The Zone's Greatest Female Director (Now w/ Poll!!!)

Which director made the best films, made the best visuals, or smelled the best? This is the forum to find out.

Greatest Female Director? (in order appearing in thread)

Mary Harron
2
7%
Jane Campion
0
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Deepa Mehta
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No votes
Katheryn Bigelow
4
13%
Leni Riefenstahl
3
10%
Sophia Coppola
5
17%
Jennifer Lynch
0
No votes
Alison Anders
0
No votes
Lynne Ramsay
1
3%
Samira Makhmalbaf
0
No votes
Penny Marshall
3
10%
Penelope Spheeris
0
No votes
Amy Heckerling
3
10%
Barbara Peeters
0
No votes
Doris Wishman
0
No votes
Nora Ephron
0
No votes
Cate Shortland
0
No votes
Niki Caro
0
No votes
Gurinder Chadha
1
3%
Agnes Varda
0
No votes
Maya Deren
0
No votes
Catherine Breilliat
2
7%
Lina Wertmuller
0
No votes
Nicole Holofcener
0
No votes
Kathryn Bigelow
1
3%
Mimi Leder
1
3%
Sally Potter
0
No votes
Mira Nair
0
No votes
Sarah Polley
1
3%
Ida Lupino
1
3%
Elaine May
1
3%
Julie Delpy
0
No votes
Julie Taymor
1
3%
 
Total votes : 30

Postby Cpt Kirks 2pay on Sat Mar 03, 2007 9:35 am

NO PENNY MARSHALLL!!??!?!?!?!?

Awakenings alone deserves to put her on this list!!!

One of the most upsetting and harrowing and life affirming films I've seen. That film is an absolute ordeal and one of the most painful film experiences I've had to sit through in the last 3rd of it's running time - and I mean that in the most praising of ways. That film for me is GENUINELY sad and tragic. One of my fave films in fact.

PUT HER UP!!!
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Postby tapehead on Sat Mar 03, 2007 9:38 am

We have all these suggestions and no poll - we're gonna poll these female directors, right? sorry
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Postby havocSchultz on Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:05 am

tapehead wrote:We have all these suggestions and no poll - we're gonna poll these female directors, right? sorry


I'd poll Kathryn Bigelow...
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Postby instant_karma on Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:05 am

Cpt Kirks 2pay wrote:NO PENNY MARSHALLL!!??!?!?!?!?

Awakenings alone deserves to put her on this list!!!

One of the most upsetting and harrowing and life affirming films I've seen. That film is an absolute ordeal and one of the most painful film experiences I've had to sit through in the last 3rd of it's running time - and I mean that in the most praising of ways. That film for me is GENUINELY sad and tragic. One of my fave films in fact.

PUT HER UP!!!


Penny Marshall does get mentioned near the start of the thread.

Awakenings is one of my fave films as well. I thought Robin Williams was amazing in that role, especially considering he had to share the screen with De Niro playing somebody with such a strong physical handicap.

That alone would probably mean I'd give her the nod ahead of Kathryn Bigelow, but the fact that she directed Big as well seals the deal for me.
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Postby havocSchultz on Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:10 am

instant_karma wrote:
Cpt Kirks 2pay wrote:NO PENNY MARSHALLL!!??!?!?!?!?

Awakenings alone deserves to put her on this list!!!

One of the most upsetting and harrowing and life affirming films I've seen. That film is an absolute ordeal and one of the most painful film experiences I've had to sit through in the last 3rd of it's running time - and I mean that in the most praising of ways. That film for me is GENUINELY sad and tragic. One of my fave films in fact.

PUT HER UP!!!


Penny Marshall does get mentioned near the start of the thread.

Awakenings is one of my fave films as well. I thought Robin Williams was amazing in that role, especially considering he had to share the screen with De Niro playing somebody with such a strong physical handicap.

That alone would probably mean I'd give her the nod ahead of Kathryn Bigelow, but the fact that she directed Big as well seals the deal for me.


Really...?!?!?!



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Point Break was a much better action film than Awakenings...
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Postby instant_karma on Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:13 am

Oh, if it's a question of which one I'd rather sleep with then...I stand by my original choice.

I'd be too worried that Kathryn Bigelow might have a bigger dick than me...
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Postby havocSchultz on Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:17 am

instant_karma wrote:Oh, if it's a question of which one I'd rather sleep with then...I stand by my original choice.

I'd be too worried that Kathryn Bigelow might have a bigger dick than me...


