Wednesday, November 30, 2011

120 Critically Acclaimed Director Debuts




    Agreeing on what exactly is ‘critically acclaimed’ is not always easy. It's a bit of a subjective minefield, in fact. As I was researching this list I considered changing it to ‘memorable’ or ‘notable’ debuts, thinking that might be simpler. But then those terms are just as subjective, and if I did that I might end up having to include the likes of American Pie or Saw, which was not really my aim.

    So in the end I stuck with what I consider ‘critically acclaimed’. That means I’ve concentrated on films which have become mainstream or arthouse classics, cult classics which were so hugely influential they can’t be ignored, big award winners, and more modern films which met with widespread critical acclaim.

    The list refers to debuts of a feature-length movie, which can mean a TV movie. Some of these directors made short films, or directed TV episodes or plays in the theatre before this point. And of course many had previous movie experience in other roles - actor, screenwriter, cinematographer etc.

    Where films have more than one director they are included only if it was a debut for all of them.

    1.         Alain Resnais - Hiroshima, Mon Amour (1959)
    2.         Alejandro González Iñárritu - Amoros Perros (2000)
    3.         Alexander Mackendrick – Whisky Galore (1949)
    4.         Andrei Tarkovsky – Ivan's Childhood (1962)
    5.         Andrew Jarecki – Capturing The Friedmans (2003)
    6.         Andrzej Wajda – A Generation (1955)
    7.         Banksy – Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010)
    8.         Barry Levinson – Diner (1982)
    9.         Baz Luhrmann – Strictly Ballroom (1992)
    10.       Billy Bob Thornton – Sling Blade (1996)
    11.       Brad Bird – The Iron Giant (1999)
    12.       Bruce Robinson – Withnail and I (1986)
    13.       Campbell Scott & Stanley Tucci – Big Night (1996)
    14.       Charles Burnett - Killer of Sheep (1977)
    15.       Charles Laughton - Night Of The Hunter (1955)
    16.       Charlie Kaufman – Synecdoche, New York (2008)
    17.       Chen Kaige - Yellow Earth (1984)
    18.       Chris Morris - Four Lions  (2010)
    19.       Coen Brothers – Blood Simple (1984)
    20.       Curt Siodmak, Robert Siodmak, Edgar G.Ulmer & Fred Zinnemann –
                People on Sunday (1929)
    21.       Danny Boyle - Shallow Grave (1994)
    22.       David Gordon Green – George Washington (2000)
    23.       David Lynch – Eraserhead (1978)
    24.       David Mamet – House of Games (1987)
    25.       Dennis Hopper - Easy Rider (1969)
    26.       Duncan Jones – Moon  (2009)
    27.       Edgar Wright – Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    28.       Elaine May – A New Leaf (1971)
    29.       Elia Kazan – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
    30.       Errol Morris – Gates of Heaven (1978)
    31.       Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck – The Lives of Others (2006)
    32.       Francois Truffaut - The 400 Blows (1959)
    33.       Frank Launder – Millions Like Us (1943)
    34.       Frederick Wiseman – Titicut Follies (1967)
    35.       Gary Oldman - Nil By Mouth (1997)
    36.       George A. Romero – Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    37.       George Miller - Mad Max (1979)
    38.       Hal Ashby - The Landlord (1970)
    39.       Hugh Hudson – Chariots of Fire (1981)
    40.       Ivan Passer – Intimate Lighting (1965)
    41.       Jack Clayton – Room at the Top  (1959)
    42.       Jacques Rivette – Paris Belongs to Us (1960)
    43.       James L. Brooks – Terms of Endearment (1983)
    44.       Jean Luc Godard - A Bout De Souffle (1959)
    45.       Jean Vigo - L'Atalante (1934)
    46.       Jim Abrahams, David Zucker & Jerry Zucker – Airplane (1980)
    47.       Jim Sheridan – My Left Foot (1989)
    48.       John Cassavetes - Shadows (1959)
    49.       John Huston - The Maltese Falcon (1941)
    50.       John Lasseter – Toy Story (1995)
    51.       John Sayles – Return of the Secaucus Seven (1980)
    52.       John Singleton – Boyz n the Hood (1991)
    53.       Jonathan Glazer - Sexy Beast (2001)
    54.       Jun-Hwan Jeong - Save The Green Planet (2003)
