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  • Marco B.
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    I feel particularly social in this period, so here’s another thread (haven’t found a similar one): everyone has favourite directors, but even the greatests filmmakers have made some mistakes during their careers. What’s the worst film ever made by your favourite directors?

    Some of my picks:

    Teorema, by Pier Paolo Pasolini
    Hour of the Wolf, by Ingmar Bergman
    Punch-Drunk Love, by Paul Thomas Anderson
    Tom at the farm, by Xavier Dolan

    To be honest, I don’t really find these films bad. Just worse than all the others I’ve seen produced by the same filmmakers. Thinking more: Antichrist by Lars Von Trier and Dune by David Lynch. These are really, really bad imo.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Allen – Cassandra’s Dream
    Bogdanovich – Illegally Yours
    Carpenter – The Ward
    De Palma – The Black Dahlia
    Hitchcock – Torn Curtain
    Jewison – Bogus
    Lumet – The Wiz
    Nichols – Charlie Wilson’s War
    Polanski – Pirates
    Pollack – Bobby Deerfield
    Spielberg – Hook

    OSCAR FLASHBACK: Best Original Song (2001) – Randy Newman Catches a Break

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    ziggy
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    Alfred Hitchcock – Topaz
    Woody Allen – Scoop
    Billy Wilder – Mauvaise Graine
    David Lynch – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
    Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful 8
    Martin Scorsese – Gangs of New York
    Howard Hawks – Man’s Favorite Sport?
    Federico Fellini – City of Women
    Pedro Almodóvar – I’m So Excited
    John Huston – Moby Dick

    At their worst, they all are better than most others at their best.

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    Marco B.
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    Alfred Hitchcock – Topaz
    Woody Allen – Scoop
    Billy Wilder – Mauvaise Graine
    David Lynch – Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
    Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful 8
    Martin Scorsese – Gangs of New York
    Howard Hawks – Man’s Favorite Sport?
    Federico Fellini – City of Women
    Pedro Almodóvar – I’m So Excited
    John Huston – Moby Dick

    At their worst, they all are better than most others at their best.

    Totally agree with what you said. Such great artists. But we have different opinions with Fire walk with me, to me it was a great movie! It felt menacing and disturbing in the right way. I was obsessed with Twin Peaks, and the film did manage to maintain the identity of the series.

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Ridley Scott – The Counselor
    Gus Van Sant – Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
    Barry Levinson – Sphere
    Lawrence Kasdan – Dreamcatcher
    Spike Lee – She Hate Me
    Steven Soderbergh – Full Frontal
    Michael Mann – Blackhat
    Robert Altman – Dr. T and the Women
    Stephen Frears – Mary Reilly
    Oliver Stone – Alexander
    Cameron Crowe – Aloha
    Alan Parker – The Life of David Gale

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    Riley
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    Ooh, good topic. Who has not made a dud, right?

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    Alex Meyer
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    Steven Spielberg is a favorite of mine, but I remember feeling really underwhelmed when I watched Hook for the first (and so far only time) when I was 14.

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    Eddy Q
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    ‘Hard Eight’ by Paul Thomas Anderson. It’s a decent movie which shows hints of Anderson’s later flair, but compared to anything else he’s made it’s pretty ordinary.

    Not including Kubrick’s work prior to The Killing (none of which I’ve seen), Lolita is probably his weakest film, mostly due to the censors on his ass. He later commented that had he known of the restrictions that would be implemented on it, he never would have made the film. It’s been a while since I saw it, but I also remember finding the pacing rather sluggish in a way that even Kubrick’s three-hour-plus films are not. (Astonishingly, Lolita is 10 minutes longer than 2001.) Even so, Lolita still has some real merits, not least superb performances by James Mason and Shelley Winters.

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    Borja Lopez
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    The Godfather II – Coppola
    Pulp Fiction – Tarantino
    The Shining – Kubrick
    Todo sobre mi madre – Almodóvar
    Sleepy Hollow – Burton
    Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee
    Gladiator – Ridley Scott
    Blue Velvet – Lynch
    The Village – Shyamalan
    Titanic – Cameron
    The Pianist – Polanski
    Match Point – Allen
    The Hours – Daldry
    Evil Dead – Sam Raimi
    Do the Right Thing – Spike Lee
    American Sniper – Eastwood

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    Volcarocka
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    The Godfather II – Coppola
    Pulp Fiction – Tarantino
    The Shining – Kubrick
    Todo sobre mi madre – Almodóvar
    Sleepy Hollow – Burton
    Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee
    Gladiator – Ridley Scott
    Blue Velvet – Lynch
    The Village – Shyamalan
    Titanic – Cameron
    The Pianist – Polanski
    Match Point – Allen
    The Hours – Daldry
    Evil Dead – Sam Raimi
    Do the Right Thing – Spike Lee
    American Sniper – Eastwood

    You and I have quite different opinions on the definition of “worst film”.

