In the best order I could manage, and the movies that stood out as a write this.
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ I became a man possessed. I bought in big time. watched dozens of his movies. dreaming short bespectacled best friends always making me laugh.
Manhattan, annie hall, bananas, hannah and her sisters, interiors, deconstructing harry, sweet and lowdown, mighty aphrodite, husbands and wives, stardust memories, whatever works love and death, sleeper, play it again sam, radio days, don't drink the water, manhatten muder mystery, vicki cristina barcelona ” - mankind_cartoons
Martin Charles Scorsese was born on November 17, 1942 in Queens, New York City, to Catherine Scorsese
(née Cappa) and Charles Scorsese
, who both worked in Manhattan's garment district, and whose families both came from Palermo, Sicily. He was raised in the neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films...
“ violence without condemnation or a message. like violence is actually. thank you.
the king of comedy, cape fear, goodfellas, casino, taxi driver, raging bull, the departed, mean streets after, hours, the aviator, the color of money, bringing out the dead, boxcar bertha ” - mankind_cartoons
Stanley Kubrick was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Sadie Gertrude (Perveler) and Jacob Leonard Kubrick, a physician. His family were Jewish immigrants (from Austria, Romania, and Russia). Stanley was considered intelligent, despite poor grades at school. Hoping that a change of scenery would produce better academic performance...
“ Stanley Kubricks coming to my birthday party.
lolita, dr. strangelove, full metal jacket, the killing, paths of glory, the shining, a clockwork orange ” - mankind_cartoons
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...
“ Seven Samurai taught me that I could enjoy an almost four hour subtitled film and still live to call it one of the best movies ever.
seven samurai, yojimbo, sanjura, ikiru, I live in fear, ran, throne of blood ” - mankind_cartoons
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ he taught me that I could enjoy watching something that was incomprehensible.
eraserhead, lost highway, blue velvet, the elephant man, mullholand drive ” - mankind_cartoons
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ asphalt jungle, the Maltese falcon, the treasure of sierra madre, the man that would be king ” - mankind_cartoons
“ no real reason joel is ahead of ethan, other than he's easier on the eyes.
blood simple, barton fink, the man who wasn't there, o brother where art thou the big lebowski ” - mankind_cartoons
“ these guys taught me the word idiosyncratic, which I'm forever grateful.
burn after reading, no country for old men, a serious man ” - mankind_cartoons
Director. Writer. Producer. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but hasn't finished it. Founded his own production company in 1963. Has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films.
“ If I could get any person to narrate my life it would be him.
aguirre, the wrath of god, the enigma of kaspar hauser, grizzly man, fitzcarraldo, nosferatu, mein leibster freind, rescue dawn, bad lieutenant ” - mankind_cartoons
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was seven) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr...
“ orson welles is second as choice omniscient narrator.
the lady from shanghai, othello, citizen kane, the magnifiscent ambersons ” - mankind_cartoons
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino
, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Quentin 'lemon face' Tarantino.
reservoir dogs, pulp fiction, jackie brown, kill bill vol 1 and 2, inglorious basterds ” - mankind_cartoons
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 was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ I imagine a compilation of every sex scene he's ever directed would be lengthier than seven samurai.
the fly, dead ringers, videodromes, shivers, rabid, existenz, history of violence, eastern promises ” - mankind_cartoons
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began...
“ knife in the water, repulsion, rosemarys baby, death and the maiden, tess, the tenant, the pianist, china town ” - mankind_cartoons
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola
, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola
(née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ rumble fish, the conversation, tucker, the outsiders, rumblefish ” - mankind_cartoons
Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns...
“ pink flamingos, female trouble, polyester, 10000 maniacs, hairspray ” - mankind_cartoons
Todd Solondz was born in Newark, New Jersey. One of his earliest jobs in the film industry was when, as a young man, he worked as a messenger for the Writers' Guild of America. During this time, he wrote several screenplays. Solondz's first color film with sync sound was the short "Schatt's Last Shot" (1985)...
“ happiness, welcome to the doll house, storytelling, palindromes ” - mankind_cartoons
At age 17, Samuel Fuller
was the youngest reporter ever to be in charge of the events section of the New York Journal. After having participated in the European battle theater in World War II, he directed some minor action productions for which he mostly wrote the scripts himself and which he also produced (e.g...
“ shock corridor, the baron of arizona, the naked kiss ” - mankind_cartoons
Born in London in 1970, Christopher Nolan began making films at the age of seven years using his father's Super-8 camera and an assortment of male action figures. He graduated to making films involving real people, and his Super-8 surrealistic short 'Tarantella' was shown on P.B.S.' 'image union' in 1989...
“ TDK and batman begins, memento, inception ” - mankind_cartoons
Perhaps the icon of macho movie stars, and a living legend, Clint Eastwood has become a standard in international cinema. Born May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, the elder of two children in a middle-class family, Eastwood finished high school at the comparatively late age of 19 and worked odd jobs for several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ unforgiven, million dollar baby, play misty for me, gran torino, the outlaw josey wales ” - mankind_cartoons
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler
came to power in 1933...
