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If you love a movie, you'll want to explore other works from the same director. Luckily for movie fans, the greatest directors are usually quite prolific. Discuss the directors you find admirable or over-rated.

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228 days ago

I remember little about this film, other than that it starred the obese transvestite Divine with an aging Tab Hunter (I think that's who it was), and that Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys (I wasn't any kind of fan, but I had their "Young, Loud, and Snotty" album and had seen them live) made a cameo appearance. I also remember that they gave out a "Scratch N Sniff" card at the beginning of the movie. When a number flashed on the movie screen, you were supposed to scratch the same number on the card, and you'd smell something like roses, or cooking smells, or whatever. However, knowing Waters as well as I did at that point in time, I was always careful about "scratching and sniffing" too hastily, which was good, because one of the "scents" was "fart." When that's all you remember about a particular movie, that's not a good thing. However, I do remember that this was less offensive that Waters' previous movies, and that it seems to have been his "transition" point into more "respectable" cinema. Certainly, there is a vast difference between the nauseating outrageousness of "Pink Flamingos" and the family-friendly ambiance of "Cry Baby" or "Hairspray."

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228 days ago

In some ways, John Waters films have the same effect upon me as Ed Wood movies-- they're so beyond the pale, so outrageous (in different ways, of course; Ed Wood never had an obese transvestite eating dog shit in any of his movies, so far as I remember) and over the top, so awe-inspiringly ridiculous, that you tend to watch them the first time you see them with your mouth agape, shaking your head in incredulous astonishment. Unfortunately, unlike any "so bad they're good" film worth its salt, they don't stand up to repeat viewings. For the most part, the movies of both directors become insufferably boring after one viewing.

"Pink Flamingos," of course, was Waters' "Plan 9 From Outer Space"; it was the film that established his notoriety. Basically, the plot concerns 2 groups of separate low-lifes competing for the title of "The Filthiest People" ever. If the film has any strengths at all, it's the "Guerilla" style of film-making on the gritty streets of Baltimore, and some of the actors involved. "Divine," the 300-plus pound transvestite who starred in Waters' more memorable films, actually had a certain comedic talent, as well as a talent for making "herself" repulsive. As much as Divine, though, I always like David Lochary (who ended up dying prematurely from a drug overdose) and Mink Stole as the perverse couple in competition with Divine. If there are any laughs to be had at all from this film, it comes from them and Divine. I'd add Edith Massey, but this poor soul comes across more as a freak you might see in a circus sideshow than an "Actor," as do most everybody else in these films (although in later years, as he made money and became more "respectable," Waters started using real actors). If you have a strong stomach, you should probably see it once. But if you're inclined to see it more than once, you might want to consider psychiatric counseling. And that applies to most Waters films made before the 1980's.

As a writer, I think Waters is far more talented. I've actually laughed out loud reading some of his stuff. Unfortunately, he's a prolific film-maker, not a prolific writer.

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521 days ago

I'm a huge fan of Eastwood as a director and think he's actually underrated. Sure, he's had misses - sure, he's all over the map (as git says) but the real winners are evidence of a talented artist. I don't even think he should be on this list.

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523 days ago


I'm a huge fan of Eastwood as a director and think he's actually underrated. Sure, he's had misses - sure, he's all over the map (as git says) but the real winners are evidence of a talented artist. I don't even think he should be on this list.

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525 days ago

I'm a huge fan. In fact I think my first avatar on this site was a picture of Old Stoneface.

He was a daring, hilarious, inventive and athletic performer and possibly the father of the use of rigged sets and special effects in film. The Newlyweds most notably featured a poorly assembeled pre-fab house where the main door was on the second floor and all of the geometry was ludicrously out of skew. In the General he used his endless sense of invention to make a feature length action film around a Civil War era chase on a steam engine locomotive.

Great fun stuff, that in my book stands up better today than the pathos based comedy of Chaplin.

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526 days ago

One ok film (The Hurt Locker) one tiresome film (K-19 The Widowmaker) one unintentionally hilarious piece of shit (Point Break) and a couple more crappy copsploitation flicks that might have been direct to video.

Move along, folks, nothing to see here.

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526 days ago

The Hurt Locker is better than Point Break, but that's not saying much. I'm not familiar with the rest of her work, if there is more.

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526 days ago

Most of Hughes movies don't stand up well. That's primarly because they were carefully aimed and marketed at then current fad, fashion and opinion, and thus fail to resonate with later viewers. Watching some of them today, two decades and more after they were made, can be downright cringeworthy.

He's not incompetent, but he sure isn't very interesting. Give it another decade or so and I suspect most of his films will be forgotten.

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526 days ago

His career consists of a bunch of forgettable TV work, some by the numbers studio work and a few dreadful movies (ever seen S*P*Y*S? Don't.)

The only thing even slightly interesting about this guy is his direction of the second film in the Star Wars franchise. I know this will get numbah and dreaming worked up, but it really isn't that great a film. It's a well crafted, workmanlike piece of space opera that is undoubtedly entertaining, but that's about all.

Giving this mediocre journeyman, who couldn't even parlay his Star Wars flick into a longer career (he made only two subsequent movies, a bland entry in the Bond franchise and a dreadful Robocop sequel) five stars is simply being blind to reality. According to the rating scale, five stars means he should be promoted to the second tier of directors. That second tier list includes names like Capra, Altman, Penn, Peckinpah, Leone, Polanski, Scorcese, Reed, Lang, Cocteau, Huston, Spielberg and the Coen Brothers. Can anyone seriously suggest that Irwin Kershner belongs in that company?

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526 days ago

Jay: [Bethany, Jay, and Silent Bob are sitting in a diner; the guys are staring at Bethany expectantly] So what's up? You have a friend for Silent Bob or are you just gonna do us both? If so, I'm first. I hate sloppy seconds.
Bethany: You're a man of principle. Jersey's pretty far from McHenry, may I ask what brought you here?
Jay: Some fuck named John Hughes.
Bethany: "16 Candles" John Hughes?
Jay: You know that guy too? That fuckin' guy. He made this flick, "16 Candles". Not bad, there's tits in it but no bush. But Ebert over here don't give a shit about that kind of thing, 'cause he's like, all in love with this John Hughes guy.
[Silent Bob shakes his head with a "whatever" look on his face]
Jay: He goes out and rents, like, every one of his movies. Fuckin' "Breakfast Club", where all these stupid kids actually show up for detention. Fuckin' "Weird Science", where this babe wants to take her gear off and get down, but oh no, she don't, 'cause it's a PG movie. And then "Pretty in Pink", which I can't even watch with this tubby bitch anymore 'cause every time he gets to the part where the redhead hooks up with her dream guy, he starts sobbin' like a little bitch with a skinned knee and shit. And there's nothing worse than watching a fuckin' fat man weep.
[Silent Bob blows out his cigarette smoke angrily]
Bethany: What exactly brought you to Illinois?
Jay: See, all these movies take place in this small town called Shermer in Illinois, where all the honeys are top-shelf but all the dudes are whiny pussies. Except for Judd Nelson, he was fuckin' harsh.
[he and Silent Bob bump fists]
Jay: But best of all, there was no one dealin', man. And then it hits me: we could live like FAT rats if we were the blunt connection in Shermer, Illinois. So we collected some money we were owed and caught a bus. But you know what the fuck we found out when we got there? There IS no Shermer in Illinois. Movies are fuckin' bullshit.

(Dogma, 1999)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120655/quotes

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