Aug 30 2013
I was originally going to to use the term ‘directors,’ but I opted to use filmmaker instead because I don’t want to exclude someone just because they were writing instead of directing. Anyway, I’m a huge movie buff and I often engage in debates with my friends about who is the best filmmaker of all time. However, I’ve learned that it’s mostly subjective. I think that we like playing games, reading books, and watching movies that can connect with us on a personal level.
This list enumerates the various filmmakers who have influenced the creative projects I’ve worked on. When I write a story, I look at their works for reference and inspiration. To give you a preview, I’ve noticed that it’s mostly a list of guys who have worked on films spanning from suspense, cerebral thrillers, mob movies, to the dystopian science fiction genre. Now that I think about it, I don’t think anyone here has ever made a comedy or a light movie!
Do you love them as much as I do? Let me know in the comments and we can rave together. If not, I’d love a good debate about why you don’t like their films. I’d also love suggestions too for filmmakers I should check out!
1. Martin Scorsese
This guy has made a lot of films even before I was a born. However, I’m thankful my dad exposed me to Scorsese’s film library at an early age so I was able to catch up a bit. I love the grittiness of his films and I feel like he doesn’t need to dazzle me with twists or anything. My favorite films include Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Aviator, Goodfellas, The Departed, and Shutter Island. It was because of him I started writing mobster themed short stories since Goodfellas was the first film I ever saw from him. I’m also a fan of the Shutter Island and I know it had mixed reviews. However, I quite liked how he adapted the novel speaking as a reader of Dennis Lehane’s work
Can’t wait to see Wolf of Wall Street soon!
2. Christopher Nolan
I love how this man challenges you to think during and after you watch his films. The first movie I saw from him was Memento and I knew he was going to be my idol right away. I loved the The Prestige and absolutely got floored with Inception. A lot of people say that he relies on grand twists and convoluted plots. My friend told me after he watched a Nolan movie that he just wanted a simple story. I personally love how Nolan makes his films so mind bending because it’s like he assumes that the audience aren’t just passively consuming his material. He wants us to think and analyze what we see. It’s also cool how he plants seemingly small and insignificant details early on in the film, only to be revealed as something near the end.
I’m a fan of his take on The Dark Knight. No offense to Joss Whedon, he’s great and all but I like to see a character film about a superhero instead of an action film. Man of Steel is my favorite movie adaptation of Superman so far. I’m really looking forward to seeing Interstellar where he is the director, producer, and writer. Although he is just the executive producer of Transcendence, I’m still curious to see it especially since Wally Pfister worked with Nolan on a lot of projects.
3. Ben Affleck
This guy is in hot water right now because of the whole Batman casting. However, let’s step back for a second and take that out of perspective. He wrote Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon and that’s my go-to movie when I need inspiration. It’s not a cheesy uplifting film, but it’s raw and honest. Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo are amazing films he directed that are definitely a part of my all-time favorite movies list. He’s not the type of actor that can nail every character you give in, but he’s brilliant when he does. However, he does have a consistency of quality when it comes to the films he’s worked on behind the scenes.
Gone Baby Gone was adapted from a novel by Dennis Lehane. I’m excited to see his upcoming film as he tackles another Lehane novel called Live by Night.
4. Andrew Niccol
I recently did a post on Andrew Niccol films I loved, so it’s no doubt I love this guy’s films. Gattaca is the best film I loved from him. David R pointed out that Niccol might be a better writer than a director. I think that David is correct. However, I admire him for bringing a number dystopian science fiction concepts to the big screen. That’s the kind of science fiction genre I love to read and watch. Execution could be better, but he always gives me a good film to enjoy and provides me with inspiration for writing stories of my own.
5. Darren Aronofsky
Two of my favorite films from Aronofsky would have to be Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. These two movies are so dark that I feel so emotionally damaged by the time it ends. I also saw the film The Fountain. It’s not one of my favorites, but I do like it after watching it a few more times. I give him much respect and admiration for making movies that can touch on your emotions and mess with your head at times.
I wonder if he is going to make everyone suicidal in his upcoming film Noah. Just kidding, I’m definitely looking forward to see it.
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