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Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Blackthorn, Aug 5, 2015.
Modern times is Ridley Scott...
Before him John Ford & John Huston...
I suppose that if we're talking about modern directors there is something that I really enjoy about Guillermo del Toro & his works. Especially Pans Labyrinth. Pretty horrific in the real world with some serious violence. Then the girl escapes to a fantasy world, that may seem out of a nightmare, is is actually safer for her. It beat out the nightmare of her real world. I would love to see him do more interesting works like that. I hear that there may be a new Pacific Rim in the works. Love the original one for its cross feel of anime Gundams & Godzilla like monsters.
Me, I like a great deal of Walter Hill's work. It's a rather narrow range, but all excellent for their genre:
The Long Riders
Streets of Fire (Yeah, I know, but I did enjoy it.)
He uses economy in dialog, letting the characters tell you who they are by how they act (and interact) much more than what they say. His films have good pacing, with plenty of action scenes on the way to the main climax. He has a good eye for settings and period pieces. Not high art, but good entertainment.
Did not know the same director was behind "48 Hours," my absolute favorite enemies-become-friends-by-working-together-cop-buddy movie of them all, "The Warriors" having lived-in the NY metro region in the '70s, he captured the subculture and street vibe well (if over the top) and "Streets of Fire" (to quote you "yeah, I know, but I did enjoy it"). Will now have to look for the others on your list.
If you like Charles Bronson, I highly recommend Hard Times (1975). It plays to Bronson's strengths (quiet, confident menace), gives him plenty to do and not much to say. James Coburn does enough talking for both of them. This was Hill's first film as a director, although he was also a script writer for this and many other films. Other than Jaws and Animal House, Hill's movies are the only ones that I've paid to see in a theater more than once.
Francis Ford Coppola
Brian de Palma
Walter Hill has long been one of my favorites. Southern Comfort was an unappreciated masterpiece.
Not sure about all time, but I like Howard Hawks.
The Winner and Still Champion....(and not even mentioned thus far)...
Ridley Scott, too many great movies to list here and still directing...my next pic would be David Lean.....My worst Director of all time is Quentin Tarentino, the man is sick...
Totally agree on Tarantino, and I also agree that Ridley Scott has done some great work.