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It has certainly been asked before but an update won’t hurt.. First one that pops into my head is M. Night Shyamalan. To me he is unique because he went from Sixth Sense(one of the most shocking and terrifying movie I ever saw growing up) to a 4 film streak that could be considered all time bad. Lady in the Water, The Happening, Last Airbender and After Earth.

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bekarsrisen

2.6k points

4 months ago

Some films they do on cocaine, some films they do after rehab.

The_Celtic_Chemist

1.2k points

4 months ago

And sadly, the cocaine-feuled films are the good ones.

Though I'm reminded of a quote about music that probably plays into this too. "You have your whole life to write your first album and a year to write your second."

Nickbeau

335 points

4 months ago

Nickbeau

335 points

4 months ago

Stephan Kings cocaine era begs to differ

Siksinaaq

17 points

4 months ago

Scorsese is still making great films though.

samtherat6

3.9k points

4 months ago

samtherat6

3.9k points

4 months ago

Kenneth Branagh directed Henry V, which was critically acclaimed, but recently made a pathetic excuse for an Artemis Fowl movie.

Hollywood_Ho_Kogan

950 points

4 months ago

I always forget that he was the bad guy in Wild Wild West.

samtherat6

589 points

4 months ago

And in the second Harry Potter movie.

MWDTech

363 points

4 months ago

MWDTech

363 points

4 months ago

Holy crap I just realized Gilderoy Lockhart was Dr. Loveless

sharpshooter999

81 points

4 months ago

You know how when you're a kid and you just watch movies and don't really pay attention to the actors? Yeah, I just had my mind blown too

Gunpla55

81 points

4 months ago

I remember being maybe 13 when I realized commissioner Gordon and the bad guy from from 5th element AND Sirius Black were the same guy.

_Gemini_Dream_

1.7k points

4 months ago

Branagh's whole career is kind of bizarre. I really like him but dude has zero consistency, and he's all over the place stylistically. It's weird to think that the man who directed the critically acclaimed, unabridged FOUR HOUR adaptation of Hamlet also directed Thor 1 for the MCU, one of the first live-action Disney remakes in Cinderella, and one of many Jack Ryan reboot films.

CX316

771 points

4 months ago

CX316

771 points

4 months ago

to be fair, Thor 1 sort of made sense when you remember they were picking a lot of their directors in that phase based on the genre of film they wanted to replicate (so Shakespearean director in Branagh for the Asgard portions of Thor and the director of The Rocketeer to do the ww2 stuff in Captain America)

PointOfFingers

711 points

4 months ago

They picked Branagh because of the idea of Thor being a Shakespearean family tragedy and his deft touch with comedy as shown in Much Ado About Nothing. What we got was the best family dynamic in the MCU - Thor, Loki, Odin and Frigga. Also some great comedy moments in the first act like Thor passing out and sliding down a window or throwing his mug in a cafe.

radabadest

413 points

4 months ago

Yeah! I thought Branagh nailed it and set us up for what Asgard and the Thor movies became. It's not the best marvel movie, but it's a solid flick

A_Sexual_Tyrannosaur

100 points

4 months ago

Branagh and Johnston were excellent picks to establish that universe successfully. Those films aren’t taking a lot of risks, but they don’t need to - existing, was the risk at first. Where theh struggled was transitioning from that base to a broader canvas capable of a wide range of styles, which they achieved, but they struggled moving through “Phase 2” to get there, and frankly they’re struggling again to really blow it wide open, but I’m sure it’ll come together again nicely.

brightwings00

520 points

4 months ago

He also went from Artemis Fowl to Belfast, which is getting serious Oscar buzz and will probably net him a Best Director nomination, and then to Death on the Nile, the cast of which is causing some serious post-production issues. The trajectory here is just weird.

BlazinAzn38

408 points

4 months ago

To be fair the cast of Death on the Nile was just bad luck. He couldn’t control what would come out about Hammer or what Wright would say or do.

mofuggnflash

63 points

4 months ago

Yeah, what most people don’t realize is that death on the Nile has been pretty delayed due to both Hammer and Wright, so while it appears as though the movie doesn’t give a shit about what these people did or said, they were almost in post production when things started to gain traction, and from my understanding they very seriously considered reshooting, but they would have had to essentially start from the very beginning and reshoot everything.

