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Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

Who's your favourite movie director (or directors), and why?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

Hard to choose. I have loads of favorite directors, like Ridley Scott, James Cameron, John Carpenter, Paul Verhoeven and John McTiernan. Many of these are directors of my favourite sci-fi and action movies. I also like some films by Edgar Wright, Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:42 PM

Quentin Tarantino. He just makes awesome movies. He's not a pretentious douchebag like some well known directors. He's a socially awkward movie geek. He makes movies that he wants to see and he's really enthusiastic about them. I think he sees himself as movie geek first, artist second. And I admire that.

His stories are awesome, characters are awesome and dialogue between characters in his movies is unmatched. I can watch Pulp Fiction a million times and still be amazed at how well the conversations flows. As brilliant he is as a director, he's an even better writer.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

Alfred Hitchcock and Quentin Tarantino -- equally.

I simply cannot decide between the two, their movies are so corny and thrilling that it really is just amazingly hard to decide. Hitchcock created movies like: Rear Window, Psycho, The Birds, and Rope where Tarantino also created cracking films like: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Inglorious Basterds and Kill Bill. Both of their style of filmmaking are so unique and so vibrant that they really appeal to me. They're thrilling, stupidly fun and very engaging. The films are not taken too seriously (well, The Birds I don't think was taken too seriously in my opinion, was definitely an entertaining film though).
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

Got to go with Spielberg. The shear volume of classics that he's directed is staggering. Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., the Indiana Jones movies, Empire of the Sun, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park. And personal favorites of mine that I wouldn't consider classics (at least not yet), Hook, 1941, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and Munich. I still haven't seen War Horse or Lincoln but I hear good things.

Honorable mentions, John Carpenter, Joe Dante, and Ridley Scott.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:38 AM

The Coen bros.

All they do is make totally awesome and unique, and often beautiful films.
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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:54 AM Edited by ThePinkFloydSound, 06 January 2013 - 10:59 AM.

Yeah I like the Coen Brothers work. Shane Meadows (Dead Man's Shoes, This Is England, A Room For Romeo Brass) is great too. I like Harmony Korine's stuff aswell, Gummo, Kids. Todd Solondz makes some dark films that a really unique and interesting like Happiness, Palindromes and Storytelling.

They're mainly writer/directors, directing the stuff they write.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

For me it has to be a tie between Marty Scorsese and David Fincher. The thing about Tarantino is that in all of his films, with the exception of Jackie Brown, he fails to write characters that don't sound like Quentin Tarantino - though he is a talented director, I agree.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 04:27 AM Edited by JRZ, 16 January 2013 - 04:33 AM.

Stanley Kubrick.

Each of his films is so different, not only when compared to other films of their time, but also when compared to each other.
He created masterpieces for almost every genre, wasn't afraid to take risks, and strove for the perfect shot.
I can watch a Kubrick movie over and over and never get bored, because I am constantly noticing little details and elements of symbolism that I hadn't noticed before.
Another thing which I love about Kubrick is that he leaves a lot about the true meanings of his films open to interpretation, and I tend to enjoy films that make you think.

I also like the work of Scorsese, Tarintino, Coen Brothers, etc... But I tend to categorize them as directors who make films that are hard not to like.

There is another group of directors who I consider to be more "personal" favorites, who may not have directed the most critically acclaimed movies, but I have a great admiration for their style.
This group includes David Lynch, Dario Argento, David Cronenberg, Gaspar Noé, and Alejandro Jodorowsky, among others.

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:42 AM

Definitely Martin Scorsese. I love his gangster films, and he always creates violent epic movies. Not only are they violent but the acting is amazing and the stories are interesting. They're always quality. I've only seen mean streets, taxi driver, raging bull, goodfellas, gangs of new york, the departed, shutter island and hugo by him. I have yet to see casino and a few others by him

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 11:37 AM

A list of my favourites:

J.J Abrams - one of the best. All his movies are awesome (Cloverfield, Super 8, Star Trek, and later Star Wars Episode VII :cool: )

Steven Spielberg - The majority of his movies are simply great (Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Saving Private Ryan, War of the Worlds etc)

Peter Jackson - Epic movies (Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, King Kong)

Neill Blomkamp - I love his movies, and the fact that he's S.African makes it even better :) (District 9, Elysium and Chappie, a sci-fi comedy to be released 2015 and starring Sharlto Copley as usual lol, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel and "Die Antwoord". Sounds interesting....)

Quentin Tarantino - Love his style! (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, Inglorious Bastards etc)

Michael Bay - he just makes awesome fun movies like Armageddon, Pearl Harbor and Transformers

Ridley Scott - don't like all his movies, but there are some standouts like Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator

Can't think of anyone else at the moment...

(Oh and sorry for the bump. I'm at work but have nothing to do haha)

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 01:19 PM

I like some of the Clint Eastwood directed movies, as well as some by Tarantino.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 03:29 PM

No one mentioned Christopher Nolan really? A fantastic director. Made some great films, Inception, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins etc.


Apart from him, I also really like Steven Speilberg, especially for Saving Private Ryan and Coppola for The Godfather. Also a notable mention to Martin Scorcese for Shutter Island, The Departed and Goodfellas.

