the Directors

I have this insane, borderline unhealthy, obsession of viewing the entire body of work of filmmakers I love. When I lock onto a director I want to highlight, exceptions for letting one of their films go unseen are very rare. Basically, the movie has to be out of print and in no way available for me to view it. It's a sickness... really.

My point is: I love every single one of these directors, and to fully appreciate their work, I think it is important to view every film they have done. For those of you who may be unaware of some of the films done by these directors, I certainly hope you have as much fun discovering them as I did.











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  1. Please do one such feature on Alfred Hitchcock.
    I'll be waiting. :)

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    1. Ohh I LOVE Hitch. One of my all time favorites. But wow, so many films to his name. That would take months of dedication. Someday though :)

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    2. Maybe a top 10 favorite films would be easier.

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    3. It would be, certainly. But a little too much work for a full directors profile right now.

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  2. Where's the love for Japanese directors!? How about some Ozu?

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    1. Ozu is one of my all time favorites, but the man has so many films, many of which are very hard to track down. I only write about directors whose entire filmography I've seen. But I should work harder on finding some obscure Ozu.

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  3. Innaritu? He's a great one with only a few films to his credit.

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    1. Was literally going to cover him next in this column. One of my favorite directors, no doubt. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  4. You should do Danny Boyle. His films are all fairly entertaining.

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    1. That's a great call. I've actually been meaning to cover him for a while now.

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  5. What are your thoughts on doing one on John Carpenter? I think his early work certainly earns him a place in film history, at least up to They Live.

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    1. That's so funny, I literally researched Carpenter for this series about two months ago. Ultimately, I decided it may not be a good use of my time, at least right then. Like you say, his work kind of falls off post-They Live (thought I'll always love the trash of Escape from L.A.). But his early stuff...yeah, there's no arguing the importance of those films. I should cover him though. It'd be nice to have a horror director up there.

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  6. You're missing Barry Levinson from this page (just so you know).

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    1. Ahh what would I do without you. Thanks man, nice catch.

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    2. lol, no biggie. I'm just a stickler for things like that. Just out of curiosity, any chance of you ever doing a write up for Kurosawa? I only ask cause you've done write ups for every other director on your favorites list. I know working through all of his films is quite an undertaking to say the least.

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    3. You know, I actually haven't covered a lot of those fellas. Bergman, Herzog, Hitchcock, Chaplin, Kurosawa... all masterful filmmakers with insanely long (and somewhat difficult to track down) filmographies. I have seen all of Bergman's though, so I need to start writing that beast of a post ASAP.

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    4. I was actually going to retract that portion of my statement when I looked through your favorite filmmakers again. But you beat me to it.

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    5. Haha, well, I gotta to on 'em soon!

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  7. A top 10 favorite Ingmar Bergman films.

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    1. I'll have my full post on Bergman's entire career up soon.

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  8. A top 10 favorite Federico Fellini films.

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    1. I could do that list, but I think I'll hold out for a full Fellini profile.

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  9. Charlie Chaplin are many and there are very good, you should do a list.

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    1. You know, if I just focus on his features, a full profile for Chaplin is definitely doable.

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  10. John Carpenter ?

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    1. You're the second person to ask that I cover him here, so I will make Carpenter my next director to profile. I'm not the biggest fan of his post-They Live work, but it'll be fun to re-explore his great films. Thanks for the push!

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  11. Why is no Ben Affleck, Warren Beatty, Rob Reiner, Ron Howard, Robert Redford, Sean Penn, George Clooney, John Cassavetes profile?

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    1. I am just one man, after all. But Cassavetes is next.

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    2. 3+4+17+31+9+4+4+6 is 77 movies (8 are short). Aren't so many

      Ben Affleck: I Killed My Lesbian Wife..., Gone Baby Gone, The Town, Argo

      Warren Beatty: Heaven Can Wait, Reds, Dick Tracy, Bulworth

      Robert Redford: Ordinary People, The Milagro Beanfield War, A River Runs Through It, Quiz Show, The Horse Whisperer, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Lions for Lambs, The Conspirator, The Company You Keep

      Sean Penn: The Indian Runner, The Crossing Guard, The Pledge, Into the Wild

      George Clooney: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck, Leatherheads, The Ides of March, Martin Scorsese Eats a Cookie, The Monuments Men

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    3. Dude, what the hell is Martin Scorsese Eats a Cookie? That sounds awesome.

