TMA_1 Posted July 31, 2004 Share Posted July 31, 2004 well this thread has been posted before, but since then I have seen so man new films that I have to recap who my favorites are, and want to see what favorites you guys have. here they are, but they arent in a list from number one favorite, to number two and so on. They are all my favorites and are all equal in skill in their own ways to me.Stanley Kubrick: I dont like all of his films, and some are rather boring. The ones that he has been involved in though that I love, are some of my favorites, and are considered some of the greats of film. For example Dr. Strangelove, 2001, Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange. These films are some of my favorites. His style is a lot different from other directors. He is a nazi on the set from what I hear and he liked things his OWN way. I love how in his film almost always his characters are somewhat detatched, forcing you to focus on the whole of the film, and not just specific characters. I also love his specific style of filmmaking that is extremely well, surgical. His films are extremely clean and crisp. Suprisingly since lots of his films like A Clockwork Orange and Lolita are so controversial, you would think that they would be edgy. Not so in my opinion since they are largely detatched and you rarely get a feeling of joy or disgust from the characters. Instead you just get a love, mood and feeling from the story and direction itself. They are always so surgical and precise as I have said that he is almost an "anti-scorcese" type of director. Dont get me wrong I love Scorcese he just parallels that kind of direction completely to me.Martin Scorcese: I love him and so many films he has made. Mean Streets, Casino, Goodfellas, Raging Bull,Taxi Driver. Good grief they are just crammed full of emotion and energy. His films are so edgy that they are just plain sexy. Watching them to me just fills me with this feeling that I am inside of something, watching from the inside instead of the outside like a Kubrick film would do for me. The characters are always paramount in his films and often they can be considered character studies as much as any other kind of genre. I just love how he does film. It was so revolutionary at the time when he came out and to me he is one of the fathers of modern filmmaking (if not the father and creator of that style). WIth his type of moody and hyper filmmaking, with the additions of lots of pop culture and stories that are always so hip and modern, he has built up film as it has been for the past few decades to me.Milos Forman: Though I only like a few of his films, those films I love are treasures to me. Movies like One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, or Amadeus are some of my favorites. His kinds of biographies, with a feeling of the present and the past all wrapped into one story just always amaze me. He has earned credability by the sheer talent that he puts into his films, and movies like the ones posted above and even his more modern ones like Man on the Moon show that he is a great director. He knows how to use actors to fulfill his purposes and knows how to take a biographical or semi-biographical text and relive it as if what is on the screen was purely fact-based reality. His films are so real that you cant help but be blown away by his directing.Francis Coppola: Lots of the films he has been involved in to me are somewhat lack-luster. Still though some of the movies he has done or been involved in are gems. The Godfather is probably my favorite movie of all time. I know that is the typical opinion of many people, but damn it is just the perfect film. I also loved films of his like The Outsiders, Apocolypse Now and Bram Stokers Dracula just because they are well made themselves. He isnt my all-time favorite director, but some of his films are classics and that cannot be denied.Akira Kirasawa: Probably one of the greatest action film-makers in history. He is the embodiment of the "western" film, even though all of his films usually take place in japan in the past. Films like The Seven Samauri or Yojimbo are just so fun to watch. He has been such an impact on the "western" architype that his films still make headway even to this day. You can feel his direct influences on these types of films like Starwars and others. The films are so pure in their genre that they are fun to watch and are never boring. He has come up with so many standards for these kinds of films that you cant help but be amazed by him.Ridley Scott: Ridley Scott is probably one of the greatest masters of the sci-fi thriller genre. His films like Alien, Blade Runner and whatnot are just some of my favorite movies ever. I just love his moody and atmospheric style of directing and is probably one of my favorites of that type. His films always are well made and the mood in those films beat the pants off of many other directors out there. The way he gets to an audiance shows that he is a wonderful story teller and can really make a good film.Paul Thomas Anderson: Probably in the top three of my favorite directors out there. He is the wave of the future for what films are to become in my opinion. To me his films are the essense of filmmaking in the 90s and is the representative of that decade in film. Such things like Magnolia (gosh a damn good movie), Boogie Nights, and Punch Drunk Love are so hip and so well made that they just blow me away. Their stories are always so intricate and the feeling of each character is so powerful that you cant help but love his films. He is a master at tapping into the directors and tapping into what good character-creating is all about. His directing too is amazing, tapping into the use of colors and of angles expertly. HIs movies are so character oriented that his films are probably some of the most heady and intelligent out there. The directing is exquisit and the funniest thing is he is like 27.lol I mean sheesh he wrote the screenplay of Magnolia at 19... that just amazes me.Those are not all of them, but I have to log off for a sec, Ill post more of them later. What do you think of my interpritation of thse film makers? what are some of your favorites and explain. :) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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