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AMC's The Top 50 Directors in Hollywood History

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Old 08-25-11, 06:58 PM
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Re: AMC's The Top 50 Directors in Hollywood History

I know what he created and all, but I have to laugh at George Lucas being listed here.
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Old 08-25-11, 07:17 PM
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Re: AMC's The Top 50 Directors in Hollywood History

Sam Raimi, George Lucas, & Tim Burton.

voted for Hitchcock, though I thought about casting it for Kubrick
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Old 08-25-11, 07:21 PM
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You can vote for more than one. I've been voting down on a few of those guys and voting up for others.

Yeah Lucas, Burton and Raimi.

Ridley Scott sits above Kazan, Hawks, Lean, Capra, Wyler and Cukor, among others.
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Originally Posted by AnonomusBob15 View Post
Sam Raimi
For a sec, I thought you were laughing at Sam Peckinpah. Shoulda known better.
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Old 08-25-11, 08:46 PM
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I have no problem keeping Spike Lee in the negs.
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How the hell is Michael Powell in the negatives?
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MIA :

Buster Keaton
Steven Soderbergh
Robert Wise
John Schlesinger
Blake Edwards
Terry Gilliam
Hal Ashby
John Frankenheimer
Samuel Fuller
Paul Schrader
Nicholas Ray
Sidney Lumet
Gus Van Sant
Tod Browning

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Old 08-25-11, 11:18 PM
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No William Friedkin

A personal favorite, I know his output has been spotty but he had a nice run in the late 60's, 70's and 80's.
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Old 08-26-11, 12:03 AM
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Yeah I'm sorry but I have zero interest in a best Directors in Hollywood history list that includes Tim Burton and Sam Raimi but doesn't include Samuel Fuller and Nicholas Ray.

Any vote cast in this poll would be a vote cast for sheer stupidity.
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Old 08-26-11, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post
How the hell is Michael Powell in the negatives?
It's a stretch to include Powell as a "Hollywood" director anyway.
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Old 08-26-11, 12:48 AM
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Interesting, assuming it is only Americans/major Hollywood... they've got most the names there. Disagree with:

Coppola - 4 great flicks but 3 terrible decades after. To me a great director will deliver year after year.

Tarantino - he's alright but soulless.. put PT Anderson there instead
Peter Jackson - too early, so far he only has LOTR.
Mel Brooks - good comedy but not really a director
George Lucas - as a producer sure but take him off the greatest directors list
Sam Raimi - yawn
Coen Bros - belong on the list but not as #7 all time.

Glad to see:

David Lynch
Ridley Scott
De Palma
Tim Burton
Spike Lee

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Old 08-26-11, 12:52 AM
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No William Friedkin

A personal favorite, I know his output has been spotty but he had a nice run in the late 60's, 70's and 80's.
I agree, Friedkin was incredible... he didn't give a sh*t, just filmmaking bravado. Sorcerer is the most insane movie ever. Prefer him way over Coppola.

Lumet belongs on the list...

Also how about Wes Anderson? For Rushmore... just kidding
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Old 08-26-11, 01:08 AM
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In Lucas' defense, he should be even at 3 a piece.

1)THX
2)Graffiti
3)A New Hope (Thanks to the prequel trilogy, it seems that people don't even want to acknowledge that he even directed this one)

(Oh, and Freiheit is actually one of my most favorite short films, but the topic concerns "Hollywood films")

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I have no problem keeping Spike Lee in the negs.
Unlike a lot of other filmmakers listed who failed to deliver in their later years, at least Lee made a great recent film with 25th Hour.
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When I started, Raimi was #47, but I voted him down and Powell up which was enough for them to switch places. Then, just for the hell of it, I voted Sirk up as well, even though I'm not a big fan of his films, and that was enough to push Raimi down to #49. I know this a stupid Internet poll, but I feel happy now.
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I agree, Friedkin was incredible... he didn't give a sh*t, just filmmaking bravado. Sorcerer is the most insane movie ever. Prefer him way over Coppola.
It depends whether you're grading by peak performance or sustained effort. When Coppola was on his hot streak, he blew Friedkin away, but even Friedkin's lesser works like Bug blow away The Rainmaker and Peggy Sue Got Married.
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When people say Francis Coppola has only made 4 great films I can only assume, they've only seen 4 Francis Coppola pictures. Granted his best films were made in the 70's, he still has an impressive body of work. But really, how is one supposed to make films as good as The Godfather year after year? Most filmmakers go an entire career without making ONE film even marginally close to as good as The Godfather.

Coppolas peak was clearly:


The Godfather
The Godfather II
The Conversation
Apocalpse Now

But besides those, he's made other films varying anywhere from very good to great in:

The Rain People
One From the Heart
Rumble Fish
The Outsiders
The Godfather III
Youth Without Youth
Tetro
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^ I would replace Youth Without Youth (not a fan at all) with Tucker: A Man and His Dream. Also, I would disagree with Sean and defend Peggy Sue Got Married. It certainly wasn't The Godfather, but I thought it was good for what it was. I must confess that I'm also a bit of an apologist for his version of Dracula. It's very flawed, but I really enjoy it visually.
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My votes didn't make any difference. The list is exactly the same as when I first checked it out this morning about six hours ago.
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Coppola - 4 great flicks but 3 terrible decades after. To me a great director will deliver year after year.
Rumble Fish and Tetro's reputation among film buffs will only increase over the decades.
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With my votes I managed to bump James Cameron above Mel Brooks and bump Sam Peckinpah two spots above Preston Sturges and Mike Nichols.
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