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View Poll Results: Fav Ron Howard movie?
Frost/Nixon 5 5.88%
The Da Vinci Code 1 1.18%
Cinderella Man 3 3.53%
A Beautiful Mind 4 4.71%
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 0 0%
Edtv 0 0%
Ransom 4 4.71%
Apollo 13 31 36.47%
The Paper 1 1.18%
Far And Away 2 2.35%
Backdraft 3 3.53%
Parenthood 6 7.06%
Willow 7 8.24%
Cocoon 3 3.53%
Night Shift 6 7.06%
Splash 9 10.59%
The Missing 0 0%
Other (Specify) 0 0%
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Old 05-29-12, 12:33 AM   #1
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Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Yes, he's often melodramatic and manipulative...but he's got some good ones. What's your favorite?
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Old 05-29-12, 12:41 AM   #2
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Apollo 13. It's melodramatic but it actually works.

I think the cast especially Ed Harris bring a sense of urgency (ie seriousness) to the movie. It's also written incredibly well, like Aaron Sorkin's writing in The Social Network and Moneyball. It throws a lot of industry jargon but makes it easy for the audience to understand without insulting our intelligence.
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Old 05-29-12, 12:53 AM   #3
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

I know it isn't cool on the forum, but I am a fan of Ron Howard as a director. I like that he gets out of the way and tells a story neatly and cleanly. Nightshift and Splash is a lot of fun, and I'm a fan of Parenthood, Backdraft, and The Paper. The Grinch is one of the worst movies I've ever seen and my most depressing experience in a theater. Since then he hasn't made a movie I've enjoyed (though I never saw the Angels and Demons hoo-hannery)
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Old 05-29-12, 12:57 AM   #4
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

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Old 05-29-12, 01:15 AM   #5
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Frost/Nixon by a light year.

He's made so much crap. I don't care for anything else he's ever done, but that is indeed his finest hour.

By a long shot.
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Though I haven't seen it in ages, I have fond memories of watching Night Shift over and over again on HBO in the '80s. I enjoyed Splash, Cocoon and Apollo 13, but most of his movies end up being so much pablum.
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Old 05-29-12, 02:15 AM   #7
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

I'll go with Cocoon.

I used to Parenthood, but it has not held up at all.
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Old 05-29-12, 02:29 AM   #8
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

I'll vote for Apollo 13. I like Willow as well. I think his movies are generally pretty decent, just not particularly great.
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Old 05-29-12, 04:42 AM   #9
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

My favorite is Willow though Apollo 13 is probably his best. He's very good at staging historical works.
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Old 05-29-12, 04:43 AM   #10
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Cinderella Man. But I don't really like Ron Howard as a director.
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Old 05-29-12, 05:25 AM   #11
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Frost/Nixon, baby. It's a masterpiece.
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Old 05-29-12, 06:40 AM   #12
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Night Shift. Better than everything by anyone.
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Old 05-29-12, 06:48 AM   #13
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

I'm not a big fan of Howard, but I did like CINDERELLA MAN a great deal because of its stark and honest depiction of poverty during the Great Depression. Few movies made since the Depression itself have captured this well.

I also like APOLLO 13 and A BEAUTIFUL MIND.
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Old 05-29-12, 07:09 AM   #14
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Apollo 13 and Splash. The others do not seem to age as well. I voted for Apollo 13.
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

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Old 05-29-12, 08:16 AM   #16
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Apollo 13, but I have a soft spot for Willow and really enjoyed Cinderella Man.
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Old 05-29-12, 08:37 AM   #17
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

There are a few of those listed that I haven't seen, of those listed that I have seen, I liked Willow and The DaVinci Code. Willow was entertaining fantasy/escapism, The DaVinci Code was just a fun ride. Liked them both. -kd5-
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Old 05-29-12, 08:56 AM   #18
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Apollo 13 gets the nod for me. It's a movie where you know everyone makes it, but you still think they might not. That's some pretty good stuff there.

Willow is another one of my favorites, but I like most of Howard's work.
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Old 05-29-12, 09:08 AM   #19
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?



Voting for Apollo 13 but I do enjoy Night Shift and Willow.
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Old 05-29-12, 09:09 AM   #20
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Old 05-29-12, 09:41 AM   #21
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Apollo 13 is by far is best movie as it should have won Best Movie and Howard should have won Best Director. Although Braveheart is a great movie, so that was a tough choice that year.

I like most of Howards movies as many will call them 'manipulative', I just say that they have 'heart' which so many movies lack these days. Even a simple comedy like Night Shift or EDTV really makes you care about the characters and I wonder why more movie today aren't like that?

After Apollo 13, my other favorite by Howard are: Cocoon, Splash, NightShift, EDTV, Cinderella Man, and Ransom.
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Old 05-29-12, 10:01 AM   #22
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

That's really a mixed bag, but I voted for Apollo 13.
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

Night Shift is my favorite, but love A13 too.
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Re: Favorite Ron Howard (directed) movie?

I have 'Night Shift' on DVD.

I picked 'Cinderella Man'. I liked that film.

His most amazing film is 'The Missing'. It's amazing anyone could be such a fumbling, inept idiot of a director to completely screw up that film with such a good antagonist, protagonist, story and themes. That effort is a high achievement in failure. Not just any fool can fail like that, that's up in the rarefied air of failure.

Ritchie Cunningham being involved is a bad sign for a movie.
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