Matt Wilson wrote:The more I think about it, the more I disagree with the consensus on this thread that he was better than his movies, that most of them were no more than above average. I could choose seven of his pictures which would make for a fine retrospective. Try these:
My Left Foot
Last of the Mohicans
In the Name of the Father
The Age of Innocence
Gangs of New York
There Will be Blood
and that still leaves off The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Room with a View. I haven't seen My Beautiful Launderette since it came out, but that's the first time I noticed him.
Of those you mentioned, the only two I've yet to see are Room with a View
and My Beautiful Launderette
, and whilst I like all of the rest, I still stand by my opinion, the only one of all those I love is There Will Be Blood
. Gangs of New York
and In the Name of the Father
are also very good, but not great.