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Quentin Tarantino. You always know he'll always at least try to make a good movie, not just throw some shit together for the paycheck. So.
Probably Hitchcock. It would be interesting to see a present day movie directed by him, especially with the sorry state of thrillers that are released each year.
Paul Thomas Anderson!!!!!!!
Dead: Robert AltmanAlive: Hirokazu Koreeda
Ang Lee... because I know he'll eventually cover every genre. I'm still waiting on that musical... :P
Baz Luhrmann. The man always has us wait so long for his next film. Enough of that.
Eliza Kazan...because his films are almost always great and everything especially the acting is so good I'll spend the entire year talking about each performance and by time I reach a burnout he'll release another good one...
Mike Nichols. Never been disappointed by Mike.
David Fincher. As long as he stays away from Benjamin Button-esque material from now on.
Sergio Leone. Every film is unique and a masterpiece...But maybe not every year as the best films take longer to make than that.
Terrence Malick. Why does he have to wait at least half a decade before he makes a new film?His release of films are as glacial as his films.
hands down Sofia Coppola...and more-often-than-not collaborations with Kiki wobnt hurt either!
Dead: Luis BuñuelAlive: Pedro Almodóvar (altough he works pretty regularly, so if not him... maybe Sarah Polley?)
Nobody. I highly doubt auteur quality can be maintained for long at such a frequent output. That's also way too many films to keep track of.
Wong Kar-Wai. And given how good Chungking Express turned out to be, he'd do it with style.
Wong Kar-wai...but just because I'm tired to wait so much for a new film...anyway we must say that, considering the results (maybe not really in MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS case...but that was an exception...at least I hope) in his case waiting is a good thing!mirko
Kubrick, but Sofia would be nice too.
Dead: OphulsAlive: Cronenberg?
Paul Thomas Anderson or Todd Haynes. They wait too long to put out a movie, but their work is always brilliant.
Yimou Zhang (House of Flying Daggers). That film was beautifully done! And Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries).
I second the mentions of Fincher, Almodovar and Ang Lee and add to the list Alejandro González Iñárritu & Guillermo del Toro. Then every year will be a feast of cinema.
Terrence Malick and Paul Thomas Anderson. For sure.
Dead - Hitchcock. Alive - Almodovar.
I'd go with Orson Welles-who wouldn't want to see what he would do with cinema today?
Dead - Billy Wilder. Though he inevitably went off the boil as he got older, he made some of the most sublime, funniest movies ever. Some Like it Hot, Sunset, Appartment, Ace in the Hole...Living - Cameron Crowe. I know he f**ked up a little with Elizabethtown (though I still think that film has charm) his stuff up to Almost Famous was virtually perfect and I don't think many writers have his skill at shaping supporting roles
Actually, I'd rather see Woody Allen himself take a break every other year - not to rest, but to work a little more on each project. It would be an improvement.
alivePAUL THOMAS ANDERSONWES ANDERSONSOFIA COPPOLAALFONSO CUARONGUILLERMO DEL TOROALEJANDRO GONZALEZ IÑARRITUTODD HAYNESTODD SOLONDZdeadHITCHCOCKKUBRICK
I hope James Cameron returns to a steady 'every two or three years' schedule.
David Lynch and Almodovar. And if he were alive, Bunuel.
Paul Thomas AndersonBaz LuhrmannTerrence MalickDavid Fincher
hitchcock, cukor, billy wilder
Ingmar Bergman! Or Abbas Kiarostami, or Andrei Tarkovsky.
Dead-- W.S. Van DykeAlive-- Whit Stillman
Mike Nichols. Ditto Andrew's comment.I'd say Almodovar, but I think there's a perfect gap between each of his projects -- just enough time to build up your appetite (which, I should add, has yet to be unsatisfied).
Dead: Howard Hawks.And alive: M. Night Shamalayan, because I think if he just increased his output and really pushed it, he'd get past whatever crap phase he's in and remember that he was a great director in 1999.
If I keep it national, I'd say Amenábar and Alex de la Iglesia, as long as many people have already said Almodóvar.Your question has made me wonder what a director does in his daily life, in between projects though. I mean, an average director, without the Scorsese profile or alike, who doesn't write his own movies and that stays away from a movie set in two years or so, what does he do for a living?
Werner Herzog, fiction, or documentary (bonus points if he narrates).
I have a three way tie between Alfred Hitchcock, Darren Aronofsky and Quentin Tarantino.
JOhn Cameron Mitchell - both of his movies are inventive and memorable.