    55.       Ken Loach – Poor Cow (1967)
    56.       Kevin Costner - Dances With Wolves (1990)
    57.       Kimberly Peirce – Boy's Don't Cry (1999)
    58.       Laurence Olivier – Henry V (1944)
    59.       Lawrence Kasdan – Body Heat(1981)
    60.       Lindsay Anderson – This Sporting Life (1963)
    61.       Louis Malle- Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
    62.       Luchino Visconti – Ossessione (1943)
    63.       Lukas Moodysson – Show Me Love (1998)
    64.       Marco Bellochio - Fists In The Pocket (1966)
    65.       Margarethe von Trotta – The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (1975)
    66.       Marjane Satrapi – Persepolis (2007)
    67.       Martin McDonagh – In Bruges (2008)
    68.       Martin Ritt – Edge of the City (1957)
    69.       Martin Scorsese - Who’s That Knocking At My Door? (1968)
    70.       Mel Brooks – The Producers (1968)
    71.       Michael Moore – Roger & Me (1989)
    72.       Mike Hodges – Get Carter (1971)
    73.       Mike Nichols - Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
    74.       Milos Forman - Loves Of A Blonde (1966)
    75.       Mira Nair – Salaam Bombay (1988)
    76.       Morgan Spurlock – Super Size Me (2004)
    77.       Neil LaBute – In the Company of Men (1997)
    78.       Nicholas Hytner – The Madness of King George (1994)
    79.       Nicholas Ray – They Live by Night (1948)
    80.       Nicholas Roeg & Donald Cammell  – Performance (1970)
    81.       Noel Coward & David Lean – In Which We Serve (1942)
    82.       Orson Welles - Citizen Kane (1941)
    83.       Patrick Keiller – London (1994)
    84.       Patty Jenkins – Monster (2003)
    85.       Quentin Tarantino - Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    86.       Ralph Bakshi – Fritz the Cat (1972)
    87.       Richard Ayoade - Submarine (2010)
    88.       Richard Benjamin – My Favorite Year (1982)
    89.       Richard Kelly – Donnie Darko (2001)
    90.       Robert Benton - Bad Company (1972)
    91.       Robert J. Flaherty – Nanook of the North (1922)
    92.       Robert Redford – Ordinary People (1980)
    93.       Robert Rodriguez – El Mariachi (1992)
    94.       Roberto Rossellini - Open City (1945)
    95.       Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff - The Lion King (1994)
    96.       Roland Joffé – The Killing Fields (1984)
    97.       Roman Polanski – Knife in the Water (1962)
    98.       Sam Mendes - American Beauty (1999)
    99.       Sam Raimi – The Evil Dead (1981)
    100.     Satyajit Ray – Pather Panchali (1955)
    101.     Sergei Eisenstein – Strike (1924)
    102.     Shane Meadows – Twenty Four Seven (1997)
    103.     Sidney Lumet - Twelve Angry Men (1957)
    104.     Sofia Coppola – The Virgin Suicides (2000)
    105.     Spike Jonze - Being John Malkovich (1999)
    106.     Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly – On the Town (1949)
    107.     Steve McQueen – Hunger (2008)
    108.     Steven Soderbergh – Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
    109.     Steven Spielberg – Duel (1971)
    110.     Steven Zaillian – Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
    111.     Sylvain Chomet – The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
    112.     Terrence Malick – Badlands (1973)
    113.     Thomas McCarthy – The Station Agent (2003)
    114.     Tim Roth - The War Zone (1999)
    115.     Tobe Hooper - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
    116.     Tom Ford – A Single Man (2009)
    117.     Tommy Lee Jones – The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
    118.     Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton (2007)
    119.     Tony Richardson – Tom Jones (1963)
    120.     Zhang Yimou - Red Sorghum (1987)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

40 American Buddy Movies from the 70’s (with Video)

Perhaps it was a reaction to the changing social climate and the rise of feminism,
or perhaps it was just an urge to repeat the success of Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy
and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, which had hit it big in 1969, but the 1970’s
more than any other decade were a time of movies featuring, and often centred around,
two male friends....


