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Entry #133

my top 10 filmmakers who inspire me

2/14/14 by horsenwelles
Updated 2/14/14

https://www.facebook.com/notes/daniel-williams/top-10-film-makers-who-inspire-me/10151876420001389 if you dont feel like reading my facebook, here's the scoop:  

10. quentin tarantino he makes 70's exploits in the modern day about things. i find his work fun and i find his interests fun. i just dont think he's as powerfully grounded or clever as the rest of these people, but hey, he's definitely impressive and sincere about what he likes.

 

9. jay bauman/mike stoklasa (redlettermedia in general) these guys are so funny and so mindblowingly direct that its hard to see why more people dont watch their work. they make films about characters in webshows and they make films based on reviewing other films while creating character and jokes of their own within those reviews. they really are wonderful and have inspired countless jokes of mine and countless times of laughter as well as education about film. they teach with their comedy, and then play it off as a joke to themselves. amazing comedy group these guys.

 

8. terry gilliam he made a ton of monty python. he made brazil. he made fear and loathing in las vegas. he has a serious eye for detail, the camera, the writing involved, and comedy in general. a fantastic artist who i still respect to this day.

 

7. stanley kubrick kubrick!? this low on the list!?!?!? yes. this guy made some of the most important pieces of dramatic, funny, horriffic, and downright brilliant pieces of film ever made. he's not as personally important to me as a content producer as others, but he's a serious inspiration to the art form, and i wish he could still be alive this very day.

 

6. mark busseler ok, you probably dont know the name. this guy makes classic game room and is the producer/director of inecom. classic game room is so witty, so direct, and so briskly done that it gives me hope in the sheer amount of love he has for video games as fun and as art. a genuinely funny guy who makes videos at such an alarming rate every day that its nearly impossible to not be impressed at his talent.  

 

5. paul verhoeven if satire was a sandwich, this guy is subway. he makes some incredibly funny satire and finds it a way to both express silliness with general ideas and modern society as well as using it to create universes that he finds so bad that he finds comfort in them existing. he's a wonderfully happy film maker who made robocop, starship troopers, show girls, and many other great hilarious movies that become awesome the more times you think about them. i simply love this guy.

 

4. david lynch  

he does creepy, creative things. i like creepy when its done just right, and he's the perfect example of a horror storyteller with a vision. a great, compelling film maker who i think you might have heard of.

 

3. david cronenburg he's a film maker you might not be aware of, but he's far from being unheard. his remake of the fly, videodrome, a history of violence, scanners (what is a scanner david? i still dont know. inside joke), all are visually compelling, incredibly creative, and they all have strong themes that blow my mind. he loves violence as a fun film making artform, and its wonderfully entertaining as well as simply fun. a great film maker who is still working to this very day.  

 

2. mel brooks he's mel brooks. you've probably seen at least one movie he was involved in and/or made himself. he thrives in comedy and has a wonderful passion for getting across his brilliant concepts. i would reccommend anything he's been a part of to anyone who just wants to laugh, think, and may be even feel a part of. he also won all of the possible academy awards (an egot winner as vsauce calls it) and that is notable enough for you to praise his work. awards or not, he will make you laugh and feel joy.

 

1. edgar wright this director is who i would consider my favorite. his films are all wonderful, and he has only made 4. 2 of which are my top 2 favorite films. he makes the very best out of what he has and what he can do with characters and a camera. he makes brilliant comedy using what he loves and what he wants to express as sincerely and as powerfully as he possibly can with usually under 2 hours to make it possible. his truly wonderful sincerity as well as his unabridged talent for film and just art in general has inspired me every time i pop in one of his movies in a dvd player. a remarkable human being and a remarkable film maker.


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VicariousEVicariousE

2/25/14

Yeah, Groundhog day was a bit... specialized, like a type of cheese you wouldn't buy, but might have at a party once, just to say you did. But there's been plenty of one-off, off-kilter movies by successful filmmakers before. Variety is the spice of life, just like writing a screenplay - gotta keep the good and bad plot points varied up, to sustain interest/pacing.


VicariousEVicariousE

2/25/14

That's the only cool thing about getting old; being able to catch all these great filmmakers... and Harold Ramis dying recently certainly sucks ass. His work really reminds me of early Newgrounds, that life given to the underdog... I took a screenwriting course in Manhattan a few weeks before 9/11, pretty good stuff/info... Gotham Writers Workshop, think they're still around.

2/25/14 horsenwelles responds:

i like him as a general comedy screenwriter, but i think he's better at writing than directing. groundhog day is slightly overrated as a movie imo despite it being good


VicariousEVicariousE

2/17/14

Yeah, the old timers are pretty much paved over in Hollywood these days, and the new ones can't talk management and producers into the work... all the film festivals have been gentrified, at least a little.

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2/25/14 horsenwelles responds:

i love penn and teller =)


JamesKnoxJamesKnox

2/16/14

pffft at these comments. shaun of the dead over the worlds end OBVIOUSLY

2/16/14 horsenwelles responds:

hey now. opinions and shit and subjectivity and perspective and


AtlasAtlas

2/15/14

Now that I know, Shaun of the Dead or The World's End?

2/15/14 horsenwelles responds:

its such a hard decision. i still switch between them being my number 1 and number 2.

its akin to twilight princess and wind waker. they all have this "i cant quice decide" feel


VicariousEVicariousE

2/15/14

I know them all. Edgar Wright might be a bit high on the list, but I can't disagree that he's a top 10 filmmaker. That kid does some good work. Just caught the last Cornetto flick about the end of the world - weirdly epic, and just as solid as all his other films, though I think Hot Fuzz still tops them all.

2/15/14 horsenwelles responds:

world's end got my favorite film slot lol, but i love the 3 as well as scott pilgrim.

he's like this weird miracle director who came out of england at the start of the remake-ocalypse and he said "fuck your remakes, i have stories to tell"


AtlasAtlas

2/14/14

What are you 2 favourite Edgar Wright films?

2/15/14 horsenwelles responds:

the world's end and shaun of the dead.

all 4 are amazing, but those 2 just have a presence to them imo. they might not be as funny as hot fuzz to other people or as magically nerdy as scott pilgrim, but my god they felt perfect in every practical way to me.