The Ten Best Directors of All Time Relay Race

We’ve been handed an assignment from one of our favorite cinema bloggers, maroon5gurl88 of http://journeysinclassicfilm.com/ . Anyone involved in one these blogs hears a great deal about these sorts of exercises, contests, and the general who’s connected to who community. We’ll do our best to summarize.

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 list of participants up to this point and their choices:

And here are the other entries so far:
My Film Views (The originator of the list, and the ten that he began with were: Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Hayao MiyazakiDarren AronofskyMartin Scorsese, The Coen Brothers, Akira Kurosawa, and Christopher Nolan)
Southern Vision (Replaced Christopher Nolan with Krzysztof Kieslowski)
And So It Begins… (Replaced Darren Aronofsky with Ingmar Bergman)
Surrender To The Void (Replaced Steven Spielberg with Lars Von Trier)
Cinematic Paradox (Replaced Lars Von Trier with Paul Thomas Anderson)
Defiant Success (Replaced Krzysztof Kieslowski with Sidney Lumet)
“…Let’s Be Splendid About This…” (Replaced Quentin Tarantino with Abbas Kiarostami)
1001Plus (Replaced Paul Thomas Anderson with Billy Wilder)
Cinema Sights (Replaced Billy Wilder with F.W. Murnau)
Bill’s Movie Emporium (Replaced Martin Scorsese with Werner Herzog)
Public Transportation Snob (Replaced Sidney Lumet with John Ford)

The Warning Sign (Replaced Werner Herzog with Billy Wilder)

The list of directors in the running as of right now:

ALFRED HITCHCOCK

STANLEY KUBRICK

HAYAO MIYAZAKI

THE COEN BROTHERS

AKIRA KUROSAWA

INGMAR BERGMAN

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI

JOHN FORD

BILLY WILDER

Journey’s in Classic Film contribution was the adding of this man

Martin Scorsese was in the original lineup but was recently kicked off in favor of Warner Herzog who also recently go the axe.  I’m bringing Scorsese back because much like his Oscar win, he’s been constantly underestimated.  This is a director who went from making gangster films to making an entertaining and historically significant children’s film!  Talk about diversity.  He’s made such a fantastic body of work including Goodfellas,The DepartedCasino, and the sadly underseen After Hours.  He’s a chameleon and deserves to be up there among the greats!

Let’s pass the baton over to Kidmiracleshitter! 

Why thank you very much for thinking of us! Scorsese is not one of our favorites even though Taxi Driver is a phenomenal film. We’re not going to boot him though, but we are going to have to show this guy the door.

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI

Mainly because we have never heard of him, and our cinematic river runs deep. After doing a quick google search and checking him out on IMDB  we’ve come to the conclusion that we just don’t recognize anything he’s done. We’re plenty open minded though and will have to seek out his work at some point.

Our addition would have to be one of the kings of the French New Wave movement, Francois Truffaut. Jean-Luc Goddard may have the bigger brand name and Jean-Pierre Melville’s best work has certainly aged well, but Francois Truffaut is the one that inspired many of today’s popular filmmakers.

1959 winner of the Cannes film festival The 400 Blows is a favorite of Quentin Tarantino and certain elements of it often show up in his work. The shooting and editing style of 1962’s whimsical romantic dramedy Jules and Jim can be seen in most of Martin Scorsese’s work and served as an early blueprint for music videos.1960’s Shoot the Piano Player and it’s dive bars are a film noir gangster classic. The style of 1968’s revenge thriller The Bride Wore Black can hold it’s  own against anything out there today. 1969’s Mississippi Mermaid was remade with with Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas and called Orignal Sin.1970’s The Wild Child is one of Roger Ebert’s favorites. 1971’s Two English Girls is probably the best film not to win an award and has an 86% fresh on rating from Rotten Tomatoes. 1973’s Day For Night won an Oscar for best foreign film. Steven Spielberg was so inspired by by Tuffaut that he cast him as the scientist Claude Lacombe in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. 1980’s The Last Metro is a favorite of Woody Allen.1983’s Confidentially Yours was Truffaut’s last film, a black and white thriller and Hitchcokian homage. He passed the next year from an unfortunate brain tumor at age 52.

Francois recognized his peers as well, and praised Werner Herzog as being”the most important film director alive”.

In the very first scene of Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, there’s a theater in the background showing Stolen Kisses — Truffaut’s 1968 masterpiece.

This innovative artist has influenced our culture both directly and indirectly.

Next we’ll pass the baton over to http://themoviebros.com/ . They have three reviewers there, Brian and Matt Volke, as well as Victor De Leon. They’re always coming up with list’s similar to this, so we think they’ll be up for the challenge.

Swell Times Guaranteed

The classified ad published in a 1997 issue of Oregon’s Backwood’s Home magazine reads as :

“WANTED: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.”

The ad was created by the editor of the magazine just fill space, but became an  an internet meme phenomenon.  To make Safety Not Guaranteed into an enjoyable, if not downright lovable film, some liberties were taken, but not to the point of it coming across as cartoonish.

