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Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« on: December 12, 2010, 09:36:17 PM »
Pretty simple, take the 2010 Top 100 Directors list, watch about 3 films per director which most interest me that I havenít seen. (Films seen in parentheses/# of films by director). Blue=seen at least 50% of films, green=seen 100% of films, and red=seen 0% of films. Maroon indicates I have seen the 3 required films set out during this marathon for that particular director.


100. Zhang Ke Jia (1/20)
   24 City (2008)
   A Touch of Sin (2013)
   Mountains May Depart (2015)
99. Satoshi Kon (1/4)
   Millenium Actress (2000)
   Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
   Paprika (2006)
98. Michael Curtiz (4/172)
   Captain Blood (1935)
   Angel with Dirty Faces (1938)
   Mildred Pierce (1945)
97. Peter Weir (6/27)
   Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
   Gallipoli (1981)
   The Way Back (2011)
96. Edward Yang (2/8)
   Taipei Story (1985)
   The Terrorizors (1986)
   Mahjong (1996)
95. Lynne Ramsay (2/7)
   Ratcatcher (1999)
   We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
   Swimmer (2012)
94. Preston Sturges (3/13)
   The Lady Eve (1941)
   Sullivanís Travels (1941)
   The Palm Beach Story (1942)
93. John Carpenter (2/26)
   The Thing (1982)
   Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
   They Live (1988)
92. Kevin Smith (5/19)
   Clerks. (1994)
   Dogma (1999)
   Tusk (2014)
91. Agnes Varda (3/49)
   Daguerreotypes (1976)
   The Gleaners & I (2000)
   The Beaches of Agnes (2009)
90. Rob Reiner (7/24)
   The Sure Thing (1985)
   Misery (1990)
   The American President (1995)
89. Spike Lee (2/50)
   Malcolm X (1992)
   25th Hour (2002)
   Oldboy (2013)
88. Maysles Brothers (2/42)
   Salesman (1968)
   Gimme Shelter (1970)
   Grey Gardens (1975)
87. Kenji Mizoguchi (0/97)
   The Life of Oharu (1952)
   Ugetsu (1953)
   Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
86. Brad Bird (6/6)
   The Iron Giant (1999)
   Jack-Jack Attack (2005)
85. Peter Greenaway (2/63)
   The Draughtsmanís Contract (1982)
   A Zed and Two Naughts (1986)
   The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1989)
84. Kathryn Bigelow (3/13)
   Near Dark (1987)
   Strange Days (1995)
   K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
83. Zhang Yimou (1/23)
   Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
   Hero (2000)
   The Flowers of War (2011)
82. Satyajit Ray (0/37)
   Pather Pancheli (1955)
   Aparajito (1956)
   The World of Apu (1959)
81. Jane Campion (2/15)
   Sweetie (1989)
   An Angel at My Table (1990)
   The Piano (1993)
80. Rian Johnson (6/6)
   Evil Demon Golfball from Hell!!! (1996)
   Ben Boyer and the Phenomenology... (2001)
   The Psychology of Dream Analysis (2002)
79. John Hughes (3/8)
   Weird Science (1985)
   Trains, Planes & Automobiles (1987)
   Uncle Buck (1989)
78. Jim Jarmusch (1/17)
   Dead Man (1995)
   Broken Flowers (2005)
   Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
77. Wim Wenders (5/47)
   Alice in the Cities (1974) 
   The American Friend (1977)
   Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
76. Robert Bresson (1/14)
   A Man Escaped (1956)
   Pickpocket (1959)
   Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
75. Luis Bunuel (1/33)
   Un Chien Andalou (1929)
   Belle de Jour (1967)
   The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
74. Andrew Stanton (5/6)
   A Story (1987)
   Somewhere in the Arctic (1988)
   Finding Dory (2016)
73. Peter Jackson (9/19)
   Bad Taste (1987)
   Braindead (1992)
   Heavenly Creatures (1994)
72. Spike Jonze (7/26)
   Being John Malkovich (1999)
   I'm Here (2010)
   Scenes from the Suburbs (2011)
71. Edgar Wright (5/10)
   Dead Right (1993)
   A Fistful of Fingers (1997)
   Straight 8 (2004)
70. Richard Linklater (9/23)
   Slacker (1991)
   Dazed and Confused (1993)
   Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
69. Ang Lee (5/15)
   The Ice Storm (1997)
   Hulk (2003)
