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Old 03-23-19, 07:48 PM
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Fuck you, Dune is awesome.
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Re: The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

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Fuck you, Dune is awesome.
But Inland Empire is pure shit.
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Re: The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

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Cosmopolis and Map to the Stars are fucking horrendous. Spider isn't great either.
For me all 3 of those were great, but everyone has different tastes.
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Never seen his first film Angels of Sin, but for me everything else Iíve seen by Robert Bresson has been top notch.
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Even the best directors who are reasonably prolific make films that are poor. Truffaut and Chabrol (whose films I much prefer overall) are two directors who were quite consistent in quality, but I did not like Truffaut's Small Change or Chabrol's Les Biches.
The only director I can think of who has not made a bad feature-length film is Victor Erice, but he only has three credits to his name over a 55-year career.
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2018 Everybody Knows
2016 The Salesman
2013 The Past
2011 A Separation
2009 About Elly
2006 Fireworks Wednesday
2004 Beautiful City
2003 Dancing in the Dust

Everybody Knows may be his weakest, but it's still a pretty good movie.
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Re: The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

Originally Posted by inri222
For me all 3 of those were great, but everyone has different tastes.
Originally Posted by Norm de Plume
Even the best directors who are reasonably prolific make films that are poor. Truffaut and Chabrol (whose films I much prefer overall) are two directors who were quite consistent in quality, but I did not like Truffaut's Small Change or Chabrol's Les Biches.
The only director I can think of who has not made a bad feature-length film is Victor Erice, but he only has three credits to his name over a 55-year career.
We've got to remember that there's a difference between not liking a film and thinking that it's bad. I don't like the majority of Kubrick's work, but I'm not going to be so self-centered as to declare that his films are bad; they're just not my cup of tea. One can enjoy an actual bad film such as The Room, but, by definition, one can't enjoy a film that one doesn't like. So the whole discussion, whether you're willing to admit it or not, turns into a list of favorite directors, precisely because most people can't see past their own tastes when discussing a filmmaker's competence.
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Re: The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

Exactly.
For instance, John Carpenter is my favorite director, but he’s made some bad movies. I really like Alien 3, but it’s a borderline bad film.
Its hard to look past our favorites, but bad movies are bad movies.
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Re: The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

Originally Posted by inri222
Steve McQueen
Never made a bad film, never made a great one either. Although, Hunger comes close.
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Cameron is another for my list.
However, I seem to be having trouble getting thru The Abyss these days...
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Cameron is definitely on the list. I don’t care for Avatar, but I don’t consider it a bad movie by any means.

shit I forgot about Piranha II.
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Re: The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

Originally Posted by Spiderbite
I only see two movies directed by him???
i was mostly joking and ignoring the OP with my response to you. He really only directed one film, The Night of the Hunter. On The Man in the Eiffel Tower he just directed scenes that the director, Burgess Meredith, was acting in.
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Originally Posted by Norm de Plume
Truffaut and Chabrol (whose films I much prefer overall) are two directors who were quite consistent in quality, but I did not like Truffaut's Small Change
That's one of his better and highly regarded films. It's delightful. "I did not like" should not equal bad movie, point made by rbrown above.

Bresson is kind of a cheat code because his trash like Lancelot by the Lake was deliberate.

And speaking of Truffaut I think he wrote something to the effect of "if you like a director you have to like all his films [i.e. it's one big body of work]" which I believe is fairly valid and explains how people can gloss over obvious pieces of cinematic fecal matter like Inland Empire and Cosmopolis.
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I can't believe someone mentioned Clint Eastwood who had done a slew of bad/mediocre films. Just shows how non-objective this subject can be.
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Originally Posted by Finisher
That's one of his better and highly regarded films. It's delightful. "I did not like" should not equal bad movie, point made by rbrown above.
Well, when I say "I don't like" something, it's my way of saying a movie is not good, to varying degrees from absolutely terrible to fair. I almost never differentiate between liking or not liking something and finding it good or bad. It's one and the same, but of course I recognize that opinion is subjective.
Small Change is critically lauded, but I thought it was below average. It has been quite a few years since I saw it, and I can't remember what I found lacking.

inri222, I agree that Haneke and the Dardennes are among the very best and most unvaryingly good directors of modern times, but with the former I found Time of the Wolf mediocre and Code Unknown awful; and with the latter, La promesse was just fairly good.
I find it extremely hard to think of directors who have made only good films. That's a tall order.
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Originally Posted by Jaymole
I can't believe someone mentioned Clint Eastwood who had done a slew of bad/mediocre films. Just shows how non-objective this subject can be.
Iíve always found Eastwood to be a thoroughly mediocre director, and it comes off like the industry and press elevate his middling efforts into masterpieces. Put someone elseís name of Million Dollar Baby and it doesn't get a single Academy Award nomination. His films arenít bad, just very workmanlike and unremarkable.
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Mike Flanagan
Christopher Nolan
Christopher McQuarrie
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Of the 4 films I've seen, I've yet to see anything by this guy than I actually like. Just my two pennies.
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Re: The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

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Michael Haneke
Ugh, no. Cache made me want to kick a pigeon.
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Re: The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

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Iíve always found Eastwood to be a thoroughly mediocre director, and it comes off like the industry and press elevate his middling efforts into masterpieces. Put someone elseís name of Million Dollar Baby and it doesn't get a single Academy Award nomination. His films arenít bad, just very workmanlike and unremarkable.
Eastwood actually directed some really good stuff PRIOR to Million Dollar Baby. The Outlaw Josey Wales, High Plains Drifter, The Eiger Sanction, Pale Rider, Mystic River, and A Perfect World are all very good movies and Unforgiven is a masterpiece. Everything after MDB, though, feels like it came off of some sort of slick studio assembly line. Thereís no heart to any of them, including Gran Torino, which is incredibly overrated.
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I take it all back. Of his 8 directed movies, I have loved everyone. Even Curley Sue. John Hughes!
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Martin McDonagh. "In Bruges, "Seven Psychopaths" and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

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