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 04:01 PM

Nolan's good, but man, I actually hated The Dark Knight Rises. By far his worst movie IMO and I can't think of one thing that I liked about it. It was just incredibly boring for me and a disappointing way to end the trilogy. The first 2 movies were far better and actually enjoyable

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 04:06 PM

I liked it but admittedly it wasn't on par with The Dark Knight. It simply missed Heath Ledger but it was a good film.


Man Heath had so much potential, I find it hard to believe that he is no more. 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 06:41 PM

If you're into artsy and symbolic film, the best one at the moment is Terrence Malick. Some that see his films might say that they're "boring" and "slow". But they have very meaningful plots behind his films.


Thin Red Line is probably his most popular film. 


He's also one of the more desired directors to work with among actors because his films truly are a work of art. 

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Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:25 PM

quentin tarantino, edgar wright, john woo, spike lee, christopher nolan, josh trank, martin scorsese, john mctiernan, ruben fleischer, kevin smith, stanley kubrick, michael bay, jj abrams.  



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Posted 15 November 2013 - 11:06 AM Edited by ASIAN LAWYER, 15 November 2013 - 11:08 AM.

Martin Scorsese & Paul Thomas Anderson.

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 11:59 AM

Sam Raimi, Michael Mann, Tarantino, Martin McDonagh and Guy Ritchie to name a few.

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 01:24 PM

Stanley Kubrick, Guy Ritchie and Terry Jones (plus other Pythons).

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:39 PM

Christopher Columbus - I love Home Alone!!!!!


Brett Ratner - Rush Hour! It's hilarious!

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 10:03 PM Edited by I So Brink, 15 November 2013 - 10:28 PM.

There's a sever lack of Darren Aronofsky in here.


For me he's got one of the best eyes for when to do subtle and when to go all out. Black Swan is a great example of the former and The Fountain the latter (both are well up in my list of favourite films of all time). It's a cliche, but I've watched Black Swan multiple times and seen new things that I love every time. In particular, there's how many times Nina sees a double of herself somewhere; I hadn't even noticed the first time I watched it, but they're everywhere, and the little bits of doubt with "was that a double?" draws you in to Nina's descent into madness and takes you along for the ride.


Then you have a film like The Fountain. It's not exactly straightforward in what it's trying to say, but it's by no means sublte. The visuals are beautiful and the love between Tom and Izzie, across multiple universes and times is just as beautiful. It's a wonderful film about moving from the darkness into the light and embracing the concept of death. Not to mention the soundtrack is one of my favourites.


His work with The Wrestler is also great, especially when viewed as a companion piece to Black Swan. Then you have Requiem for a Dream: the best film I'll never watch again.


An honourable mention goes out to Nicolas Winding Refn too (Drive, Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising). He's great at crafting dreamlike, strange worlds t in incredibly grounded ways. The dreaminess combined with his penchant for extreme and unglamorised violence gives his films one hell of an edge.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 04:23 AM

Steve Buscemi's directed some decent movies the past few years. I prefer him as an actor though. "He's a funny looking guy", as the people of Fargo said.

John Carpenter is my favourite. My favourite movie series was and still is Halloween. I also loved The Thing, as do a lot of horror fans. I've not seen a lot of his work, but I've seen the things he's most known for.

And of course Tarantino. No explanation should even be required as to why.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 05:46 AM

Wes Craven, do I really have to explain? He is like God when it comes to horror movies! Plus he seems like a really friendly guy. :)

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 06:04 PM Edited by nikolibrety, 24 December 2013 - 11:18 PM.

Oliver Stone, Really You Guys No one metioned him andyways here are my favorites:

Oliver Stone, Martin Scrosse, Francis Ford Coppla, and Christopher Nolan.

Also Nicholas winding refn for my 2nd favorite film drive and david fincher for the best movie ever made: FIGHT CLUB

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:20 AM

David Fincher. I've grown up with his films and feel a personal connection to them (especially Seven & Fight Club which are my two favorite films of all time) I'd give 10/10s to Zodiac, Social Network and the aforementioned one. Some of his other films are solid even though I didnt care for Benjamin Button I'll still say on a technical level its a stunning film with some of the best CGI I've ever seen.

I also dig Billy Wilder movies. Some of the director posted in this thread may be better in a technical sense but I love the way Wilder told stories. Much of that is due to his immense writing talent but I feel his direction doesn't really get enough credit.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:22 AM

Yep Zodiac was fantastic. Awesome detective/crime movie or whatever you call it. I know it's based off a true story but it's still an worthwhile watch. Lots of twists and I really felt like I was in the 70's New York.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 04:53 AM

I really felt like I was in the 70's New York.

Then I guess Fincher wasn't doing his job right haha.

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:17 AM Edited by GTA4 Niko Bellic, 24 December 2013 - 05:17 AM.

Quentin Tarantino :)


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Posted 24 December 2013 - 05:42 AM

Ridley Scott and David Lynch come to mind, Scott for his atmosphere and believeable worlds and Lynch for the eerie chilling character studies that he does.

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