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Monday, January 10, 2011

CM: Nebular's All-Time Favorite Directors [Part 1]


PART 1 [No. 20 - 11]

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Editor's Note: This list does not include "clichés" such as: Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Francis Ford Coppola, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Bernardo Bertolucci and the Coen Brothers. Not that those aren't great filmmakers, they're just not my personal favorites. So deal with it! :)

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11. Danny Boyle

SUMMARY:
"Boyle can perfectly handle ANY genre thrown at him!"

FAVORITE MOVIES:

[9.75/10] Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
[9.50/10] Trainspotting (1995)
[9.25/10] 127 Hours (2010)
[9.00/10] 28 Days Later (2003)
[8.50/10] Millions (2004)

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12. Darren Aronofsky

SUMMARY:

"A Twisted genius, full of original ideas!"

FAVORITE MOVIES:
[9.75/10] Requiem for a Dream (2000)
[9.50/10]
Black Swan (2010)

[8.50/10]
The Fountain (2006)

[8.50/10] Pi (1998)
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13. Stephen Chow

SUMMARY:

"The most unique mastermind in Asian film history!"
FAVORITE MOVIES:
[10/10] Kung Fu Hustle (2005)
[9.75/10]
Shaolin Soccer (2001)

[8.75/10]
God of Cookery (1996)

[7.50/10] CJ7 (2008)

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14. Alfonso Cuaron

SUMMARY:
"An amazing visionary, with incredible directing skills!"

FAVORITE MOVIES:
[9.75/10] Y tu mamá también (2001)
[9.50/10] Children of Men (2006)
[9.50/10] Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
[8.50/10] A Little Princess (1995)

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15. The Wachowskis

SUMMARY:
"Revolutionary directors, with stupendous visual style!"

FAVORITE MOVIES:
[11/10] The Matrix (1999)
[9.75/10] The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
[9.00/10] The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
[8.00/10] Speed Racer (2008)

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16. Steven Spielberg

SUMMARY:
"Probably the most accomplished director working today."

FAVORITE MOVIES:
[9.50/10] Jaws (1975)
[9.75/10] Schindler's List (1993)
[9.50/10] Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
[9.50/10] E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
[9.50/10] Minority Report (2002)

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17. Sam Raimi
SUMMARY:
"Skillful and exceptionally talented!"

FAVORITE MOVIES:
[9.50/10] Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
[9.50/10] Spider-Man 2 (2004)
[9.25/10] The Evil Dead (1981)
[9.00/10] Spider-Man (2002)
[8.50/10] Drag Me to Hell (2009)

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18. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
SUMMARY:
"A remarkable visual style"

FAVORITE MOVIES:
[9.75/10] Amelie (2001)
[9.00/10] Delicatessen (1991)
[8.75/10] The City of Lost Children (1995)
[8.50/10] Micmacs (2009)
[8.25/10] A Very Long Engagement (2004)

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19. Robert Rodriguez
SUMMARY:
"Crazy ideas, spot-on executions!"

FAVORITE MOVIES:
[9.75/10] Sin City (2005)
[9.75/10] Planet Terror (2007)
[7.50/10] Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
[7.50/10] Machete (2010)

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20. Yuen Woo-Ping
SUMMARY:
"A true martial arts legend and an incredible director!"

FAVORITE MOVIES:
[9.75/10] Iron Monkey (2005)
[9.50/10] Wing Chun (1994)
[9.50/10] Tai Chi Master (1993)
[9.25/10] Drunken Master (1978)
[8.75/10] True Legend (2010)

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15 comments:

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

Great list. I also loved the way you presented it: summary and fave films.

Nebular said...

Thanks, Lesya. Glad you liked it. The best is yet to come though ;)

J-SON said...

I'm with you on your bottom half of the top 20, with a few surprises like Stephen Chow. I didn't expect to see him, but it was delightful!

Great list (or rather, half of it)! =)

Nebular said...

Thanks, J-Son, buddy :)

Oh, Stephen Chow belongs to this list. He is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker, which I like and respect A LOT! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad to see Evil Dead 2 topped your list of movies for Raimi!

Nebular said...

Alex, "Evil Dead 2" is not only superior to the original, but also mu favorite Raimi film. It's absolutely fantastic, and a true classic!

M. Hufstader said...

Excellent list, great favorite directors. Danny Boyle and Darren Aronofsky are ones I always seem to forget for some reason when creating my own list, but they definitely deserve to be high up there. I just rewatched Boyle's Shallow Grave and forgot how much it scared the shit out of me. Yes to Robert Rodriguez!

Nebular said...

Hufstader, thank you so much :) Both, Boyle and Aronofsky deserve to be on everybody's Favorite Directors list, as they are an incredible filmmakers. If I have to be honest, I haven't seen Shallow Grave, but I'll check it out as soon as I can. Rodriguez rules! :)

Melissa Bradley said...

Not familiar with some of these film makers, but I so love Rodriguez, Aronofsky and Boyle. Raimi is a god for bringing the world Bruce Campbell. Blake Edwards is one of my all time faves as well as Clint Eastwood, Guillermo Del Toro, and Wes Craven.

Can't wait to see who else made your list. :)

Nebular said...

I'm more into new wave type of directors, rather than the classic ones like Edwards. I won't comment on your other picks, coz otherwise I risk to reveal some of the names from the top half of the list, which I will probably post tomorrow. :)

russbetney said...

Sam Raimi looks like he is about to kill someone! Did Bruce Campbell break his car again? I don't think I could have told you that "Dead by Dawn" was the subtitle for Evil Dead 2, definitely better than the original though.

Not seen Shallow Grave?! Great film. A very young-looking Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston who I think is also superb.

I also love Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Amelie is one of my all time favourite films. You are spot on with "remarkable visual style"; I think the only guy who could give him a run for his money would be Guillermo del Toro.

Interested to see who your top ten are.

Nebular said...

Yep, he looks kinda angry, but that's what I love about this photo. :)

No, I haven't but as I already said, I'll give it a shot very, very soon :)

Oh, Jeunet is exceptional, as is "Amelie"! It's also one of my all time favorite movies. His visual style is remarkable, indeed. I won't comment on del Toro, well, at least until tomorrow :)

Minoccio said...

Out of all of these directors I like Boyle the most. And I LOVE Trainspotting. The best drug-related movie of all time! Where are 10-1?

Nebular said...

Minoccio, obviously I do too, since he's on the highest position on the bottom half of the list.
This is PART 1 [20 - 11], you didn't notice? :)

Minoccio said...

I did after I read your comment =)