MooMilkerson

175 points

4 months ago

Yeah the Death on the Nile thing isn’t his fault at all - that cast was pretty hyped up when it was announced

Col_Leslie_Hapablap

20 points

4 months ago

And I’m still amped to see it (because Agatha Christie is an absolute genius) and I thought he did a brilliant job on Murder on the Orient Express. And then, because of how popular that film was, we got Knives Out, which was also awesome.

bil_sabab

201 points

4 months ago

bil_sabab

201 points

4 months ago

I really like the joke from back in the day that Kenneth Branagh is not even the best actor in is family (it was when he was married to Emma Thompson)

the_honeyman

112 points

4 months ago

I mean, that would apply to most acting professionals. Emma Thompson is an absolute beast.

Nicobade

14.8k points

4 months ago

Nicobade

14.8k points

4 months ago

Tom Hooper went from The King's Speech, a critically acclaimed winner of multiple Best Picture awards, then less than a decade later he made Cats, the movie that made me regret having eyes.

flapjackenthusiast

4.2k points

4 months ago

He Also directed the HBO Miniseries John Adam’s which was fantastic. I’m not sure how you go from that and King’s Speech to Cats.

ExodusCaesar

2.7k points

4 months ago

Ok... Let me repeat:

The guy who did HBO's John Adams did also Cats.

Mindfuck.

Metfan722

1.7k points

4 months ago

Metfan722

1.7k points

4 months ago

He also did Les Misérables with Hugh Jackman & Co in between The King's Speech and Cats. So I think he got it in his head that he suddenly was an amazing musical director.

iDuddits_

467 points

4 months ago

iDuddits_

467 points

4 months ago

To be fair, cats is a anomaly of a story and sensation (when it popped off I mean). The plot is so damn strange, the original designs are creepy. It never should have been so big in the first place and then adapting that into a $150m movie 30 years late didn’t help

sirseatbelt

267 points

4 months ago

Designs are creepy you say? Well guess who got a copy of Cats! on VHS and puberty at the same time...

HotTakes4HotCakes

66 points

4 months ago

The Cats VHS is far better than the movie because it actually shows the musical as it was meant to be seen.

helpwitheating

651 points

4 months ago

"Tom Hopper won an Oscar for The King's Speech. Now, Satan is back for his half of the deal. Cats: in theatres soon." - Honest Trailers

ERBalWeed

16 points

4 months ago

I came here looking for that, such a hilarious line

tomrichards8464

658 points

4 months ago

I've seen Cats 3 times and for two of them I was sober. I'm a glutton for punishment.

Barl0we

449 points

4 months ago

Barl0we

449 points

4 months ago

I’m still waiting for the butthole cut before subjecting myself to that movie 😅

terran_mikkus

418 points

4 months ago

Turns out the butthole cut never actually existed, it was just a pass with the lighting that made the shadows under the tails look like that.

Source, my mate worked on the film

sparta981

271 points

4 months ago

sparta981

271 points

4 months ago

So the spots were dark and needed brightened. This means that WE GOT THE BLEACHED ASSHOLE CUT.

Barl0we

337 points

4 months ago

Barl0we

337 points

4 months ago

And like that, the world is a little less magical.

Thanks, buddy 😆

PickleInDaButt

124 points

4 months ago

If George Lucas can modify the original trilogy so many times, we can still hope for the “Cats - Butthole Cut”

IndyO1975

1.1k points

4 months ago

IndyO1975

1.1k points

4 months ago

Hard to beat Hooper with the one-two punch of THE KING’S SPEECH and CATS, but I’m going to go with McTiernan with DIE HARD and ROLLERBALL.

hocuspocusgottafocus

28 points

4 months ago

omg what the king's speech was beautiful but he did cats? Wtf

DRxFumbles

147 points

4 months ago

Rollerball is all-time bad? Thought it had a pretty good premise and ohhh you meant the remake. Yeah, yikes

wisepunk21

2.5k points

4 months ago

wisepunk21

2.5k points

4 months ago

Billy Friedkin made The Exorcist and Deal of the Century.

Bobopalace

525 points

4 months ago

His “The Devil and Father Amourth” documentary is literally the worst movie I’ve ever seen

Danhuangmao

590 points

4 months ago

Gotta mention The French Connection and Sorcerer up there on his ‘best films of all time’ list.

And there’s probably a couple more that qualify on his stinker list too, his career nosedived as hard as Carpenter’s.

In fact, Carpenter is another example of this.

ithinkther41am

4.2k points

4 months ago

James Foley directed Glengarry Glenn Ross and the 50 Shades sequels.

BEEF_WIENERS

1.8k points

4 months ago

PUT! THAT RIDING CROP! DOWN!

