    Nancy Savoca
    Majid Majidi
    Tsui Hark
    Abbas Kiarostami
    ...
     
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    Hmmm, I would say Spielberg first with Scorsese and then Soderbergh right behind, in terms of talent and vision.

    Ang Lee
    Von Trier
    Wes Anderson
    Coens (have to go as a team because of the methods and much of the cinematography has been Roger Deakins who plays a huge part in the final results)
    David Lynch
    Michael Mann
    James Cameron
    Peter Weir (though he has not done enough work the last 10 years)

    Need to see something new from QT at this point. Ridley Scott has me confused with both great work and sloppy work lately (IMHO).

    On the rise:
    Fincher
    the Waschoski Bros
    Aronofsky
    Nolon
    Shyamalan

    Kevin Smith the writer, incredible. The actor, funny. The director, even he understands his limits in that regard. But at least he is working on it. You might like his films, but the direction is not the big reason why at this point. Put his direction on the Pearl Harbor script and the film gets even worse.

    I also wonder if James Cameron Mitchell can direct something else as well as he did Hedwig which had excellent direction I thought.

    Along that same line, what about Kapur after his great effort with Elizabeth. I wish he could get another project out the door, he has 2 in production right now so we will see.

    And John Lasseter should be considered too. Certainly he had a lot to do with what Pixar has put out even though it's animated work. In some ways you would have to suspect that it is HARDER to direct animated work and get what you want onto "film" in a coherent manner. Pixar films have been more than just cool, they have been very well TOLD stories.
     
  15. Seth Paxton

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    obviously, unlike Vickie's response, I assumed the intent was for current directors. It could get pretty ugly if we have to start listing all-time directors. The lists would go for days I think. [​IMG]
     
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    david fincher and m shyamalan ( sorry i dont know how to spell that one correctly ).

    i would see all of their movies, no questions asked.
     
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    I'm glad we're on the same wavelength, Mike[​IMG]
     
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    Wes Anderson
    Wes' brother PT (I know, they aren't brothers)
    Christopher Nolan
    Ang Lee
    Coens
    Speilberg
    Scorcese
    Kevin Smith is not a terribly good director and does Quentin Tarantino still count as a "current" director? [​IMG]
     
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    Directors that I'm high on, and what I feel is their most seminal work.

    Alfonso Cuaron: Y Tu Mama Tambien
    Ang Lee: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
    Atom Egoyan: Exotica
    M. Night Shyamalan: The Sixth Sense
    The Wachowski Bros.: Bound
    Wong Kar Wai: Chungking Express
    Woody Allen: Husbands and Wives

    Odd, I didn't mean to list alphabetically, but it somehow came out that way (sort of).
     

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