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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....
“ Next Film: The Zero Theorem
Favourites: Twelve Monkeys, Time Bandits, Monty Python and the Holy Grail ” - fatpie42
 
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Darren Aronofsky
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...
“ Next Film: Noah
Favourites: Black Swan, The Wrestler, The Fountain ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: Calvary
Favourites: The Guard ” - fatpie42
 
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Robert Rodriguez
Producer, Grindhouse
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
“ Next Film: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
(+ Machete Kills Again... In Space!)
Previous Film:Machete Kills
Favourites: Desperado, Sin City, Planet Terror ” - fatpie42
 
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Christopher Nolan
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Next Film: Interstellar
Favourites: Memento, The Prestige, Batman Begins ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: Get Santa
Previous Project: Labyrinth (tv series based on the book by Kate Mosse)
Favourites: Triangle, Black Death, Severance ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: Snowpiercer
Favourites: The Host, Mother, Memories of Murder ” - fatpie42
 
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Sam Mendes
Director, American Beauty
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5-years-old...
“ Next Film: Bond 24
Favourites: Skyfall, Road to Perdition, American Beauty ” - fatpie42
 
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Ronny Yu
Director, Fearless
Born in Hong Kong, Ronny Yan-Tai Yu dreamed of making films since he was a child. At only 9 months of age, Yu contracted polio, resulting in a long recovery that prevented him from developing an active childhood and had to spend much time in isolation. To cope with the loneliness, Yu created fantasy worlds of his own...
“ Next film: Saving General Yang
Favourites: Fearless, Bride of Chucky, Freddy Vs Jason ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: REC 4: Apocalypse
Favourites: Sleep Tight, REC, REC 2 ” - fatpie42
 
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Werner Herzog
Director, Grizzly Man
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.
“ Next Film: Queen Of The Desert
Favourites: Grizzly Man, Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans, Fitzcarraldo ” - fatpie42
 
12.
Edgar Wright
Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...
“ Next Film: Ant-Man
Favourites: The World's End, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World ” - fatpie42
 
13.
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 (The Exorcist) and worked on making his own short films...
“ Next Film: Crimson Peak
Favourites: Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Hellboy (Director's Cut), Pacific Rim ” - fatpie42
 
14.
Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer, director, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1970, to Anders Refn, a film director and editor, and Vibeke Winding (née Tuxen), a cinematographer. Just before he turned 11, in 1981, he moved to New York with his parents, where he lived out his teenage years. New York quickly became his city and soon began to shape Nicolas's future...
“ Next Film: I Walk With The Dead
Previous Film: Only God Forgives
Favourites: Drive, Pusher 3, Pusher 2, Bronson ” - fatpie42
 
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Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn is an English film producer and director. He is known for producing such films as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch and for directing the crime thriller, Layer Cake, the fantasy epic, Stardust, the superhero comedy, Kick-Ass, and the superhero film, X-Men: First Class...
“ Next Film: The Secret Service
Favourites: Kick-Ass, Layer Cake, X-Men: First Class ” - fatpie42
 
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Duncan Jones
Director, Moon
“ Next Film: Warcraft
Favourites: Moon, Source Code ” - fatpie42
 
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Spike Jonze
Producer, Her
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...
“ Next Film: ???
Latest Project: Her
Favourites: Adaptation, Being John Malkovich, Where The Wild Things Are ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: ???
Latest Project: Inside Llewyn Davis
Favourites: A Serious Man, The Big Lebowski, True Grit ” - fatpie42
 
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Quentin Tarantino
Writer, Pulp Fiction
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...
“ Next Film: Killer Crow
(+ Badlanders?)
Favourites: Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill 1&2, Reservoir Dogs, Django Unchained ” - fatpie42
 
20.
Joe Dante
Director, Gremlins
Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (co-directed with Allan Arkush), a thinly disguised spoof of New World exploitation pictures, shot in ten days for $60,000...
“ Next Film: Burying the Ex
(+ Monster Love?)
Favourites: Gremlins, Matinee, Innerspace ” - fatpie42
 
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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...
“ Next Film: Darkchylde?
Favourites: The Thing, In The Mouth of Madness, They Live ” - fatpie42
 
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Zack Snyder
Director, 300
Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and superhero films...
“ Next Film: Batman Vs Superman
Previous Film: Man of Steel
Favourites: Watchmen (director's cut), Dawn Of The Dead (remake), 300 ” - fatpie42
 
23.
Paul Verhoeven
Director, Total Recall
Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris, about a medieval knight...
“ Next Film: Tricked
Favourites: Black Book, Robocop, Total Recall ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: ????!
Favourites: Julia, La Vie Revee Des Anges, Le Petit Voleur ” - fatpie42
 
