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Old 07-25-10, 07:38 PM
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Glimpses of Brilliance in Otherwise Average Careers?

After watching The Losers last night, I was shocked to see that James Vanderbilt co-wrote it. I loved the work he did on Zodiac and almost couldn't believe that he had something to do with such an awful movie. That prompted me to check out his IMDB page and it actually looks like The Losers was par for the course and Zodiac was the black sheep.

So this got me wondering, what other writers, directors or even actors have glimpses of brilliance in their otherwise average careers? I'm not saying that they are complete hacks, but that most of their work is nothing to go crazy over. With that said, at some point they have shown that they have it in them to do something truly amazing.

Another person that comes to mind is Paul W.S. Anderson. While Event Horizon is nowhere near the greatness that is Zodiac, it was a film that got a lot of things right and made me think that we'd be seeing great things from him in the future. Sadly, that doesn't seem to be the case.

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christian slater heathers and true romance are arguably his only 2 bright spots
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Originally Posted by Rypro 525
christian slater heathers and true romance are arguably his only 2 bright spots
Gleaming the Cube or FAIL.
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Jan de Bont with Speed

Everything else he directed has sucked.

M. Night Shyamalan

Has made one great film (Unbreakable) and a host of bad ones.
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Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction is another one.
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Re: Glimpses of Brilliance in Otherwise Average Careers?

Originally Posted by Perkinsun Dzees
M. Night Shyamalan

Has made one great film (Unbreakable) and a host of bad ones.
Could NOT agree more. Except I would emphasize the word "bad" with something stronger. Not sure how he pulled Unbreakable out of the same mind that thought killer trees would be interesting.
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Elvis Presley in KING CREOLE, FLAMING STAR, ROUSTABOUT and a few others.
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Re: Glimpses of Brilliance in Otherwise Average Careers?

Originally Posted by TallGuyMe
Marissa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinny"
she was good in THE WRESTLER and BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD
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Originally Posted by riotinmyskull
she was good in THE WRESTLER and BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD
I'm thinking good = naked to you!
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Originally Posted by riotinmyskull
she was good in THE WRESTLER and BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD
good does not equal "glimpse of brilliance"
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Re: Glimpses of Brilliance in Otherwise Average Careers?

Originally Posted by TallGuyMe
good does not equal "glimpse of brilliance"
You think the one-note shrill (albeit entertaining one-note shrill) of her MY COUSIN VINNY appearance is "brilliant" compared to the more nuanced and dramatic turns she made in THE WRESTLER and BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOUR DEAD?

Okaaaaaaay...

(Yes, I know she won an Oscar for MCV. Maybe deservedly so, but I still think Miranda Richardson and Judy Davis had her beat...)
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Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire.
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Re: Glimpses of Brilliance in Otherwise Average Careers?

Originally Posted by Eric D.
Will Ferrell in Stranger Than Fiction is another one.
This, and on a lesser scale, Winter Passing.
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Re: Glimpses of Brilliance in Otherwise Average Careers?

Originally Posted by Drexl
Halle Berry in Monster's Ball
Ugh, not even in that. Halle Berry is a horrible actress all around. If you're going to include Halle in Monster's Ball though, you'd have to add her role as Dorothy Dandrige...which I don't because I don't care for her acting at all.
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Originally Posted by Super X
Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire.
I actually like his role in As Good As It Gets better.
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Russell Mulcahy with Highlander. He was the quintessential music video director of the early '80s, and almost single-handedly wrote the language of music videos, and really showed great promise with his feature-film directorial debut. Then he did Highlander II, one of the worst movies of all time. Most of his work since has been utterly forgettable, with The Shadow being the one real exception, IMO.

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