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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #105 on: July 16, 2004, 01:27:00 AM »
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In no particular order as well.

- Jean-Luc Godard
- Krzysztof Kieslowski
- Paul Thomas Anderson
- Francis Ford Coppola
- Ingmar Bergman
- Martin Scorcese
- Steven Spielberg
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Stanley Kubrick
- David Lynch

Tough to not include these guys..

Quentin Tarantino
Robert Altman
Roman Polanski
Oliver Stone
Hayao Miyazaki
Woody Allen
Spike Lee
John Ford

Directors I can't stand

- Ridley Scott
- Joel Schumacher
- Michael Bay

I see "Directed by" any of those three guys above and I almost immediately lose interest in seeing it. ;)

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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #106 on: July 16, 2004, 01:43:55 AM »
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In no particular order
- Francis Ford Coppola
Tough to not include these guys..
-Francis Ford Coppola

Did I just get cock-blocked by Bob Saget?

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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #107 on: July 16, 2004, 01:56:01 AM »
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Quote from: El Duderino
Quote from: Myxomatosis
In no particular order
- Francis Ford Coppola
Tough to not include these guys..
-Francis Ford Coppola




i feel the same way

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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #108 on: July 16, 2004, 02:23:12 AM »
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Quote from: Myxomatosis
In no particular order
- Francis Ford Coppola
Tough to not include these guys..
-Francis Ford Coppola


hey, at least he didn't rank his list after saying "in no particular order"..
endless 'nothing is what it seems'-isms

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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #109 on: July 16, 2004, 09:01:52 AM »
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Yeah yeah..

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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #110 on: July 16, 2004, 11:41:15 AM »
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In all fairness, if you look at most of the favorite films chosen by the directors who are popping up most often on this thread (PTA, Wes, Scorsese, etc.), most of their favorite films are films they grew up on.  Given that the average age of the users on this site has to be closer to 20 than 30, you can't really blame anyone for putting Pulp Fiction in their top ten any more than you can blame Tarantino for voting for Taxi Driver in his Sight & Sound top ten.


QT also listed "His Girl Friday" (1940) on that same list.


But he also put Dazed and Confused on his list too. So go figure.

I know what you're getting at, that a lot of us have a vast knowledge of only a limited amount of films, neglecting older ones in particular, and I completely agree.  But, for example, I've seen The Lost Weekend and I've seen Trainspotting; I like both but I'm always going to say that Trainspotting is a better film than The Lost Weekend and I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.  I'd bet that most xixaxers just have more of an affinity for recent films rather than not having seen older ones.

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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #111 on: July 16, 2004, 01:30:08 PM »
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I'd bet that most xixaxers just have more of an affinity for recent films rather than not having seen older ones.


Exacto. And that's just normal. We grew up with the films of our times, and they're more close to us that older ones. I mean, my Top 2 movies (Manhattan and Taxi Driver) were made before I was even born, but I had to check them out, after I realized that I really, really loved movies. I don't know if I'm explaining myself correctly, but the point is... it's normal that most of us have more interest in new films simply because, for instant, that we got to see them on the big screen, on opening day or something. Or, in cases like Kill Bill or Punch-Drunk Love or The Royal Tenenbaums, we were even highly anticipating them even before they went into production. Recent movies reflect us, in a way, while growing up and shaping our tastes. I have to go now 'cause tonight I plan on getting drunk.
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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #112 on: July 16, 2004, 01:51:23 PM »
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I'd bet that most xixaxers just have more of an affinity for recent films rather than not having seen older ones.


Exacto. And that's just normal.


I guess that's just more confirmation that I'm not normal.

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I think it's laughable that some people find the 40's and 50's to be the golden age of film...the golden age was definitely the 70's.

I think that a lot of the films of the 40's and 50's are exactly the same...there were all those sentimental romances and everything...there were a lot of repeats.


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You go, Ebs!!! So right on the 50's stuff.


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When was the "golden age"???

70's cinema -OR- 30's and 40's cinema


Definitely, definitely the 70s. I can barely hold interest in most "classics" from the 30s and 40s.


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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #113 on: July 16, 2004, 02:31:23 PM »
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I stand corrected.   :oops:  

And GT's quote is on the money.

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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #114 on: July 16, 2004, 03:06:52 PM »
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I stand corrected.   :oops:


I didn't mean for it to 'correct' you because it's not a matter of right or wrong, and I don't want those quotes to come across as generalization of xixax's membership. I just wish that sometimes 'older' films would receive some more appreciation.
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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #115 on: July 16, 2004, 04:15:35 PM »
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I just wish that sometimes 'older' films would receive some more appreciation.



Why?
context, context, context.

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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #116 on: July 16, 2004, 10:01:58 PM »
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I just wish that sometimes 'older' films would receive some more appreciation.

My "can barely hold interest" comment is truer than ever, though it doesn't apply to foreign films. American film acting before the 60s and 70s always grates me with a feeling of overbearing artificiality. And it's so far from my generation... should I really be expected to get into them? Can't I just quickly and soberly appreciate and acknowledge their influence (positive or negative) and move on?
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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #117 on: July 16, 2004, 10:49:06 PM »
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For me it's the simple question of avaliability. Where the hell am I supposed to get the really good older films? I live in smalltown Norway, and I bet a lot of other xixaxers live in some desolate place where they only videostores carry the latest blockbusters. Okey, so americans have netflix, but do they carry older titles? (that's a genuine question) The only chance I'll get to watch anything of the really great pre-60 stuff is to shell out for a Criterion, and I'm wary of buying those blind. For me it's not about not giving them a chance, it's about not being able to. Which sucks.
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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #118 on: July 16, 2004, 11:11:13 PM »
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I just wish that sometimes 'older' films would receive some more appreciation.


if it helps, i almost always put "older" films first on my netflix queue on that general principal, and a large percentage of my favorites, off the top of my head, are older titles

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Re: Top Ten Directors? (and now current)
« Reply #119 on: July 16, 2004, 11:30:32 PM »
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I just wish that sometimes 'older' films would receive some more appreciation.


Why?


I was taught: Respect your elders.

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My "can barely hold interest" comment is truer than ever, though it doesn't apply to foreign films. American film acting before the 60s and 70s always grates me with a feeling of overbearing artificiality. And it's so far from my generation... should I really be expected to get into them? Can't I just quickly and soberly appreciate and acknowledge their influence (positive or negative) and move on?


Do whatever you want to do. Like the 'women' issue in the Mean Girls thread, I don't expect anyone to agree with me, and I'm not telling anyone what to do or change their ways. Just expressing my feelings and thoughts.

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For me it's the simple question of avaliability. Where the hell am I supposed to get the really good older films? I live in smalltown Norway, and I bet a lot of other xixaxers live in some desolate place where they only videostores carry the latest blockbusters. Okey, so americans have netflix, but do they carry older titles? (that's a genuine question) The only chance I'll get to watch anything of the really great pre-60 stuff is to shell out for a Criterion, and I'm wary of buying those blind. For me it's not about not giving them a chance, it's about not being able to. Which sucks.


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if it helps, i almost always put "older" films first on my netflix queue on that general principal, and a large percentage of my favorites, off the top of my head, are older titles


I can appreciate your (and anyone's)  want to seek them out. I guess I was just lucky to have a mother that had a huge library of films, plus watching the Turner Classic Movies and American Movie Classics (before it was sold) channels was/is a big help.
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