Personal Preferences: Film
BotNaught: Movies I have walked out on: Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run and The Silencers, a Matt Helm (Dean Martin) detective film. Of course, I didn't try with many popular comedies. Sorry, Farrelly Brothers and National Lampoon.
Federico Fellini: The master director, by far. My favorites are Juliet of the Spirits, La Strada,
and Satyricon, but try his documentary The Clowns and the nostalgic Ginger and Fred, also.
The Coen Brothers: Great writers and directors. Fargo, Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou, Barton Fink, The Ladykillers, and True Grit, but are there any bad Coen Brothers films?
Side note about The Ladykillers: The 1955 original from Ealing Studios is great, too.
Roman Polanski: A master at drawing the viewer into the story. My favorites range from
1962's Knife in the Water to the recent Ghost Writer, including Chinatown and The Pianist.
If you want to know how a scary movie should be made, try Repulsion, and for fun there's The Fearless Vampire Killers, the best vampire movie ever made. I recommend them all. Tim Burton: Unique and very creative. Delightful stories, amazing execution. Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, how can you pick favorites?
A great director. My favorites are Unforgiven and Letters from Iwo Jima.
Also impressive as an actor; I've seen the Sergio Leone westerns too many times. Alfred Hitchcock:
Known as a master of suspense, but his movies have a lot of subtle wit.
His best-known films are not always his best. My favorites: Frenzy, Rear Window, Notorious.
Excels at developing and presenting complete human characters.
You may be familiar with Amadeus and One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, but should also
try Goya's Ghosts and The Fireman's Ball.
Note: There are many actors I respect and enjoy watching, too many to list here,
but in terms of a body of work, I find it more meaningful to discuss directors.
BotNaught: Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Johnny Depp, Giuliette Masina, Meryl Streep, Cary Grant, Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Judi Dench, Robert Downey, Jeff Bridges, Spencer Tracy,