LelekPL wrote:I cannot believe you can see a decline in film. I sure as hell don't see it and I'm watching more movies than you (as you, yourself admitted). So take advice from someone who had some good luck with films recently and watch the films we mentioned on these lists. You will be pleasantly suprised by MOST of them
Perhaps I would find myself pleasantly surprised by a few but what I know is this; the following is a list of favorite directors who are working today and my feelings towards their recent (or upcoming) work...
Steven Spielberg- again I'm hoping Bridge of Spies
is a return to form but I'm not getting my hopes up since Lincoln
and War Horse
< many of Spielberg's previous directorial products such as Saving Private Ryan
, Schindler's List
, Raiders of the Lost Ark
, Catch Me If You Can
, Jurassic Park
Clint Eastwood- sure, American Sniper
is technically the top grossing film of 2014, but Eastwood's prior three films were largely disappointing and unless Sniper proves otherwise I feel Clint hasn't made a great film since 2008.
David Fincher- Gone Girl
, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
, and The Social Network
are all in the range of good to great and I placed once in my Top 10 for the decade and the other two as honorable mentions, but it's hard to rank them above Se7en
, and a few others when it comes to Fincher's collective body of work.
Sam Mendes- Skyfall
is an excellent Bond film but in the scope of Mendes work I rank it below Revolutionary Road
, Road to Perdition
, and American Beauty
Ridley Scott- all his latest films have pretty much been a disaster; still waiting for the return of the director who made Gladiator
, Black Hawk Down
, American Gangster
, Thelma & Louise
Michael Mann- Judging by the reviews/reception Blackhat
is a major misfire for this once great director of Heat
, The Insider
, and other quality films.
Chris Columbus- Pixels
looks idiotic and Percy Jackson: The Lightning Theif
was a lame Harry Potter knockoff
Alfonso Cauron- I've seen enough of Gravity
from the trailers to know it's a crash and burn compared to Children of Men
, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
, and Y Tu Mama Tambien
Martin Scorsese- Wolf of Wall Street
are mostly misses compared to his 2000's filmography (The Departed
, Shutter Island
, Gangs of New York
, and even The Aviator
Ron Howard- anyone actually excited about seeing Moby Dick brought to screen?
I'm sure as heck not. I'm probably looking forward more to the next Dan Brown adaptation, but that's not saying much. Hard to believe this guy once made great films like Apollo 13
and A Beautiful Mind
Robert Zemeckis- why is he making a film out of a story that was documented not too long ago and who cares to watch it even if it does star the popular JGL? That being said Zemeckis will always be a favorite if only due to his making of Forrest Gump
Todd Phillips- The Hangover
didn't require any sequels and even the original wasn't as funny as his previously directed films
Michael Bay- this director who once was a guilty pleasure has taken 'Bayhem' too far with his horrid continuations in the Transformers series
Peter Jackson- he went too far down the Hobbit hole...
Rob Reiner- The director behind classics The Princess Bride
, When Harry Met Sally
, Stand By Me
and Best Pic nominee A Few Good Men
has seemingly lost his way...
Jason Reitman- whatever happened to this guy? After hits with Thank You For Smoking
, and Up in the Air
last decade he's followed up with three bombs this decade
Ben Affleck- as I mentioned before, I was less impressed by Argo
than I was The Town
and Gone Baby Gone
David. O Russell- felt American Hustle
was mostly a waste of time compared to Silver Linings Playbook
and The Fighter
which are both Top 10 films for their respective year and actually deserving of their award success.
So anyways, perhaps you can see more clearly now why I have been so discouraged by film this decade, particularly as of lately. Heck, even Nolan's most recent work has been a bit disappointing compared to what came before...