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  12. I believe Sergio Leone is on your influential directors list. I'd LOVE to see one of these about him. His filmography is far briefer than many of these (though they do boast meaty run-times) and it'd be great to hear your thoughts on his movies.

    Akira Kurosawa too. If its not too much to ask ;)

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment! I do appreciate Leone, and I have seen all of his films, so I should definitely get him up here. Kurosawa is another story. Dude has made so many films and a handful of them are hard to track down. But I've been slowly chipping away at his filmography for a while now :)

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    2. Sorry I couldn’t locate the page we were discussing this on but I said you had inspired me to write my own film blog once in a while and well… here are the results http://moviesandshennanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/top-10-overrated-films.html
      Its been a while since Ive posted (this being the first in some months) and Im kind of young so it could be a tad crap- but you expressed interest so I thought why not 
      This isn’t trying to be an advert of any kind, sorry if it came across as such. Hope you like it.
      Well.
      Ish.

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    3. Great stuff man, really digging the posts. I'll save the site to my favorites and revisit often. And don't worry, your comment didn't play as an advert - all good man!

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  13. I hope you'll do a John Carpenter soon. Or give a date, when is gonna be published

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    1. So here's the thing: while I appreciate that I've gotten many requests to cover John Carpenter, these posts take a very long time to research and complete, and I'm really only interested in covering filmmakers I love. Me writing about John Carpenter would only incite vitriol, which isn't really my thing. Basically, I'm not a fan, and I'd rather cover directors I am a fan of.

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    2. So, who are the filmmakers you like and you didn't make a profile?

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    3. Hitch, Bergman, Kurosawa, Chaplin, Keaton - it never ends. I want to get to all of them eventually, it just takes a lot of time.

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    4. And who are the filmmakers that you saw their all films and you didn't make a profile?
      P.S. I hope for an M. Night Shyamalan.

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    5. Ha, well, sadly, I haven't seen After Earth. I kept up with Shyamalan's filmography for a while, almost as a joke. But after The Last Airbender, I'd had enough.

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    6. I understand, but tell me, YOU are excited by his next project: Labor of Love(2015)?

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    7. Re-teaming with Willis is enough of a selling point for me. But I don't have high hopes.

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    8. And he wrote this script in 1993.

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    9. If you want to see a so-bad-its-funny worse than The Last Airbender watch After Earth. Shyamalan goes from bad to worse to worst.

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    10. I could never bring myself to watch it. It looked so bad.

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    11. And its worse than it looks. A work of art. Its worse than F. It's F-. But if you watch it as a comedy (and you are drunk) its funny.

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  14. And why did you do a profile of Steven Spielberg?

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  15. This is a great series you have here, Alex. Really, it is. Some ideas for it: Tarkovsky, Huston, and Wong Kar-wai.

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    1. Thanks buddy, I really appreciate it. Been working on Tarkovsky slowly but surely, same with Kar-wai. Huston is a worthy challenge as well. There are SO MANY to choose from!

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    2. By the way, I saw your earlier comment about Carpenter in response to Budai Robert (funny how many people mentioned him after I did) and now that I think about it that way, I guess you're right. It's probably for the best you don't cover him, at least not right now as a priority. It's funny how different his early work is compared to his later work. It's as if after finishing They Live, a very fine cult film, he was replaced by a hack doppelganger who couldn't even direct traffic. It's odd.

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    3. Don't get me wrong, I dig a lot of Carpenter's films, but by and large, genre directors do little for me, and inciting said director's fan base isn't really what I'm into. I did research him though. I wrote out his filmography, noted the films I still had to see and should see again, and after some thinking, I realized my time would be better spent elsewhere. Way it goes, you know?

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    4. I understand. I probably would've done the same thing if I were you.

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    1. That's one definitely worth writing about. I've liked a lot of his films, others not so much. A good balance.

