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    Default TDGT - Round 3 - Christopher Nolan vs Steven Spielberg

    Christopher Nolan's IMDB Page
    Notable films : Memento,Inception, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige


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    Notable films : Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws
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    Nolan!!!

    oh thank God, that one was easy...

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    Christopher Nolan. My favorite director
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    so far he is not even close to my twenty favorite directors (it's not that I don't like him, I like him a lot; it's that I love a shit ton of directors)... but way better than Spielberg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    Nolan!!!

    oh thank God, that one was easy...
    Hahaha. My thoughts exactly, particularly after the Boyle vs. Scorsese poll.

    Christopher Nolan.

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    Nolan x7
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    so far, so good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    so far he is not even close to my twenty favorite directors (it's not that I don't like him, I like him a lot; it's that I love a shit ton of directors)...
    I can understand that, Jean. I know that Nolan hasn't reached the iconic status of a Hitchcock, a Kubrick, or a Scorsese ... YET ! But I find his films eternally fascinating. Watching his films reminds me why I love the medium so much, I can rewatch them countless times and never grow weary of them. I love that he only seems to get better with each film he makes, and I can't wait to see what he is in store for us in the near future. I strongly believe he has yet to reach his full potential, both as a visual artist and as a story teller.

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    Christopher Nolan.


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    Nolan x7
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    Quote Originally Posted by feverishparade View Post
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    so far he is not even close to my twenty favorite directors (it's not that I don't like him, I like him a lot; it's that I love a shit ton of directors)...
    I can understand that, Jean. I know that Nolan hasn't reached the iconic status of a Hitchcock, a Kubrick, or a Scorsese ... YET ! But I find his films eternally fascinating. Watching his films reminds me why I love the medium so much, I can rewatch them countless times and never grow weary of them. I love that he only seems to get better with each film he makes, and I can't wait to see what he is in store for us in the near future. I strongly believe he has yet to reach his full potential, both as a visual artist and as a story teller.
    Very, very true. Anyway, even now he is closer to my top 20 than both Scorsese and Kubrick that you've mentioned...

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    Nolan.


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    When Nolan's filmography reaches the vastness and variety of Spielberg and his masterly handling of the filmmaking craft, I'll vote for him.

    One for Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
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    so far he is not even close to my twenty favorite directors (it's not that I don't like him, I like him a lot; it's that I love a shit ton of directors)...
    I can understand that, Jean. I know that Nolan hasn't reached the iconic status of a Hitchcock, a Kubrick, or a Scorsese ... YET ! But I find his films eternally fascinating. Watching his films reminds me why I love the medium so much, I can rewatch them countless times and never grow weary of them. I love that he only seems to get better with each film he makes, and I can't wait to see what he is in store for us in the near future. I strongly believe he has yet to reach his full potential, both as a visual artist and as a story teller.
    Very, very true. Anyway, even now he is closer to my top 20 than both Scorsese and Kubrick that you've mentioned...
    It is hard for me to be as sharp as Shizzie about Nolan being my favorite director. Because there are some others I can not forget. But, I must confess, Inception stole my heart. Now Nolan shares top of my favorite directors' list with Chan-wook Park, Darren Aronofsky, Kim Ki-duk.

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    Steven.
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    Loving the result so far !
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    If you think about it and compare, Nolan really has made one great film: Memento. He's made a couple of good ones: The Presitige and The Dark Knight, but also two pretty average ones: Insomnia and Batman Begins (which was physically harsh to watch). I'm yet to see Inception, which I understand is very good.

    Spielberg, however, has a great number of films that have entered many top-of-all-time type lists, including Close Encounnters of the Third Kind, Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, and The Color Purple. Those are just the more lauded ones. There's, of course, Indiana Jones. And there's also other very very good films like War of the Worlds, The Terminal, AI, Duel, Amistad, Empire of the Sun, Catch Me If You Can... nary a miss, in my opinion. My personal of his though is Munich, such a powerful, haunting experience.

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    There's no doubt that Spielberg is talented, but Nolan is a breath of fresh air in the film community, imo. Sometimes it's quality, not quantity.
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    Well since we're going for the best director of all time, shouldn't we look at the entirety of their careers? Sure Nolan is great, and it's not his fault Spielberg was making movies already when he was a kid. That doesn't give him any advantage though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky View Post
    There's no doubt that Spielberg is talented, but Nolan is a breath of fresh air in the film community, imo. Sometimes it's quality, not quantity.
    Can you explain, please Ricky ... breath of fresh air? What has he done that's so counter to everything else we've seen before?

    I mean, okay, I think he's got talent, but he can't touch Spielberg .. and if he can ... we haven't seen it yet. IMHO.
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    That depends on what your definition of "best" is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlex View Post
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    There's no doubt that Spielberg is talented, but Nolan is a breath of fresh air in the film community, imo. Sometimes it's quality, not quantity.
    Can you explain, please Ricky ... breath of fresh air? What has he done that's so counter to everything else we've seen before?

    I mean, okay, I think he's got talent, but he can't touch Spielberg .. and if he can ... we haven't seen it yet. IMHO.
    Sure. By that, I mean (in one example) that he's brought the psychological aspect back to films in a society where it's a statistical fact that the average movie-goer doesn't want to sit through a movie and actually think and have their minds prodded. To do that and to do that successfully deserves a large amount of respect. And from me, he's got it.

    Pair that with his directing skills and artistic perspective, and you've got one director who's truly showing us something, not just making films to make them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky View Post
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    There's no doubt that Spielberg is talented, but Nolan is a breath of fresh air in the film community, imo. Sometimes it's quality, not quantity.
    Can you explain, please Ricky ... breath of fresh air? What has he done that's so counter to everything else we've seen before?

    I mean, okay, I think he's got talent, but he can't touch Spielberg .. and if he can ... we haven't seen it yet. IMHO.
    Sure. By that, I mean (in one example) that he's brought the psychological aspect back to films in a society where it's a statistical fact that the average movie-goer doesn't want to sit through a movie and actually think and have their minds prodded. To do that and to do that successfully deserves a large amount of respect. And from me, he's got it.

    Pair that with his directing skills and artistic perspective, and you've got one director who's truly showing us something, not just making films to make them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky View Post
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    There's no doubt that Spielberg is talented, but Nolan is a breath of fresh air in the film community, imo. Sometimes it's quality, not quantity.
    Can you explain, please Ricky ... breath of fresh air? What has he done that's so counter to everything else we've seen before?

    I mean, okay, I think he's got talent, but he can't touch Spielberg .. and if he can ... we haven't seen it yet. IMHO.
    Sure. By that, I mean (in one example) that he's brought the psychological aspect back to films in a society where it's a statistical fact that the average movie-goer doesn't want to sit through a movie and actually think and have their minds prodded. To do that and to do that successfully deserves a large amount of respect. And from me, he's got it.

    Pair that with his directing skills and artistic perspective, and you've got one director who's truly showing us something, not just making films to make them.
    I think you said it here ... he brought that aspect "back to films" ... so it's not exactly new.

    And yeah, SS has done some pulp, but he basically makes films that make you think, even when they're pulp. Feev himself used a great example of that when he was speaking with Jean about Jurassic Park being more than just a dinosaur movie ( ) .... I just think that Nolan's catelog isn't near as impressive as Spielberg.
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