Monday, October 24, 2011

The Great Directors Tournament—The Championship

The final pairing in the great directors tournament is set. The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, squares off against the greatest action director of all time, Akira Kurosawa.

Actually, the match-up has pretty much been set for one long anticlimactic week. Both Hitchcock and Kurosawa won blow-outs against their Final Four competition, silent film pioneer D.W. Griffith and comic genius Woody Allen, respectively. In retrospect, I should have allowed about ten minutes instead of ten days for those contests.

But no matter.

I assume Hitchcock and Kurosawa need no introduction. Indeed, if you don't know who Alfred Hitchcock is, well, you're still more than welcome to read this blog, but I'm not 100% sure why you would. In fact, if by some chance you've never seen a Hitchcock movie, go get Rear Window, North By Northwest, Psycho and Notorious and watch them, right now—we'll wait for you.

As for Akira Kurosawa, his movies are so good even the remakes of his movies are good. You like the classic western The Magnificent Seven starring Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen? That's a remake of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai. Prefer Clint Eastwood in A Fistful Of Dollars? That's Yojimbo. And if you've ever plopped yourself down in front of a little ditty we like to call Star Wars—well, that's The Hidden Fortress.

And I haven't even mentioned Rashomon, Ikiru or Ran yet.

You have until Halloween night to finish voting. Go to it.


Yvette said...

They're neck and neck!!

Mythical Monkey said...

Yeah, I don't think Hitchcock's going to win this one 32-3!

KC said...

I don't know why I'm so surprised that Hitch isn't killing this. Either one of them deserves to be on top for very different reasons.

Mythical Monkey said...

It looks like it's going to be pretty close. If I were a betting man, I'd guess Hitchcock will win, but I think they're both great directors, the best at what they did.

mister muleboy said...

Yeah, I don't think Hitchcock's going to win this one 32-3!

We of the 3 likely respect Hitch whilst rejecting him.

Hitch - Hitch! Do you know me, Hitch?

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Kurosawa -- I'm going to learn to spell that & watch his movies too. Interesting albeit unsettling fact: I finally sign up for Netflix so that I can try to keep up with this blog and ... well, we all know what happened to Netflix. The same thing that happens when I approach the computers at checkout counters and airline gates ...