But she divorced James Cameron...
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Postby WinslowLeach on Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:41 am

Point Break kicked ASS, so didnt Strange Days. That chick is GOOD!
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Postby havocSchultz on Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:47 am

WinslowLeach wrote:Point Break kicked ASS, so didnt Strange Days. That chick is GOOD!


Point Break, Strange Days, and Near Dark all make up for some of her other stuff, like K-19: The Widowmaker...
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Postby WinslowLeach on Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:56 am

Noones perfect, all I know is that she made a few really fun movies.
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Postby HollywoodBabylon on Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:09 pm

Obviously, I overlooked this thread when posting mine the other day :oops:.

Riefenstahl would be the most obvious choice, like others have mentioned. As morally ambigious and politically unsettling she was both a filmmaker and person, there's no denying her prodigious gifts as a director. I remember reading a couple of years back that Jodie Foster was seriously thinking of directing and starring in a movie about her. Pity nothing came of it, really (well, so far).
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Postby Maui on Sun Jul 08, 2007 10:56 pm

I think Sarah Polley holds great promise with her directing abilities. She is famous to most Canadians, as the actress that starred in the Canadian series, Anne of Green Gables. Later she took on more serious roles and received great praise for her role in The Sweet Hereafter. She has directed several films, but her latest, "Away from Her" is getting alot of attention for its outstanding performances and direction. Definitely someone to watch out for. Some serious talent there.
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Postby Seppuku on Sun Jul 08, 2007 11:09 pm

As great an actress as Ida Lupino was (though her psycho roles were a little too convincing for my taste), I think one of her best contributions to cinema was opening the floodgates for female directors in Hollywood. Her movies weren't to everyone's taste, but as a fan of weird noirs and early b-movies I thought she was one of the greats.
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Postby DaleTremont on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:16 pm

I'd like to BUMP this thread, and how about a poll, mods?
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Postby DennisMM on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:21 pm

This just in: Point Break is shit, and not THE shit. Utter nonsense filled with idiotic performances. Only the action sequences have any redeeming qualities.

I'm bitter that they killed Gary Busey.
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:30 pm

DaleTremont wrote:I'd like to BUMP this thread, and how about a poll, mods?


I'll set it up.

Any last minute additions not already mentioned before I do??
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Postby so sorry on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:32 pm

Jenna Jamison.


What? She directed AND starred in dozens of films...
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:32 pm

I second Maui's Sarah Polley Nod and add Catherine Breillat director of A Real young Girl and studly Girl.
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Postby DaleTremont on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:33 pm

You could add Allison Eastwood for a laugh.
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:35 pm

DaleTremont wrote:You could add Allison Eastwood for a laugh.


or not :roll:
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Postby instant_karma on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:35 pm

How about Larry (or is it now Lana) Wachowski?
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Postby DaleTremont on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:41 pm

stereosforgeeks wrote:
DaleTremont wrote:You could add Allison Eastwood for a laugh.


or not :roll:


What was that movie of hers called? "Rails and Nepotism"?

I suppose the same could be said of Sofia Coppola but homegirl's got mad skillz so she's excused.
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:43 pm

DaleTremont wrote:
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DaleTremont wrote:You could add Allison Eastwood for a laugh.


or not :roll:


What was that movie of hers called? "Rails and Nepotism"?

I suppose the same could be said of Sofia Coppola but homegirl's got mad skillz so she's excused.


Yeah she had 3 good to great films. Nothing beats virgin suicides though.
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:43 pm

Elaine May.

She directed the original Heartbreak Kid, which is as good as awkward 70's comedy gets.

And she also directed Ishtar, which I defy you to watch today and not laugh. It was way ahead of it's time.
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:47 pm

DennisMM wrote:This just in: Point Break is shit, and not THE shit. Utter nonsense filled with idiotic performances. Only the action sequences have any redeeming qualities.


well.......yeah!
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:49 pm

OK, poll will go up in 5 minutes, last minute additions NOW or forever hold your peace (yeah right...)

No Eastwood, I veto her, heh. No Jameson, because she'd probably win with this crowd voting. :lol:
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Postby DennisMM on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:49 pm

And this woman made Near Dark. Game, set, match.
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Postby Nordling on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:51 pm

Don't forget Sofia Coppola!
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Postby godzillasushi on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:52 pm

Julie Delpy

For some variety! 8)

(Shes not on that wiki list)
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:53 pm

god bless wikipedia.
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Postby Nordling on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:54 pm

I hope someone puts Leni Reifenstahl. Just for shits and sieg heils.
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:55 pm

Bluebottle wrote:god bless wikipedia.


heheheh, you guys had better peruse that list fast!
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:56 pm

Nordling wrote:I hope someone puts Leni Reifenstahl. Just for shits and sieg heils.