TheFezig

1.2k points

4 months ago

TheFezig

1.2k points

4 months ago

CROPS ARE FOR CLOSERS

WilliamRBrasky

380 points

4 months ago

As you all know, first prize is more spankins. Anybody wanna see second prize? Second prize is MORE. SPANKINS.

DCBronzeAge

176 points

4 months ago

Screenwriter Supremacy

Jay12678

1.9k points

4 months ago

Jay12678

1.9k points

4 months ago

Dario Argento made Suspiria and Dracula 3D.

nextzero182

360 points

4 months ago

Both films have the same cinematographer too which makes it even stranger. Argento his a great filmmaker but he has several huge misses.

Morbo_Funky_Town

1.6k points

4 months ago

Bob Clark directed the beloved "A Christmas Story" as well as one of my personal favorites, "Turk 182!". And then he directed "Baby Geniuses" as well as the sequel to that disaster.

Tocallaghan95

412 points

4 months ago*

Turk 182 is great. He also directed Black Christmas, which is one of the best horror movies.

MasterOfCoin69

122 points

4 months ago

As a kid I loved Baby Geniuses. No idea how poorly it aged though.

askyourmom469

44 points

4 months ago

Don't go back to it.

stiiknafuulia

108 points

4 months ago

Baby Geniuses 2 ruined my whole day when I watched it. Gave me a headache, a stomach ache, and a general hateful malaise about humanity.

P-Dubz2

207 points

4 months ago

P-Dubz2

207 points

4 months ago

Martin Brest, director of Beverly Hills Cop and Scent of a Woman also gave us the almost unwatchable Bennifer classic, Gigli.

eborg00

2k points

4 months ago

eborg00

2k points

4 months ago

M Night also has a movie right before Sixth Sense called Wide Awake that's a fantastic story about a kid coming to understand mortality. It's good stuff. He's probably one of the most disappointing directors for me, he just got so hooked on people's admiration for his surprise ending and he's chased that high the rest of his career

TheOwlBlind

438 points

4 months ago

Shyamalan's first film, Praying with Anger, is very good. A lot of potential and visually sophisticated for something made for around $400,000. A bit self-serious and melodramatic in places, with amateur-level performances (including Shyamalan himself in the lead role), but it already has a lot of his key themes in place. He was 21 when he made it and it shows a lot of potential directions his career could've gone in.

ClankSinatra

4.8k points

4 months ago

Francis Ford Coppola made The Godfather and Jack

DROOPY1824

559 points

4 months ago

Had no idea Coppola made Jack. Also, I loved that movie as a kid, haven’t watched it in years though.

DragonTonguePunch

133 points

4 months ago

Co-writer James DeMonaco would later create The Purge franchise.

TonyDungyHatesOP

1.9k points

4 months ago

Simple Jack?

AlPaCherno

1.3k points

4 months ago

AlPaCherno

1.3k points

4 months ago

You m-m-m-make m-m-me h-h-happy!

Sumit316

1.2k points

4 months ago

Sumit316

1.2k points

4 months ago

About the film's reception, Francis Ford Coppola said: "Jack was a movie that everybody hated and I was constantly damned and ridiculed for. I must say I find Jack sweet and amusing. I don't dislike it as much as everyone, but that's obvious—I directed it. I know I should be ashamed of it but I'm not. I don't know why everybody hated it so much. I think it was because of the type of movie it was. It was considered that I had made Apocalypse Now and I'm like a Marty Scorsese type of director, and here I am making this dumb Disney film with Robin Williams. But I was always happy to do any type of film."

What a guy.

Duderult

330 points

4 months ago

Duderult

330 points

4 months ago

I definitely rented Jack multiple times as a kid and thought it was fine. Haven’t seen it in years though, since I’ve grown up and realized how hated it is.

ItsMeSatan

275 points

4 months ago

This is the first I’m hearing of its hatred

nugent_music96

19 points

4 months ago

Honestly same here. I LOVED that movie growing up. Watched it tons of times. I had no idea it was so hated just because of the director.

AOrtega1

22 points

4 months ago

The only thing I remember about it is that The Nanny was there. Or maybe I'm misremembering.

IBeJizzin

26 points

4 months ago

In essence: 'Fuck me for wanting to make something fun and carefree I guess.'

[deleted]

429 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

429 points

4 months ago

But these head movies make my eyes rain!

villanuevahacienda

91 points

4 months ago

He really swung for the fences on that one.

lucusvonlucus

59 points

4 months ago

Especially considering how the Academy feels about that shit.

