20 Coolest Directorial Debuts

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    • balall

      Mar 17th 2011, 9:06

      I can't believe tony kaye never got a mention for American History X

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    • devilsfoxes

      Mar 17th 2011, 9:19

      no Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity????? Just because you couldn't do a paragraph about what the filmmakers are doing now??? Or cos you didn't think they're cool... ...i think they're cool :-(

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 17th 2011, 12:33

      No love for Duel? One of Spielbergs finest

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    • kardom1

      Mar 17th 2011, 13:20

      Dances with Wolves for Costner. Fantastic debut which with the possible exception of the underrated Open Range, Costner has not come close to since.

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    • VincentWire

      Mar 17th 2011, 14:40

      Yes, the lack of Spielberg's Duel (his third best film, after Jaws and ET) basically voids this whole list. (Unless TF are being super anal and consider that Columbo TV movie to be Spielberg's first)

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    • megmegmockmock

      Mar 17th 2011, 15:04

      No Sophia Coppola? Virgin Suicides is a great film!

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    • caralhovoador14

      Mar 17th 2011, 16:12

      ¿What about The Duellists of Ridley Scott? An extraordinary film. I think that deserve a place in this list.

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    • haz616

      Mar 17th 2011, 17:08

      Lock Stock??

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    • McSerious

      Mar 18th 2011, 0:35

      Although it's dated surprisingly quickly, Lock Stock should definitely be in this list, as should Duel, without a doubt. Great to see Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang in there though. How about Garden State as well? Yes, its overly sentimental, but its a solid film and the performances definitely make it somewhat special! Although the whole 'geek chic' culture annoys me hugely, Garden State certainly embodies it, so surely its 'cool'?

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    • DanRose

      Mar 18th 2011, 11:32

      Blair Witch for sure..... if we are talking coolest debuts here you cant beat it.... fair play to Lock, Stock too...although I disagree with Duel, not that cool... There are so many more too: District 9, Four Lions and Being John Malkovich should be in there for sure though and Sex, Lies and Videotape, Boyz N The Hood, Chopper, Mad Max, twentyfourseven, Speed....

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    • ChrisWootton

      Mar 18th 2011, 17:17


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    • samulholland

      Mar 18th 2011, 18:20

      Duncan Jones with Moon?

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    • ColouredPurple

      Mar 20th 2011, 1:13

      Moon is good but hardly super cool. Personally I would add A Single Man. It's a towering debut by Tom Ford.

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    • OHgingerbread

      Mar 20th 2011, 17:34

      No Sam Mendes for American Beauty? Really?

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    • ScottFree

      Mar 21st 2011, 22:57

      coolest? Michael Bay for Bad Boys.....or Simon West for Con Air

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    • Igrayne

      Mar 23rd 2011, 22:31

      Lock Stock was nothing special, Moon was very good although slightly overrated, Duel was good but hardly better than the likes of American Beauty. Sophia Coppola is almost as bad a director as an actor, no wait that is not possible. I definitely would say Mad Max should be there really as it is probably the finest revenge film ever made and also he wrote it. Michael Bay fans need to be burned alive and please do not write such bloody nonsense as Paranormal Activity or The Blair Witch Project, if that frightens you I have an idea, pay me eight pound and sit in my shed with a flickery light and every hour or so I will bang on the wall when you are drifting off, which I did alot watching these two.

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    • ColouredPurple

      Mar 27th 2011, 13:44

      Last night I watched A Bout De Souffle after seeing it mentioned here. My version starts with "I'm an arsehole" not "I'm a c**t". I wonder which one is the closest translation. Masterful film by the way. Thanks for the tip. Now I'll work my way through the rest of the list.

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    • BogdanZ

      Mar 30th 2011, 11:04

      I agree about Sam Mendes, Guy Ritchie, and Tom Ford. You also forgot about Mike Nichols - I say Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a true masterpiece. And Kiss Kiss Bang Bang?! you've got to be kidding me. BTW Chris Nolan, anyone?

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