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Old 01-12-2007, 04:20 PM   #1
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Personal Favorite Film Directors

Ok, big question. Who is your number one, tip-top, all-time favorite motion picture director?

Personally, #1 has got to be James Cameron. He's a master of sci-fi, and a true visionary. Give this man a huge budget and he'll blow open the boundries of what a major motion picture can be.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day is quite possibly the best action movie of all time. Aliens isn't too far behind. The original Terminator is a genre-defining film much like Bladerunner. The Abyss is an under-appreciated masterpiece, and True Lies is a hilarious tongue-in-cheek popcorn film with wild over-the-top action. And love it or hate it, you simply cannot deny the masterful accomplishment Titanic proved to be. It remains the highest grossing picture of all time, and it technically reached a new high for special effects. It wasn't a bad love story either.

Basically, Cameron exemplifies just about everything I appreciate in a major director. The fact the he hasn't yet directed a single film (with the possible exception of his debut film which I haven't seen...I consider Terminator to be his first TRUE film) that I haven't absolutely loved means a lot. More than that, it's his amazing inagination and creative vision that makes him #1 for me. His films are utterly immersive, and he makes the audience a part of the experience.

Let's not forget that he's an absolutely revolutionary director technologically. His research in digital effects and his pioneering in 3D film technology is going to completely change the face of the motion picture industry. Wait another 2 and a half years and you'll see the result of over ten years of his work in a little flick tentitively titled "Avatar". He recently showed
Peter Jackson and Stephen Spielberg his new camera technology and development tools, and they were reportedly blown away. He's had to wait so long to make this dream project because he had to create the tech needed to film it from the ground up, because current filming techniques and technology just can't handle his vision. Plus, by Summer '09, 3-D equiped theatres should be common enough to make the release of Avatar financially worth-while. I heard the current budget for the film is in excess of $200 million.

So, Avatar is currently my most anticipated film, and will be for probably the next 2.5 years until its release (barring delays). Wait for this film. It's going to be worth it. It's usually not worth the investment of getting THIS excited about a film that's over 2 years off, but because James Cameron has proved himself SEVERAL times over as one of the very best in the business, I KNOW "Avatar" will be worth the wait. I mean, c'mon people. This man made T2 and Aliens. He's a God.

OTHER FAVORITE DIRECTORS
Quentin Tarantino
Christopher Nolan
Alfonso Cuaron
Frank Darabont
Stephen Spielberg
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David Lynch. His films are stunning in thier emotional impact. He is the greatest artist of the twentith century. I'm lost for words.

See:
The car crash scene from Wild At Heart
The baby scene from Eraserhead
Every frame of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
The Robert Blake scenes from Lost Highway
The closet scene from Blue Velvet
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Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, or Schindler's List, Jaws, E.T.)

Akirasaw(The Seven Samurai, Dreams)

Kubrick( A Clock Work Organge, 2001: A Space Odysse, The Shining)

Martin Scorcesse (The Departed, Goodfellas, Casino)

Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Blade Runner, Kingdom of Heaven)
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Wes Anderson and...that's it.
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Martin Scorcese
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My personal favorites and their best movies (ABC order after Spielberg:

Steven Spielberg
- Schindler's List
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Saving Private Ryan
- Jaws
- Jurassic Park

Wes Anderson
- The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
- The Royal Tenenbaums
- Rushmore

Tim Burton
- Ed Wood
- Beetlejuice
- Batman Returns
- Big Fish
- Edward Scissorhands

James Cameron
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day
- Aliens
- The Abyss
- True Lies
- Titanic

Joe Dante
- The 'burbs
- Innerspace
- Gremlins
- Explorers

Christopher Guest
- Waiting for Guffman
- Best in Show
- A Mighty Wind

Peter Jackson
- King Kong
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- The Frighteners

Christopher Nolan
- The Prestige
- Batman Begins
- Memento

Ridley Scott
- Alien
- Gladiator
- Blade Runner
- Matchstick Men

Robert Zemekis
- Back to the Future
- Back to the Future Part II
- Forrest Gump
- Death Becomes Her
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
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Peter Jackson
- King Kong
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- The Frighteners

Have you seen Heavenly Creatures, LMP?
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I forgot to add Wes Anderson to my little list. I'm watching The Royal Tennenbaums right now as a matter of fact.
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Have you seen Heavenly Creatures, LMP?
i haven't, but i really really really want to.

i still think kong is his greatest movie ever.

no one else could make 3 hours feel like 1 and a half.
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-GodFather's Director , Frank Coppola right ?

-Christopher Nolan

-Sam Raimi

-Spielberg

-James Cameron

-Peter Jackson

And I'm sure in months , one more : Zack Snyder
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Wes Anderson and...that's it.
I think we've both struck gold.

Apparently 2 new Anderson movies will hit in the next 2 years:

The Darjeeling Limited in 2007:

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Currently, the details of the script are under wraps, but the basic plot of the film is that Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman play three brothers taking a train ride through India in search of a rare tiger that is believed to be the reincarnated form of their recently deceased father. The movie also stars Amara Karan, Anjelica Huston, Natalie Portman and Michael Scott Valdez.
and an animated one in 2008 called The Fantastic Mr. Fox
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Top 10
Terrence Malick
Jim Jarmusch
Woody Allen
Alfonso Cuaron
Tim Burton
Quentin Tarantino
Wes Anderson
Stanley Kubrick
Christopher Nolan
M. Night Shyamalan

Honorable mentions:
p.t. anderson
Terry Gilliam
Christopher Guest
Sofia Coppola
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I agree with Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.
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Steven Spielberg (and not because my uncle works for him)
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Spielberg really is one of America's finest directors. The caliber of his work is just unbelievable, as is his versitility. His early career still remains my favorite though. That's where he made his true masterpieces.

Jaws
E.T.
Close Encounters
Raiders of the Lost Ark

And his 90's work was still really fantastic too, though I feel like it lost a bit of the magic (with the exception of Jaurassic Park..a truly magical film if there ever was one).

He sort of lost me after Minority Report though (great movie, but not quite up to his standard). A.I. was an excellent achievement, but it just left me so completely and utterly depressed that I haven't seen it again since I left the theater after the first viewing. So since then I haven't really been too thrilled with his films. And War of the Worlds was just plain terrible...easily the low point of his career. Which is scary because I'm beginning to doubt his talents. And I never thought I would have to doubt Spielberg's talents.
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