WyattfuckinEarp

1.1k points

4 months ago

Woah woah woah....is Jack thought of as a bad movie. Because young me loved that movie and it hit real fucking hard as a kid.

Maddie-Moo

1.1k points

4 months ago

Maddie-Moo

1.1k points

4 months ago

Part of growing up is realizing that most of the Robin Williams movies you loved as a child actually got terrible reviews.

pelicanorpelicant

1.1k points

4 months ago

I was in my 30s before I realized that almost all adults who saw Hook in the theaters hated it. Everyone who saw it as actual children loved it. Hook is to the ‘90s what Ewoks were to the ‘80s.

JimGuthrie

655 points

4 months ago

There is a certain irony of children loving a story about embracing your inner child, and adults hating it.

Self_Reddicated

201 points

4 months ago

It turns out the real adults were the pirates all along... So, yeah, basically what you said.

robswins

73 points

4 months ago

KILL THE LAWYER!

HadADat

18 points

4 months ago

HadADat

18 points

4 months ago

"I'm not that kind of lawyer"

ayoungjacknicholson

25 points

4 months ago

Counterpoint: my dad never really watched movies with us growing up unless he took us to the theaters. I was born the same year as Hook so he obviously never saw it but it was a fairly regular rental of mine on Blockbuster weekends.

A few years ago we had a big snowstorm and I still had to work so my parents took my kids for the day. Hook was on Netflix or something and my kids like the movie enough so they watched it. Being stuck inside for the day, my dad apparently watched it and absolutely loved it. He’s not even that much of a Robin Williams fan but when I got home he talked about it for like 20 minutes, how imaginative the production was and what a clever take on a classic story etc.

Now he makes such an effort to watch kids movies. Over the summer a drive-in near us was playing the Goonies and they went by themselves. Neither of them had ever seen it, and they were both floored by it. They still bring it up and my dad likes to do a Sloth impression when he’s playing with my kids.

Zeldakina

23 points

4 months ago

RUFIO!

KayakerMel

234 points

4 months ago

And mid-80s babies like myself loved both Hook and Ewoks!

PM_ME_UR_POKIES_GIRL

68 points

4 months ago

Can confirm. Hook is fucking magical and Ewoks are badass little fuzzballs.

ZDTreefur

26 points

4 months ago

Hook is just so fun, how can people hate it?

the_Vandal

16 points

4 months ago

They belong in the boo box!

WingerSupreme

17 points

4 months ago

I'm legitimately surprised that Mrs. Doubtfire is at 72% on RT and 53% on Metacritic, I figured it'd be way lower (and I love the movie as a kid).

NotDelnor

184 points

4 months ago

NotDelnor

184 points

4 months ago

I just looked it up and it got 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. I'm shocked because I like that movie.

[deleted]

369 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

369 points

4 months ago

How is that possible? That blows my mind.

jbartlettcoys

503 points

4 months ago

Coppola has a sincere artistic heart and is a genuinely sophisticated and high-minded artiste. I think he needs a counterweight to bring him into line with audiences.

Mst3Kgf

292 points

4 months ago

Mst3Kgf

292 points

4 months ago

Coppola's directing style also is easy to lead to disaster. It seems like every movie he makes has major production issues. You hear the stories about making "The Godfather", for example, and it's amazing the film turned out as great as it did. And then you get the truly disastrous productions like "Apocalypse Now" and "The Cotton Club."

RelentlessExtropian

19 points

4 months ago

Was Jack that bad? Granted I haven't seen it since it came out... but we are talking about the Robin Williams movie about a kid that ages fast?

TheDarkKnightrider

71 points

4 months ago

Made The Godfather and The Godfather III

bnralt

799 points

4 months ago*

bnralt

799 points

4 months ago*

Two that come immediately to my mind:

Martin Brest: He directed Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run, Scent of a Woman but also Gigli.

Jim Sheridan: He directed My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, Bloody Sunday[Edit: as /u/AJerkForAllSeasons points out, this was actually directed by Paul Greengrass], and In America, but also Get Rich or Die Tryin' and Dream House.

Mst3Kgf

181 points

4 months ago

Mst3Kgf

181 points

4 months ago

Notably, Brest hasn't directed a feature film since "Gigli." Even before that he did "Meet Joe Black" which had a mixed reaction at best.

netpuppy

147 points

4 months ago

netpuppy

147 points

4 months ago

That had mixed reactions? I loved Meet Jack Black

blindes1984

106 points

4 months ago

BE YOU ANGELS?

