Get To Know...Directors!

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  1. KamikaZ

    KamikaZ Ex-Hall of Famer

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    The game is simple, in fact it's not really a game at all. The original poster names a director. The next poster reflects on that director and chooses the individual's films for FIVE categories:


    1. The "Best" Work - What, in your opinion, is the director's strongest piece of work?

    2. The "Worst" **** - What is the film that should have been thrown into a volcano?

    3. The "Overrated" Fluff - Not necessarily the worst, but which film get's too much of a pat on the back?

    4. The "Underrated" Gem - ...And which doesn't get nearly enough pats?

    5. The Most "Characteristic" of the Director - Finally, which film best epitomizes the director?

    Try to keep all five categories free of overlap (although 1 and 5 might be difficult). This is a great way for people to get a good idea about directors they aren't very familiar with.
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    I'll begin with John Carpenter

    1. The "Best" - The Thing: The culmination of a monstrously claustrophobic atmosphere, gruesome F/X work, and first rate acting and writing make this film a marvel of the horror genre. Quite possibly one of the finest monster movies ever made.

    2. The "Worst" - Ghosts of Mars Surely a master of getting great returns on very modest budgets, this newer film is surely not an example of it. Carpenter has never been one known for getting great thespians, but the acting in this is sorely excruciating.

    3. The "Overrated" - Halloween Many will stake me at this, but the slasher sub-genre is one I am very ambivalent towards. This film created many of the cliches we see in film today. It has not aged well, with some fairly weak and uninteresting characters outside of Donald Pleasance.

    4. The "Underrated" - The Prince of Darkness Often simply billed, even by die-hard Carpenter fans, as too plodding and over-brimmed with physics jargon, I view it as a minor masterpiece of horror. Exploring themes such as: the Anti-God, parallel dimensions, and "Liquid-Satan-In-A-Jar", this is not for everyone. But for those who do venture, they're in for a very tense and entertaining ride.

    5. Most "Characteristic" - Big Trouble In Little China While surely not his best work, this film embodies what makes Carpenter a special director - it's a film that is having a damn good time, and sure as hell wants the audience to know it. Missing trucks, Chinese Black Magic, and head-exploding henchmen are only the tip of the iceberg. Oh, and he does his own theme song. The man loves to make fun movies, and this film is a testament to that.


    Next: Steven Spielberg
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    By the way, the process doesn't have to be static - argument and discussion on people's choices should be encouraged, even if it get's in the way of progressing with directors.
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    1. The "Best" Work - What, in your opinion, is the director's strongest piece of work?
    The Colour Purple

    Wonderful character piece in set a post slavery but still racially charged early 20th century America.

    Danny Glover in a mean old b'stard of a role.
    Opray Winfrey scary but sad character
    Whoopie Goldberg in one of the finest breakout performances I've ever seen

    2. The "Worst" **** - What is the film that should have been thrown into a volcano?
    War of the Worlds..the worst film of 2005 :))

    A terrible,terrible script with a simply ridiculous ending which insults the intelligence of the audience.

    3. The "Overrated" Fluff - Not necessarily the worst, but which film get's too much of a pat on the back?

    Saving Private Ryan

    The opening scenes of the beach landing are exceptional. gripping and realistic.
    Everything after that is just 'okay'.
    If the movie didn't have the beach landing it would be a rather empty war film which has been done many times with better results in the 60's and 70's.

    4. The "Underrated" Gem - ...And which doesn't get nearly enough pats?
    Munich....one of the best films of 2005

    5. The Most "Characteristic" of the Director - Finally, which film best epitomizes the director?

    Jaws

    An all time classic movie.

    Spielberg is the master of combing strong and realistic characters combined with big action scenes and special effects.

    When so many hollywood movies sacrifice plot for effects Spielberg consistently manages to deliver both with the effects being bigger than the story.
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  5. CRUDS

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    No Spielberg encompassing post should leave out Duel!
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  6. onetontitan

    onetontitan Fire, walk with me.

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    Agreed and...no offense but the Color Purple is a prime example of why I hate Spielberg. He loves playing those emotional heart strings for his audience instead of letting them feel that way for themselves.
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    I thought about Duel but gripping as it is I've always been irritated by the ending.
    Too hamfisted and a let down IMO
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  8. CRUDS

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    Must be something in the crumpets over there...
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  9. KamikaZ

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    Anyone want to suggest a new director, maybe a more obscure genre artist?
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  10. titanbuoy

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    Anyone feel up to tackling John Huston? There's certainly lots of work to choose from.

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