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    2. James Cameron isn't such a great director. He made 2 horrible films. Unwatchable films! One is Piranha Part Two: The Spawning. It's awful. The second one is TITANIC. I hate this film so much. (Top 5 films I just hate(WORST TO BEST): The Wizard of Oz, Titanic, The Last Airbender, Transformers, Twilight.) But he made also three perfectly decent films, with many flaws but still enjoyable: The Abyss, True Lies and Avatar. One sci-fi thriller film with bad special effects and a great. And two of the best sequels films\sci-fi films\action films of all time: Aliens, which, maybe, isn't better than its predecessor and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which is an update sequel, in my opinion flawless, perfect.

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    3. T2 is my favorite, but I do love The Abyss and True Lies. Aliens is very good as well. Titanic has never worked for me.

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    4. T2 its my favorite too. So great. I hate the Titanic. Too many reasons

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    5. I think its technical achievements are certainly worth highlighting, but story wise... it's a tad lame. I've only seen it once though.

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  17. Tony Scott !, the best action film director.

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    1. I actually really dig his work. Sad that he's gone.

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  18. A few ''COOL'' ideas: Michael Bay, Nicolas Winding Refn, Sam Raimi, Antoine Fuqua, John Woo and Terry Gilliam.
    A few "SMArt" ideas: Andrei Tarkovsky, Park Chan-wook, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Pedro Almodóvar, Robert Altman and François Truffaut.
    Who will have a profile? When?

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    1. Great choices. I'm working on Hitchcock now, should have him down soon. Tarkovsky and Kieślowski are ones I'd LOVE to cover ASAP. Hopefully within the next few months.

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  19. I love this feature of yours and your manner of appraising the directors. I always use them as a reference when I start working through each director's filmography. It'd be great to see the Dardenne brothers and Krzysztof Kieślowski.

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    1. Thanks so much, Angela! I've been working on Kieślowski for a few months now - he's one of my favorites. I'm woefully behind on the Dardenne brothers films. Need to fix that ASAP.

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  20. You ever watched a great director who started to make bad films after bad films and then again great films?

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    1. That's a great question. Been trying to think of someone for the past few hours, and I can't. So I suppose my answer is no.

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    2. But a bad director who started to make great films?

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    3. I think a lot of great directors started out making bad-to-mediocre films, Bergman included.

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  21. A Ben Stiller profile? He made some good (maybe great comedy) films.

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    1. He's a solid filmmaker, but I have a lot of people ahead of him right now. Mike Nichols will definitely be next.

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  22. Just two female directors who have a profile.

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    1. I certainly hope your curt criticism is against the latent misogyny within the entertainment industry and not against this blog. Be careful here.

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    2. I just want to say there are just two or three female directors who deserve a profile, because Hollywood is so mysogyny. So the first time a female director won the Oscar was in 2009. Such a shame. Kathryn Bigelow, Jane Campion, Penny Marshall, Sarah Polley, Leni Riefenstahl, Lone Scherfig are very great directors who deserves profiles, but I know you are very busy with Hitchcock, Nichols and probably Steve McQueen (tell me who I should expect). Keep going, you are terrific.

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    3. Okay great, glad to hear that. Really appreciate your kind words.

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    4. Hitch is next. Been literally working on him for the whole year. Some of his movies are so hard to find, and I've realized that my opinions on some of his films change everytime I watch them.

      But after that, if you could pick ONE director for me to cover next, who would it be. Pick one and I'll cover him (or her...) next. Promise.

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    5. Awesome, been wanting to cover him for a while now. He'll be next after Hitch.

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    6. I love so much Hitchcock. He had got a masterful style to make films. I'm so excited for his profile. My favorite is of course Psycho, but his other films I saw were masterful too. Rear Window is perfect; North by North-West is the best spy movie I ever saw (better than James Bond); Rope is very great (one shot AND in real-time); The Man Who Knew Too Much (remake) was also great and thrilling; The 39 Steps is a very fine spy thriller (and a funny one); Strangers on a Train is a brilliant film, I love the concept and execution of it; The Birds was my first Hitchcock film, so intense, so great, without this film we would never had Jaws. (Note: I never saw Vertigo, Frenzy, Torn Curtain, Marnie, The Wrong Man, The Trouble with Harry, Dial M for Murder, Notorious, Spellbound, Lifeboat, Shadow of a Doubt, Rebecca, The Lady Vanishes, Sabotage, Blackmail or Suspicion; but I will see them soon.) When will you post his profile? (I wanted to rewrite someting)

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    7. I'm hoping to have it up by the end of the year. If not, then very early in January. So happy that you're a fan. Seems like we enjoy a lot of the same Hitch films.

