Alright! I've seen at least two movies by everyone on the list!
Terrence Malick - Badlands
, easy. In terms of story and form-meeting-function it's Malick's greatest achievement that is also a great film. Days of Heaven
, while every bit the cinematroghic wonder it's made out to be, is a little too slow for my tastes. A nod to The New World
Zhang Yimou - I've loved everything I've seen but rank To Live
as one of the greatest movies of the 1990s.
Terry Zwigoff - Ghost World
, of course. In my top ten of the 'naughts'.
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker
is her best work but Point Break
is worlds more entertaining.
Krzysztof Kieslowski - Three Colours: Red
. The second-greatest movie of the 1990s is unparelleled in depth and pure, visceral romance with characters. This is a movie that is so well-written, from the floor up, that it is frequently my standard of excellence in thinking about the merits of other films.
Sean Penn - Into The Wild
was terrific but The Pledge
, with a slow burn performance by Jack Nicholson, was the greatest surprise of 2001.
Shohei Imamura - The chilling character study of The Eel
is another one that should be put down on paper as a standard of excellent writing.
Federico Fellini - I only just watched Nights of Cabiria
and found that, out of all the Fellini I've seen, it's the only one that I thought was genuinely great. The last shot, in particular, is outstanding.
Neil Jordan - A good filmography with both The Butcher Boy
and the maybe slightly superior Mona Lisa
rising to the surface.
Hal Ashby - The Last Detail
is a fantastic, fantastic movie. Funny and heartbreaking and all the rest. Ashby was awesome.
Takashi Miike - Not that awesome. His movies look great but all the rest is careless, at least when there's any form to speak of. One Missed Call
is the sole exception.
Milos Forman - One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest
is a very, very rare example of a movie being completely successfully translated from the author's vision. Some movies are better than the book, some are worse, but this is a perfect translation.
Kon Ichikawa - Actress
was very good and features some intriguing behind-the-scenes 'footage' of Kenji Mizoguchi's process.
Nagisa Oshima - Boy did I dislike Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
. In The Realm of the Senses
Philip Kaufman - I still love The Unbearable Lightness of Being
. Very entertaining and a nice shot at filming a book that doesn't really work perfectly as anything else. It's still great.
Pier Paolo Pasolini - No big fans? Nobody? The Gospel According to St. Matthew
is the one you need to see in order to re-evaluate. But, for the favorite, Teorema
is SO F*CKING GREAT. Hardly ever dialogue, Terence Stamp commands the movie without a single sign of effort. It. Is. GREAT. Check it out.
Stephen Frears - Liam
is my pick but I haven't gone crazy over anything in his resume. The Grifters
was ambitious but too uneven for me to love.
Louis Malle - My Dinner With Andre
is a personal favorite of mine.
Neil Labute - For writing it's Nurse Betty. The filmed version of the script is far from great. The only great movie he's done, script to screen, is In The Company of Men
. Listen to me! Listen to me! Listen! Listen! Listen! I still feel sad about it.
Atom Egoyan - Chloe
. My defense is here: viewtopic.php?p=59044#p59044
. Yes, I think it's superior to The Sweet Hereafter
François Ozon - See The Sea
which, if you haven't checked it out (clocks in at ~45 minutes), you should. He's a great visual director but the scripts never seem to be perfect. Less is more.
Gus Van Sant - Under-appreciated on the forum. To Die For
is his best mainstream film and Gerry
is his best experimental one.
Michael Haneke - Ha! You thought I'd say Cache
but I'm gonna say The Time of the Wolf
! Because Haneke dares to find hope in a final shot so breathtaking you'll be pausing the disc for 10 minutes just to work through the movie once again.
John Sayles - is a genius. A real genius. A genius of scripting and getting the performances of actor's careers. Lone Star
is my pick for 1996's Great Movies, ahead of Fargo
Alain Resnais - Last Year at Marienbad
is probably the leader but I thought the unpopular-on-forum Hiroshima mon amour
was every bit its equal.
John Boorman - Mix it up with The Emerald Forest
John Schlesinger - This old relic? What a career implosion this guy had from the 70s onward. The Day of the Locus
is tolerable grotesque but thanks no thanks.
Vittorio De Sica - Umberto D.
is the master achievement no matter what anyone says about the good-but-not-great Bicycle Thieves