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.











54 comments:

  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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  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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  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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