My god I miss Cameron Crowe. Vanilla Sky and Elizabethtown were awful but I think he has such a unique voice. I'd love to see him get back to work on something as great as Almost Famous.I'd like to see PTA a bit more often too.
Robert Altman And the Cohen Brothers
PEDRO ALMODOVARBrad BirdAndrew StantonPeter JacksonSteven Spielberg
Ridley Scott. I'd go to any of his movies at this point. Or PT Anderson since he doesn't make movies all that regularly.Dead, I'd probably say Hitchcock.
Todd Haynes and Cameron Crowe are good secondary choices in the Alive category. Curtis Hanson, Edward Zwick, and Wes Anderson too. Francis Ford Coppola hasn't made a movie in a while, right?John Huston in the Dead category would be interesting.
Dead: Hands down KUBRICK!Alive: PTA, Tarantino, Cuaron & Almodovar
Sofia Coppola, 100%. Her films surprise me every time and are so interesting to look back on. And it's been ages since we've heard anything about her latest project...
Definitely agree with the Malick comment, although I think his style of shooting without a solid script in mind would probably prevent that. It would be interesting to see what sorts of films Kurosawa would be making today.
Definitely Robert Altman
Norman Jewison. He has such a light touch, an invisible hand, yet actors are at their best with him. I always feel that I'm seeing the real heart of the actor. I'd love to see all my favorite actors revealed like that.
Have I heard Tim Burton???Or It's just my imagination???
Danis Tanovic: You win an Oscar and a CANNES award with your first film, and in the eight years since, you've done only one movie? Disappointing. Especially since he has such a distinctive comic voice.Todd Haynes: Fascinating films, even when I don't like them. And when I do like them, I love them.Sam Mendes: Maybe not. Given that each of his films has received a lot less praise then the film immediately preceding it.Alfonso Cuaron: COME ON!!!!!!! Children of Men was such a masterpiece.Philip Kaufman: The only director working in the Hollywood idiom with a frank, adult interest in sex.Jodie Foster: Because.
1. Christopher Nolan2. Darren Aronofsky3. Quentin TarantinoTarantino is only third because I have seen so much of his work. Aronofsky has only made four films, and Nolan hasn't been able to make many personal films outside of the Batman films. All three are among the best directors working today.
David Cronenberg...it was the first name that immediately popped into my mind (I take that as a sign).
I've just looked over other's favorite directors, and found those who listed:Garry MarshallBaz LurhmanM. Night ShamalayanEdward ZwickAll I can say is you must see more movies, or else be horse-whipped. The world is shitty enough, and artistically deprived...we don't need yearly movies by these paint-by-number, camp-producing hacks! Guilty pleasures or not. Jeeesh!!!
Uncle Vanya -- i am HORRIFIED that you list Baz Luhrmann with that grouping. HORRIFIED. I sentence you to a quadruple feature on loop for the next 24 hours may you only see and think of: Strictly Ballroom / Romeo + Juliet / Moulin Rouge / Australiaso there!
Alive- Jane CampionDead-Francois Truffaut
I'm sorry. Glory, Courage Under Fire, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Defiance, The Siege. These are considered camp/guilty pleasures? Really? I guess we really differ in opinions...
Stanley Kubrick. But really, even if he was a live, what are the chances.
Three-way tie: Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Thomas Anderseon, Todd Haynes. And Luis Buñuel. Oh--and Marcel Carné. And . . . .
Stanley Kubrick...he's missed.
NATHANIEL R said... Uncle Vanya -- i am HORRIFIED that you list Baz Luhrmann with that grouping. HORRIFIED. I sentence you to a quadruple feature on loop for the next 24 hours may you only see and think of: Strictly Ballroom / Romeo + Juliet / Moulin Rouge / Australiaso there!Okay, okay...I liked Romeo and Juliet, but the rest of his films, frankly, make me cringe and laugh, like high-camp does. Sorry, Nat...just one guys opinion.
Henry said... I'm sorry. Glory, Courage Under Fire, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai, Defiance, The Siege. These are considered camp/guilty pleasures? Really? I guess we really differ in opinions...11:02 AMI also said paint-by-number in my previous quote. But The Last Samurai is pretty cheesy. God, just looking at that above list of overstuffed machismo is starting to give me hives. No wonder Zwick has never been nominated for directing. Yuk!!!
Dead: Charles LaughtonAlive: Katheryn BigelowSofia CoppolaMike NicholsAndrew Dominik
hhhmmm... i'd have to say Pedro or Jane Campion
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