Re: Favourite film directors?
1. Ingmar Bergman (as seen in my avatar.)
Nobody has reached/will reach that level of maestria. NEVER!
His movies were very subtle, emotionally engaging, beautiful to watch (thanks to Sven Nykvist too!), metaphysical without being pompous, poetic, super stylish, extremely well written, etc. It was CINEMA in its purest form!
2. Stanley Kubrick
"Finesse" would be the best word to describe his capacity to catch specific moods and create incredible sceneries. Almost as much as Bergman, but in a very different way (more money for the special effects. Even if money doesn't make it all, as seen with Bergman.) Very versatile too, as to chose a theme.
3. Quentin Tarantino
This is the must for the "exaggerationist" cinema genre, if such thing existed. It's done with such a grotesque sense of humour that it becomes funny, for how things are exaggerated, over-the-top. He is also a brilliant writer. All his movies are full of orgasmic dialogues/monologues (for how well they are written, and how they are interpreted by the actors he choses.)
4. Bela Tarr
The hungarian director is the best to direct epicly long movies (don't be scared: 7 hours for his masterpiece "Satantango".) His films ARE the desolation of post-communist Hungary. They ARE the lost and sad souls. They are the black and white of Hungary's heart.
5. David Lynch
This guy comes the closest to what could really be considered as Surrealism, in the American industry of cinema. And it's also one of the bests in the genre. He has this incredible capacity to set a creepy yet thrilling mood. I once wrote this comment for his movie Inland Empire: <<like André Breton's vision of this "man cut in two by the window": there are various realities put together (the window, and the man behind this window), and together they create a new reality (the man cut in two by the window.)>> And this mind-blowing duality is what Lynch is all about.
6. Carl Theodor Dreyer
Innovation and twisted scenarios were his biggest "weapons." He also treated images like works of art, as many of my favourite directors. The religious/spiritual themes were brilliant and never patronizing. He was subtle and suggested things, instead of trying to give answers.
7. Andrei Tarkovsky
All style, very substantial too. You could feel he was a hardcore fan of Bergman, and his metaphysical was oddly touching, even if a bit far-stretched at times. The purity of the images were real tour-de-forces. His use of historical facts in his movies (as Biopics, or simple references) are brilliant; you can feel the need to tell a story through History.
8. Fritz Lang
I mean... His naïveté was all kinds of cute and admirable for that matter. He was a very good human being, you could tell. No need to say that he was a great innovator and creator for his time too - as much as any of the directors here.
9. Michael Haneke
His movies are hard as f**k. They are morbid and extraordinarily intelligent and vicious. It's so cold, so harsh. But sooo good.
10. Lars von trier
Wait... I know: the guy can suck ass and can piss me off (that's probably why I love him too) as much as he can shine! When he does succeed in keeping his energy inside, just a little bit, he does brilliant things without falling into what is so admirably terrible with him: pretentiousness in his desire to be the most singular person evuuuuurrrrr. He has changed his technique, through time, now creating beautiful images - and it's good. But he shines the most when his pictures are "jumpy", ugly and not very re-worked.
It is all about the senses, with Alain Resnais. It is too hard to explain. He was also very versatile: he could go from a dreamy representation of a play in a play (a "Play-ception". Ha!), to the oddity of memory, ... He films very coldly, but that's exactly where the charm is.
What could be said that hasn't been said?
Well... It's Martin Scorsese for you.
A very feminine sensitivity, which I also possess, I guess. His movies are colourful, dramatic (like... the drama queen kind of drama)... Very spanish, in that regard. They are very personal too.
What a brilliant "tear-inducer," hm!
Roman Polanski, Jacques Rivette, Ted Browning, Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders, Terry Jones, Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Terry Jones, Darren Aronofsky, Billy Wilder, Paul Thomas Anderson, Woody Allen, John Cassavetes, Georges Meliès, ... and sooooooooooooo many other I didn't mention, and those I need to discover and dig deeper.
The world is beautiful with cinema of this calibre. This list makes me excited to think of cinema. I'm young (23 years old), but I've seen so much already, and I just keep wanting more...
And, oh boy, if I could just have a very little bit of all the genius that lives in them...
Last edited by Ace Pounder; 02-17-2013 at 09:17 PM.