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    8. Who wouldn't enjoy a great Hitchcock film?
      That's why he was "The MASTER of suspense".

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    9. Hell yeah man. One of the best.

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    10. What do you think is his worst 5 films?

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    11. I haven't seen them all yet, but so far: The Pleasure Garden, Mary, Number Seventeen, Waltzes from Vienna, Jamaica Inn.

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  23. Could you do Bob Fosse? (Still waiting for Bergman)

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    1. Fosse is an interesting choice. I adore All That Jazz. Thanks for the reco! I really wanted to have Bergman completed by 2014, but I got latched onto Hitchcock. I only have a few Bergman's left, but his films take so much out of me. He's my favorite filmmaker, but I cannot binge watch his work at all. So trust me man, my Bergman piece will definitely be out soon!

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    2. I watched All That Jazz yesterday, everything about the film was great and the performance by Scnedier... Wow

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    3. So good, right? Easily the best film Fosse made.

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  24. You will write in Hitchcock's profile about Alfred Hitchcock Presents?

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    1. Probably not, only because I'm eager to get the post up, and there are a lot of episodes of that show. Would take me a long time to watch.

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  25. Could you put Bob Rafaelson your 'To Do List'? Five Easy Pieces is one om favorite movies and contain what i believe to be the greatest performance of all time by Jack Nicholson. Just a recommendation (:

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    1. I do love Five Easy Pieces, but none of Rafelson's other films (that I've seen) really grab me. I like some of what he did with The Postman Always Rings Twice, though.

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  26. You have a good point that Five Easy Pieces is the only great movie he has really made (Have not seen The Postman Always Rings Twice). But you have to agree that the ending to Five Easy Pieces i one of the greatest endingz of all time. Bobby Dupea reminds me so much of myself that it makes me uncomfortble.

    You should do a list of your favorite movie endings some time

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    1. Whenever I do lists regarding endings, it always pisses people off, even if I put a spoiler warning! But I actually was thinking about that exact topic earlier today. So maybe soon!

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  27. I truly believe that as long as you make it clear in the title or intrudictions that there will be spoilers that people have no righy to complain.

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    1. Great call. I should cover him very soon.

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    2. I love Her and Being John Malkovich. A+ and A+.

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  29. What do you think about Terry Gilliam?

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    1. Spotty. I like a lot of his films, dislike some others. Love very few, but also hate some as well.

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    2. Which you like, which you dislike, which you hate, and which you love?

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    3. Of the ones I've seen...

      Love: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Brazil, The Fisher King
      Like: Jabberwocky, 12 Monkeys, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
      Dislike: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Brothers Grimm (though Ledger is great), The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (again, Ledger is great)
      Hate: Tideland

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    4. :) So you love as many as you like as many as you dislike.

      What it is so wrong with Tideland?

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    5. Well, I need to make clear that hate is a very ugly word, and one I shouldn't have used here. I don't HATE Tideland, it just does nothing for me. It's Gilliam at his most Gilliamesque, and not, to me, in a good way.

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  30. Getting restless for hitchcock man!

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    1. Ahh sorry! Been so busy promoting my own movie that blogging and movie watching have kind of taken a back seat. Soon though I promise!

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    2. Thats alright! Can you give an expected date?

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    3. My life goes back to normal after Feb. 14, so I'll hopefully have it up by the end of Feb/early March!

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  31. Bro, you should do Elia Kazan when you get the time. His movies are legendary.

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    1. Oh, he'd be great to cover. Stacked filmography though. I've sadly been neglecting this column for the past few months, been so busy promoting my own movie. But I'll get back to it soon!

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  32. And David Lean, he is the true master of the word 'epic'

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  33. Alex, I know that I have been writing many requests lately but just know the name of a great director came to me... Sergio Leone!

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    1. I'll definitely cover him soon. A small, but superb body of work.

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  34. Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, to say this but I'm still waiting for Hitchcock. I begin to feel upset. When?

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    1. My life goes back to semi normal after Feb. 15, so that's when I'm diving fully back into Hitch. I've so busy promoting my movie!

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    2. A few more days, right?

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  35. Bo Widerberg? Hope you do not mind me adding thing's to you queeu

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    1. That's a really spirited choice. I'd love to dive more into his work.