1. All The President’s Men (1976)   Robert Redford & Dustin Hoffman
2. Annie Hall (1977)    Woody Allen & Tony Roberts
3. Bad Company (1972)    Jeff Bridges & Barry Brown
4. California Split (1974)   George Segal & Elliott Gould
5. Carnal Knowledge (1971)   Jack Nicholson & Art Garfunkel
6. The Deer Hunter (1978)   Robert De Niro & Christopher Walken
7. Deliverance (1972)    Jon Voight & Burt Reynolds
8. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)   Al Pacino & John Cazale
9. The Eiger Sanction (1975)   Clint Eastwood & George Kennedy
10. Fat City (1972)    Stacy Keach & Jeff Bridges
11. The Fortune (1975)   Jack Nicholson & Warren Beatty
12. Freebie And The Bean (1974)   Alan Arkin & James Caan
13. The French Connection (1971)   Gene Hackman & Roy Scheider
14. The Front Page (1974)    Walter Matthau & Jack Lemmon
15. Hard Times (1975)    James Coburn & Charles Bronson
16. Harry & Walter Go To New York(1976) James Caan & Elliott Gould
17. The Hot Rock (1972)    George Segal & Robert Redford
18. The Klansman (1974)    Richard Burton & Lee Marvin
19. The Last Picture Show (1971)   Timothy Bottoms & Jeff Bridges
20. The Laughing Policeman (1973)   Walter Matthau & Bruce Dern
21. Little Fauss And Big Halsy (1970)  Robert Redford & Michael J. Pollard
22. M*A*S*H (1970)     Donald Sutherland & Elliott Gould
23. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)  Michael Caine & Sean Connery
24. Marathan Man (1976)    Dustin Hoffman & Roy Scheider
25. Mean Streets (1973)    Robert De Niro & Harvey Keitel
26. Nickelodeon (1976)   Ryan O’Neal & Burt Reynolds
27. Papillon (1973)    Steve McQueen & Dustin Hoffman
28. Pocket Money (1972)   Paul Newman & Lee Marvin
29. Rancho Deluxe (1975)    Jeff Bridges & Sam Waterston
30. S*P*Y*S (1974)    Elliott Gould & Donald Sutherland
31. Scarecrow (1973)    Dustin Hoffman & Gene Hackman
32. Semi-Tough (1977)   Burt Reynolds & Kris Kristofferson
33. Silver Streak (1976)    Richard Pryor & Gene Wilder
34. Skin Game (1971)    James Garner & Louis Gossett Jr.
35. The Sting (1973)    Paul Newman & Robert Redford
36. The Sunshine Boys (1975)   Walter Matthau & George Burns
37. Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974)  Clint Eastwood & Jeff Bridges
38. The Towering Inferno (1974)   Paul Newman & Steve McQueen
39. The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)  Sidney Poitier & Michael Caine
40. Wild Rovers (1971)    William Holden & Ryan O’Neal




Friday, November 25, 2011

50 Major Films Made In Black And White Since 1970 (with Video)

  

