Thursday, September 03, 2009

Which director...

...(dead or alive) do you most wish would deliver you a new movie annually. Who should be as regular as Woody Allen in other words.
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67 comments:

Ripley said...

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.

Ryan said...

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.

Cocoa Dior said...

Paul Thomas Anderson!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dead: Robert Altman

Alive: Hirokazu Koreeda

Peter Chan said...

Ang Lee... because I know he'll eventually cover every genre. I'm still waiting on that musical... :P

Derreck said...

Baz Luhrmann. The man always has us wait so long for his next film. Enough of that.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

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...

Andrew said...

Mike Nichols. Never been disappointed by Mike.

Jake D said...

David Fincher. As long as he stays away from Benjamin Button-esque material from now on.

faz77 said...

Sergio Leone. Every film is unique and a masterpiece...But maybe not every year as the best films take longer to make than that.

Douglas Racso said...

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.

Rizz said...

hands down Sofia Coppola...and more-often-than-not collaborations with Kiki wobnt hurt either!

Fernando Moss said...

Dead: Luis Buñuel

Alive: Pedro Almodóvar (altough he works pretty regularly, so if not him... maybe Sarah Polley?)

Drew said...

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.

Brooke Cloudbuster said...

Wong Kar-Wai. And given how good Chungking Express turned out to be, he'd do it with style.

Anonymous said...

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

FilmDr said...

Kubrick, but Sofia would be nice too.

tim r said...

Dead: Ophuls
Alive: Cronenberg?

Cameron said...

Paul Thomas Anderson or Todd Haynes. They wait too long to put out a movie, but their work is always brilliant.

Emily said...

Peter Weir

Karen said...

Yimou Zhang (House of Flying Daggers). That film was beautifully done! And Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries).

Murtada said...

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.

Alex said...

Terrence Malick and Paul Thomas Anderson. For sure.

Scott said...

Dead - Hitchcock. Alive - Almodovar.

John T said...

I'd go with Orson Welles-who wouldn't want to see what he would do with cinema today?

GayAsXmas said...

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

Mr. Arkadin said...

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.

seasondays said...

alive
PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON
WES ANDERSON
SOFIA COPPOLA
ALFONSO CUARON
GUILLERMO DEL TORO
ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ IÑARRITU
TODD HAYNES
TODD SOLONDZ

dead
HITCHCOCK
KUBRICK

MichaelG said...

I hope James Cameron returns to a steady 'every two or three years' schedule.

adelutza said...

David Lynch and Almodovar. And if he were alive, Bunuel.

jbaker475 said...

Paul Thomas Anderson
Baz Luhrmann
Terrence Malick
David Fincher

ShoNuff said...

hitchcock, cukor, billy wilder

Sean said...

Ingmar Bergman! Or Abbas Kiarostami, or Andrei Tarkovsky.

FDot said...

Dead-- W.S. Van Dyke

Alive-- Whit Stillman

Kurtis O said...

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).

Deborah said...

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.

Iggy said...

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?

Rebecca said...

Werner Herzog, fiction, or documentary (bonus points if he narrates).

Branden said...

I have a three way tie between Alfred Hitchcock, Darren Aronofsky and Quentin Tarantino.

Wayne B. said...

JOhn Cameron Mitchell - both of his movies are inventive and memorable.

Rae Kasey said...

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.

Chris Na Taraja said...

Robert Altman And the Cohen Brothers

ZiZo said...

PEDRO ALMODOVAR
Brad Bird
Andrew Stanton
Peter Jackson
Steven Spielberg

Henry said...

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.

Henry said...

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.

Luiserghio said...

Dead: Hands down KUBRICK!

Alive: PTA, Tarantino, Cuaron & Almodovar

alex h said...

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...

Kamila said...

Billy Wilder!

Kamila said...

Billy Wilder!

Benjamin T said...

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.

PF said...

Definitely Robert Altman

adri said...

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.

Volcaji said...

Have I heard Tim Burton???
Or It's just my imagination???

Arkaan said...

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.

Danny King said...

1. Christopher Nolan
2. Darren Aronofsky
3. Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino 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.

UncleVanya said...

David Cronenberg...it was the first name that immediately popped into my mind (I take that as a sign).

UncleVanya said...

I've just looked over other's favorite directors, and found those who listed:

Garry Marshall
Baz Lurhman
M. Night Shamalayan
Edward Zwick

All 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!!!

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 / Australia

so there!

Leo said...

Alive- Jane Campion
Dead-Francois Truffaut

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...

PIPER said...

Stanley Kubrick. But really, even if he was a live, what are the chances.

Tom Steele said...

Three-way tie: Alfred Hitchcock, Paul Thomas Anderseon, Todd Haynes. And Luis Buñuel. Oh--and Marcel Carné. And . . . .

Anonymous said...

Stanley Kubrick...he's missed.

UncleVanya said...

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 / Australia

so 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.

UncleVanya said...

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 AM

I 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!!!

notanotherblog said...

Dead:
Charles Laughton

Alive: Katheryn Bigelow
Sofia Coppola
Mike Nichols
Andrew Dominik

Ryan said...

hhhmmm... i'd have to say Pedro or Jane Campion