   Brokeback Mountain (2005)
68. Dardenne Brothers (1/16)
   Rosetta (1999)
   The Child (2005)
   Two Days, One Night (2014)
67. John Huston (7/46)
   The Maltese Falcon (1941)
   The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
   Fat City (1972)
66. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (3/13)
   Delicatessan (1991)
   The City of Lost Children (1995)
   Alien: Resurrection (1997)
65. Bong Joon-ho (1/10)
   Memories of Murder (2003)
   The Host  (2006)
   Snowpiercer (2013)
64. Alfonso Cuaron (5/11)
   A Little Princess (1995)
   Great Expectations (1998)
   Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
63. Milos Forman (4/18)
   One Flew Over the Cukooís Nest (1975)
   The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
   Man on the Moon (1999)
62. Mike Leigh (3/17)
   Naked (1993)
   Secrets & Lies (1996)
   Another Year (2011)
61. Darren Aronofsky (6/10)
   No Time (1994)
   The Fountain (2006)
   Black Swan (2010)
60. Guillermo del Toro (2/11)
   Hellboy (2004)
   Pacific Rim (2013)
   Crimson Peak (2015)
59. Douglas Sirk (0/48)
   All That Heaven Allows (1955)
   Written on the Wind (1956)
   Imitation of Life (1959)
58. Yasujiro Ozu (1/54)
   Late Spring (1949)
   Tokyo Story (1953)
   An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
57. Ridley Scott (14/25)
   Alien (1979)
   Blade Runner (1982)
   The Counselor (2013)
56. David Cronenberg (2/35)
   Videodrome (1983)
   The Fly (1986)
   Maps to the Stars (2014)
55. Fritz Lang (4/46)
   Metropolis (1927)
   M (1931)
   The Big Heat (1953)
54. Buster Keaton (2/39)
   Sherlock Jr. (1924)
   The General (1926)
   Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928)
53. Clint Eastwood (13/35)
   Hereafter (2010)
   J. Edgar (2011)
   Jersey Boys (2014)
52. Robert Altman (4/55)
   M*A*S*H (1970)
   McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
   Nashville (1975)
51. Jean-Pierre Melville (1/14)
   Bob le flambeur (1956)
   Le Samourai (1967)
   Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
50. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (5/30)
   Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)
   Uncle Boonmee... (2010)
   Cemetery of Splendour (2015)
49. Terry Gilliam (4/17)
   Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
   The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassas (2009)
   The Zero Theorm (2013)
48. Nicholas Ray (2/27)
   In a Lonely Place (1950)
   Johnny Guitar (1954)
   Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
47. Jean Renoir (2/38)
   Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932)
   A Day in the Country (1936)
   The River (1951)
46. Roman Polanski (5/32)
   Repulsion (1965)
   Chinatown (1974)
   The Ghost Writer (2010)
45. Frederick Wiseman (1/43)
   Titocut Follies (1967)
   High School (1968)
   At Berkeley (2013)
44. James Cameron (6/16)
   Piranha Part II: The Spawning (1981)
   Aliens (1986)
   The Abyss (1989)
43. F.W. Murnau (3/21)
   The Last Laugh (1924)
   Sunrise (1927)
   Tabu (1931)
42. Michel Gondry (3/15)
   Human Nature (2001)
   The Science of Sleep (2006)
   The Green Hornet (2011)
41. Michael Mann (7/16)
   Thief (1981)
   Manhunter (1986)
   Ali (2001)
40. Park Chan Wook (2/14)
   Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
   Lady Vengeance (2005)
   Thirst (2009)
39. Frank Capra (5/58)
   It Happened One Night (1934)
   Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
   Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
38. Federico Fellini (3/22)
   La Strada (1954)
   Amarcord (1973)
   La Dolce Vita (1960)
37. Claire Denis (1/18)
   Beau Travail (1999)
   Trouble Every Day (2001)
   White Material (2011)
36. Jean-Luc Godard (3/113)
   Vivre Sa Vie (1962)
   Contempt (1963)
   Pierrot le Fou (1965)
35. Francois Truffaut (2/24)
   Shoot the Piano Player (1960)
   Jules and Jim (1962)
   The Last Metro (1980)
34. Hou Hsiao-Hsien (0/19)
   A City of Sadness (1989)
   Millenium Mambo (2001)
   The Assassin (2015)
33. David Lean (7/18)
