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Old 03-23-19, 01:17 PM
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^ A neat bit of trivia I learned the other day when I was watching The Quiet Man. John Ford, known for his great Westerns won 4 Best Director Oscars. Not one of them was for a Western.

Thats gotta tells you something about how great of a director he was.
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Would include Peter Weir, although Green Card is pretty meh.
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"if you liked Pretty Woman, give Green Card a try"

Not much higher praise than that!
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Originally Posted by Hokeyboy
IIMO Nolan hasn't made a bad movie. Interstellar is his weakest but it still mostly works. Others may disagree. Maybe not stvn.
I almost said Nolan too but his last couple I havenít loved truthfully. Insterstellar is well made and kind of interesting, but it drags a lot for me. I wasnít too in love with Dunkirk either. Again well made, but a bit of a snoozer. Iíve also never seen Following. The rest of his films I like though.
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I was thinking Cameron Crowe

Singles
Jerry Maguire
Almost Famous
Vanilla Sky
Elizabethtown
We Bought a Zoo

The last two aren't the strongest of his catalog, but they're enjoyable enough. Then I checked his IMDB... what the hell is Aloha? I must have missed that one.

< checks Rotten Tomatoes... 20% fresh.

Cameron Crowe


Originally Posted by Nesbit
I like Tomorrowland but it would probably keep Brad Bird out of the club for most. Outside of that one movie though the rest are pretty universally loved.
Brad Bird was the first that came to mind so I looked him up to see what I was forgetting. Tomorrowland -yack- What an abysmal nightmare that was.
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Re: The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

Quentin Tarantino
Christopher Nolan
S. Crag Zahler
James Cameron
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
I was thinking Cameron Crowe

Singles
Jerry Maguire
Almost Famous
Vanilla Sky
Elizabethtown
We Bought a Zoo

The last two aren't the strongest of his catalog, but they're enjoyable enough. Then I checked his IMDB... what the hell is Aloha? I must have missed that one.

< checks Rotten Tomatoes... 20% fresh.

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Seriously you don't remember Aloha? That's the movie where Emna Stone plays a character who is supposed to be quarter Asian.
Crowe's career through Zoo was a perfect parabola with Almost Famous at the peak. Aloha made the line dip way below the zero axis though.

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Originally Posted by Why So Blu?
Quentin Tarantino
Christopher Nolan
S. Crag Zahler
James Cameron
Cameron is good but I really donít like Avatar.
Old 03-23-19, 02:28 PM
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another one for Cameron, including Avatar. love all his stuff thus far...
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Originally Posted by inri222


Leone - The Colossus of Rhodes

Lumet - Gloria, The Wiz, Guilty As Sin

Eastwood - Hereafter, 15:17, Jersey Boys

haven't seen any of those (maybe The Wiz when i was a wee one and yes, didn't love Jersey Boys, but i stick by my guns
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Have the posters mentioning Nolan not seen the giant turd that is The Dark Knight Rises?
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Another knock against Cameron for me is I donít think True Lies holds up that well anymore.
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Originally Posted by rbrown498
I'm finding everyone's lists incredibly skewed toward still-living and -working directors. What's up with that? There are only two directors mentioned in all of the posts above that made a pre-1950 film, and one of those was uncredited. Where's the love for Hitchcock? Keaton? Ford? Hawks? Browning? Wise? Kazan? Bergman? Whale? Chaplin? Curtiz? Stevens? Capra? Wilder? Truffaut? Kurosawa?

I'm not saying that everything that the above-listed directors made is pure platinum, but I think that a case could be made for each of them that they don't have any out-and-out stinkers in their filmographies.
Reason current directors are being mentioned is because they have a fraction of the films as the old school greats. It's easier to go 6 for 6 than like 40 for 40.

Hitchcock's duds: Topaz, Torn Curtain, I Confess, Under Capricorn, The Paradine Case, a bunch of his silents
Ford: guy made a ton of shit with masterpieces mixed in
Hawks: Red Line 7000 and most of his late stuff is frankly bad (Hatari, Land of the Pharoahs, Man's Favorite Sport?) and early stuff
Kazan: The Arrangement, Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Last Tycoon .. Kazan is the closest of the names you mentioned because he was a selective filmmaker and most of his films are masterworks that hold up but a few misses particularly The Arrangement
Bergman: his very early stuff, I find his later work insufferable but probably personal preference
Wilder: Avanti!, Buddy Buddy, Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Truffaut: hard to name an outright dud, had a couple late meh movies like The Green Room
Kurosawa: The Idiot, Maadayo, Dodes'ka-den

Tarvoksky came close

Eastwood's Hereafter, 15:17, J Edgar aren't very good. The Rookie and White Hunter Black Heart looked bad to me so avoided them.
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Originally Posted by stvn1974
Have the posters mentioning Nolan not seen the giant turd that is The Dark Knight Rises?
I know itís a running thing with you, but frankly I like The Dark Knight Rises a lot. Better than The Dark Knight to me. I also like Batman Begins a lot more. Iím probably of the minority opinion who likes The Dark Knight the least in spite of Ledgerís great performance (though I know you hate that film too).
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Originally Posted by Hazel Motes
Jean Pierre Melville
Andrei Tarkovsky
Charles Laughton
Elaine May

John Cassavetes ,Sergio Leone, and Stanley Kubrick come very close. Leone's first film, Kubricks first film and Cassavetes last film were all sub par.

