Personal favourite directors

Self explanatory. These aren't necessarily the ones I consider "The Best" overall, but are my personal favourite filmmakers regardless.
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David Cronenberg
Director, The Fly
David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories...
“ I love good ol' Dave Deprave. The Fly is probably my favourite movie - and I love just about everything else he made, especially in the 80s. ” - Kadath Read
“ I consider Chan-wook Park easily the most talented modern director to appear out of the early 21st century thus far, and he's made some of the past 11 years best films. I'm not too knowledgeable of Korean cinema unless it has the Chan-wook Park label on it. ” - Kadath Read
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), who owned a cat-themed gift shop, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Yeah, Burton is in a bit of a slump right now. Yet he's made some of my all time favourite movies and even in his slump, he's made some absolutely wonderful films - particularly Big Fish and Sweeney Todd. I love those films enough that I can ignore Planet of the Apes and Charlie. Not sure I can wash away the stink of Alice in Wonderland quite yet, but I'm sure that'll go away eventually.

Plus Tim was arguably the first director I could actually name when growing up, having absolutely loved Beetlejuice, Batman and his little short Frankenweenie when I was a kid. He made an early impact on my life. ” - Kadath Read
Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film Memories (this Episode was "Magnetic Rose")...
“ I'm still not over the fact that we lost this man. I'm often over-critical of the somewhat limited nature of most Japanese animation, but Kon and his dedicated team at Madhouse knew how to break that limit and give us some of the most beautifully animated films in recent memory. It also helps that said films - especially Paprika (Which is one of my all time personal favourites <3) - were damn good as well. ” - Kadath Read
Akira Kurosawa
Writer, Yojimbo
After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata. Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom...
“ I saw Kurosawa's "Dreams" at a very young age. It was the first Japanese language film I saw when I was about, 6, and had just barely finished learning the language from my now mother-in-law Kimiko. She decided to show me a few of her favourite films - and popped in "Dreams."

I loved it - and it heavily inspired my love of cinema and cinematography that is actually worth a damn. Since then, I have seen many Kurosawa films and "Dreams," "Ran" and "Rashomon" are all favourites of mine. ” - Kadath Read
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ It's a shame that Mr. Carpenter has had such a checkered career, but we still have him to thank for great films such as The Thing, They Live!, Big Trouble in Little China, the original Halloween, and of course Escape from New York. ” - Kadath Read
Hayao Miyazaki
Director, Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli...
“ Like Kon, Miyazaki is one of the few Japanese animators who can impress me with the actual animated aspect of their films while also delivering great films to boot. I saw "Mononoke Hime" in Japanese cinemas the same year I was moved to Japan, and it was probably the first Film Epic I ever saw and I fell in love with it. It is one of my favourites, and my favourite Miyazaki. I also of course love the likes of Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies (Even if it does make me cry :'<) and Howl's Moving Castle. ” - Kadath Read
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota near Medicine Lake. When he was 12 his family moved to Los Angeles where he became a fan of Mad magazine. In his early 20's he was often stopped by the police who often suspected him of being a drug addict and Gilliam had to explain that he worked in advertising....
“ Like Carpenter, it's a shame this guy has had such a checkered career because he is talented as hell - and he has made some genuine classics. I love the Gillianimations from Monty Python, and I also love many of Gilliam's films - from Time Bandits to Brazil, 12 Monkeys and so on. I'm just glad that with Dr. Parnassus, he found a little bit of his stride again after Tideland and the downright awful Fear & Loathing. (Sorry cult fans, I couldn't care for Fear & Loathing. Loved the performance and look - but the essay won out, the movie was just stupid for the sake of stupid.) ” - Kadath Read
Mamoru Oshii
Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director and screenwriter. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura (1981-1984), Angel's Egg (1985), Patlabor: The Movie (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995), and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)...
“ Mamoru Oshii is a fairly talented writer, and while I actually consider the original "Ghost in the Shell" somewhat overrated (Though not bad by any stretch.) I absolutely adore it's brilliant sequel, "Innocence" and I am a huge fan of anything related to the Kerberos Saga comics he wrote, including his obscure little piece "The Red Spectacles." I like Jin-Roh (The more straightforward Kerberos adaptation. Red Spectacles was somewhat abstract.) but to my memory, he didn't direct that one - just produced and wrote it. ” - Kadath Read
Takashi Miike
Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, primarily because there were no entrance exams...
“ I'll admit that I only like a couple Miike films (Ichi The Killer, Audition, Gozu, and The Great Yokai War.) but despite that - I respect Miike, and even if I don't like the film itself - I love his ability to push the boundaries and never lets the censors get in the way of his filmmaking. There's always a passion to it. ” - Kadath Read