Actors Are Cattle ... Voting open for the next ILX film poll of the Greatest Movie Directors of All Time! (DUE: Jan. 5, 2018)

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Just over 500 directors have been nominated, but of course you can feel free to vote for any you'd like. Campaign below for your choices, argue against any inclusions, just don't reveal your ballots.

Now accepting ballots for the ILX/ILF poll of the greatest movie directors of all time. Nominate up to and including 50 directors between now and the end of the year. You can also vote for a single worst director.

Ballots Due: The moment 2017 turns into 2018
Send Ballots To: ephender AT gmail daht cahhhm
Spreadsheet Of Nominated Directors: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_yiA3-iP3ZK9m6YC1iOthz_ZT2YiwjZ8lLOXYc-Nxf4/

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:38 (six months ago) Permalink

The number of ballots will undoubtedly determine whether the rollout is 50 or 100 or 77.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:40 (six months ago) Permalink

ephender is the correct spelling and amp means ampersand?

fuiud, mac (rip van wanko), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:41 (six months ago) Permalink

wat i'm sorry, just clarify what's before the @

fuiud, mac (rip van wanko), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:43 (six months ago) Permalink

let the trolling begin

after "after cease to exist" (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:43 (six months ago) Permalink

yep, ephender

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:44 (six months ago) Permalink

I would entertain the idea of a "worst director" side poll.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:44 (six months ago) Permalink

Just one selection per ballot.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:44 (six months ago) Permalink

Most underappreciated great Hollywood director of the postwar era: Robert Aldrich

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:45 (six months ago) Permalink

I didn't "campaign" per se in the horror poll. But that was then and this is now.

VOTE FOR BRIAN DE PALMA!

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:48 (six months ago) Permalink

will there be a Most Mystifying Cult sidebar?

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:51 (six months ago) Permalink

how many times will Swanberg get mentioned

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 December 2017 19:56 (six months ago) Permalink

Please, there's nothing mystifying about the cult of De Palma.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:03 (six months ago) Permalink

phaps, compared to Michael Mann's

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:04 (six months ago) Permalink

n00bie question: Do I vote by sending you a copy of the spreadsheet, listing my selected 50 directors?

Also, might I suggest a Sacred Cows Gored Here feature, in which we take turns railing against directors we find overrated?

I, Fanbrat (j.lu), Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:17 (six months ago) Permalink

I figure some will use their "worst director" vote to slay a sacred cow. If not most.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Ballots should just be formatted as lists, with #1 representing your top choice.

1. Tommy Wiseau
2. Jane Campion
3. Rosa von Praunheim
etc. etc.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:23 (six months ago) Permalink

Would you like me to update the OP text to include the single worst director vote?

auteur mod, Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:26 (six months ago) Permalink

Please!

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:47 (six months ago) Permalink

I would encourage the option of putting someone in top 50 AND worst (as one could defensibly do for Griffith, Riefenstahl, Oscar Micheaux, Ed Wood)...

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:54 (six months ago) Permalink

...Woody Allen, Lina Wertmuller...

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:57 (six months ago) Permalink

uh, no and no

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 7 December 2017 20:58 (six months ago) Permalink

You can all do better than that.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2017 04:17 (six months ago) Permalink

Are all ballots sent to Eric H webmail? I've hardly done any polls.

I've recently been enjoying De Palma a hell of a lot, which is surprising because I didn't think I'd ever care for his work.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 8 December 2017 13:20 (six months ago) Permalink

Yup, just email to the address in the original post. (I can't remember if my ILX-associated email is the same, so don't send there.)

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2017 13:41 (six months ago) Permalink

Zero ballots so far! Keep up the good work!

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2017 19:39 (six months ago) Permalink

i pretty much had my top 3 worked out a month ago, it's the other 47 that might need some cogitation

best display name of 2017 (Noodle Vague), Friday, 8 December 2017 19:42 (six months ago) Permalink

Will definitely send a ballot.