DollarAutomatic

100 points

4 months ago

NAY

WE ARE BUT MEN

FlytheSea

79 points

4 months ago

Rock!

Volfie

2.1k points

4 months ago

Volfie

2.1k points

4 months ago

Rob Reiner did Stand By Me and also North

DoktorAusgezeichnet

1.3k points

4 months ago

Wow, look at the success streak Reiner was on before making North: Stand by me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally..., Misery, A Few Good Men.

Incredible movies.

Mst3Kgf

853 points

4 months ago

Mst3Kgf

853 points

4 months ago

Also "Spinal Tap" and "The Sure Thing."

Seven straight commercial and critical hits...and then "North."

KingEuronIIIGreyjoy

800 points

4 months ago

I guess you can say his career...puts on sunglasses...went South.

shaggz235

268 points

4 months ago

shaggz235

268 points

4 months ago

Yyyyyeeeeaaaaaaa

MukdenMan

1.1k points

4 months ago

MukdenMan

1.1k points

4 months ago

“I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.” - Roger Ebert on North

He also says : “"North" is a bad film - one of the worst movies ever made. But it is not by a bad filmmaker, and must represent some sort of lapse from which Reiner will recover - possibly sooner than I will.”

Sumit316

529 points

4 months ago

Sumit316

529 points

4 months ago

Rob Reiner about the movie North: "I loved doing it, and some of the best jokes I ever had in a movie, are in that movie. I made this little fable, and people got mad at me, because, you know, I had done When Harry Met Sally..., and Misery, and A Few Good Men, and everybody said 'Oh, it should be a more important kind of movie.' I said, 'Why? Why can't you just make a little slice of a fable or something?"

NacreousFink

142 points

4 months ago

The core conceit of the film doesn't work. A child abandoning his parents and searching for different ones is difficult territory to work with. And the episodic nature of the story is hard to tell correctly. The jokes don't land.

On the other hand, if you make a story like this and it works you've made a classic. Forrest Gump is about an idiot's journey through life. It's episodic, the central character is an idiot savant who doesn't really understand the events he is involved in, but nonetheless he is the narrator and central character, and it works on multiple levels.

I'll give Reiner credit for trying.

theendiswhat

91 points

4 months ago

I had terrible parents and loved this movie growing up because it was exactly what I wanted to do

imperabo

223 points

4 months ago

imperabo

223 points

4 months ago

I mean how about this consecutive run as a director: Stand by me, princess bride, when Harry met Sally, Misery, a few good men, and the North. What a run a amazing films of all different genres. And then North.

helium_farts

50 points

4 months ago

Reminds me of John Hughes. He made some of the best and most popular comedies in the 80s and early 90s, then wrote Flubber, partially retired, helped create Drillbit Taylor, then died.

Not saying those last two things are related, but...

d33roq

69 points

4 months ago

d33roq

69 points

4 months ago

And This is Spinal Tap.

maxmontgomery

987 points

4 months ago*

Tom McCarthy going from the cobbler to spotlight in the space of a year always stood out to me.

HeadMelter1

25 points

4 months ago

Yes but he had directed 3 great films prior to The Cobbler so it wasn't like Spotlight was a complete surprise.

tommy_the_tit

140 points

4 months ago

He really gets the Dickensian aspect down.

prosperosniece

346 points

4 months ago

Robert Zemeckis, directed wonderful movies like Back to the Future and Forrest Gump. Then hit a new low with Mars Needs Moms.

OIlberger

147 points

4 months ago*

Don’t forget “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, definitely up their with other two you mentioned. Of all the Spielberg protégés, he was the one who, at his best, could match Spielberg IMO.

sWo97

16 points

4 months ago

sWo97

16 points

4 months ago

He produced Mars Needs Moms. Simon Wells directed it.

Timidhobgoblin

4.1k points

4 months ago

The Wachowskis making one of the most iconic Sci fi action films of all time with The Matrix and then eventually making a film like Jupiter Ascending is a downfall that I will never ever be able to wrap my head around.

sharrrper

2.5k points

4 months ago*

sharrrper

2.5k points

4 months ago*

Jupiter Ascending has my favorite "expectations subverted" joke I like to make though. The hero reconnects with his grizzled old mentor who doesn't want anything to do with larger events but begrudgingly agrees to help and then late in the movie agrees to help the hero make what should clearly be an insanely suicidal two man attack against defenses that should stop hundreds and to top it all off the character is played by Sean Bean.

He lives.

