[favorite movie directors]
in alphabetical order...
James Cameron, Terminator, T2, Aliens, The Abyss, Titanic: Contrary to popular belief, I liked James Cameron way before he made that sinking ship movie. Cameron is passionate about movies, and makes action movies that still connect with the characters. His cinematography is great, his accuracy and need for perfection is unmatched, and his movies are entertaining, flow well, and pace perfectly.
Cameron Crowe, Singles, Say Anything, Jerry Maguire: Cameron's movies are all about people. People just like everyone else, whose story maybe be nothing spectacular, until Cameron makes it memorable, funny, and unforgettable. An eye for detail and a feel for the human spirit are what make Crowe a great director.
Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Peter Jackson's enormous undertaking of making three epic films at once is enough to land him a spot here. But then you add in his superb casting, vision, directing, attention to detail and pure stamina, and he's definitely a fan favorite.
George Lucas, Star Wars Collection: George Lucas has vision, perfection and patience down to an art. He only makes movies when he can do them right, and do them right he does.
John McTiernan, Hunt for Red October, Thomas Crown Affair: McT's camerawork, editing and cinematography set his movies apart. Blockbusters though they may be, McT's work pays off every time as he captures the essence of action, no matter the situation.
Rob Reiner, American President, A Few Good Men, Princess Bride: Admittedly, part of my love for Rob Reiner is my love of Rob Reiner *movies*. But he just conveys so much with the shots, dialogue and actors he chooses. I love his movies.
Tony Scott, Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide: Scott makes out and out action movies. Action movies are one of my guilty pleasures, and no one does it better than Scott. Every harrowing moment, every explosion - Tony Scott makes you *feel* it. And that's a good thing.
Steven Soderbergh, Ocean's Eleven, Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight: Soderbergh *loves* movies, and it shows. He's unique style, editing, use of colour/imagery/out of synch timing/comedic relief makes him a genius. His movies are fresh, clever, visually stunning and amazing. I love how loyal he is to a set "acting troupe" of Soderbergh devotees, and I love the scripts he chooses to make. He loves movies, and I love *his* movies.
Steven Spielberg, Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, ET, Indiana Jones: Spielberg makes movies that appeal to everyone, but every once in a while, he makes the one he feels passionate about. Schindler's List is *not* a typical crowdpleaser, but Spielberg made it with brilliance and diginity. His movies are fun, action-filled, entertaining and appeal to all ages. His eye for detail and balance are commendable.
John Woo, Broken Arrow, Face/Off, MI:2: John Woo is brilliant. His use of imagery, slow motion, action sequences, score, and alternative angles is unexcelled by anyone. John Woo rocks my socks - there's really nothing more to say. He is *brilliant*.