“ sunset blvd, double indemnity, the apartment ” - mankind_cartoons
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends...
“ dead\alive, meet the feebles, bad taste, heavenly creatures and the lord of the rings trilogy as a side note ” - mankind_cartoons
"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden
, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch
, Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael
. That exploding bottle...
“ cross of iron, the getaway, the wild bunch, straw dogs ” - mankind_cartoons
Wesley Wales Anderson was born in Houston, Texas. His mother, Texas Ann (Burroughs), is an archaeologist turned real estate agent, and his father, Melver Leonard Anderson, worked in advertising and PR. He has two brothers, Eric and Mel. Anderson's parents divorced when he was a young child, an event that he described as the most crucial event of his brothers and his growing up...
“ rushmore, the royal tennenbaums, fantastic mr fox, bottle rocket ” - mankind_cartoons
, known for his creative stage direction, was born "Elia Kazanjoglous" in Istanbul in 1909 to Greek parents. He directed such Broadway plays as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". He directed the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire
and also films written for the screen...
“ on the waterfront, streetcar named desire, east of eden, a face in the crowd. ” - mankind_cartoons
After a decade as a screenwriter, Clouzot made his directorial debut in 1942. His next film, Le Corbeau: The Raven
had the distinction of being banned both by the Nazis and the victorious French forces for differing reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear
and consolidated that success with Diabolique
“ the wages of fear, les diabolique ” - mankind_cartoons
Peter Watkins began his career in advertising as an assistant producer and turned to amateur filmmaking in the late 1950s. In the mid-'60s he was commissioned by BBC-TV to make two feature-length docudramas incorporating a quasi-newsreel style and nonprofessional actors. The second of these, The War Game
“ edvard munch and punishment park ” - mankind_cartoons
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty
at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ fight club, seven, the social network, benjamon button, zodiac ” - mankind_cartoons
Spike Jonze made up one-third (along with Andy Jenkins
and Mark Lewman
) of the triumvirate of genius minds behind Dirt Magazine, the brother publication of the much lamented ground-breaking Sassy Magazine. These three uncommon characters were all editors for Grand Royal Magazine as well, under...
“ being john malkovich, adaptation ” - mankind_cartoons
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles
after seeing Citizen Kane
“ the exorcist, cruising, the french connection ” - mankind_cartoons
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ dog day afternoon, 12 angry men, network, before the devil knows your dead, serpico ” - mankind_cartoons
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 advertisement...
“ fear and loathing in las vegas, the fisher king, brazil, twelve monkeys ” - mankind_cartoons
Darren Aronofsky was born February 12, 1969, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Darren was always artistic: he loved classic movies and, as a teenager, he even spent time doing graffiti art. After high school, Darren went to Harvard University to study film (both live-action and animation). He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film...
“ big fan, the wrestler, requiem for a dream ” - mankind_cartoons
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer...
“ empire of the sun, duel, shindlers list. raiders of the lost arc, jurassic park. the color purple ” - mankind_cartoons
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...
“ the fog, Halloween, assault on precinct thirteen, escape from new york, in the mouth of madness ” - mankind_cartoons
Kevin Patrick Smith was born in Red Bank, New Jersey, to Grace (Schultz) and Donald E. Smith
, a postal worker. He is very proud of his native state; this fact can be seen in all of his movies. Kevin is of mostly German, with some Irish and English, ancestry. His first movie, Clerks
, was filmed in the convenience store in which Smith worked...
“ clerks, dogma, chasing amy, mallrats, jay and silent bob strike back ” - mankind_cartoons
“ love streams, husbands, a women under the influence, opening night ” - mankind_cartoons
Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War II...
“ midnight cowboy, far from the madding crowd, darling ” - mankind_cartoons
Grew up on a shrimp farm in southern Australia together with two brothers, one sister and two parrots. He discerned his artistic abilities at an early age and spent five years studying photography, painting, pottery etc. In 1996 he began his studies at the Victorian College of the Arts where Uncle
“ mary and max and harvey crumpet is basically this guys whole creative output. that's two hours of screen time if I'm being generous. still better than Michael bays career combined. ” - mankind_cartoons
Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater and became a stage director. He directed his first film in 1931, and came to the US in 1936 to direct on the Broadway stage...
“ anatomy of a murder, the man with the golden arm ” - mankind_cartoons
“ the boston strangler, soylent green, compulsion ” - mankind_cartoons
Carol Reed was the second son of stage actor, dramatics teacher and impresario founder of the Royal School of Dramatic Arts Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
. Reed was one of Tree's six illegitimate children with Beatrice Mae Pinney, who Tree established in a second household apart from his married life. There were no social scars here; Reed grew up in a well-mannered...
“ the third man, odd man out, the fallen idol ” - mankind_cartoons
His documentaries helped spur a rebirth of non-fiction film in the 80s & garnered wide critical success. But until 2003's "The Fog of War," Morris was shunned by the Academy Awards. Morris' first two films won much acclaim (Gates of Heaven
and Vernon, Florida
). In the second movie, Morris intended to explore "Nub City," the town known for residents trading limbs for insurance settlements...
