Mine is Christopher Nolan, I love almost all of his movie concepts. His movies are almost always intriguing. Discuss.
David Lynch. Intelligent, offbeat, dark humor, scary.
Tie between Woody Allen and John Cassavetes.
Roman Polanski and Alexander Payne.
William Wyler and Sidney Lumet.
Scorsese (The King of Comedy, After Hours, Goodfellas, Casino, Taxi Driver, George Harrison: Living in the Material World...)
and Alfred Hitchcock (North By Northwest, Vertigo, Psycho, Notorious, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, To Catch A Thief, Rebecca...)
Herschell Gordon Lewis
I like Paul Thomas Anderson movies a lot. Very character driven and visually very stunning. I think he is one of the few who still insist on using film instead of digital. Usually the best acting you see is in his movies.
Nolan is a very technically driven director, but I don't think he is interested in characters or even working with top actors that much. Everybody was raving about TDR, but to me the most interesting part of the movie was Heath Ledger.
The OP apparently is 14 years old. Nolan is more a video game presenter than a serious director.
Children don't expect much from films because they lack education, maturity, taste and understanding. But it's nice that the OP is starting to recognize that, for example, there is a job called director and that some of his favorite razzle-dazzle movies were assembled by one.
[quote]Children don't expect much from films because they lack education, maturity, taste and understanding. But it's nice that the OP is starting to recognize that, for example, there is a job called director and that some of his favorite razzle-dazzle movies were assembled by one.
Funny you should say that, R14. "Memento" was fairly groundbreaking and a film course I took in college even had students watch and discuss it during a segment on independent film. While Nolan's recent films have been overly-praised crap, I'd go as far as to say that Memento is one of the best films of all time.
R14, what a way to voice your disagreement! How do you make & keep friends if you think & talk like that?
Personally, Chris Nolan isn't my favorite director, but i thought the OP made a nice statement about why he liked him, and Nolan certainly has made some intriguing films ..."Memento" & "Inception" are hardly empty blown-up video games (I would put "The Avengers" & "Transformers" in that category).
Ang Lee, Woody Allen.
Martin McDonagh, even though he has only made two films so far, I liked both. Like Woody Allen he also writes his own screenplays. And I think he's hot.
Kubrick, Malick, Nichols, Scorsese, Wilder.
Can we have a shout-out for Chi Chi Larue?
It's amazing how Woody Allen is allowed to run on fumes at this stage in his career. Fact: For every Midnight in Paris, Match Point, or Vicki Christina Barcelona, there's a Scoop, To Rome With Love, and Anything Else. Every good film of his is cancelled out by 3 horrible films. And let's face it, his hits are merely triples...not home runs.
Brian De Palma, Alfred Hitchcock, Bob Fosse, Pedro Almodovar
OP is clearly straight.
How far back would you have to go to find a 15-year-old kid who saw two Woody Allen movies in a row that were really fantastic? I went to see Hollywood Ending when I was in high school and it took me about a decade to give him another chance.
R24, I'd wager you'd have to go back to the 80s (Purple Rose of Cairo, Hanna and Her Sisters, Radio Days).
The first Woody Allen movie I ever saw was "Everyone Says I love You." I thought it was fairly entertaining, but technically speaking, his films between Bullets Over Broadway and Match Point were shit.
R17 Avengers was a bit (lot) more interesting than a videogame! I actually thought Inception was a bit pretentious and DiCaprios generic acting didn't give the movie much life.
Brian De Palma, David Cronenberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher
I'd have to say a tie between Scorcese & Altman. I can watch an Altman movie a dozen times and always find something new. With Scorcese, he has such range. I mean, Age of Innocence & The Departed? My runner up would be Quentin Tarantino. I like the others well enough, Nolan, etc. but those are my choices.
I loved Vicky, Christina, Barcelona, and I loved Midnight in Paris. Match Point was excellent. Annie Hall, Zelig, Hannah and Her Sisters. Woody has range, he has a definite style, and a POV.
Maybe you don't like him, but you can't deny his artistry. I could sit here and go thru his entire filmography and find many more instances of brilliance than failure. He was very prolific. So what if he had a few failures.
R22 you can say that of a lot of directors. Allen has a huge output and is bound to put out more stinkers, but proportionally many other directors are just as hit and miss.