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    Directors

    Who do you like? Who do you not like? Why?

    Just in the last year or two I've started to pay attention to directors. Before, I would just watch a movie and not even know who directed it. For whatever reason Spielberg was always the exception, I suppose because they use his name as a big marketing tool.

    Anyway, I really started to pay attention to who the director was when I was talking with a friend and I started listing, what I thought were random unrelated movies. They ended up being a bunch of Coen brother films. Ever since then I have started following who was doing what.

    I've mentioned this before and I'm going to again but I love the Coen's as well as Michael Mann.

    I hate Spike Lee, it's hard to put my finger on it but he's just terrible. I think he's an amateur, his editing and transition scenes are often horrific. I know what he's trying to do, but to me he's falling well short of his goal. I like the topics he's covered but to me he ends up butchering the hell out of them. There are a few exceptions, 25th Hour, Summer of Sam, and Malcolm X were decent, but I still have problems with them. To me he tries too hard to be unique and original.

    I'm not a fan of Tarantino. I used to hate the guy but then I gave both Kill Bill's a second chance and I was able to stomach them, especially the second one. Pulp Fiction was entertaining but it didn't blow me away. I wanted to like Reservoir Dogs but I found it to only be an average movie.
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    Paul Thomas Anderson is probably my favorite director working today. Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love, and There Will Be Blood are all fantastic.

    There are others I like, such as the Coens, Wes Anderson, and Darren Aronofsky, but they are too hit and miss.
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    Scorcese, Sergio Leone, Tarantino, John Dahl.
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    all about kubrick for me - i love his pacing - he directs like a good piece of music - with lots of space AND tension - like music, movies should build and his always do - his camera work is very dynamic and there's always attention to character

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    I forgot to add him.

    He had a ton of great flicks. Same with Hitchcock.
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    Akira Kuroasawa has to be my top director. He has had such a massive influence on Western cinema. Many of his movies have been remade by western directors (Seven Samurai as Magnificent Seven, Rashomon remade many times etc). Speilberg and Lucas consider him one of the greatest of all time. I have over 30 of his movies on DVD and would recommend him to anyone serious about movies.

    Ran is a great place to start.

    I am also a fan of Wes Anderson. He has such a great sense of humour and style.

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    how bout bay
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    I third Wes Anderson. My favorite from him isn't one anybody else usually picks, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. That movie cracks me up everytime I watch it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandMaster B View Post
    how bout bay
    He sure can blow **** up. His commercial cracks me up, totally awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandMaster B View Post
    how bout bay
    As a joke? Sure.

    Chris, I like Life Aquatic, but the more criticism I hear about it, the more tempted I am to hate it. Peer pressure, you know. The Royal Tenenbaums is still one of my favorite movies.

    Maybe I put Aronofsky up prematurely. The Wrestler is amazing, but his other movies are too out there for me. Requiem for a Dream is great, but I admire it more than I like it.
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