   Brief Encounter (1945)
   Hobson's Choice (1954)
   Doctor Zhivago (1965)
32. Steven Soderbergh (13/33)
   Sex, Lies & Videotape (1989)
   Contagion (2011)
   Behind the Candelabra (2013)
31. Gus Van Sant (10/25)
   Drugstore Cowboy (1988)
   To Die For (1995)
   Restless (2011)
30. John Ford (7/138)
   Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
   The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
   The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
29. Howard Hawks (5/46)
   Bringing Up Baby (1938)
   To Have and Have Not (1944)
   Rio Bravo (1959)
28. Sidney Lumet (2/53)
   Serpico (1973)
   Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
   Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
27. David Fincher (10/11)
   The Beat of the Live Drum (1985)
   Alien 3 (1992)
26. Danny Boyle (7/20)
   Shallow Grave (1994)
   A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
   28 Days LaterÖ (2001)
25. Charles Chaplin (6/72)
   The Gold Rush (1925)
   City Lights (1931)
   Modern Times (1936)
24. Powell & Pressburger (4/19)
   A Canterbury Tale (1944)
   A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
   The Red Shoes (1948)
23. Woody Allen (11/48)
   Bananas (1971)
   The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
   Midnight in Paris (2011)
22. Wes Anderson (8/13)
   Bottle Rocket (1996)
   The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
   Hotel Chevalier (2007)
21. Pedro Almodovar (4/33)
   Talk to Her (2002)
   Volver (2006)
   The Skin I Live In (2011)
20. Terrence Malick (6/9)
   The Tree of Life (2011)
   Knight of Cups (2015)
   Voyage of Time (2016)
19. David Lynch (2/41)
   The Elephant Man (1980)
   Blue Velvet (1986)
   Lost Highway (1997)
18. Krzysztof Kieslowski (4/39)
   Blind Chance (1987)
   A Short Film About Love (1988)
   The Double Life of Vernonique (1991)
17. Paul Thomas Anderson (7/15)
   Cigarettes & Coffee (1993)
   Hard Eight (1996)
   Junun (2015)
16. Orson Welles (5/39)
   The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
   Touch of Evil (1958)
   F for Fake (1973)
15. Ingmar Bergman (8/66)
   Winter Light (1963)
   Scenes From a Marriage (1973)
   Fanny and Alexander (1982)
14. Steven Spielberg (24/39)
   The Color Purple (1985)
   Schindlerís List (1993)
   War Horse (2011)
13. Christopher Nolan (10/11)
   Doodlebug (1997)
   Following (1998)
   Insomnia (2002)
12. Francis Ford Coppola (8/29)
   Rumble Fish (1983)
   Dracula (1992)
   Twixt (2011)
11. Wong Kar-wai (3/26)
   Days of Being Wild (1990)
   Fallen Angels (1995)
   2046 (2004)
10. Martin Scorsese (11/47)
   Taxi Driver (1976)
   Raging Bull (1980)
   Kundun (1997)
9. Werner Herzog (7/59)
   Grizzly Man (2005)
   Encounters at the End of the World (2008)
   Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)
8. Quentin Tarantino (10/10)
   My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
   Death Proof (2007)
7. Hayao Miyazaki (11/22)
   The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
   Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
   Ponyo (2009)
6. Billy Wilder (7/27)
   Double Indemnity (1944)
   Ace in the Hole (1951)
   The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
5. Sergio Leone (4/10)
   Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
   Duck, You Sucker (1971)
   Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
4. Stanley Kubrick (9/16)
   The Killing (1956)
   Paths of Glory (1957)
   Lolita (1962)
   Full Metal Jacket (1987)
   Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
3. Coen Brothers (14/17)
   Blood Simple (1984)
   The Man Who Wasnít There (2001)
   True Grit (2010)
2. Akira Kurosawa (4/32)
   Stray Dog (1949)
   Sanjuro (1962)
   High and Low (1963)
1.  Alfred Hitchcock (33/62)
   Strangers on a Train (1951)
   Dial M for Murder (1954)
   The Birds (1963)
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2010, 09:40:54 PM »
That's quite an ambitious line-up, lots of great stuff. I look forward to reading about it.