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Alejandro Amenábar
Writer, The Others
Amenábar was born in Santiago Chile, on the eve of Pinochet's 1973 coup-de-état, such that his mother, who had already gone through the Spanish Civil War, uprooted the whole family and fled back to Spain. He grew up in Madrid and entered the Sciences Information Faculty at Madrid's Complutense University...
“ Next Film: ???
Favourites: Open Your Eyes, The Sea Inside, Tesis ” - fatpie42
 
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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 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)...
“ Next Film: Maps To The Stars
Favourites: Eastern Promises, Videodrome, The Fly ” - fatpie42
 
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Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper was educated at one of England's most prestigious schools, Westminster. His first film, Runaway Dog, was made when he was 13 years old and shot on a Clockwork 16mm Bolex camera, using 100 feet of film. At age 18, he wrote, directed and produced the short film Painted Faces, which premiered at the London Film Festival; it was released theatrically and later shown on Channel 4...
“ Next Film: ???
Favourites: The King's Speech, Longford, Red Dust ” - fatpie42
 
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Steven Spielberg
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...
“ Next Film: Indiana Jones 5
(+ American Sniper? Robopocalypse?)
Favourites: Schindler's List, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Minority Report ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: Porno
(+ Babylon - tv movie)
Favourites: Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, 28 Days Later ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: Skull Island: Blood of the King
(+ Black Sails TV Series)
Favourites: The Descent, Doomsday ” - fatpie42
 
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Lucky McKee
Director, The Woman
Born and raised in the small riverbank town of Jenny Lind in Calaveras County, California, Edward Lucky McKee grew up mostly in poverty with little access to modern forms of entertainment. When McKee was age ten, he used an old video camera to videotape his sister's birthday party which put him on a path for an interest in film making...
“ Next Film: All Cheerleaders Die
Favourites: The Woman, May ” - fatpie42
 
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Joss Whedon
Writer, The Avengers
Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon...
“ Next Film: The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Favourites: Serenity, Avengers Assemble ” - fatpie42
 
33.
Don Coscarelli
Writer, Bubba Ho-Tep
In much the same way that director George A. Romero creative output has been primarily centered around the highly successful "Dead" series of zombie films, then fellow fantasy director Don Coscarelli has for over two decades seen his universe swirling around the lesser successful, but equally cult, and much loved "Phantasm" series of horror movies...
“ Next Film: Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires?
Favourites: John Dies At The End, Bubba Ho-Tep, Phantasm ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: Ninjas Vs Monsters
Favourites: Ninjas Vs Zombies, Ninjas Vs Vampires
(Disclaimer: VERY low budget filmmaker) ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Latest Film: Made Of Stone (Stone Roses Documentary)
Favourites: This Is England, Dead Man's Shoes ” - fatpie42
 
36.
Andrew Stanton
Writer, WALL·E
Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton was raised in Rockport, Massachusetts. He was educated at The California Institute of the Arts (or "CalArts") in Los Angeles, where he studied character animation. After graduation, Stanton began working as a writer on the TV series Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures. In 1990, he became only the second animator and ninth employee to join Pixar Animation Studios...
“ Next Film: Finding Dory
Favourites: Finding Nemo, Wall-E ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next film: Predestination
(+ Echo Station?)
Favourites: Daybreakers, Undead ” - fatpie42
 
38.
Steven Soderbergh
Director, Ocean's Eleven
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
“ Next Film: The Knick (tv series)
Favourites: Side Effects, Contagion, Traffic ” - fatpie42
 
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Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ Next Film: ???
Favourites: Evil Dead 2, Drag Me To Hell ” - fatpie42
 
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Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham) on 30 November 1937. His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the UK and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to join Army (his...
“ Next Film: Exodus
Favourites: Prometheus, American Gangster ” - fatpie42
 
41.
Alfred Hitchcock
Director, Psycho
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)...
“ Favourites: Psycho, North By Northwest, Strangers On A Train (I really need to see more of his stuff) ” - fatpie42
 
42.
Jeff Nichols
Writer, Mud
“ Next Film: Mightnight Special
Favourites: Take Shelter, Mud ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: ???
Favourites: Antiviral ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: ???
Favourites: Let The Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ” - fatpie42
 
45.
Shane Black
Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2. Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout to The Long Kiss Goodnight, and in between a re-write on the McTiernan/Schwarzenegger Last Action Hero script.
“ Next Film: Doc Savage
(+ Death Note)
Favourites: Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: ???
Favourites: Evil Dead ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: Chappie
Favourites: District 9 ” - fatpie42
 
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Alfonso Cuarón
Writer, Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then immediately started to film everything he saw...
“ Favourites: Gravity, Children of Men, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Favourites: In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths ” - fatpie42
 
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“ Next Film: Horns
Favourites: Maniac (writer), The Hills Have Eyes ” - fatpie42