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NatrlBornThrllr 04-13-06 03:53 AM

Your favorite director, and his worst movie?
 
We all have favorite directors, I assume. I'm also fairly certain that most of those directors have made a movie or two that didn't tickle our fancy. So, list your favorite director or directors, and your least favorite of all their films. If all of a particular director's films have landed spots on your favorites list, feel free to list them and specify that they haven't disappointed you yet.

I'm just wondering if there will be a lot of repeat answers (for example, I can see a lot of people listing Chris Nolan and Insomnia), or if the answers will vary wildly.

-JP

Cygnet74 04-13-06 04:34 AM

let me qualify this list by saying that I tend to avoid the known duds in a filmmaker's oeuvre. and i don't necessarily dislike the films i listed. they are just the lesser of the films i've seen by a particular filmmaker. and so...

most admired filmmakers - least admired films
Robert Altman - M*A*S*H
Paul Thomas Anderson - Punch-Drunk Love
Wes Anderson - The Life Aquatic
Michaelangelo Antonioni - Professione: Reporter
Ingmar Bergman - Autumn Sonata
Robert Bresson - Lancelot du Lac
John Carpenter - The Fog
John Cassavettes - Opening Night
Nuri Bilge Ceylan - never disappointed
Joel & Ethan Coen - Intolerable Cruelty
Francis Ford Coppola - Jack
Sophia Coppola - no disappointments. wait... Lick the Star.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne - never disappointed
Terry Gilliam - Brazil
Jean-Luc Godard - Les Carabiniers
David Gordon Green - never disappointed
Christopher Guest - never disappointed
Alfred Hitchcock - The Birds
Hou Hsiao Hsien - never disappointed
Jim Jarmusch - Coffee & Cigarettes
Krzysztof Kieslowski - never disappointed
Stanley Kubrick - Dr. Strangelove
Akira Kurosawa - Dreams
Mike Leigh - Topsy Turvy
Sergio Leone - Fistful of Dynomite
David Lynch - Dune
Lukas Moodysson - A Hole In My Heart
Lynne Ramsey - never disappointed
Eric Rohmer - never disappointed
Gus Van Sant - never really liked anything he made before Gerry.
Martin Scorsese - Boxcar Bertha
Steven Soderbergh - Gray's Anatomy
Andrei Tarkovsky - never disappointed
Béla Tarr - never disappointed
Lars Von Trier - Dancer in the Dark
François Truffaut - Bed and Board
Wim Wenders - The Million Dollar Hotel
Wong Kar Wai - Ashes of Time
Zhang Yimou - House of Flying Daggers

T1000 04-13-06 06:29 AM

James Cameron - Titanic.

Ugh...

coli 04-13-06 06:42 AM

George Lucas - The Phantom Menace, or should I say The Phantom Mess

konekonoir 04-13-06 06:53 AM

there's shamefully few directors where i've only seen all their features so my choices...
Wes Anderson: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Peter Jackson: King Kong
Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Alien Resurrection
George Lucas: Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace
Hayao Miyazaki: Porco Rosso (which is still quite a decent fun film)(and after looking at his imdb profile i still haven't seen [or even heard of] Mirai shônen Conan Tokubetsu-hen: Kyodaiki Giganto no Fukkatsu

pathetic, eh...

Mr. Cinema 04-13-06 07:54 AM

DOUG LIMAN - MR. AND MRS. SMITH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


If Peter Jackson's worst movie is King Kong, then he must have the greatest film career ever. :lol:

Doughboy 04-13-06 08:07 AM

Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry was a chore to get through. It would've been easier had it starred Andrew McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman.;)

James Cameron's weakest film IMO is either True Lies or the theatrical cut of The Abyss......which tells you how freaking great a director he is.

Michael Mann's worst is Ali. I haven't seen The Keep or all of Thief however.

M. Night Shyamalan's worst is The Village. I never saw his first film, Praying With Anger(why isn't that available anywhere?).

David Fincher's worst is Alien 3. If you discount that one, then I guess his worst is Panic Room which is still a damn entertaining flick, so he's in the same category as Cameron.

Uwe Boll's worst is.......just kidding.

Noonan 04-13-06 08:19 AM


Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
If Peter Jackson's worst movie is King Kong, then he must have the greatest film career ever. :lol:

[sarcasm]King Kong was garbage...Bad Taste and Dead Alive however, were both cinematic masterpieces...[/sarcasm]

Nothing beats the lawnmower scene in Dead Alive. Makes me laugh every time I see it.

marty888 04-13-06 08:53 AM

Hitchcock is one of may favorite directors (in the sense that he has made so many movies that I can watch time and time again) but two that I can't stand are:

<b>THE SKIN GAME</b> - a silent film version of a stage play. Static beyond belief.