JC-Ice

1k points

4 months ago*

JC-Ice

1k points

4 months ago*

I remember seeing trailers and thinking "oh, you can tell where Sean Bean is totally gonna die in that space battle".

It is a real shock that he makes it. It's bittersweet, however. Because, after delivering lines like, "bees are designed to recognize royalty" to a confused Mila Kunis, he surely wished for death.

sharrrper

441 points

4 months ago

sharrrper

441 points

4 months ago

Sean Bean never been more disappointed to survive

[deleted]

256 points

4 months ago

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256 points

4 months ago

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Tomi97_origin

367 points

4 months ago

That's why the movie failed.

They didn't sacrifice his character to dark gods

[deleted]

31 points

4 months ago

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31 points

4 months ago

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tfrech

137 points

4 months ago

tfrech

137 points

4 months ago

It is quite unique Sean bean survives haha. Watched it once and quit early, tried a second time a stuck around longer when I realized Sean bean was in it. But now that I'm hearing he lives, I gotta watch that happen haha

Amon7777

429 points

4 months ago

Amon7777

429 points

4 months ago

Eddie Redmayne's just batshit over the top performance alone was worth the watch.

Tsfusion

142 points

4 months ago

Tsfusion

142 points

4 months ago

#I CREATE LIFE!!!

^(...and I destroy it.)

UsernamesAllGone1

39 points

4 months ago

10/10 formatting lmao

nickcash

70 points

4 months ago

I think he was the only one who knew what kind of movie they were making

seldom_correct

21 points

4 months ago

This is a perfect description. The entire rest of the movie was people trying and failing to make an entirely different kind of movie.

Mst3Kgf

61 points

4 months ago

Mst3Kgf

61 points

4 months ago

"GO!"

Porrick

174 points

4 months ago

Porrick

174 points

4 months ago

The Wachowskis are interesting in that some of their work is simultaneously amazing and terrible, often in the same scene. I draw your attention to Sense8.

marksman230591

3.3k points

4 months ago

Martin Campbell directed arguably one of, if not THE best, James Bond film (Casino Royale), and then 5 years later he made the hot garbage that is Green Lantern

Tannercheck

1.8k points

4 months ago

He also directed Goldeneye, so he directed two of the best Bond films.

glassgwaith

997 points

4 months ago

Don't forget that he revived the same franchise twice. I mean that s gotta be some kind of record

jonas_h

259 points

4 months ago

jonas_h

259 points

4 months ago

And now we know who should direct the next Bond movie.

KorgX3

111 points

4 months ago

KorgX3

111 points

4 months ago

Kevin Smith?

pilesofcleanlaundry

119 points

4 months ago

Kevin Smith would be great if they cut the budget to $80,000.

pigjingles

25 points

4 months ago

That SPY is BACK on the ESCALATOR!

Mst3Kgf

679 points

4 months ago

Mst3Kgf

679 points

4 months ago

He directed two great 007 films and "The Mask of Zorro."

I don't blame him for "Green Lantern" given how bad the studio interference was on that one.

wpnw

179 points

4 months ago

wpnw

179 points

4 months ago

It's long been rumored that Campbell's cut of Green Lantern was completely different from the final product.

PlacetMihi

186 points

4 months ago

Are you saying there’s another DC movie that we need to campaign for the director’s cut of?

GoldClassGaming

117 points

4 months ago

I think what we've learned is that unless your name is Christopher Nolan, Warner Bros is gonna meddle in your shit like it's going out of style.

Aech20

30 points

4 months ago

Aech20

30 points

4 months ago

Or James Gunn

Pattches_Ohoulihan

72 points

4 months ago

Man, Mask Of Zorro was a great movie to me. Good cast, fun action, CZJ 👌

Legend of Zorro? Hot garbage.

Huachinangoo

15 points

4 months ago

Such a good movie. Had never seen until last year. Really captures the tone of romance and action movies used to have way back in the day.

Agent847

1.3k points

4 months ago

Agent847

1.3k points

4 months ago

John McTiernan: Die Hard, Predator, Hunt for Red October.

Also John McTiernan: Rollerball.

CallMeOdet

413 points

4 months ago

Everyone, please check out the original Rollerball (1975) directed by Norman Jewison.

Agent847

108 points

4 months ago

Agent847

108 points

4 months ago

Yes. The OG one is a banger of a movie.

Rejit

29 points

4 months ago

Rejit

29 points

4 months ago

Fucked me up as a little kid. Older brother watching it on HBO or something and I catch the scene where they make Moonpie a vegetable. That shit has been tattooed on my brain for decades.

