August 25, 2011
Of filmmakers working now, Terry Gilliam and the Coen Brothers would be my favorite. Ernst Lubitsch and Hitchcock are some of my all-time favorites. Chris Nolan is really good too.
Brazil, Network, North by Northwest, A Face in the Crowd, The 39 Steps, Ninotchka, Charade, Barton Fink, and The Big Lebowski. Casablanca is a sentimental favorite. I have a special interest in Cold War-era movies and political movies from that time: Seven Days in May, The Bedford Incident, Dr. Strangelove, The Best Man, All the President's Men. Also, lots of old British science fiction from the 60s.
This is kind of like asking what could Budweiser learn from microbreweries-- pretty much nothing. Of course, you could tell Budweiser to make smaller batches with better ingredients and unique flavor, but that is not their market-- they are aiming to deliver millions of gallons of beer that everyone will "kind of" like. It's the same with the major studios-- their movies must make tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. That's not to say their movies are bad, but they are not going to produce quirky off-beat movies unless they think they can make money on them. I am happy with the way things are-- foreign and independent films are doing well at the Michigan and State theaters and the big Hollywood blockbusters are available down the road.
Just a normal guy who likes to go to the movies and stand up on my chair to shout questions to the actors on the screen. That's totally okay, right?