Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Great Directors Tournament: Modern Era Bracket—Round One

You have until Sunday to vote in this one. (And don't forget to vote in the Classic Hollywood round.)

The Tale of the Tape:

Woody Allen
Born: December 1, 1935 (Brooklyn, New York)
Directorial Debut: What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
Academy Awards: 21 nominations (6 for direction): 3 wins, including one for direction—Annie Hall (1977)
Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards (for direction): 2 wins—Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (both for Comedy/Musical)
Three More To See: Sleeper, Hannah and Her Sisters and Match Point

The Coen Brothers
Born: Joel Coen— December 29, 1954 (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Ethan Coen—September 21, 1957 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Directorial Debut: Blood Simple (1984) (Ethan credited as producer)
Academy Awards: 13 nominations each: 4 wins (including one for direction)—No Country For Old Men (2007)
Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards (for direction): 2 wins—Fargo (1996) and The Big Lebowski (1998) (both for Comedy/Musical)
Three More To See: Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Martin Scorsese
Born: November 17, 1942 (Queens, New York)
Directorial Debut: Vesuvius VI (short) (1959)
Academy Awards: 8 nominations (6 for direction): 1 win—The Departed (2006)
Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards (for direction): 2 wins—Raging Bull (1980) and Goodfellas (1990) (both for Drama)
Three More To See: Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and The Age of Innocence

Steven Spielberg
Born: December 18, 1946 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Directorial Debut: The Last Gun (short) (1959)
Academy Awards: 12 nominations (6 for direction): 3 wins (including 2 for direction)—Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards (for direction): 3 wins— Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998) (all for Drama)
Three More To See: Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park


mantic59 said...

Would you be willing to write a guest post about shaving in the movies for my blog? (mantic59*at*gmail*dot*com)

Mythical Monkey said...

Yes, absolutely. Why, I can think of at least three great shaving scenes right off the bat -- William Powell at the beginning of After The Thin Man, Edward G. Robinson in Key Largo and Robert De Niro in The Untouchables. Oh, and then there was Robert Duvall and Richard Harris in Wrestling Ernest Hemingway ...

I'll get right to work.

By the way, big fan of your blog, Mantic59's Shaving Journal (which my readers can find either in the Blog Roll or by clicking here.) It was a life-saver for me -- I had chronic problems with ingrown hair on my cheek that were so painful, I made a couple of trips to doctor. Really, it was like having glass shards in my face every day for longer than I care to remember. Now I've gone to the double-edged safety razor and the Art of Shaving program, and it has freed me to think about more important things.

Like shaving in the movies.

Sophie said...

Woody Allen and Spielberg for me. I'm currently working my way through Woody Allen's filmography and I'm loving it!

Mythical Monkey said...

Oh, and re: shaving movies, my wife pointed out Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Rio Bravo, A Hard Day's Night and Multiplicity. Then it seems like Sleeper has one, too ...

Mythical Monkey said...

I'm currently working my way through Woody Allen's filmography and I'm loving it!

I'm a big fan of Woody Allen's movies. Especially the early, funny ones. (That's a joke from Stardust Memories ...)

I really do think he's one of all-time greats. Still is, actually.

Mythical Monkey said...

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Sophie, I have a post queued up and ready go for Friday's "Darling Deborah Blogathon" -- 1200 words, I think it was, on Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison.

mister muleboy said...

Hey hey hey -- what the eff is up with announcing the Katie-Bar-the-Doors for such films as and No Country for Old Men?

You're still in 1914, fer Gahd's sake. Or somewhere in '34.

But you're nowehere near those two.


btw, a guest blog spot on mantic's shaving site is AwesOme !!

PLEASE don't forget:

Shake:-Go on, George.
George:-Don't be ridiculous.

Shake:-But you said I could.
George-Me mind boggles at the very idea.

A grown man and you haven't shaved
with a safety razor.

Shake:-It's not my fault. I come from a long
line of electricians.

mister muleboy said...

Put your tongue away. It looks
disgusting hanging there, all pink and naked. . . .

mister muleboy said...

shoot; I didn't see that you'd already added A Hard Day's Night a couple'a comments down. . . .

Dawn said...

I hope Martin Scorsese, wins. He is amazing!!

FlickChick said...

Alfred Hitchcock vs. Billy Wilder? Just shoot me now. I feel like I'm in Sophie's Choice (but I voted, anyway).

Unknown said...

I would say Woody Allen for Annie Hall and Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex, But Were To Afraid to Ask and Martin Scorsese for Raging Bull and Taxi Driver. However, with that being said both Spielberg and the Coen's are amazing as well, just not as much as the other two.