If Zooey Deschanel is peas porridge hot, and Ellen Page is peas porridge cold, Aubrey Plaza ( Parks and Recreation)  is peas porridge just right. Here she plays Darius, a young magazine intern who’s not quite broken but is certainly in need of a tuneup.  She is asked by her editor to go undercover and answer the ad for reals, and meets up with it’s eccentric author Kenneth, played by Mark Duplas ( from the television show The League)

To say that Kenneth has some issues with the consistency of his personality would be a bit of an understatement. As much as it seems like Darius is leaning towards falling for the charming, yet damaged Kenneth, you do kind of ask yourself is she should fall for him.

This sci-fi dramedy  doesn’t quite have the aftertaste of 500 Days of Summer, and is a bit more accessible than Little Miss Sunshine. A wonderful date movie that is playing in most multiplexes alongside summer blockbusters, it’s also well worth going out of your way to see at the indie theaters.

and if you don’t have a date, we that hear inventing a time machine is a good conversation starter.

Nobunny Knows How To Party

Here’s a grand excerpt from the wiki page of garage punker Nobunny

” While on stage, Nobunny dresses (and undresses) in a bunny mask that is often accompanied by other odd stage-attire choices, such as raw meat, weaves, ball gags,firecrackers, panties, knee pads and coats made of trash.”

We first heard of Nobunny via a conspicuous upload by one of our favorite youtubers, the public access fantasticness that is Chic-a-Go-Go. We had our reservations, as some of Chic-a-Go-Go’s fare are one off acts or exist for only a short period of time.

Nobunny has managed to stick around and put in some serious time and energy into the tomfoolery department.Their 2010 full length album First Blood contains everything one could ask for out of today’s indie garage punk sound.Covering themes we can all relate to, Nobunny manages 11 songs coming in at around 22 minutes, with a playfulness and groove that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome.

Although you’re not able to see them at any of the half dozen music festivals you’re used to hearing about by now, Nobunny is touring some, playing the cool gigs with the neato bands. Check them out on the twitter and the facebook to see if they’re playing a venue you’re familiar with.

You know you’re rollin’ with the right crowd when someone sports a coat made of trash.

Theatrical Mutants

Earth’s scrappiest filmmaker, Logan Myers of Mondo Sexxx fame and fortune, had the necessary endurance required to summon forth quality entertainment from a production that became shit hammered and klu klux klammered.

Logan yearned to make himself a short film, and as anyone experienced with film making knows, the collaborative process can be a bit like a game of telephone.  The product your start with in pre-production becomes a wild animal during the shooting production, and is tamed into a different beast in post production.  So when a snafu presented itself during Logan’s latest shoot, changing the chemical composition of the project at hand, ol’ Logan did what he does best.

He assessed the situation accordingly, and gave us all  27 minutes of cinematic delight.

What You’re Listening To In 2012: Alabama Shakes

This is one of those rare moments where what’s popular and what’s cool intersect. Despite the fact that the Shakes, a four piece blues and soul formation from Athens, Alabama, have been releasing music for less than a year, their album Boys & Girls is already a top ten seller and has now moved well past the six digit mark for units sold. In today’s age of musicless MTV and downloadable singles, they have managed to successfully release an album that’s meant to be enjoyed in it’s entirety.

22 year old singer/guitarist/cool black girlfriend Brittany Howard smooth delivery will have you reaching for that sipping whiskey. There’s even a little something about her that invokes Janis Joplin without seeming like either an imitation or a parody.

Why it’s damn near scientific

Almost as if someone or a group of someones somewheres hunkered themselves down in a lab, only listening to James Brown Live at the Appollo, only the best Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Joe Tex, and Bettye LaVette tracks, and swirled in some of that playful lo-fi 90’s indie rock guitars, sprinkled in some southern timing, took notes, ran stuff through beakers and test tubes, held focus groups, and after beta testing with a four song EP, came up with 12 tracks of smoove business that is both timeless and urgent. Yes, that particular theory would go a long way to explain their growing fame and popularity, but we refuse to believe that any corporate entity would have what it takes to make an album that works in such a subtle manner. For as much as Boys & Girls have sold, for all the television appearances Alabama Shakes have made on Conan, Letterman, and Jools Holland, you’re not hearing this everywhere. It’s not blaring out of every car on campus or every bar downtown, and as of this writing, it’s yet to be used to promote an obnoxious tv show.

Alabama Shakes are the right kind of accessible, they play their instruments like good old fashioned musicians and wear their clothes like regular people.

You can see Alabama Shakes perform their set at Bonaroo live, Friday June 8th at http://www.youtube.com/bonaroo

 

Django For Funsies

Not that QT needs any our our help, but the Django trailer is here and we feel as obligated to post it as he felt to use that overplayed Johnny Cash song on the intro.

For funsies we also included the trailer to the original Django which is all but sure to have a few scenes stolen from it even though it’s a completely different story

in more ways than one