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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012 12:23:34 AM PDT
Jon Patrick says:
After D. S. (thanks for finding our game,)

George A. Romero - 8
Errol Morris - 3
Henry Hathaway - 9
Jean Cocteau - 8
Francis Ford Coppola - 2
Guy Maddin - 6

- FFC
+ HH

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012 6:09:16 AM PDT
After Baker:

George A. Romero - 8
Errol Morris - 3
Henry Hathaway - 9
Jean Cocteau - 9
Francis Ford Coppola - 1
Guy Maddin - 6

+ Cocteau
- Coppola

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012 7:39:52 AM PDT
After Muppets,

George A. Romero - 8
Errol Morris - 3
Henry Hathaway - 9
Jean Cocteau - 9
Francis Ford Coppola - 2
Guy Maddin - 6

Plus Francis

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012 8:24:21 AM PDT
After EmJ

George A. Romero - 7
Errol Morris - 3
Henry Hathaway - 9
Jean Cocteau - 9
Francis Ford Coppola - 3
Guy Maddin - 6

+1 Coppola
-1 Romero

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 8:24:30 AM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
After J,

George A. Romero - 7
Errol Morris - 3
Henry Hathaway - 10 (Ascend)
Jean Cocteau - 9
Francis Ford Coppola - 2
Guy Maddin - 6

- __________ of the Dead

+ How the Hathaway was Won

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012 8:26:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 8, 2012 8:28:00 AM PDT
JB: Re: Night of the Living Dead vs. Godfather

That has to be the most eccentric single judgment I have yet heard from you. As Joseph Kerman said of Tosca--Night of the Living Dead is nothing but a shabby little shocker.

And, for that matter, anything by Maddin trumps anything by Romero.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2012 9:04:48 AM PDT
Correcting the standings to reflect my post after CJV, who obviously does not check:

George A. Romero - 6
Errol Morris - 3
Henry Hathaway - 10 (Ascend)
Jean Cocteau - 9
Francis Ford Coppola - 3
Guy Maddin - 6

I will not abuse my technical privilege (as next poster, even if it's a correction) to name the next candidate.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 2:13:46 PM PDT
Jon Patrick says:
___↑↑↑ Movie director's pantheon ↑↑↑___

Henry Hathaway
Agnieszka Holland
Spike Jonze
Mike Leigh
Otto Preminger
Martin Scorsese

___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

______↓↓↓ Movie director's basement! ↓↓↓______

Richard Brooks
David Mamet
Robert Rodriguez
Steven Spielberg
Oliver Stone

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2012 12:08:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 9, 2012 12:09:03 AM PDT
Jon Patrick says:
After Corrections,

Jean Cocteau - 9
Francis Ford Coppola - 2
Werner Herzog - 5
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 7

+ George A. Romero (his good films far outweigh the bad;)
- Francis F. Coppola (his bad films far outweigh the good!)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2012 6:50:40 AM PDT
After Baker:

Jean Cocteau - 10 (next player add)
Francis Ford Coppola - 1
Werner Herzog - 5
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 7

+ Cocteau
- Coppola

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 9:57:50 AM PDT
After PoM

Francis Ford Coppola - 2
Werner Herzog - 5
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 6
W.S. Van Dyke

Coppola +1 (his great films justify everything)
Romero -1 (at his best, he is trivial)

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 4:29:31 PM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
After WAS

Francis Ford Coppola - 3
Werner Herzog - 5
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 5
W.S. Van Dyke -5

Coppola +1 (Go to the mattresses)
Romero -1 (He has created a franchise/genre that must be put down at any cost

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 4:46:17 PM PDT
Jon Patrick says:
The problem is, I don't think Coppola has ever made anything approaching a great movie.

Romero didn't create any genre, he rejuvenated the horror genre the same way 'Psycho' did. As with Hitchcock, he is not to be blamed to all the many bad imitations.
His film series 'Night/Dawn/Day/etc.' is quite distinct from any imitators since, and 'Night of the Living Dead' is one of the most inspiring low budget debuts since 'Citizen Kane' for fellow directors, not only in the horror genre.

The subgenre Coppola started -- of romanticized gangster epics that glamorize the thugs -- is arguably more repugnant than the worst of splatter zombie gore shows.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2012 6:11:21 PM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
Coppola certainly didn't start that fire. The Hays Code reigned it in somewhat but there was plenty of glamorization in Cagney-era gangster movies. Al Capone is said to have toasted the original George Raft Scarface, and the censors mandated that the shootout be changed to the main character being sentenced to hang. There where also many Westerns that turned notorious sociopathic outlaws into populist Robin Hoods.