  1. Alice In The Cities (Wim Wenders, 1974)
  2. The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius,  2011)
  3. Basic Training (Frederick Wiseman, 1971)
  4. Broadway Danny Rose (Woody Allen, 1984)
  5. Celebrity (Woody Allen, 1998)
  6. Clerks (Kevin Smith, 1994)
  7. Coffee And Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch, 2003)
  8. Control (Anton Corbijn,  2007)
  9. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1996)
  10. Dead Men Don‘t Wear Plaid (Carl Reiner, 1982)
  11. Down By Law (Jim Jarmusch, 1986)
  12. Duck Season (Fernando Eimbcke, 2006)
  13. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
  14. The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)
  15. Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
  16. Eureka (Shinji Aoyama, 2000)
  17. Following (Christopher Nolan, 1998)
  18. The General (John Boorman, 1998)
  19. The Good German (Steven Soderbergh,  2006)
  20. Good Night, And Good Luck (George Clooney, 2005)
  21. In The Bleak Midwinter (Kenneth Branagh, 1995)
  22. Kafka (Steven Soderbergh, 1991)
  23. Killer Of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1977)
  24. La Haine (Matthieu Kassovitz, 1995)
  25. La Maman Et La Putain (Jean Eustache, 1973)
  26. The Last Picture Show (Peter Bogdanovich, 1971)
  27. Lenny (Bob Fosse,  1974)
  28. Man Bites Dog (Belvaux, Bonzel, Poelvoorde, 1992)
  29. Manhattan (Woody Allen, 1979)
  30. The Man Who Wasn’t There (Coen Brothers, 2001)
  31. Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973)
  32. Persepolis (Satrapi, Paronnaud, 2007)
  33. Pi (Darren Aronofsky,  1998)
  34. Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980)
  35. Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola, 1983)
  36. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
  37. Shadows And Fog (Woody Allen, 1992)
  38. She’s Gotta Have It (Spike Lee, 1986)
  39. Sin City (Roberto Rodriguez, 2005)
  40. Stardust Memories (Woody Allen, 1980)
  41. Stranger Than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1983)
  42. Suture (McGehee, Siegel, 1993)
  43. Twenty Four Seven (Shane Meadows, 1997)
  44. Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr,  2000)
  45. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke,  2009)
  46. The Wild Child (Francois Truffaut,  1970)
  47. Wings Of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987)
  48. Wisconsin Death Trip (James Marsh,  1999)
  49. Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974)
  50. Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)




Monday, November 21, 2011

Deaths Since 1990 Of Prominent Movie Actors And Directors




















2011
Cliff Robertson
Elizabeth Taylor
Farley Granger
Jackie Cooper
Jane Russell
Ken Russell
Maria Schneider
Pete Postlethwaite
Peter Falk
Peter Yates
Sidney Lumet
Susannah York

2010
Arthur Penn
Blake Edwards
Claude Chabrol
Corey Haim
Corin Redgrave
Dennis Hopper
Eddie Fisher
Eric Rohmer
Ingrid Pitt
Irvin Kershner
Jean Simmons
Jill Clayburgh
John Forsythe
Joseph Strick
Kathryn Grayson
Kevin McCarthy
Lena Horne
Leslie Nielsen
Lynn Redgrave
Norman Wisdom
Patricia Neal
Robert Culp
Ronald Neame
Tony Curtis

2009
Brittany Murphy
David Carradine
Dom DeLuise
Edward Woodward
Farrah Fawcett
Henry Gibson
Jennifer Jones
John Hughes
Karl Malden
Natasha Richardson
Patrick McGoohan
Patrick Swayze
Ricardo Montalban

2008
Anthony Minghella
Bernie Mac
Charlton Heston
Cyd Charisse
Harold Pinter
Heath Ledger
Kon Ichikawa
Mel Ferrer
Michael Crichton
Paul Newman
Paul Scofield
Richard Widmark
Robert Mulligan 
Roy Scheider
Sam Bottoms
Sydney Pollack
Van Johnson

2007
Betty Hutton
Carlo Ponti
Deborah Kerr
Delbert Mann
Edward Yang
Ingmar Bergman
Jane Wyman
Joey Bishop
Lois Maxwell
Michelangelo Antonioni
Ousmane Sembene

2006
Chris Penn
Dennis Weaver
Glenn Ford
Jack Palance
Jack Warden
June Allyson
Maureen Stapleton
Moira Shearer
Peter Boyle
Red Buttons
Richard Fleischer
Robert Altman
Shelley Winters
Shohei Imamura

