Favorite Directors

I haven't studied directors that much, so this list is still in the process of building.
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1.
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...
“ Spaghetti westerns, Asian fusion, violence, gore, and blood, dialogue and curse words, blaxplotation, and women that never wear shoes.

Watched: Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Jackie Brown, Inglorious Basterds, and Kill Bill Volume 1. ” - Marion_C
 
2.
David Fincher
Director, Fight Club
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...
“ Clean transitions, brilliant story-telling, memorable characters, and intense drama.

Madonna videos, Benjamin Button, Social Network, Fight Club, and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. ” - Marion_C
 
3.
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...
“ Film-noir, skyscrapers, hard-boiled violence, protagonists with angsty pasts, non-linear narrative, and very good looking male parts.

Watched: The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Inception. ” - Marion_C
 
4.
Clint Eastwood
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 stayed in high school until the comparatively late age of nineteen and worked menial jobs over a period of several years before enrolling at Los Angeles City College...
“ Strong female characters, justice v.s. violence, nitty-gritty storylines.

Watched: Changeling, Invictus, J. Edgar. ” - Marion_C
 
5.
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ Zero Dark Thirty & The Hurt Locker. ” - Marion_C
 
6.
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)...
“ Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp, and also Helena Bonham Carter, perky goths, black humor, and the undead.

Watched: Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, The Night Before Christmas, Dark Shadows. ” - Marion_C
 
7.
Ang Lee
Director, Life of Pi
Born in 1954 in Pingtung, Taiwan, Ang Lee has become one of today's greatest contemporary filmmakers. Ang graduated from the National Taiwan College of Arts in 1975 and then came to the U.S. to receive a B.F.A. Degree in Theatre/Theater Direction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Masters Degree in Film Production at New York University...
“ Intense diversity in film topics, poignant relationships, and cinematographic excellence.

Watched: Brokeback Mountain & Life of Pi. ” - Marion_C
 
8.
Martin Scorsese
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...
“ The Aviator, Shutter Island. ” - Marion_C
 
9.
François Truffaut
François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
“ The 400 Blows, Day For Night. ” - Marion_C
 
10.
Billy Wilder
The second of two sons, his father ran a chain of railway station cafes. As a youth he was obsessed with everything American. encouraged by his mother he enrolled as a law student at the University of Vienna but quit after 3 months to be a writer on a magazine which although poorly paid it gave him a great amount of experience interviewing such as Richard Strauss and Sigmund Freud...
“ Some Like It Hot, Sabrina.

Need to see: Sunset Boulevard, The Seven Year Itch. ” - Marion_C