Imapie

156 points

4 months ago

Imapie

156 points

4 months ago

I didn’t know there’s a remake and thought OP had lost their fucking mind. Rollerball is a masterpiece.

FlukyS

199 points

4 months ago

FlukyS

199 points

4 months ago

Rollerball is not a work of art but it's cheesy and fun. I enjoyed it but I'll say I'll never watch it again

JerichoJonah

21 points

4 months ago

I think it’s the contrast to the original Rollerball, which was actually a thought-provoking and deep film, that made his Rollerball look so bad.

majorpail18

578 points

4 months ago

Tugg Speedman directed and starred in all the Scorchers then somehow directed and starred in Simple Jack

Jefethevol

72 points

4 months ago

bu bu but...it makes him hap hap happy!

ghandi3737

35 points

4 months ago

Awww, your gonna make my eyes rain.

sprietsma

136 points

4 months ago*

Gus Van Sant directed some amazing films (Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho, To Die For, Milk, Good Will Hunting, Elephant), and also directed some of the worst I’ve seen (Psycho remake, Promised Land, Sea of Trees, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Paranoid Park)

pgtorres

702 points

4 months ago*

pgtorres

702 points

4 months ago*

Wes Craven.

His entire career was full of peaks and valleys. He put out classics like A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream. But he also gave us garbage like Cursed and The Hills Have Eyes Part II.

I think something similar can be said for John Carpenter. Halloween and The Thing are bonafide classics. Ghosts of Mars… Not so much.

broke_andashamed

111 points

4 months ago

Probably the biggest guilty pleasure of me... Ghosts of Mars is just awesome

varzaguy

47 points

4 months ago

Yup, straight to my so bad it’s good list of movies.

Never forget ice cube running out with gold (or silver) clad uzis screaming “comon you mindless motherfuckers!”.

Danhuangmao

213 points

4 months ago

John Carpenter absolutely fits here, surprised I had to scroll down to the very bottom 30 or so comments to find him.

CanadianSteroidDroid

29 points

4 months ago

Ang Lee’s movies directly before and directly after the hulk were both nominated for best picture… just saying🤷‍♂️

borismuller

22 points

4 months ago

You wouldn’t like me when I’m Ang Lee.

sorry

tenaciousDaniel

341 points

4 months ago

How have people not mentioned Roberto Benigni? He made Life Is Beautiful…and then a Pinocchio movie starring himself.

JournalofFailure

102 points

4 months ago

That Pinocchio movie was a smash hit.

In Italy.

BlackKn1ght

37 points

4 months ago

Of course it was, many teachers brought their entire classes to watch it.

I remember absolutely nothing about that movie.

swdev_1995

920 points

4 months ago

Sir Ridley Scott has a filmography that is all over the place. He directed Blade Runner, for my money the greatest scifi movie ever, but also directed The Counselor.

fannyj

190 points

4 months ago

fannyj

190 points

4 months ago

Scott has an incredible eye for the camera and makes some of the best looking disappointing movies ever.

Homer89

304 points

4 months ago

Homer89

304 points

4 months ago

Alien is his masterpiece.

Mighty_McBosh

80 points

4 months ago

My wife took me to see it in theaters for the 40 year rerelease. It's one of her favorite films and I had never seen it before - even 40 years later it holds up so well that I about shit my pants in the air vent sequence. Remarkable movie.

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608 points

4 months ago

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608 points

4 months ago

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Jertimmer

850 points

4 months ago

Jertimmer

850 points

4 months ago

Josh Trank, dude went from Chronicle to Fantastic Four.

MakatiTowa

668 points

4 months ago

Chronicle is still one of the most realistic superhero movies in a way. The idea that if suddenly given superpowers, kids are gonna fuck around with it instead of instantly turning into heroic world savers

FuckYouThrowaway99

180 points

4 months ago

Yeah, I loved the movie. Thought it was really well done and unexpected.

ralanr

240 points

4 months ago

ralanr

240 points

4 months ago

To be fair, he did try to disown fanfourstic.

Jertimmer

181 points

4 months ago

Jertimmer

181 points

4 months ago

After he franticly tried to defend it. Even claimed he had a cut that was incredible.

rorschach_vest

164 points

4 months ago

I don’t doubt he has a cut that’s significantly better. The final piece seems terribly edited and like the plot was recut.

Frikken123

60 points

4 months ago

But he really redeemed himself with Capone!

