For part three of my Five Favorite Foreign Filmmakers from Five Regions I’m in the UK. Once again this is not in order of how much I like their work but in order of how many of their movies I can find that are damn near perfect.
The theme of this installment is Knighthood.
So, here are three Knights, One man who turned down Knighthood after directing the Olympic Opening Ceremonies and another who played the Green Knight in one of the funniest movies ever made.
To the list…
Sir Alfred Hitchcock
One of the best storytellers in film history, from the silent era into color. Alfred Hitchcock is a prolific director with more great films than I can list here but I think his best work was in the late 40’s & 50’s. Starting with Notorious.
My top five movies of all time may move around in their order but they pretty much stay the same five movies. Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious is one of my five favorite films of all time.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
From the undisputed Master of Suspense to “master of ceremonies”…
Danny Boyle has, picture by picture, proven that he can direct award winning and crowd pleasing movies in any style. I liked his early stuff with Shallow Grave or A life Less Ordinary and followed his career closely.
And he just got better and better. With his fantastic take on the zombie apocalypse: 28 days and 28 weeks later and the amazing science fiction epic Sunshine to 127 hours or Slumdog. He proves that he is one of the most versatile and successful directors working today.
Here are four of his best.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Sir Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott may not have made as many films as Hitchcock or won as many awards as Danny Boyle but he has mad skills and several perfect films making him my number one favorite science fiction director. Blade Runner changed the way I dressed and the books I read and still influences me today. And he is still going strong. I thoroughly enjoyed his last movie Prometheus. Ridley Scott is a magician.
Here are three sci-fi action thrillers
Prometheus is, in my opinion, one of the best films of the past ten years.
Terry Gilliam is hard to describe and is not for everyone. He can get dark at times. His visions are often bleak but there is always a light that shines through. Sometimes a very small light, yet still something to focus on. Some little spot of hope in a grim future. He takes the viewer to an absurd and darkly comic version of hell and then shows them the flowers that grow there against all odds.
Here are two of my faves
Terry Gilliam has a new film in the works called Zero Theorem. The leaked trailer was up for a couple of days but pulled by the distributor. It looks Gooooooooooooooooood.
Here is one of the best movies ever made.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
In part four, I will cover the Americas. And also bring back the subtitles.
Now… back to working on my book.