What Coppola did was take the gangster Cliches out of the 1920s. The Godfather Part II certainly didn't glamorize at least not in sequences closer to present day. Any Glamorization was kept in the past with the young Vito becoming a folk hero, getting his revenge, and keeping his family together. The contrast between this and Michael losing everything that he truly valued couldn't be more poignant.

Posted on Sep 9, 2012 6:33:35 PM PDT
___↑↑↑ Movie director's pantheon ↑↑↑___

Jean Cocteau+++++++++
Henry Hathaway
Agnieszka Holland
Spike Jonze
Mike Leigh
Otto Preminger
Martin Scorsese

___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

______↓↓↓ Movie director's basement! ↓↓↓______

Richard Brooks
David Mamet
Robert Rodriguez
Steven Spielberg
Oliver Stone

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 12:35:25 AM PDT
Jon Patrick says:
After specious argument (Coppola is at least as guilty for the degeneration of the gangster film as Romero is for the new zombie cycle,)

Francis Ford Coppola - 2
Werner Herzog - 6
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 5
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

- Coppola
+ Herzog

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 3:12:18 AM PDT
After Jonzog,

Francis Ford Coppola - 1
Werner Herzog - 6
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 6
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

Plus Romero...I'm continually surprised by how much I enjoy his work.
Minus Francis...I would be surprised if I enjoyed a Coppola film (and I love the first 2 Godfathers and Apocalypse!)

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 7:47:53 AM PDT
After Sloan

Francis Ford Coppola - 2
Werner Herzog - 6
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 5
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

+1 Coppola (variable output to be sure--but when he's on, he's on)
-1 Romero (not even worthy of serious consideration)

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 7:49:59 AM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
After Slomero,

Francis Ford Coppola - 2
Werner Herzog - 6
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 5
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

Minus Romero...
Plnus Francis...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 10:07:31 AM PDT
After C.J. and adding WASs skipped votes (+1 Coppola / -1Romero),

Francis Ford Coppola - 4
Werner Herzog - 6
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 4
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

+ Francis Ford Coppola... (I absolutely agree with C.J.'s assessment of the Godfather Part II).

Saw this on wiki and thought it was interesting: "Coppola was not Paramount Pictures' first choice to direct. Italian director Sergio Leone was offered the job first, but he declined in order to direct his own gangster opus, Once Upon a Time in America, which focused on Jewish-American gangsters.[8] Peter Bogdanovich was then approached but he also declined the offer and made What's Up, Doc? instead. According to Robert Evans, head of Paramount at the time, Coppola also did not initially want to direct the film because he feared it would glorify the Mafia and violence, and thus reflect poorly on his Sicilian and Italian heritage; on the other hand, Evans specifically wanted an Italian-American to direct the film because his research had shown that previous films about the Mafia that were directed by non-Italians had fared dismally at the box office, and he wanted to, in his own words, "smell the spaghetti".[9] When Coppola hit upon the idea of making it a metaphor for American capitalism, however, he eagerly agreed to take the helm.[10]"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 12:33:22 AM PDT
Jon Patrick says:
After Emma takes the cannoli,

Francis Ford Coppola - 3
Werner Herzog - 6
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 3
George A. Romero - 5
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

- mmm, I can smell that pasta sauce from the Old Country...eewww, but the stench of everything from the 'Eighties and onward is wafting in, overpowering all that came before.
+ The Night of the Modestly Masterly Romero.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 12:43:18 AM PDT
After two day old cannoli,

Francis Ford Coppola - 3
Werner Herzog - 6
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 2
George A. Romero - 6
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

Plus The Romer Repor
Minus The Thin Fog of Mr. Morris

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 7:58:22 AM PDT
After Sloan

Francis Ford Coppola - 4
Werner Herzog - 6
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 2
George A. Romero - 5
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

+ Coppola
- Romero

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 12:01:17 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2012 12:04:43 AM PDT
Jon Patrick says:
After Wild Bill Smithy,

Francis Ford Coppola - 3
Werner Herzog - 7
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 2
George A. Romero - 5
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

+ Herzogian to the core.
- Coppolaphilia only goes so far before it turns into coprophilia.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2012 12:09:11 AM PDT
After Jon Ringo,

Francis Ford Coppola - 3
Werner Herzog - 8
Guy Maddin - 6
Errol Morris - 1
George A. Romero - 5
W.S. Van Dyke - 5

Plus Has a best fiend.
Minus Met Mr. Death...and survived!
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