WilliamC, Friday, 8 December 2017 19:44 (six months ago) Permalink

i've narrowed it down to around 100.

Einstein, Bazinga, Sitar (abanana), Friday, 8 December 2017 19:44 (six months ago) Permalink

Ha, I'm definitely going to make a ballot but I unfailingly send mine in at the last minute. Mind you, I probably won't be able to do it NYE so I'll pretend the deadline is Christmas or something.

emil.y, Friday, 8 December 2017 20:46 (six months ago) Permalink

I'm sure I'll extend it for a few days after the new year, as is customary with these polls.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2017 20:48 (six months ago) Permalink

it doesn't matter if you settle on a ballot with 25 or 37 or whatever odd number under 50, does it?

calzino, Friday, 8 December 2017 20:53 (six months ago) Permalink

Nope ... I forgot to institute a minimum I guess, but my plan is to weight ballots.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2017 20:58 (six months ago) Permalink

uh, no and no

― ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius)

What, that Allen and Wertmuller haven't made some of the best and worst films ever? You're mad.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 December 2017 20:59 (six months ago) Permalink

it would by kinda helpful if the email address was clearer. what's the amp part? amp what? confusing.

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Friday, 8 December 2017 21:39 (six months ago) Permalink

amp = at

WilliamC, Friday, 8 December 2017 21:41 (six months ago) Permalink

sure but already 3 or four people have asked for clarification and i've never heard of amp = at.

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Friday, 8 December 2017 21:43 (six months ago) Permalink

Is auteur mod gonna have to do 50 takes of the OP

sonnet by a wite kid, "On Æolian Grief" (wins), Friday, 8 December 2017 21:52 (six months ago) Permalink

amp = at is my new detrius

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2017 23:43 (six months ago) Permalink

auteur mod is gonna at least do one more take of that OP.

auteur mod, Friday, 8 December 2017 23:49 (six months ago) Permalink

Auteur mod is Ed. Wood

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2017 23:50 (six months ago) Permalink

what's daht cahhhm?

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Saturday, 9 December 2017 00:45 (six months ago) Permalink

1 ballot in!

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Saturday, 9 December 2017 16:03 (six months ago) Permalink

daunting tasks in the worst month of the year are not quickly leapt to

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 December 2017 16:05 (six months ago) Permalink

are you ready, Norma

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 December 2017 16:07 (six months ago) Permalink

tfw BRIAN DE PALMA makes it into the top 10

http://images.mid-day.com/images/2017/nov/Drinking-poison.jpg

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 9 December 2017 21:33 (six months ago) Permalink

Should be fun, will send ballot closer to New Year.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 9 December 2017 21:34 (six months ago) Permalink

Are we doing the best of 2017 film run down? I've got a couple of 2016 films to put on that ballot.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 9 December 2017 21:37 (six months ago) Permalink

DON'T, xyzzzz

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 10 December 2017 01:58 (six months ago) Permalink

Second ballot in, btw.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Wednesday, 13 December 2017 18:22 (six months ago) Permalink

mine has one movie i think is *good*, but i loathe the rest

flappy bird, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:19 (five months ago) Permalink

xp -- that was my thinking behind my worst-director vote, which got a "Bold!" from Eric. Looking forward to the rollout.

LLAMAS ARE FOR CLOSERS (WilliamC), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:32 (five months ago) Permalink

Alright, here are the directors who all received one vote for worst director. They are in a 16-way tie for third place.

Michael Bay
Stephen Daldry
Dennis Dugan
Federico Fellini
Veit Harlan
John Landis
Baz Luhrmann
David Mamet
Oscar Micheaux
Gaspar Noé
Brett Ratner
Guy Ritchie
M. Night Shyamalan
Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino
Edgar Wright

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:37 (five months ago) Permalink

I didn't know about the worst director bit, but +1 on Michael Bay. Sometimes the obvious answers are the correct ones.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:39 (five months ago) Permalink

now that I'm actually thinking about this I'd like to belatedly vote for Lars Von Trier

rob, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:40 (five months ago) Permalink

Felini in there is some nice challops to start the weekend with

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:41 (five months ago) Permalink

loooool love the worst runner up list

Fellini 😀

very stabbable gaius (wins), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:41 (five months ago) Permalink

Xp

very stabbable gaius (wins), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:41 (five months ago) Permalink

I didn't know about the worst director bit, but +1 on Michael Bay. Sometimes the obvious answers are the correct ones.

― mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, January 12, 2018 7:39 PM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Michael Bay was my vote. Him and his ilk (Joel Schumacher etc) are a disgrace to film. Abusers.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:42 (five months ago) Permalink

I didn't know I could vote for best director; otherwise, Sean Baker would've gotten 10 votes.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:42 (five months ago) Permalink

Fellini was my vote.

LLAMAS ARE FOR CLOSERS (WilliamC), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:42 (five months ago) Permalink

My vote was for Micheaux (historical significance yes, but everything I've seen from him was excruciating to watch). I considered Tom Ford, who in my opinion is batting .000, but wasn't sure two features was a sufficiently large body of work.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (j.lu), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:43 (five months ago) Permalink

so this means the one I voted for got more than one vote!

Dan S, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:44 (five months ago) Permalink

My guess for worst on ilx would be Vincent Gallo

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:46 (five months ago) Permalink

Stephen Daldry was my vote. He's not quite .000, though I haven't seen Billy Elliot in a long while so maybe I will revise that opinion.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:47 (five months ago) Permalink

ffs if I voted for Gaspar Noe instead, I could have at least put him in 2nd place.

calzino, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:47 (five months ago) Permalink

I honestly don't know who the top/bottom 2 are gonna be

(I voted Ritchie, not v inspired but my whole ballot was kinda thrown together & I forgot about the worst thing till the last second)

Agree about tom ford btw

very stabbable gaius (wins), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:47 (five months ago) Permalink

LVT has those eurotroll tendencies that are The Worst but he has done stuff I like/love, noé I just cannot take seriously

very stabbable gaius (wins), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Noé, Tarantino, Spielberg, Ford, Landis, Shyamalan all good calls tbf

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:51 (five months ago) Permalink

I heard some damning material on UK film hacks on the R4 movie show the other day: First an in-depth examination of Baby Driver's soundtrack. Followed by an interview with the artist behind 3 Billboards explaining his art. Would have voted for either of them after listening to that nightmare.

calzino, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:52 (five months ago) Permalink

haven't see Baby Driver yet and know nothing about it, but more than one person has told me they thought I would like it because of the soundtrack

Dan S, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:53 (five months ago) Permalink

How very "Blueshammer defense."

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:55 (five months ago) Permalink

Fellini was indeed my reflexive answer for "worst." But that just means his temperament is not mine. Most everything I've seen--seven or eight films--left me cold, including a few attempts at 8-1/2. I did like La Dolce Vita the one time I saw it.

clemenza, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:57 (five months ago) Permalink

xxp

yeah didn't realise before voting it existed. might have voted nicholas roeg.
― plax (ico), Friday, January 12, 2018 1:47 PM (eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
omg...
― flappy bird, Friday, January 12, 2018 6:56 PM (fifty-seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

reminds me that when I was in college I told a friend who was the head of the film society how much I liked Don’t Look Now. He said that he thought the 10 worst movies of all time were Don’t Look Now and any 9 Godard films

Dan S, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:58 (five months ago) Permalink

i voted brett ratner

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:00 (five months ago) Permalink

X-Men 3 is on par with the first two tbh

Simon H., Friday, 12 January 2018 20:04 (five months ago) Permalink

How very "Blueshammer defense."

― Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, January 12, 2018 7:55 PM (twenty-six minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol

Dan S, Friday, 12 January 2018 20:22 (five months ago) Permalink

And, with a robust two votes each, here are the directors tied as ILX's worst:

Terrence Malick

https://78.media.tumblr.com/07dc99a51470b52d06a49c08bbd81ace/tumblr_mt9ay1kzOB1s0t6o2o1_500.gif

Christopher Nolan

https://thumbs.gfycat.com/BleakYellowGonolek-size_restricted.gif

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Tune in next week to see which places any of those 18 directors earn in the actual list!

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh yeah. I guess those two are unsurprising but yawn

very stabbable gaius (wins), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Those aren't the two worst directors.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:38 (five months ago) Permalink

great gif choices

LLAMAS ARE FOR CLOSERS (WilliamC), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:42 (five months ago) Permalink

I voted for John "Lower, lower" Landis, whose direction was so bad that it killed people.

adam the (abanana), Friday, 12 January 2018 21:26 (five months ago) Permalink

I pity the Spielberg voter btw

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 January 2018 22:17 (five months ago) Permalink

I went with M Shamanalahahlayaya. I support everyone’s decision on worst director though.

Jeff, Friday, 12 January 2018 22:29 (five months ago) Permalink

Not that anyone was worried, but I assure you, none of these votes factor in as negative votes in the main poll.

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Friday, 12 January 2018 22:29 (five months ago) Permalink

ie Oscar Micheaux in the top 10

(better than every blaxploitation director ever btw)

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 January 2018 22:43 (five months ago) Permalink

I pity the Spielberg voter btw

― ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 January 2018 22:17 (thirty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Aye. And the Malick voters tho I guess they have each other for company

i know kore-eda (or something), Friday, 12 January 2018 22:55 (five months ago) Permalink

ok i was one of the Nolans fuck him he is the worst

coombespair gaz prices (Noodle Vague), Friday, 12 January 2018 23:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Nolan was my vote too. Can’t say it was anything other than an emotional response. There are plenty of directors make overwrought films that I really like, but he is not one of them

Dan S, Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:20 (five months ago) Permalink

I was one of the Malick votes. Surprised he got more than one! and fwiw the one film of his I sorta like is Days of Heaven.

flappy bird, Saturday, 13 January 2018 02:09 (five months ago) Permalink

xp
I have to say though, I did see Dunkirk since I voted, and it was the first film of his that I kind of liked

Days of Heaven is one of my favorite movies of all time

Dan S, Saturday, 13 January 2018 02:11 (five months ago) Permalink

My knowledge of blaxsploitation is anything but comprehensive, but I do not remember ever experiencing 1) cringing or 2) boredom while watching any such title. For what that's worth.

Polly of the Pre-Codes (j.lu), Saturday, 13 January 2018 03:28 (five months ago) Permalink

when I was in college I told a friend who was the head of the film society how much I liked Don’t Look Now. He said that he thought the 10 worst movies of all time were Don’t Look Now and any 9 Godard films― Dan S, Friday, 12 January 2018 19:58 (yesterday)Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Don't look now is Roeg's one good film

plax (ico), Saturday, 13 January 2018 08:28 (five months ago) Permalink

how could anyone dislike Bad Timing, a movie about an extremely healthy relationship between two people with good opinions and habits?

flappy bird, Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:06 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah plax, Bad Timing and Man Who Fell are fine with me

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:09 (five months ago) Permalink

Is bad timing the one with art Garfunkel and a tracheostomy scar? Awful

plax (ico), Sunday, 14 January 2018 05:40 (five months ago) Permalink

lol

Dan S, Sunday, 14 January 2018 07:28 (five months ago) Permalink

I pity the Spielberg voter btw

― ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 12 January 2018 22:17 (thirty-four minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Aye. And the Malick voters tho I guess they have each other for company

― i know kore-eda (or something), Friday, 12 January 2018 Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Here for your pity.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 14 January 2018 11:23 (five months ago) Permalink

Realizing I probably should've linked this here: All Right, Mr. DeMille, I'm Ready For My Close-Up ... It's The ILXOR's Top 101 Director Poll Results Thread

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Monday, 15 January 2018 17:37 (five months ago) Permalink


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