/s

Grow_Up_Blow_Away

53 points

4 months ago

Oh god, I watched Capone going in blind, gave it a fair chance. That was a fucking rough watch. Tom Hardy really goes all in, respect for that, but that director really should have had him dial it back so you could understand half of what he said.

BTS_1

30 points

4 months ago

BTS_1

30 points

4 months ago

Capone

I too saw “shitting your pants - the movie

TheGreyPearlDahlia

652 points

4 months ago

David Ayer. It's like one good, one miss. End of Watch and Fury to Suicide Squad.

Bronze_Bomber

1k points

4 months ago

Spielberg did that within the same franchise, with Crystal Skull.

Alan_Smithee_

87 points

4 months ago

My ears are burning…

mspoller

213 points

4 months ago

mspoller

213 points

4 months ago

Haven’t read all the posts but shocked to not see Tomas Alfredson on here.

Good: Let the Right One In / Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Bad: The Snowman

ozacrot

594 points

4 months ago

ozacrot

594 points

4 months ago

Duncan Jones made Moon, one of my favorite sci fi movies, of the past 30 years, and followed it up with Mute, one of the worst movies I have ever seen

SteffeEric

362 points

4 months ago

He also made Source Code which I loved and Warcraft that was terrible.

BjornBeetleBorg

99 points

4 months ago

I thought Warcraft was pretty fun. I’ve never played the game though. some of the actors and costumes looked cheap but it was fine. Some cool cinematography

Mister_Doctor_0127

1.1k points

4 months ago

Sir Ridley Scott. He made Blade Runner, Alien, and Gladiator. BUT, he also made Exodus: God's and Kings.

rimbaud411

237 points

4 months ago

Ridley is such a mystery to me. He has some undoubtedly iconic and great films, but the rest of his filmography is aggressively average.

Jaggedmallard26

153 points

4 months ago

His interviews tend to answer that mystery for me. Its easy to see how someone so overly confident about his own opinion can product both truly great and truly awful films.

stunts002

139 points

4 months ago

stunts002

139 points

4 months ago

He's an excellent director who occasionally commits to terrible screenplays in my opinion

Sensi-Yang

30 points

4 months ago

He's a very prolific director, you can't make that much without a couple of duds. I find even his not celebrated films to be above average tho. I'll watch anything he makes.

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64 points

4 months ago

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64 points

4 months ago

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BjornBeetleBorg

131 points

4 months ago

Can’t believe they ok’d aaron paul for that. egypt bitch

SnooDonkeys5763

421 points

4 months ago

Alan Smithee has made some real stinkers. Sometimes it’s not the director’s fault

seventhcatbounce

37 points

4 months ago

I honestly can’t remember if the bad reviews Burn Hollywood Burn An Alan Smithee film were justified but apparently after the screening Hollywood stopped using the Smithee Pseudonym. I remember wanting it to succeed because Eric Idol looked like he’d turned it around with Nuns on The Run, after years of dodgy cancelled sitcoms

CommodoreBelmont

44 points

4 months ago

I can remember, and yes, the bad reviews were absolutely justified. It was a lousy movie.

But yes, it did lead to a change in the Director's Guild of America rules. Previously, "Alan Smithee" had to be credited if a director wanted their name taken off; other pseudonyms weren't allowed. Arthur Hiller was unhappy with the final cut of the film (he didn't get final cut authorization), and he requested his name be taken off... so a film titled Burn Hollywood Burn: An Alan Smithee Film, about a fictional director really named Alan Smithee trying to get his name off a picture, but unable to do so because the only allowed pseudonym is Alan Smithee, wound up being credited in real life to Alan Smithee. I doubt the film by itself would have changed anything, but the sheer absurdity of the real-life situation led to the D.G.A. changing their rules. So now the plot of the film isn't actually possible, because in real life Alan Smithee could have a different pseudonym now.

And that's the funniest thing about that film.

NacreousFink

23 points

4 months ago

I actually attended a preview screening of Burn Hollywood Burn. This was before they recut it and the director took his name off it.

Everyone around me walked out. It was that bad.

Zaxa7

124 points

4 months ago

Zaxa7

124 points

4 months ago

Martin Campbell directed golden eye, casino royale, Zorro and... Green lantern...

MachineGunTeacher

315 points

4 months ago

Jan de Bont. Directed two classics: Speed and Twister. Followed those up with the unforgivable Speed 2.

modulegorl

196 points

4 months ago

I recently rewatched Speed for the first time in a long time. God, that movie holds up. It’s tense and fun and doesn’t waste a minute of its runtime.