<b>TOPAZ</b> - fails on all levels: boring, cinematically dull, by-the-numbers disaster.

The_Cube 04-13-06 09:04 AM


Originally Posted by marty888
Hitchcock is one of may favorite directors (in the sense that he has made so many movies that I can watch time and time again) but two that I can't stand are:

<b>THE SKIN GAME</b> - a silent film version of a stage play. Static beyond belief.

<b>TOPAZ</b> - fails on all levels: boring, cinematically dull, by-the-numbers disaster.

Hitchcock is also one of my favorites. I thought his movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" was terrible.

Giles 04-13-06 09:06 AM


Originally Posted by Cygnet74
Joel & Ethan Coen - Intolerable Cruelty
Wes Anderson - The Life Aquatic
Terry Gilliam - Brazil
Eric Rohmer - never disappointed
Gus Van Sant - never really liked anything he made before Gerry.

- it should have been retitled 'Intolerable', actually I also couldn't stand O Brother, Where Art Thou?

- I agree in regard to Life Aquatic

- wow, and you liked Brothers Grimm - that was a mess in every respect.

- Triple Agent was IMO Rohmer's most disappointing.

- Gus Van Sant's Last Days - WTF?

raven56706 04-13-06 09:10 AM

Steven Spielberg and the bad movie was AI....

TheGodfather 04-13-06 09:45 AM


Originally Posted by raven56706
Steven Spielberg and the bad movie was AI....

Bingo.

wendersfan 04-13-06 10:08 AM


Originally Posted by Cygnet74
let me qualify this list by saying that I tend to avoid the known duds in a filmmaker's oeuvre. and i don't necessarily dislike the films i listed. they are just the lesser of the films i've seen by a particular filmmaker. and so...

Robert Altman - M*A*S*H

Haven't seen <b>Popeye</b>? :)

Michaelangelo Antonioni - Professione: Reporter
I'm guessing no <b>Zabriskie Point</b>?

Robert Bresson - Lancelot du Lac
Gotta agree with this one.

Wim Wenders - The Million Dollar Hotel
It's <b>Hammett</b> for me.

Rockmjd23 04-13-06 10:16 AM


Originally Posted by Cygnet74
Francis Ford Coppola - Jack

What about Captain Eo? ;)

ToddSm66 04-13-06 10:25 AM

My least favorite Hitchcock would be a toss up between Topaz and Marnie.

Giles 04-13-06 10:26 AM


Originally Posted by Rockmjd23
What about Captain Eo? ;)

hey :( I liked Captain EO

Dan1boy 04-13-06 10:54 AM

...still can't believe my beloved Martin Brest directed that un-named Bennifer fiasco a couple years back. Oy vey.

Smithers 04-13-06 11:03 AM

Kurosawa- The Idiot

Filmmaker 04-13-06 11:05 AM

Steven Spielberg - 1941/THE TERMINAL (tie)

raven56706 04-13-06 11:35 AM

Whoever he was and Battlefield Earth

DeputyDave 04-13-06 11:38 AM


Originally Posted by noonan4224
[sarcasm]King Kong was garbage...Bad Taste and Dead Alive however, were both cinematic masterpieces...[/sarcasm]

Nothing beats the lawnmower scene in Dead Alive. Makes me laugh every time I see it.

"I KICK ASS FOR THE LORD!"
Best line EVER.

AnonomusBob15 04-13-06 11:45 AM

Martin Scorsese - Not a fan of Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Gus Van Sant - Finding Forrester

David Lynch - Dune

Wes Anderson and P.T. Anderson do not have any bad movies, but my least favorites are Bottle Rocket and Sydney, even though I love them both.

Alexander Payne - Sideways (Love Election and About Schmidt way more)

Cygnet74 04-13-06 11:53 AM


Originally Posted by wendersfan
Haven't seen <b>Popeye</b>? :)

hmm, you know. this film hadn't occurred to me. i saw it when i was a kid. i'm sure you're right.

Originally Posted by wendersfan
I'm guessing no <b>Zabriskie Point</b>?

okay. i know i've seen zabriskie point. because i remember renting it a long, long time ago. but i was at an age where the only thing that made an impact on me was the nudity and the explosion at the end. so i sort of arbitrarily decided it was ineligible for this list. i really don't have a clear memory of it.

Originally Posted by Giles
Gus Van Sant's Last Days - WTF?

this was one of my favorite films last year.

Johnny Zhivago 04-13-06 03:35 PM

Cygnet74 - Dr. Strangelove? :hscratch: Really?

Stanley Kubrick... And I'll go with Killer's Kiss or possibly Lolita. But I still enjoy the hell out of those films!


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