“ fog of war, a brief history of time, fast cheap and out of control ” - mankind_cartoons
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, 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
“ ed wood, pee wees big adventure, batman, big fish, Edward scissorhands, beatlles juice ” - mankind_cartoons
Michael Francis Moore was born in Flint, Michigan on April 23, 1954, and was raised in its Davison suburb. He is the son of Helen Veronica (Wall), a secretary, and Francis Richard Moore, who worked on an auto assembly line. He has Irish, as well as English and Scottish, ancestry. Moore studied journalism at the University of Michigan-Flint...
“ roger and me, the big one, bowling for columbine, Fahrenheit 9\11, sicko ” - mankind_cartoons
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith
) and worked on making his own short films...
“ the devil's backbone, hellboy 1 and 2, pan's labyrinth, cronos ” - mankind_cartoons
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...
“ ichi the killer, audition, sukiyaki western django ” - mankind_cartoons
Born in Appleton, Wisconsin, Zwigoff held several jobs before making his breakthrough feature: the documentary Crumb (1994) in 1994. His previous jobs included musician, shipping clerk, printer and welfare office worker. In fact, Zwigoff traces his film career back to discovering a rare blues recording by an unknown Chicago blues musician he discovered in 1978...
“ Crumb, ghost world and the art school scenes from art school confidential because the main plot about the serial killer on the loose and the romantic interest feels contrived and takes so much away from what could have been good satire, oh the missed opportunity, oh the disappointment! ” - mankind_cartoons
“ very earthy. from the earth is how I think of chris smith. but fubar earthy.
american movie and american job ” - mankind_cartoons
“ drugstore cowboys, elephant, paraoid park, good will hunting, my own private idaho ” - mankind_cartoons
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ strangers on a train, rear window, the birds, psycho ” - mankind_cartoons
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended school in Morehouse College in Atlanta and developed his film making skills at Clark Atlanta University...
“ do the right thing, crooklyn, clockers, 4 little girls ” - mankind_cartoons
Self-taught writer-director Richard Stuart Linklater was born in Houston, Texas, to Diane Margaret (Krieger), who taught at a university, and Charles W. Linklater III. Richard was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period...
“ tape, a scanner darkly, wakiing life, slacker, dazed and confused ” - mankind_cartoons
George A. Romero
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The helmer of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 in New York City, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian-American mother. He grew up in NY, until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
“ night, dawn and day of the dead, martin and I hesitate to add the crazies. ” - mankind_cartoons
Moved to New York City at the age of seventeen from Akron, Ohio. Graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English, class of '75. Without any prior film experience, he was accepted into the Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
“ dead man, coffee and cigarettes ” - mankind_cartoons
“ seul contre tout, irreversible ” - mankind_cartoons
U.S.-born actor, director, writer, musician, and composer best known for his mockumentaries, poking fun at heavy metal music, small town theatre, dog shows, folk music and film-making itself, Christopher Haden-Guest was born February fifth, 1948, in New York City. His mother, Jean Pauline (Hindes), was a vice president of casting at CBS...
“ waiting for guffman, best in show, a mighty wind ” - mankind_cartoons
Was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1943). Son of Frances Clark (baby photographer) and Lewis Clark. Graduated from Central High school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Studied under Walter Sheffer and Gerard Bakker. Film debut was the movie Kids
. He was already well known for his revolutionary photographic body of work...
“ bully, ken park, kids, another day in paradise ” - mankind_cartoons
Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford University but while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession and developed a growing passion for film. Upon graduation, he worked a total of three days as an engineer at US Electrical Motors...
“ master of cheap horror. gave a lot of work to vincent price. edgar allen poe adaptations. good man. a bucket of blood. nuff said. ” - mankind_cartoons
Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas, California, in 1973. His family moved to the east coast of the United States when he was five, and he spent his early years in Nashville, Tennessee, and New York. At the age of 19, he wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay Kids
for director Larry Clark
“ Trash Humpers, gummo, julien donkey boy ” - mankind_cartoons
“ twitch city, highway 61, roadkill, hard core logo ” - mankind_cartoons
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
“ Star wars was OK but american graffiti and THX.1138 stand out. ” - mankind_cartoons
“ the other, to kill a mockinbird ” - mankind_cartoons
Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household in Ogden, Utah, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of high school, getting married and divorced all before he was 19...
“ being there, the last detail ” - mankind_cartoons
After spending most of his teens studying acting with the legendary Stella Adler
, and working as an actor in live TV and various theaters around the country, including the New York and the American Shakespeare Festivals, Peter Bogdanovich at age 20 began directing plays Off-Broadway and in N.Y. summer theater...
“ the last picture show, targets ” - mankind_cartoons
Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in Iquique, Chile on February 7, 1929. In 1942 he moved to Santiago where he attended university, was a circus clown and a puppeteer. In 1955 he went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau
. He worked with Maurice Chevalier
there and made a short film, La cravate
“ el topo, the holy, mountain, santa sangre ” - mankind_cartoons