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Update: In My Vue: Top Ten Director List – the other five

Written by Juliana Simone

Best Film Director List:

Billy Wilder

Film director William Wilder
Film director William Wilder

John Huston

Film director John Huston
Film director John Huston

David Lean

Film Director David Lean
Film Director David Lean

Adrian Lyne

Film director Adrian Lyne
Film director Adrian Lyne

Tony Scott

Film director Tony Scott
Film director Tony Scott

Ridley Scott

Film director Ridley Scott
Film director Ridley Scott

Clint Eastwood

Film director Clint Eastwood
Film director Clint Eastwood

Steven Spielberg

Film director Steven Spielberg
Film director Steven Spielberg

Woody Allen

Woody Allen film director
Film director Woody Allen

Spike Lee

Film director Spike Lee
Film director Spike Lee

 

{Editor’s note: these choices are in no particular order. They are my top ten in my view. It would be easy to add another five, all worthy of mention. Of course, there are many others beyond that…but, this is a top ten list.}

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Okay. For those who need to know who the other five would be:

Alfred Hitchcock

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Sydney Pollack

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Anthony Minghella

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James Ivory

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Ang Lee

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{Editor: Honorable mentions to both exceptional directors Martin Scorsese and Mike Nichols.  Favorite Scorsese film “Raging Bull”}

"Raging Bull" still from end of film with actor Robert DeNiro - "you didn't knock me down, Ray"
“Raging Bull” still from end of film with actor Robert De Niro – “you didn’t knock me down, Ray”

{” Favorite Nichols film “Wolf.”}

Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson in Mike Nichol's "Wolf"; intellectual and witty script albeit traditional over-the-top horror film ending with James Spader - though this arguably is what it should be given the genre.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Jack Nicholson in Mike Nichol’s “Wolf”; intellectual and witty script albeit traditional over-the-top horror film ending with James Spader – though this arguably is what it should be given the genre.

 

 

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Clint Eastwood – Academy Award Winning Actor and Director Takes the Podium as a Surprise Guest

Tampa, Florida

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Actor/Director Clint Eastwood RNC 2012

At the Republican National Convention in 2012, the crowd cheers when seeing the famous actor and director take the stage:  “We love Clint! We love Clint! We love Clint!” Appreciative, he tells members to “Save some for Mitt.”  Talking to viewers he says, I know what you’re thinking – what’s a movie tradesman doing here – they’re all left of Lenin…Truth is there are plenty of conservatives and moderates…I saw John Voight here in town. Nodding to an empty chair now pulled up next to the lectern, Clint says he has President Obama sitting here and he’s just going to ask him a couple of questions.

I remember 3 years ago (in reference to a celebrity gathering in CA)  I wasn’t a big supporter and I was watching him talk about ‘hope and change’ and  ‘yes, we can’ and I thought this was great – Oprah was crying and I thought this was great, and I was even crying – I haven’t cried that hard until I found out there were 23 million unemployed people in this nation…and this administration hasn’t done enough to do anything about that, and I think that it’s time possibly for someone else to come along and solve the problem…

So Mr. President, how do you handle this? People in your own party were disappointed when you didn’t close Gitmo? I thought why close Gitmo when we spent so much money on it? (He speaks to the empty chair) I thought it was because someone wanted to try terrorists in NYC. I’ll give you credit you got rid of that….You didn’t like Iraq but were ok with Afghanistan but you didn’t think to ask Russia how they did this for ten years….(laughs)…you did mention a target date and I thought why not bring them home tomorrow morning….

What? What do you want me to tell Romney? (he says to the chair) He can’t do that to himself…you’re absolutely crazy… (laughs)…you’re getting as bad as Biden….Of course we all know Biden is the intellect of the Democrat party…kind of a grin with a body behind it…there’s so much to be done…I thought Romney and Ryan are two guys who came along…and I never thought it was a good idea for attorneys to be president….arguing this…seeing both sides…devil’s advocates….

I think it may be time for a businessman, how about that? A stellar businessman….quote, unquote….I think if you just kind of stepped aside….let Romney take over…you can still use the plane but maybe a smaller one….not that big gas guzzler you take to talk to students about student loans…what? No, I’m sorry I can’t do that to myself either….

I have to say something, you, we own this country….we own it and it’s not you owning it or politicians owning it – politicians are employees of ours – they’re just going to come around every few years and beg for votes…I just think it’s important you’re the best – whether you’re a Democrat, or a Republican or a libertarian and when someone doesn’t do the job you’ve got to let them go….

(Crowd: Let them go! Let them go! Let them go!) Clint: Ok, just remember that – we don’t have to be mental masochists and vote for someone we don’t want in office – or maybe not so nice guys if you look at some of the recent ads out there…okay, make my day….I’ll start it you finish it “go ahead….” Crowd: MAKE MY DAY!