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PostPosted: 09.27.2003 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, I prefer Cronenberg over Lynch also, if slightly. He, without a doubt, IS highly intellectual, he probes the pysche like no other, he knows pyschology, and his films are really about something. You can even see a statement in his body of work; he is a great example, as far as I am concerned, as an intelligent filmmaker who evolves from film to film, his themes expanding, and him truly maturing. It's great and e-ven his films that don't fully work for me are interesting in their own way. I hold Crash in the highest esteem, consider it one of my all time faves -- it, of course, follows his other masterpieces that are Videodrome, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, and last but not least, Spider. Forgive me for rambling... Here is my top five favorite directors for today, as of right now, in order:

-Michelangelo Antonioni

-Stanley Kubrick

-Stan Brakhage

-Abbas Kiarostami

-David Cronenberg (Why the hell not?)
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PostPosted: 09.27.2003 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was actually disappointed with Crash the first time I watched it, basically figuring it was a soft-core porn -- albeit a beautifully-made, well-acted soft-core porn -- about a peculiar fetish I neither shared nor understood. I picked it up on DVD only to complete my Cronenberg collection, but decided to sit down and give it another go. This time I understood it from a completely different perspective; it really wasn't about sex at all. This it how I synopsized my take on it in a review I wrote recently: "Crash is the story of people so disconnected from their emotions only destructive events can penetrate their numbed psyches. Since car crashes scar bodies and warp metal, these events are perceived as transformative. In a changeless world, any kind of transformation is seen as redemptive."
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PostPosted: 09.28.2003 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the night watchman wrote:
I was actually disappointed with Crash the first time I watched it, basically figuring it was a soft-core porn -- albeit a beautifully-made, well-acted soft-core porn -- about a peculiar fetish I neither shared nor understood. I picked it up on DVD only to complete my Cronenberg collection, but decided to sit down and give it another go. This time I understood it from a completely different perspective; it really wasn't about sex at all. This it how I synopsized my take on it in a review I wrote recently: "Crash is the story of people so disconnected from their emotions only destructive events can penetrate their numbed psyches. Since car crashes scar bodies and warp metal, these events are perceived as transformative. In a changeless world, any kind of transformation is seen as redemptive."


That is exactly my experience with the movie. I strongly disliked it first, but respected the filmmaking, and the second viewing is when I really keyed into it -- with this film, it is imperative that you view it the way that Cronenberg intends. He wants us to try and relate with characters that we normally wouldn't. And the results are brilliant with what we come up with. I wanna watch it again soon to try and bang out a review myself.
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PostPosted: 10.14.2003 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quentin Tarantino

David Lynch
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PostPosted: 10.14.2003 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Tarantino can go on my list now. I just didn't want to include someone with only three movies under his belt; so unless Kill Bill: Vol. 2 reall sucks, he's on mine too.
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PostPosted: 12.11.2004 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mizoguchi



Tarkovsky

Renoir

Hitchcock

Kubrick

Rohmer



(early) Wenders

Max Ophuls

Dreyer

Eisenstein

Ozu

Von Sternberg

Powell/Pressburger

Satyajit Ray



promising recent ones;

Kore-eda

Samira Makhmalbaf
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PostPosted: 03.07.2005 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenji wrote:


promising recent ones;

Kore-eda

Samira Makhmalbaf


What happened to Kenji? He was a promising newbie.



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PostPosted: 03.07.2005 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no one said Sam Raimi... Sad
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PostPosted: 03.07.2005 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, probably not a list shared by too many people, but it's based on individuals whose films have given me the greatest pleasure over the years. So here goes, with favourite efforts:



John Carpenter (The Thing, Prince of Darkness, The Fog)

Larry Cohen (It's Alive, Q The Winged Serpent, The Stuff)

Hideo Nakata (Ring, Ring 2, Chaos)

Alejandro Amenabar (Abre Los Ojos, Tesis, The Others)

Terence Fisher (The Devil Rides Out, Night of the Big Heat, Dracula Prince of Darkness)

Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebre)

Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Phantasm II, Bubba Ho-Tep)



Coscarelli's a cheat but who cares? He's done some great films.
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PostPosted: 03.10.2005 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want to add Kiyoshi Kurosawa to my list, place Guy Maddin in the wings, and remove Orson Wells. While I very much like what I've seen of Wells's work, I really haven't seen enough of it to really embrace him. I'm afraid I must confess I was just putting on airs when I originally included him, and I just couldn't live with the guilt anymore.
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PostPosted: 03.10.2005 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim Harper wrote:


Larry Cohen (It's Alive, Q The Winged Serpent, The Stuff)

Don Coscarelli (Phantasm, Phantasm II, Bubba Ho-Tep)





I have a great fondness for these two as well, as I do for many filmmakers who are clearly commercial in their intentions and yet remain able to make movies that are more than just collages of contemporary trends (<cough>MichaelBay<cough>PWSAnderson<cough>).
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PostPosted: 03.11.2005 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Akira Kurosawa

Martin Scorsese

Alfred Hitchcock

Spike Lee

Sergio Leone

David Cronenberg

Jean-Luc Godard

Billy Wilder

Ingmar Bergman

John Ford

Mario Bava

John Huston

Dario Argento

Tod Browning

Quentin Tarantino

James Whale

Charles Chaplin

Buster Keaton



These are directors who I have enjoyed the bulk of their work greatly. I too have omitted Orson Welles because even though Citizen Kane & Touch of Evil are among my favorite films of all-time, I've only seen three Welles films.
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