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Old 04-13-06, 03:53 AM
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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.

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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
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James Cameron - Titanic.

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George Lucas - The Phantom Menace, or should I say The Phantom Mess
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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...
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If Peter Jackson's worst movie is King Kong, then he must have the greatest film career ever.
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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.

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

THE SKIN GAME - a silent film version of a stage play. Static beyond belief.

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

THE SKIN GAME - a silent film version of a stage play. Static beyond belief.

TOPAZ - 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.
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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?
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Steven Spielberg and the bad movie was AI....
Bingo.
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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 Popeye?
Michaelangelo Antonioni - Professione: Reporter
I'm guessing no Zabriskie Point?
Robert Bresson - Lancelot du Lac
Gotta agree with this one.
Wim Wenders - The Million Dollar Hotel
It's Hammett for me.
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Francis Ford Coppola - Jack
What about Captain Eo?
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My least favorite Hitchcock would be a toss up between Topaz and Marnie.
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What about Captain Eo?
hey I liked Captain EO
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[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.
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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)
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Haven't seen Popeye?
hmm, you know. this film hadn't occurred to me. i saw it when i was a kid. i'm sure you're right.
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I'm guessing no Zabriskie Point?
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.
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Gus Van Sant's Last Days - WTF?
this was one of my favorite films last year.

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Cygnet74 - Dr. Strangelove? 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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