I'll put her in as "Nordling's favorite Nazi" :lol:
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Postby stereosforgeeks on Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:56 pm

Shannen Doherty anyone?





anyone?
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:02 pm

Denny: NO!! Point Break is THE shit. Cmon, are you kidding? Thats a fun freakin movie!! Why is it so bad? I cant think of any real reasons. I still love that foot chase sequence with Johnny and Bodie. It was directed by my girl Kathryn Bigelow!! Props to Kathy!! :)
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:23 pm

Poll's up!

Sorry for the lock, I accidentally posted HALF the poll earlier so I had to fix it before people went crazy-like.

We have more nominees than Zoners, so if you want I'll take the top 5 or 10 vote getters in a week or so and narrow it down to a final poll.

I don't know who any of them are...but then I'm not into "chick flicks". :wink:
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Postby DennisMM on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:25 pm

Leach, I'm just not that much of an action movie fan. *sigh* After Busey takes the bullet, my interest wanes.
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Postby Seppuku on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:27 pm

I insist that Ida Lupino be added to the poll. Not only was she practically the first female Hollywood director, but she was the most badass. Movies like The Hitch-hiker made most noirs of the period look more like blancs.

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EDIT: Oops, didn't see that you put up a new poll. You're forgiven, Moo.
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:28 pm

Gary's always great in movies. Its sad to see him go in that.
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:28 pm

seppukudkurosawa wrote:I insist that Ida Lupino be added to the poll. Not only was she practically the first female Hollywood director, but she was the most badass. Movies like The Hitch-hiker made most noirs of the period look more like blancs.

Plus, she was gorgeous!

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I insist that you read the whole thing!!! :lol:
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Postby Dee E. Goppstober on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:31 pm

That's funny. That list is... pretty much all the female directors that anyone could think of?
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:32 pm

Dee E. Goppstober wrote:That's funny. That list is... pretty much all the female directors that anyone could think of?


pretty much.

But Bluebottle did post this:
Bluebottle wrote:god bless wikipedia.

so apparently we didn't get them all...
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Postby Seppuku on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:33 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:I insist that you read the whole thing!!! :lol:


But then I'd have nothing to get angsty about...










Thanks, didn't see the new poll. :oops:
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Postby bluebottle on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:33 pm

Dee E. Goppstober wrote:That's funny. That list is... pretty much all the female directors that anyone could think of?


No...

Moo said we couldn't put Jenna Jameson up there.
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:41 pm

Bluebottle wrote:
Dee E. Goppstober wrote:That's funny. That list is... pretty much all the female directors that anyone could think of?


No...

Moo said we couldn't put Jenna Jameson up there.


thanks for pointing that out, Blue, now everyone's lost interest... :evil:

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Postby Dee E. Goppstober on Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:48 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:
Dee E. Goppstober wrote:That's funny. That list is... pretty much all the female directors that anyone could think of?


pretty much.

But Bluebottle did post this:
Bluebottle wrote:god bless wikipedia.

so apparently we didn't get them all...



Ah - yes. Here I'd have to apologise for my link-clicking laziness. That list is lslightly contaminated by obscurities - but still... pretty long, pretty long! :D

BUT - how could they overlook the prolific boobieness of Jenna Jameson too???? Bluebottle, DO SOMETHING!!!
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Postby DaleTremont on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:01 pm

There's also Mary Lambert, director of Pet Sematary! But I don't think that's a serious contender... (Even though I heart Pet Sematary!)

I don't know...for me it comes down to individual artistry...how much each director can scratch out their own in every film they do, regardless of whether or not they define or contradict "the female way", whatever that means.

It's down to Sofia Coppola, Mary Harron, and Amy Heckerling. They know what they want and get it!
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Postby WinslowLeach on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:28 pm

Pet Sematary was a good flick too. That tendon slicing scene, yipe!

Id have to vote for someone like Ida Lupino, she was a real pioneer. I also really like the women directors whose movies I grew up on like Penelope Spheeris (Decline of Western Civilization, Suburbia, Waynes World), Amy Heckerling (Fast Times) and Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl & Real Genius).
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Postby Peven on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:30 pm

so, why isn't the Wachowski sister on there? what, you people don't recognize her new physical identity that finally matches her internal indentity????
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Postby Lord Voldemoo on Thu Jan 03, 2008 8:31 pm

Peven wrote:so, why isn't the Wachowski sister on there? what, you people don't recognize her new physical identity that finally matches her internal indentity????


heheheh, i actually thought about that when I put up the poll, but I couldn't remember if he/she was pre or post-op. :shock: :lol:
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