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    "The American Cinema" Anniversary Redux



    The bloglink in my signature has said "American Cinema" Blog-a-thon for a while, and I thought it would be cool to get anyone interested from Match Cut involved as well.

    Basically, it's the 40th anniversary of Andrew Sarris' "The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968," which itself classified 40 years of movie history by directors and evaluated them into categories. Whether one likes it or not, the basic premises of the auteur theory have become quite influential and discussion of directors has been a major part of film discourse since. Far from going to the polemical extremes of Sarris' French progenitors or the most hardcore auteurists of today, I was hoping to get a wide range of evaluations of directors from the past 40 years from as many bloggers/writers as possible.

    This confluence of director-centric writing has been due at the arbitrary date of April 14, and I've already gotten such luminaries as Matt Seitz and our own Philosophe_rouge on board. I realize people have Top 100s and, you know, real life, to contend with, but I was just seeing if anyone here was interested in contributing. Feel free to click the link in my sig for more details.

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    Raiders - Jonathan Demme
    Bosco - Tobe Hooper
    MadMan - Quentin Tarantino
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    I'm all over this.
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    I might participate. Sounds great, anyway.

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    So you can pretty much choose any director in the American film scene since 1968 you want to write about, preferably if you've seen a vast majority of their filmography. There's also a special "Fringe Benefits" category for foreign directors who have still made American films in addition to foreign ones, like, say, Alfonso Cuaron, now Michael Haneke, and Tsui Hark (I'm looking at you for that, Davis). It would cool to analyze how the change affected their output.
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    I would so love to do one on Verheoven, but with my top 100 and schoolwork, I'm afraid I'd rush it to a lackluster finish.

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    Heh, I could always do Demme. But, I may decide to pick someone else.
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    Awesome, Eleven. I'll try to read some of Sarris's book and see if I'm to the task.

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    Quote Quoting iosos (view post)
    I would so love to do one on Verheoven, but with my top 100 and schoolwork, I'm afraid I'd rush it to a lackluster finish.
    Don't let the "deadline" be a burden, it's mostly just for the blog-a-thon. I'll link to Match-Cut that day if anyone has one finished, but I could certainly see this as being an ongoing project. If you want to do one, by all means take your time and focus on quality rather than timing.
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    Quote Quoting Raiders (view post)
    Heh, I could always do Demme. But, I may decide to pick someone else.
    Nah. I'll just do Demme. Sign me up!

    EDIT: I guess he should be Far Side of Paradise maybe? I'm open to suggestions on his placement.
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    Quote Quoting Raiders (view post)
    Nah. I'll just do Demme. Sign me up!

    EDIT: I guess he should be Far Side of Paradise maybe? I'm open to suggestions on his placement.
    I was thinking that your project was basically an extended, case-by-case version of what this should turn out to be. As for category placement, that's up to you; it just makes it easier to list all of the links in his ready-made categories on the 14th. I just hope everyone doesn't put their choices into the Pantheon.
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    Quote Quoting Eleven (view post)
    I was thinking that your project was basically an extended, case-by-case version of what this should turn out to be. As for category placement, that's up to you; it just makes it easier to list all of the links in his ready-made categories on the 14th. I just hope everyone doesn't put their choices into the Pantheon.
    I left you a comment. Feel free to call me Phil and link to my newly created blog burningemulsion.blogspot.com. I'm going to start cataloging some reviews and maybe create a few film comment pieces.
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    Quote Quoting Raiders (view post)
    I left you a comment. Feel free to call me Phil and link to my newly created blog burningemulsion.blogspot.com. I'm going to start cataloging some reviews and maybe create a few film comment pieces.
    Ha! I actually only meant to save that post as a draft and not to publish it! But I'll definitely put you on my links column.

    It's cool to see you setting up a review blog. I check out Voyeuristic Malady every once in a while to compare yearly lists.
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    When I first thought of doing this, I made this list of eligible directors, just off the top of my head, I swear:

    Woody Allen
    Robert Altman
    Allison Anders
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Wes Anderson
    Hal Ashby
    John G. Avildsen
    John Badham
    Paul Bartel
    Warren Beatty
    Richard Benjamin
    Robert Benton
    Kathryn Bigelow
    Brad Bird
    Don Bluth
    Peter Bogdanovich
    John Boorman
    Danny Boyle
    Martin Brest
    Albert Brooks
    James L. Brooks
    Mel Brooks
    Charles Burnett
    Tim Burton
    James Cameron
    Jane Campion
    John Carpenter
    John Cassavetes
    Michael Cimino
    Bob Clark
    Joel and Ethan Coen
    Larry Cohen
    Chris Columbus
    Bruce Conner
    Francis Ford Coppola
    Sofia Coppola
    Alex Cox
    Wes Craven
    David Cronenberg
    Cameron Crowe
    Alfonso Cuaron
    Joe Dante
    Andrew Davis
    Brian De Palma
    Guillermo del Toro
    Jonathan Demme
    Ted Demme
    Danny DeVito
    Richard Donner
    Clint Eastwood
    Atom Egoyan
    Roland Emmerich
    Nora Ephron
    Peter and Bobby Farrelly
    Abel Ferrera
    Mike Figgis
    David Fincher
    Milos Forman
    Marc Forster
    Bob Fosse
    John Frankenheimer
    Carl Franklin
    Stephen Frears
    William Friedkin
    Terry Gilliam
    Stuart Gordon
    David Gordon Green
    Paul Greengrass
    Christopher Guest
    Taylor Hackford
    Lasse Hallstrom
    Curtis Hanson
    Renny Harlin
    Hal Hartley
    Todd Haynes
    Amy Heckerling
    Monte Hellman
    Werner Herzog
    George Roy Hill
    Walter Hill
    Arthur Hiller
    Nicole Holofcenter
    Tobe Hooper
    Dennis Hopper
    Ron Howard
    John Hughes
    Peter Jackson
    Jim Jarmusch
    Spike Jonze
    Neil Jordan
    Lawrence Kasdan
    Philip Kaufman
    Irvin Kershner
    Barbara Kopple
    Stanley Kubrick
    Neil LaBute
    John Landis
    John Lasseter
    Ang Lee
    Spike Lee
    Mike Leigh
    Barry Levinson
    Doug Liman
    George Lucas
    Baz Luhrmann
    Sidney Lumet
    David Lynch
    Adrian Lyne
    Terrence Malick
    Louis Malle
    David Mamet
    James Mangold
    Michael Mann
    Penny Marshall
    Elaine May
    Paul Mazursky
    John McNaughton
    John McTiernan
    John Milius
    George Miller
    Anthony Minghella
    Errol Morris
    Paul Morrissey
    Mira Nair
    Mike Newell
    Mike Nichols
    Christopher Nolan
    Alan J. Pakula
    Alan Parker
    Gordon Parks
    Alexander Payne
    Sam Peckinpah
    Melvin van Peebles
    Sean Penn
    D.A. Pennebaker
    Sydney Pollack
    Bob Rafelson
    Sam Raimi
    Harold Ramis
    Robert Redford
    Rob Reiner
    Ivan Reitman
    Nicolas Roeg
    George A. Romero
    Herbert Ross
    Alan Rudolph
    David O. Russell
    Nancy Savoca
    John Sayles
    Jerry Schatzberg
    Paul Schrader
    Joel Schumacher
    Martin Scorsese
    Ridley Scott
    Tony Scott
    M. Night Shyamalan
    Kevin Smith
    Steven Soderbergh
    Todd Solondz
    Steven Spielberg
    Oliver Stone
    Quentin Tarantino
    Gus Van Sant
    Andy and Larry Wachowski
    Andy Warhol
    John Waters
    Peter Weir
    Wim Wenders
    Frederick Wiseman
    John Woo
    Robert Zemeckis
    Terry Zwigoff

    So feel free to choose from here if you want.
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    That's a big range of people I've posted. Any more takers?
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    Tobe Hooper
    Oh ho ho, hell yes. Hot damn that's tempting... but I don't know if I'd be able to pull off something legitimately substantial/intellectually astute out of my enthusiasm for the man's work.

    It's totally a "It's not you, Tobe Hooper, it's me" deal, not the other way around, to be clear. He's a total "Lightly Likeable," as wack as Sarris' classifications of certain directors are.
    The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer 13) - A
    Stranger by the Lake (Giraudie 12) - B
    American Hustle (Russell 13) - C+
    The Wolf of Wall Street (Scorsese 13) - C+
    Passion (De Palma 12) - B

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    Quote Quoting Bosco B Thug (view post)
    Oh ho ho, hell yes. Hot damn that's tempting... but I don't know if I'd be able to pull off something legitimately substantial/intellectually astute out of my enthusiasm for the man's work.

    It's totally a "It's not you, Tobe Hooper, it's me" deal, not the other way around, to be clear. He's a total "Lightly Likeable," as wack as Sarris' classifications of certain directors are.
    Intellectual, schmintellectual. I just want as many participants as possible.
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    Quote Quoting Eleven (view post)
    Intellectual, schmintellectual. I just want as many participants as possible.
    Coool, I shall take a jab at it.
    The Act of Killing (Oppenheimer 13) - A
    Stranger by the Lake (Giraudie 12) - B
    American Hustle (Russell 13) - C+
    The Wolf of Wall Street (Scorsese 13) - C+
    Passion (De Palma 12) - B

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    Just an article over their body of work and such?

    Scorsese seems obvious, but I'd rather go for someone like Fincher.

    The Painted Bird - *
    Jojo Rabbit - ****
    Portrait of a Lady on Fire - ***


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    Quote Quoting Ezee E (view post)
    Just an article over their body of work and such?
    Pretty much. And don't feel like you have to only choose directors you admire, you can despise or be ambivalent about your choice as well.
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    So the 'thon's supposed to start this coming week. I can always use more entries from people, even half-assed ones.
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    If I finally sign up for Netflix I may finish Romero's work. I'd be willing to do something on either him or Leone, although granted I haven't seen all of Leone's films either.

    PS: Scratch all that and sign me up for Tarentino. I say I'm a big enough fanboy to do him justice. It may be a little late though since finals and a bunch of papers are barring down on me though. But I'll get it done.
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    Arm...I mean, iosos, you should totally do De Palma.

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    Quote Quoting MadMan (view post)
    PS: Scratch all that and sign me up for Tarentino. I say I'm a big enough fanboy to do him justice. It may be a little late though since finals and a bunch of papers are barring down on me though. But I'll get it done.
    Awesome. And no problem with the timing, just let me know whenever it's done.
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    I'm still trying to find a last minute dude, I think maybe Miyazaki, he's had effects... well, he's the only person I feel really qualified to write about at this time. Except maybe Sofia Coppola, but I haven't seen Lost in Translation ina while =.
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    The whole shebang kicks off tomorrow. Anybody who can write anything about anybody is welcome.
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