See this is seriously tough for me because I don’t really favor a single director over all others but I will try to do my best to call out a few in no particular order.
Alfred Hitchcock: I have seen some of his films a dozen times and while the original thrill that comes from watching some of his films might have dulled over the years it’s the entire ensemble of it that just mesmerizes me. Say what you will of the man’s practices but he got the most out of everything to work with and it shows. I think a lot of people have sort of moved away from Hitchcock over the past decade or so but I still find him extremely important.
Akira Kurosawa: I think what makes Kurosawa great, much like Hitchcock, is his consistency but what differentiates the two for me is how I feel that Kurosawa grew as a person/director during his long career. He was always trying to push himself more and more for his art. Seven Samurai and Ran are both his epics but do not feel like carbon copies of a set formula. Even when on the surface a lot of his films seem like they pull from the same source they tell completely different stories from a common history.
David Fincher: More than anyone, I think Fincher knows what people want to see, what the naturally gravitate to. His background on commercials and music videos could be used to justify this alone but I don’t know that many directors who have successfully made the transition. The thing I like the most about Fincher is the sense of tension in he brings to the table. Everything seems so in place and yet there is clearly something wrong and both the characters and the audience know it. It is clear when Fincher is playing it safe or is not allowed extend himself which despite me loving him as a director I don’t like both Alien 3 (sort of saw that one coming) or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (which after comparing it with Zodiac I still don’t understand how he could have had any part in it).
Takashi Miike: Miike gets Pulp. Miike gets Drama. Miike gets Camp. Miike gets Horror. Miike gets Comedy. Miike gets Kink. The guy is most likely going to create another 20+ movies before he calls it quits and they will only serve to diversify his filmography further. He is something else entirely and it is freaking fantastic.
I will do another of these in time but I hope this gives you a better picture of what I like in movies.
What if Disney made movies on the LucasArt video games like Maniac Mansion?
Or Monkey Island?
Or Day of the Tentacle?
Or Full Throttle?
OR GRIM FANDANGO?!?!?!
I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!