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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2010, 09:41:47 PM »
That's quite an ambitious line-up, lots of great stuff. I look forward to reading about it.

Will most likely take longer than a year. pretty stronge evidence on why I didn't want to even submit a list this year.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2010, 09:55:01 PM »
More classic films here than my Top 100 marathon.  I see this adding 10-20 films easy to your own Top 100.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2010, 09:59:08 PM »
Yeah I can understand that. I don't feel so bad about the directors on the list I haven't seen many or any from (though I will watch at least one from the eight I haven't seen any) because a good portion of those on the list I've seen one or two and know it just isn't my thing. Or for some of the more mainstream directors, I've seen most and just am not distinctly taken. Where I feel weak about my list are those I listed on the strength of 2-3 films even though they have many others. My priority is going to be catching up on the other films from the directors I like so that I can feel more confident about their placement.

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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2010, 10:19:38 PM »
You didn't ask for my recommendations, but I'll chime in anyway with my good intentions.

81. Jane Campion (1)
   The Piano (1993)
   Holy Smoke (1999)

Don't prioritize Holy Smoke for now.  Watch it waaaaaay after the ones I recommend.  Trust me.  It's one of her two worst films.  An Angel at My Table is a must-see for those exploring her filmography.  While I'm no longer a big fan of Sweetie, it's one of her three iconic films (Sweetie, Angel, Piano).  Personally rank the relatively forgotten and unknown, modest but great nonetheless Two Friends over The Piano.  Holly Hunter is incredible in the latter, though, if that counts for something.

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58. Yasujiro Ozu (0)
   Late Spring (1949)
   Tokyo Story (1953)
   Floating Weeds (1959)

Easily available DVD-wise, I'd recommend Early Summer, Tokyo Story, and Autumn Afternoon (the last one is for an Ozu color film to replace Floating Weeds).  If you have access to Record of a Tenement Gentleman, I'd recommend that as your first Ozu.

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51. Jean-Pierre Melville (0)
   Bob le flambeur (1956)
        Le Samourai (1967)
        Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

I'd swap out Le Samourai for Army of Shadows because I think those three crime films are a little similar.  There's better variance with seeing Melville's group, code, and performance/job dynamics applied to the French Resistance and Occupied France.  It's a flat-out masterpiece; for me, it's his best film.  Personally, its color shades are some of my absolute favorite in all of cinema.

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47. Jean Renoir (1)
   A Day in the Country (1936)
   The Rules of the Game (1939)
   The River (1951)

I recommend sticking with prime Renoir which was in the 30s.  I can't recall the Renoir you've seen, but I'd replace Country and River with La Bete Humaine and either La Chienne, Boudu Saved from Drowning, or The Grand Illusion.  If you're intrigued by Renoir's belief that two carpenters from different countries have more in common than, I think, two men from the same town, pick Illusion as one of your three.

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37. Claire Denis (0)
   Beau Travail (1999)
   Friday Night (2002)

Replace Beau Travail with 35 Shots of Rum, and make Rum your first Denis.  It's her warmest film, and lots of heart goes a long way, which isn't to say Denis' other films are misanthropic or clinical.  Denis' slippery and elusive style of storytelling is one of my favorite characteristics of her movies, but in my experience they are obstacles for others.  Rum is probably her most straightforward "narrative," comparatively.  But, it's still dreamy.  *Swoon*
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2010, 10:25:47 PM »
I haven't seen An Autumn Afternoon yet, but I don't think there's anything wrong with Floating Weeds as an early Ozu to see.  Though my pick for one color Ozu to start with would be Good Morning as a reminder that even "arty" foreign directors love fart jokes.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2010, 10:35:59 PM »
It's not that there's something wrong with FW; just that I think AA is a better film.  Yeah, I was thinking of pushing one of Ozu's comedies for that very reason to counter the perception of Ozu, the conservative/serious one.  The man was a fan of Harold Lloyd, Chaplin, and Lubitsch.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2010, 10:42:03 PM »
Trying to hype the Directors subforum, I responded at the Ozu thread.
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Re: Corndog's Education of the Top 100 Directors
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2010, 11:07:12 PM »
Cool idea Corndog. I'll probably try something similar once the new year starts.