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Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« on: June 10, 2018, 03:32:40 PM »
This comes from an article on Metacritic which (despite the title) lists 29 Directors who have made at least five films since 1980 who have received critical acclaim for every single film they ever directed. In other words, they've never received anything but a green Metascore for one of their features.

Each Filmspotter is allowed to remove ONE name from the list and we must learn to live with the rest. So choose wisely.

J.J. Abrams - Removed by roujin
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Bong Joon-ho Removed by Same the Cinema Snob
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Sofia Coppola Removed by jswysin
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
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Bahman Ghobadi
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Pablo Larraín
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Hayao Miyazaki
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Alexander Payne Removed by pixote
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Quentin Tarantino  Removed by Monty
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Re: Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 04:40:37 PM »
Can I remove Tarantino for 'The Hateful Eight' for it's blatant racist and sexist overtones...I just didn't like that movie at all.


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Re: Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 05:35:35 PM »
Monty strikes the first blow. I'm debating between a couple of choices. Hoping somebody narrows down my selection. Also never heard of a couple of names. Will probably add them to the Directors Sub-Board.
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Re: Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 06:23:55 PM »
I'd go with Noah Baumbach. I've seen four, and love three of them, but I thought Frances Ha had nothing interesting going for it at all.

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Re: Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 06:31:50 PM »
Seems like an impulsive call, but I'll cross him off.
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Re: Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2018, 10:50:53 PM »
Every director on this list has made a bad movie as far as I'm concerned. Even Mike Leigh. Mr. Turner was a complete bore, and with his upcoming "Peterloo" it seems like his fascination with 19th century goings-on continues. I'm still waiting for his stregths as a domestic drama director to really show themselves in another setting. Topsy Turvy is alright.

I'll say PTA though.

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Re: Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2018, 11:07:26 PM »
I'll say PTA though.

For which movie(s) in particular?

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Re: Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2018, 11:25:33 PM »
Every director on this list has made a bad movie as far as I'm concerned.
I agree, which is what makes only getting to remove one a decision to be carefully considered. There are 2 directors I know nothing about, which makes it likely they will make it to the end.

My two front runners were Jia Zhangke and Andrew Bujalski. I've seen two films from Zhangke and hated them both. Bujalski I've only seen Computer Chess, which is a film that if I could slap it I would probably never stop until I was sure it was dead. However, I feel that's not enough to make my decision on. I haven't seen enough to strike them from the list.

Which is why I'm removing Ben Wheatley. I've seen all his features because Kill List is one of the best from this decade. Sightseers is very funny and I defended the acid trip A Field in England. Since then there's been High Rise, which is technically interesting but increasingly incomprehensible as it goes along and then Free Fire, a colossal waste of an All Star ensemble's time and talent. Nobody who makes Free Fire should be part of this group.
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Re: Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2018, 11:27:49 PM »
I'll take off Bahman Ghobadi for A Time for Drunken Horses but I really hope someone else tosses Andrew Bujalski out of here. Funny Ha Ha and Mutual Appreciation are both intensely obnoxious films. (I rather enjoyed Computer Chess though)

I reckon Guy Maddin isn't gonna last long around here.
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Re: Film Directors Who Never Made a Bad Movie
« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2018, 11:32:05 PM »
I reckon Guy Maddin isn't gonna last long around here.
I can't tell because you only get to remove one. (I think of it as the Bondo Clause.) I do wonder if by naming him you've put a target on his back.
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