Thursday, June 7, 2012

10 Best Directors of All-Time Relay


Nostra has created a directors version of their relay races which has been making it's way around the internet lately. This one is still quite fresh, only starting a couple of days ago. The torch was handed over to me by Surrender to the Void, but here is what Nostra has to say:
So what’s the idea behind the relay? I’ve created a list of what I think are the ten best directors. At the end of the post I, just like in a real relay race, hand over the baton to another blogger who will write his own post. This blogger will have to remove one director (that is an obligation) and add his own choice and describe why he/she did this. At the end the blogger chooses another blogger to do the same. We will end up with a list (not ranked in order) which represents a common agreement of the best directors. If you are following the relay race it is also a great way to be introduced to new blogs!

Here's the previous entires:
My Filmviews
Southern Vision
And So It Begins...
Surrender to the Void

Here are the directors:

Ingmar Bergman

Akira Kurosawa
Joel & Ethan Coen
Hayao Miyazaki


Martin Scorsese

Alfred Hitchcock
Krzsysztof Kieslowski
Lars von Trier
Quentin Tarantino
Stanley Kubrick
Who I'm taking out...


Lars von Trier makes me very uncomfortable. I know that's what he aims to, but I just find him a generally repulsive man. I liked Breaking the Waves and Melancholia enough, but Dogville didn't sit well with me at all. It literally gives me a headache just to think about it. So sorry, Steven, but Lars has to go. He's the kind of person I could do without in my life.

Who I'm adding...


Okay, so since Christopher Nolan is my favourite director, it'd be only natural to stick him in. However, apparently it's now not cool at all to like him (wow, things have changed from when I started blogging). So I'll dodge him in order to not become the most hated blogger ever. Steven Spielberg got taken out, and he's my second favourite director, but I'm sure he'll be back so I've decided to bring a new name to the table: Paul Thomas Anderson. Now the guy hasn't made a lot of films, but that's because he takes time to create mega awesomeness. Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love and There Will Be Blood are all extremely awesome - in fact, it's kinda like they're from another planet. There'll never be a moment in my life when I'm not looking forward to his next film.

Anyway, I'll pass on the torch to Defiant Success.

26 comments:

  1. Nice pick! I do like me some PTA. He's made an interesting and eclectic group of films and I'm looking forward to THE MASTER later this year.

    Also, I agree with taking LvT off. I've not actually seen a whole lot of his films, but he strikes me as a bit too abrasive and offensive for his own good.

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    1. He has made a really interesting group of films - and there's not a duff one in the mix. So looking forward to The Master.

      He is really abrasive and offensive. Don't like him much at all.

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  2. Hmm, I know who to remove but I want to change up who I'll add. My initial choice might be too obvious to some.

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    1. You should do what I did and surprise everyone!

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  3. Dammit! I knew he wouldn't last long but against PT Anderson? That's a great pick.

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    1. Sorry! He might come back in the future. I can see why you added him, though.

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  4. It's not cool to like Nolan ?? Guess I didn't get the memo. But PTA is awesome. If not the director of my all time favorite then who better second most favorite. Great Choice !!

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    1. I didn't get the memo either until recently. Everyone seems to hate him now, apart from us 'fanboys'.

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  5. Seriously didn't know it wasn't cool to like Nolan. That way, I choose to remain uncool.

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  6. Nice work! Glad someone finally added PTA, the man's a genius.

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  7. ...and then a million film nerds sang songs in your name...

    If PTA isn't the biggest film nerd dream, I don't know what is. And though I continue to find the devotion hilarious, I cannot argue with your choice. He truly is a most fantastic film maker, and what I really love about his films is his flavour of the unexpected. That's seriously the only thing one can expect from a PTA film, and I love it!

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    1. PTA is awesome. And yes, I love his flavour of the unexpected, too!

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  8. I'm impressed with the speed of this relay race :)

    Nice addition of Anderson, out of those movies Magnolia is one of my favorites.

    Why wouldn't it be cool to like Nolan? Have I missed something?

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    1. It is going rather quickly, isn't it?

      Magnolia is brilliant.

      Apparently it isn't any more. People have just decided that he ain't cool any more.

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  9. Hellsyeah Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood! :D Nice choice!
    The only von Trier film I've seen is Melancholia (and I think I've told you before I'm not a fan of it). I shouldn't judge von Trier on that one film, but yeah..that and what I've read/know. I pretty much have the same opinion of him as you.

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    1. Melancholia was his nicest movie. Seriously.

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  10. Love the fact that Miyazaki is in this list, and you should have picked Christopher Nolan despite whether it is cool or not! But good choice, either way.

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    1. I was going to but I felt like bringing a new name to the table.

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  11. Great choice Stevee, I completely agree! Magnolia and There will be blood alone are absolutely genius and make him deserving of a spot in the relay!

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    1. I know, right! Those films are awesome.

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  12. It was weird to see Lars on this list for me as well. I don't know, it's not because his works are peculiar, it just seems that he has his own niche and it's not near the great ones, although he's brilliant as a director, he's got his voice.

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    1. I totally agree. He's a strange filmmaker.

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  13. Wow, I must have missed von Trier getting added. I enjoy his work, but it's great to see PTA being recognized as well!

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    1. PTA is great. I think he's been knocked off the list, though (and that's okay, I can see the thinking behind that).

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