Let's say there's a row of beautiful movie theaters, and the marquee of each one reads, "New film by (name of filmmaker here)." And let's say there's no other information about the film itself. Which one would you choose? We offered this dilemma to some notable performers and filmmakers, asking the question: "If you could see a new movie by any living filmmaker — and not know anything about the movie beforehand — whose would you choose?" Here's how they responded.
(director, "This Is 40," "Knocked Up")
"I am always excited to see a new film by Peter Weir ('The Truman Show,' 'Witness'). His work is always thoughtful, emotional and challenging. All of his movies are great, every single one of them."
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(director, "The Bling Ring," "Lost in Translation")
"Jane Campion ('The Piano,' 'Top of the Lake'). I love her work and haven't seen anything recently."
(actor, the "Harry Potter" series, "The Patriot")
"Rodrigo Garcia ('Mother and Child,' 'Nine Lives'). He's a magnificent, beautiful writer."
(actor, "Hannibal," "Casino Royale")
"I've got to say Martin Scorsese ('Good Fellas,' 'Taxi Driver'). He opened up my eyes to a whole different way of making film. I'd grown up with these action films, and all of a sudden I saw a lot of human beings running around in there, and I was so fascinated. He's been a big inspiration to me."
(actress, "The Newsroom," "Lovely & Amazing")
"Martin Scorsese or Pedro Almodovar ('Talk to Her,' 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'). I think both of them manage to combine a kind of fresh, exciting, radical eye with the old glamour of moviemaking. ... So watching their movies, you both feel excited and challenged."
(chairman, News Corp.)
"I think (Steven) Spielberg ('Lincoln,' 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial') is still the greatest storyteller, but I'd like to see another picture from Ben Affleck. He did a great job with 'Argo.' "
(actor, "Ginger & Rosa," "Face/Off")
"Ken Loach ('The Wind That Shakes the Barley,' 'Riff-Raff'). I just watched 'Kes' (1969), and it's my new favorite movie. ... He's (76) years old now, and I think he's got a few more in him."
(actor, "Admission," "This Is 40")
"It's a big list. It's a really big list. It's just too many. I want to see anything Jonathan Demme does or Quentin Tarantino. Mike Leigh. Albert Brooks. There's just too many to name."
(actress, "The Impossible," "Mulholland DriveDr.")
and Liev Schreiber
(actor, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"; director, "Everything Is Illuminated")
Schreiber: "(Michael) Haneke ('Amour,' 'Funny Games')."
Watts: "Yeah, let's see his. Oh, my God, that's a good answer."
Schreiber: "He's always doing something progressive. He's always doing something interesting."
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