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    clay bryce
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    Woody Allen – Anything Goes
    Pedro Almodovar – Kika
    Martin Scorsese – Gangs of New York
    Rob Marshall – that Pirates of the Caribbean movie he directed
    Tim Burton – Dark Shadows
    Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu – The Revenant (worst only because of all his films, it’s the weakest)
    Ang Lee – The Hulk
    Baz Luhrmann – Australia (only because it was boring)
    The Coen Brothers – Hail Caesar

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    The Godfather II – Coppola Pulp Fiction – Tarantino The Shining – Kubrick Todo sobre mi madre – Almodóvar Sleepy Hollow – Burton Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee Gladiator – Ridley Scott Blue Velvet – Lynch The Village – Shyamalan Titanic – Cameron The Pianist – Polanski Match Point – Allen The Hours – Daldry Evil Dead – Sam Raimi Do the Right Thing – Spike Lee American Sniper – Eastwood

    Please tell me this is sarcasm

     

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    Teridax
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    The Godfather II – Coppola Pulp Fiction – Tarantino The Shining – Kubrick Todo sobre mi madre – Almodóvar Sleepy Hollow – Burton Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee Gladiator – Ridley Scott Blue Velvet – Lynch The Village – Shyamalan Titanic – Cameron The Pianist – Polanski Match Point – Allen The Hours – Daldry Evil Dead – Sam Raimi Do the Right Thing – Spike Lee American Sniper – Eastwood

    Please tell me this is sarcasm

    I think it is sarcasm. A not very funny troll comment attempting to be a funny one.

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    Teridax
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    Wes Anderson- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Martin Scorsese- The Aviator

    Steven Spielberg- (I haven’t seen The Terminal, 1941, or Always and don’t really want to) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I LOVED it as a kid on the big screen, but I don’t think it holds up at all on the small screen.

    Bryan Singer- X-Men: Apocalypse

    Christopher Nolan- The Dark Knight Rises

    Ang Lee- Hulk (I got through the first 10 minutes and couldn’t take it anymore, literally one of the worst edited movies in cinema history, not an exaggeration, I promise you!)

    Mike Nichols- Charlie Wilson’s War

    James Cameron- The Abyss

    Joel Coen and Ethan Coen- Intolerable Cruelty (At least Hail Caesar had good costumes and some memorable scenes, even if they didn’t really fit together. I haven’t seen The Ladykillers, and like all of Spielberg’s failures listed above, I don’t really ever want to.)

    David Fincher- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (At least The Game felt like a cohesive story, with a beginning, middle, and end, even if I didn’t quite buy the end itself. Dragon Tattoo was an unnecessary remake to begin with, and I’m one of the few who didn’t buy Rooney Mara at all in the role. It’s one thing for a director like Fincher to have a dark, moody style, but it’s another thing for it to feel forced as all hell. The last 15 minutes felt like they belonged to another movie entirely, seriously how the heck did this win Editing over Thelma Schoonmaker’s work in Hugo and get nominated over Matthew Newman’s best of the year IMO work in Drive?!)

    Sam Mendes- Spectre

    Jar Jar Abrams- Disney Wars: The Failed Awakening (OR as some in denial fans call it, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” even though both parts of that title are LIES in my honest opinion. Star Trek Into Darkness had its flaws but was still a fun roller coaster ride of a movie I wound up seeing twice in theaters, MI:3 was meh other than Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s creepy work as the main villain, and Super 8 and the 1st Star Trek reboot were pretty fun throughout, though the former fell apart in the 3rd act for me, with character taking a backseat to lots of loud action and explosions. My review of Disney Wars is WAAAAAYYYYY too long to post here. Check out the official Goldderby thread for Disney Wars if you’re interested in seeing it.)

    Jon Favreau- Cowboys and Aliens (At least The Jungle Book had Christopher Walken’s wonderfully bizarre cameo, and Iron Man 2 still had, well Iron Man/Tony Stark. I seriously can’t think of ANY redeeming qualities this thing had. shame for such a potentially cool premise what a waste it ended up being!)

    Tim Burton- Alice In Wonderland (I haven’t seen Dark Shadows, although I hear from most people that’s his worst one because of how boring it apparently was. I still can’t believe this made over a billion dollars worldwide. Even for kids this feels way too cliched, it bored and annoyed the living hell out of me. Alice was so bland! The Red Queen was screechy! Johnny Depp was so unwatchable, uninteresting, f**king ridiculous! And Anne Hathway’s character was sooo… why, and… just WHAT!!???!?!? Oh, and the “chosen one / prophecy” bullshit we all TOTALLY haven’t seen a million times before. Seriously, that’s so old and cliched, even making fun of that trope is cliched!!!! What were these writers and Tim Burton thinking?! Even the Visual Effects looked cheap and dull, I’m still shocked this and Hereafter got nominated for the Visual Effects Oscar over the creative, dazzling, unique work in Scott Pigrim vs. The World. And NO I definitely don’t think for a second it deserved to win Costumes and Art Direction, not over The King’s Speech, True Grit, or Inception. Seriously, the look of Wonderland was so ugly! It actually made me grateful for Avatar, which in spite of also having a shitty script, was a least beautiful to compensate.)

    Michael Bay- Bayformers #4: Age of Extinction (NOT one of my favorite directors, but I’ve seen SO MANY of his movies, all except Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II, and 13 Hours, I feel I should put one of his on here nonetheless. At least Revenge of the Fallen had a shorter running time, and even then it was 2 and a half hours.)

    Quentin Tarantino- Jackie Brown (I haven’t seen Death Proof, heard mixed things on that one. Both Jackie Brown and Kill Bill Vol. 2 really let me down. I got 45 minutes into Jackie, and made it till the last cheesy, boring half hour of Vol. 2, so I say Jackie is his worst simply because didn’t last as long through it. Even though I have serious issues with the H8ful Eight script, its music score was still so great, you’d be shocked to find out it was composed by an 87-year-old!)

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    Marco B.
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    Wes Anderson- The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

    Really? I like Wes Anderson a lot (and at the same time I find him overrated), but I thooght The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou was one of his bests. It feels as one of his most authentic works.

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