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Old 10-05-2013, 12:05
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QT is probably still my favourite director but the quality control has definitely slipped recently
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Old 10-05-2013, 14:10
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Hard to choose the best.

Terence Rattigan (UK)
Kankuro Kudo (JP)
Ben Hecht (US)
Charles Brackett (US)
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (UK)
Tin-Shing Yip (HK)
Ivy Ho (HK)
Masaru Baba (JP)
Frank Pierson (US)
Shunji Iwai (JP)
Harold Pinter (UK)
Wolf Mankowitz (UK)

I have a very soft spot for Bruce Robinson.
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Old 10-05-2013, 14:24
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He's definitely a brilliant director and he is a good writer. I've just never seen what got him such an obsessive fan base.

But then I suppose it is all subjective, and I didn't get into movies until Tarantino's influence had firmly taken hold. So writing that probably was groundbreaking at the time, is now more frequent...
I think it's to do with when he first arrived on the scene. I can remember quite clearly the immense cultural impact he made (no other director since has had the same, btw). It went far beyond just the film world, and happened before the internet took hold. Pulp Fiction replaced Che Guevara on student walls at a time when the youth demograph was being targeted by everyone. The name entered common usage. He'd done what so many could only dream of.

His opening salvo wasn't for me, but you could see he had talent. You could also see that he was good enough to make his films accessible to all. For all the fawning adulation, the best of his work is largely free of cliquey fanwank flattery, for which he should be praised. Yes, he's very cine-literate, but that is not essential to enjoying what he does. The fanboy-ish Kill Bills left some of us feeling excluded, but generally he's got his eye on the bigger picture and the bigger audience. Thus, his stock remains high.

Back on topic, ahem. Yes, a damn good writer too.
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Old 10-05-2013, 15:19
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Pulp Fiction struck a chord because no one had wrote a film like it before. Everything fell into place. No one can put a soundtrack to a scene better than Tarantino.
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Old 10-05-2013, 15:46
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To add further to the list of writers - Mr. Charlie Kaufman. Gave us Being John Malkovitch and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
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Old 13-05-2013, 14:35
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For me it has to be Joss Whedon and Woody Allen.
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