15 DIRECTORS MEME
It seems I have contracted a new strain of MEME. Special thanks to Marc at Go-See-Talk for that… I knew I should have used protection but he told me I had pretty eyes! Anyway, for this one, I am tasked with naming 15 directors who have helped shape the way I look at motion pictures. Here are my choices (in no particular order):
SIDENOTE: I could probably do a list of 100 so I just put down the first 15 that came to mind.
1. The Wachowski Brothers.
If you’re going to talk about filmmakers who changed the way you watch films, you have to mention the guys behind The Matrix. They literally changed the way action films were made by raising and setting the bar.
2-3. Kevin Smith & Robert Rodriguez.
Think what you will of their filmographies… these guys get my respect for using the Indie film movement to their advantage. Clerks and El Mariachi (both great films) were made for $26k and $7k respectively. Pennies by Hollywood standards.
3. Quentin Tarantino.
You can’t mention the Indie movement without mentioning it’s King. Tarantino redefined storytelling and even managed to survive his own popularity backlash to emerge an even better director. Something he proves everytime he picks up a camera.
4. George Romero.
I love Horror films and the Zombie is my favorite movie monster of all time. Romero is the grandfather of Zombie movies but changed the way I watch films by how he used them as a way to take an unflinching look at ourselves.
5. Steven Speilberg.
Simply put, Speilberg is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The crazy thing is that he has made films I can identify with since the time I was 4,and up until today!
6. George Lucas.
Lucas can be as easy to hate as he is to love but the man didn’t just change the way I watch films. He changed films forever when he created Star Wars!
7. Edgar Wright.
Edgar Wright is responsible for 2 of my all time favorite films (Scott Pilgrim & Shaun of the Dead). With Scott Pilgrim he did something no one else has ever done… take every song, sound, comic reference and image from my entire life and make a film that didn’t insult my ADD generation. It may have been a bit hipster but so are you!
8. Clint Eastwood.
I didn’t even know Clint directed until about 10 years ago. He is one of the few directors where I’m in regardless of what his movie is about. The thing I like most is that he hates rewriting scripts and allows very few takes but still manages to get such a great product every time.
9. Christopher Nolan.
His whole catalogue is insane but he makes this list because of Batman. I’m a comic book guy and Nolan just got it. He humanized the super human.
10. Danny Boyle.
I don’t know what it is that Boyle does that got him on this list but he sucks me in to every film he makes. Until he makes a bad film, I’d say he’s doing something that earns him a spot.
11. Rob Reiner.
Reiner hasn’t made a lot of good films recently but he always blew me away with not only how good his films were but how diverse. The man’s ability to deliver on everything from The Princess Bride to A Few Good Men to Spinal Tap to Stand By Me… the man’s got skillz.
12. Zach Snyder.
First director to not annoy me with CGI… in fact, Snyder is the first director to make me beg for more.
13. Paul Thomas Anderson.
PTA was born in the wrong century. A true artist in every sense of the word. Probably the best filmmaker of my generation and tells all stories like an old soul.
14. Martin Scorcese.
Like Speilberg, just one of the best to ever do it. My only problem with the man is that he thinks he can’t make a movie without DeNiro or DiCapprio.
It’s hard to narrow down one director from the Pixar bunch as they make the storytelling process such a collaborative effort. They also put out the best stories in Hollywood… and Cars.
Now, as is customary, I must pass this thing on like herpes. Here’s the lucky recipients:
My better blogger half: Heather Roddy at Movie Mobsters.
My new better half when California passes the law: Dylan Fields at Blog Cabins.
My podcasting compadre: Nick Jobe at Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob.
My recent podcast guest: Jess at Insight Into Entertainment.
My blogging idols: Castor & Red at Anomalous Material.