      I never mind you leaving suggestions! I've just been so busy recently, so I've been neglecting this column a bit. Will get back into it soon.

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    2. I understand, you have your own life and priorities just like everyone else.

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  36. Still waiting for Hitchcock...

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    1. Working on it as we speak. Can't rush these things.

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    2. Writing or watching his films?

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    3. Both. It's such a vast filmography and I want to do it right. But I do chip away at it everyday.

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  37. George Lucas? One can't denie his influence (:

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    1. Definitely one of the most influential directors ever. Sadly, I'm not a fan of most of his films, so I don't think I'd have anything constructive to add with a profile, you know?

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  38. I understand, this should be list of directors that you really admire. And in all honesty i have never cared for Star Wars (Im expecting someone to do a driveby) i think American Graffiti to be his greatest film and my personal favorite. Except of that movie im not that big off a fan.

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    1. I fully agree. I learned a long time ago that stating my opinions about Star Wars on this blog gets me no where, so I just stay off them. American Graffiti, however, is a masterpiece.

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    2. American Graffiti has perhaps the greatest use of music I've ever seen in movie.

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  39. Adding request for the future

    Sidney Lumet, Sydney Pollack, David Lean, Orson Welles, Jason Reitmam, Billy Wilder, Frank Capra, Jim Jarmuch, Charlie Chaplin, Robert Altmam, Lars Von Trier, Tomas Vinterberg, Michael Moore , Alexander Payne,
    Bo Widerberg, Jan Troell, Pedro Almodvar, Felini, Chaplin

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    1. Great picks right there, definitely have a lot of them on my list to cover. Been trying to finish Hitckcock for a while but it's just so much.

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  40. Would love to see profiles on Wong Kar-wai and Sergio Leone, but no rush. I only found your site a couple of months ago, so I have plenty of other stuff to read in the meantime. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Definitely need to cover Wong Kar-wai. Leone has gotten a lot of requests, so I need to get to him soon as well. Thanks for the recos, and thanks for checking out the site!

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  41. Love your blog, especially your "directors" entries. A couple filmmakers I would love to see you cover are Akira Kurosawa, Sidney Lumet, Hayao Miyazaki, John Huston, Kim Ji-woon, Orson Wells, Sergio Leone, Bong Joon-ho, Billy Wilder, as well as more "genre" filmmakers such as Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Sam Raimi, Dario Argento, just to name a few :p
    Also another suggestion: Have you thought about updating the previous entries? I know that your analysis of Soderbergh ends with the Informant, as well as Scorsese with Shutter Island. I know you've reviewed their following films as well as others, but it would be nice to see them all in one spot.
    Thanks again, and can't wait for your opinion on HItchcock's films.

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    1. Thanks so much for the comment and suggestions! Really happy that you like the site. Hitchcock has taken me such a long time (I'll be posting it next week!), so after that, I'm going to focus on some directors with somewhat smaller filmographies. Leone and Cameron and del Toro will be high on the list.

      In terms of going back and adding to former entries... I dunno, I battle with it. I don't really like to edit my posts, because they are so indicative of a time and place. Like... I like going back and looking at some of the old posts and seeing how my writing/design/formatting has changed over the years, not to mention my opinions. But it would be fun to update some of them.

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    2. I really don't want to see any of the director old posts changed at all. It would be fun but this shows how great your writing became. What if you'd make a new second post on that director adding the new films and making a new slide for the old director posts and keep the old ones there.

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    3. Thanks man. That's probably what I'd end up doing, creating an addendum post to supplement posts I've already written. Soderbergh and Scorsese would be great places to start.

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  42. There will be Leone and Tarkovsky- soon- or there will be blood...

    Btw, have you seen the original Dutch 'The Vanishing' of 88'? :)

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    1. Workin' on them! LOVE The Vanishing. Called it one of the scariest non horror films ever made.

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  43. Satyajit Ray? He is a great filmmaker who has created movies like the Apu Trilogy

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    1. Oh man, I love that guy. Have a lot more of his films to see though. So good.

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  44. Will you be covering Denis Villeneuve in the future? Worked through all his stuff today and I was more than impressed. Cant wait to see Sicaro

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    1. Definitely going to do a post on him after Sicaro is released. I love his films.

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