2005
Anne Bancroft
Barbara Bel Geddes
Constance Cummings
John Mills
Maria Schell
Richard Pryor
Robert Wise
Teresa Wright

2004
Christopher Reeve
Fay Wray
Howard Keel
Janet Leigh
Jean Rouch
Marlon Brando
Mercedes McCambridge
Peter Ustinov
Rodney Dangerfield
Ronald Reagan
Russ Meyer
Spaulding Gray

2003
Alan Bates
Art Carney
Bob Hope
Charles Bronson
David Hemmings
Donald O’Conner
Elem Klimov
Elia Kazan
Gregory Peck
Horst Buchholz
John Schlesinger
Katherine Hepburn
Leni Riefenstahl
Richard Crenna
Stan Brakhage
Wendy Hiller

2002
André De Toth
Billy Wilder
Chuck Jones
Dudley Moore
George Roy Hill
James Coburn
John Frankenheimer
Karel Reisz
Richard Harris
Rod Steiger

2001
Anthony Quinn
Herbert Ross
Jack Lemmon
Jane Greer
Joan Sims
Michael Ritchie
Nigel Hawthorne
Roy Boulting
Stanley Kramer

2000
Alec Guinness
Claude Sautet
Douglas Fairbanks Jr
Hedy Lamarr
Jason Robards
John Gielgud
Loretta Young
Paul Bartel
Richard Farnsworth
Roger Vadim
Walter Matthau

1999
Abraham Polonsky
Charles Crichton
Dirk Bogarde
Edward Dmytryk
George C Scott
Madeline Kahn
Oliver Reed
Robert Bresson
Stanley Kubrick
Sylvia Sidney
Victor Mature

1998
Akira Kurosawa
Alan J Pakula
Alice Fay
Frank Sinatra
Jean Marais
Lloyd Bridges
Maureen O’Sullivan
Robert Young
Roddy Mcdowall
Roy Rogers
Valerie Hobson

1997
Bo Wilderberg
Burgess Meredith
Fred Zinneman
James Stewart
Juzo Itami
Robert Mitchum
Samuel Fuller
Toshiro Mifune

1996
Claudette Colbert
Donald Cammell
Dorothy Lamour
Gene Kelly
George Burns
Greer Garson
Haing S Ngor
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Marcel Carne
Marcello Mastroianni
Martin Balsam
Masaki Kobayashi

1995
Burl Ives
Dean Martin
Donald Pleasence
Elisha Cook Jr.
Ginger Rogers
Ida Lupino
Jack Clayton
Lana Turner
Louis Malle
Michael Hordern
Priscilla Lane


1994
Burt Lancaster
Derek Jarman
Fernando Rey
George Peppard
Giuletta Masina
Jessica Tandy
Joseph Cotten
Lindsay Anderson
Mai Zetterling
Melina Mercouri
Peter Cushing
Raul Julia
Sidney Gilliat
Telly Savalas

1993
Audrey Hepburn
Don Ameche
Federico Fellini
Helen Hayes
James Bridges
Jean Negulesco
Joseph L Mankiewicz
Lillian Gish
Myrna Loy
Raymond Burr
River Phoenix
Ruby Keeler
Stewart Granger
Vincent Price

1992
Anthony Perkins
Dana Andrews
Denholm Ellliott
Freddie Bartholomew
John Sturges
Marlene Dietrich
Paul Henreid
Richard Brooks
Sandy Dennis
Satyajit Ray

1991
Brad Davis
David Lean
Don Siegel
Frank Capra
Fred MacMurray
Gene Tierney
Jean Arthur
Klaus Kinski
Lee Remick
Peggy Ashcroft
Ralph Bellamy
Tony Richardson
Yves Montand

1990
Alan Clarke
Ava Gardner
Barbara Stanwyck
Capucine
Delphine Seyrig
Greta Garbo
Irene Dunne
Jacques Demy
Jill Ireland
Joan Bennett
Joel McCrea
Margaret Lockwood
Martin Ritt
Michael Powell
Paulette Goddard
Rex Harrison
Robert Cummings
Sammy Davis Jr.
Terry Thomas