More contemporary filmmakers, I'm sure I'll get pushback on these:

Whit Stillman
Quentin Tarantino
Paul Thomas Anderson
Wes Anderson
Jeff Nichols
Kelly Reichardt
Aaron Katz
Vincent Gallo
Tom Ford
Andrew Dominick
I agree with this, though some people hated The Brown Bunny. I loved it, so I'm good with him as a choice.
Originally Posted by Decker
I haven't seen or heard much about the Bad News Bears remake and the delays have me worried about Where'd You Go Bernadette , but as of now I'm fine with including Richard Linklater in the club.
I came back to the thread to post the same, including that I haven't seen Bad News Bears, either. I have zero interest in seeing it.
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
I was thinking Cameron Crowe

Singles
Jerry Maguire
Almost Famous
Vanilla Sky
Elizabethtown
We Bought a Zoo

The last two aren't the strongest of his catalog, but they're enjoyable enough. Then I checked his IMDB... what the hell is Aloha? I must have missed that one.

< checks Rotten Tomatoes... 20% fresh.

Cameron Crowe




Brad Bird was the first that came to mind so I looked him up to see what I was forgetting. Tomorrowland -yack- What an abysmal nightmare that was.
Crowe was on an amazing run. Say Anything is great as well. And Vanilla Sky is worth seeing. But Elizabethtown onward, boy. He just hit a wall.
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The Bad News Bears remake is actually good. They didn’t turn it into a softer version of the original.
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Kathryn Bigelow rarely make a bad movies. I enjoyed these she direct.

Near Dark
Strange Days ( a bit too long but I like it)
Zero Dark Thirty
The Hurt Locker
Point Break
Blue Steel
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Not as high profile and very few movies, but Bennett Miller is still batting 1000 for me. The Cruise (documentary), Moneyball, Capote, and Foxcatcher.

Also glad to see Whit Stillman was mentioned. I've always liked all of his stuff. Oh, and Yorgos Lanthimos is still knocking them out.
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Originally Posted by dom56
Kathryn Bigelow rarely make a bad movies. I enjoyed these she direct.

Near Dark
Strange Days ( a bit too long but I like it)
Zero Dark Thirty
The Hurt Locker
Point Break
Blue Steel
The Weight of Water and K-19 aren't very good.
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Originally Posted by inri222
Depending on how you feel about Fast Company, David Cronenberg
Cosmopolis and Map to the Stars are fucking horrendous. Spider isn't great either. And, yeah, Fast Company has nothing redeeming.

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Originally Posted by Hokeyboy
I'd agree with Denis Villenueve.
I thought of him, but I've never seen "August 32nd on Earth". So I didn't include him.



Originally Posted by Hokeyboy
Kubrick is a no-brainer..
Fear and Desire is a bad film.
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Originally Posted by rbrown498
I'm finding everyone's lists incredibly skewed toward still-living and -working directors. What's up with that? There are only two directors mentioned in all of the posts above that made a pre-1950 film, and one of those was uncredited. Where's the love for Hitchcock? Keaton? Ford? Hawks? Browning? Wise? Kazan? Bergman? Whale? Chaplin? Curtiz? Stevens? Capra? Wilder? Truffaut? Kurosawa?

I'm not saying that everything that the above-listed directors made is pure platinum, but I think that a case could be made for each of them that they don't have any out-and-out stinkers in their filmographies.
I feel like most people aren't qualified to say whether or not some of these directors never made a bad film. Michael Curtiz has 178 credits as a director. Have you seen them all? Are they all good? John Ford 147. Hitchcock 70. Capra 58. Wise 41. Keaton 39. Furthermore, just about everyone you named has made at least one bad film. They're still great directors, but that isn't the parameters of this thread.
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Kurosawa has made bad films. Ozu has made bad films. Ford and Curtiz have CERTAINLY made bad films. Wise would probably get high-hat over ST:TMP alone.
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Originally Posted by Hazel Motes
I feel like most people aren't qualified to say whether or not some of these directors never made a bad film. Michael Curtiz has 178 credits as a director. Have you seen them all? Are they all good? John Ford 147. Hitchcock 70. Capra 58. Wise 41. Keaton 39. Furthermore, just about everyone you named has made at least one bad film. They're still great directors, but that isn't the parameters of this thread.
Yea... half of this thread seems to just be turning into "your favorite director" territory.
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Hayao Miyazaki? Haven't seen all his films yet, though.

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