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Old 03-23-19, 12:40 AM
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The Directors Who Havenít Made A Bad Movie Club

So I guess in anticipation of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, I got to thinking that QT hasnít made a bad film yet. I know Death Proof usually isnít a favorite, but I donít think it can be classified as bad IMO.

So with a minimum of five feature films, what directors havenít made a bad film?
Quentin Tarantino
Edgar Wright

Iíd love to put David Fincher in here, but Alien 3...(I enjoy it, but it ainít good)
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Old 03-23-19, 03:02 AM
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John Duigan (The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting, Lawn Dogs), though I'll admit I haven't seen a few of his oldest films, due to lack of availability.

Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win, Spotlight). I suppose some might argue that The Cobbler was bad, but I enjoyed it.
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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
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I would agree with Tarantino. Even if Death Proof isn't a favorite it isn't really a bad movie. He's the one who jumps out as most consistent to me.

Tempted to say Scorsese as I haven't seen a bad film by him, but I also haven't seen everything he's done. For as long as he's been around though he doesn't seem to have many that are consodered clunkers.
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Originally Posted by Hazel Motes View Post
Elaine May
Come on man, Ishtar? I mean it may not be as bad as its reputation but it wasn't good.

I will add two time Oscar winners Inaratu, Curon and (maybe) Ang Lee to the list -- depending on how you feel about Hulk and Billy Lynn's Long Walk.

Also Warren Beatty (I liked Rules Don't Apply, though it was clearly his worst movie).
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I guess it depends on if you count Four Rooms as one of Tarrantino’s Films (the count in his trailers doesn’t seem to).
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Death Proof is one of QT's best movies. I'm seriously wearing a Death Proof t-shirt as I post this.
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(maybe) Ang Lee to the list -- depending on how you feel about Hulk and Billy Lynn's Long Walk.
Billy Lynn's Long Walk was a total piece of shit. Was shocked Ang Lee made it.

No mention of Denis Villeneuve?

Would include Peter Weir, although Green Card is pretty meh.

Love Scorsese but Boxcar Bertha and his spiritual films Kundun, Last Temptation and Silence are his weakest efforts. His substandard efforts are still interesting so ..

Mike Flanagan is another.

Darjeeling would knock off Wes Anderson for me.

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Death Proof is one of QT's best movies. I'm seriously wearing a Death Proof t-shirt as I post this.
Goes to show that everyone has a different opinion. I hate Death Proof when it came out and I actually watched Grindhouse two weeks ago and guess what...still hated Death Proof.

Edgar Wright's The World's End was an unwatchable mess for me. Granted that could have been because Hot Fuzz and Shaun were so damn good. I haven't given it a second chance yet.

I honestly can't think of any director that hasn't had a misstep. Can you be a good filmmaker without at least one turd on your resume?
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I'd agree with Denis Villenueve. Fincher is out because of the Benjamin Button shitshow.

Tarantino never made a bad movie, but he made two that I think are lesser efforts (Django Unchained and Death Proof). Neither are bad, but they are weak compared to the rest of the ouvre. Still, he applies.

Kubrick is a no-brainer.

The Coen Brothers made "Hail Caesar" which, unfortunately, sucks. I'm even mostly forgiving of their Ladykillers remake and Intolerable Cruelty, but Hail Caesar is IMO their only bad movie.

IMO Nolan hasn't made a bad movie. Interstellar is his weakest but it still mostly works. Others may disagree. Maybe not stvn.

Wes Anderson has, IMO, never made a bad movie. But I was slightly disappointed with Isle of Dogs.
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I'd agree with Denis Villenueve. Fincher is out because of the Benjamin Button shitshow.


IMO Nolan hasn't made a bad movie. Interstellar is his weakest but it still mostly works. Others may disagree. Maybe not stvn.
Good call on Nolan.
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Tarantino (though JB a little subpar for me)
Villenueve
and haven't disliked a Paul Thomas Anderson or Wes Anderson movie yet.
Also, love John Badham as he hasn't missed for me (back when he was making movies and all that).
Just about anything Polanski, Coppola (Francis or Sophia actually), Scorsese...
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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.
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don't think i've hated a Leone, Lumet, Eastwood directed film yet...
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I honestly can't think of any director that hasn't had a misstep. Can you be a good filmmaker without at least one turd on your resume?
Charles Laughton.
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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.
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I'd agree with Denis Villenueve. Fincher is out because of the Benjamin Button shitshow.
IMO, Benjamin Button is Fincherís best film. Of course this is coming from someone who has tried watching Zodiac several times and have been bored to tears each time.

I agree with you about Nolan though.

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Eastwood directed film yet...
Have you seen The 15:17 to Paris yet? Yikes!
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don't think i've hated a Leone, Lumet, Eastwood directed film yet...
Leone - The Colossus of Rhodes

Lumet - Gloria, The Wiz, Guilty As Sin

Eastwood - Hereafter, 15:17, Jersey Boys

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Depending in how you feel about Dune, David Lynch

Depending on how you feel about Fast Company, David Cronenberg
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I admit I haven't seen every movie ever made.
Therefore, rather than stating "NEVER made a bad movie," I'll go with "NEVER made more than 1 bad movie" (Hey, what can I say? I'm lazy).
Tarantino, Scorsese, Kubrick, Coen Bros., jump right out at me.

More criteria: must have made > 5 films and been around > 10 years.
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don't think i've hated a Leone, Lumet, Eastwood directed film yet...


Lumet is a Master, but The Wiz is a shitshow.
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Depending in how you feel about Dune Inland Empire, David Lynch
Fixed Although I love Dune, warts and all. Inland Empire, though.... eesh.
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Charles Laughton.
I only see two movies directed by him???
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Edgar Wright's The World's End was an unwatchable mess for me. Granted that could have been because Hot Fuzz and Shaun were so damn good. I haven't given it a second chance yet.
I feel the same way.
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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.
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