Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

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Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Jeemo » 15 Sep 2017, 20:03

Bryan Singer made The Usual Suspects now makes X-Men movies.

The Wachowski brothers made Bound & The Matrix now make headlines in the media for nothing to do with films.

Richard Kelly made Donnie Dario then......

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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby PENK » 15 Sep 2017, 20:07

There's a film I love called Kontroll, the debut film from a Hungarian director called Nimrod Antal. It's a very unusual, offbeat black comedy about ticket inspectors on the Budapest underground, which uses the setting brilliantly and has a great sense of mood and character.

Antal proceeded to go to Hollywood and make something called Armored, a Predator sequel and a documentary about Metallica.

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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Matt Wilson » 15 Sep 2017, 22:43

William Friedkin and Peter Bogdanovich are my standard answers.
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Jeemo » 15 Sep 2017, 23:23

Matt Wilson wrote:William Friedkin and Peter Bogdanovich are my standard answers.


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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Matt Wilson » 15 Sep 2017, 23:34

When I watched Snatch again the other day I thought of Guy Ritchie. Not sure he was ever truly great to begin with and I haven't seen any of his films in years but he could probably fit the category as well.
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Postby Jeemo » 16 Sep 2017, 00:11

I thought of Ritchie as well, but he's just making the same film over and over again.
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Snarfyguy » 16 Sep 2017, 06:03

Peter Weir. Boy did he go off the boil.
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Postby toomanyhatz » 16 Sep 2017, 06:08

PENK wrote:There's a film I love called Kontroll, the debut film from a Hungarian director called Nimrod Antal. It's a very unusual, offbeat black comedy about ticket inspectors on the Budapest underground, which uses the setting brilliantly and has a great sense of mood and character.

Antal proceeded to go to Hollywood and make something called Armored, a Predator sequel and a documentary about Metallica.

Oh well.


The Metallica doc was great, though.
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby algroth » 16 Sep 2017, 06:32

For both Singer and the Wachowskis I prefer their X-Men and post-Matrix work respectively, actually. For the latter case in particular, Speed Racer is highly creative and heads and shoulders above anything they'd done til that point or since.

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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby toomanyhatz » 16 Sep 2017, 06:54

toomanyhatz wrote:
PENK wrote:There's a film I love called Kontroll, the debut film from a Hungarian director called Nimrod Antal. It's a very unusual, offbeat black comedy about ticket inspectors on the Budapest underground, which uses the setting brilliantly and has a great sense of mood and character.

Antal proceeded to go to Hollywood and make something called Armored, a Predator sequel and a documentary about Metallica.

Oh well.


The Metallica doc was great, though.


Actually, scratch that. He didn't do the one I was thinking of.
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Jeemo » 16 Sep 2017, 07:50

algroth wrote:For both Singer and the Wachowskis I prefer their X-Men and post-Matrix work respectively, actually. For the latter case in particular, Speed Racer is highly creative and heads and shoulders above anything they'd done til that point or since.


Spèed Racer is headache inducing. All flash and nothing underneath.
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Pansy Puff » 16 Sep 2017, 09:06

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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Rayge » 16 Sep 2017, 10:58

Clyde Gash wrote:Charles Laughton

Yep. That was the name I wanted to toss in.
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Rayge » 16 Sep 2017, 10:59

If I really wanted to be pretentious, I'd put in von Stroheim, although that would basically be book larnin', not viewing
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby wannabee enfant terrible » 16 Sep 2017, 11:09

Laughton, Friedkin, Bodganovich - each provided humanity with unperishable art.

Fucking potential! Why does everything need a report card? Must do better!
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby The Modernist » 16 Sep 2017, 11:24

Some great shouts so far.

Donald Cammell of Performance fame seems an obvious example.
Also I'd add Mathieu Kassovitz who hasn't done anything of note since La Haine.

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Postby Rayge » 16 Sep 2017, 12:35

neville from norwich wrote:Fucking potential! Why does everything need a report card? Must do better!


Fair point. OK I got nothing
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby joels344 » 16 Sep 2017, 14:55

Bernardo Bertolucci. While he's directed some impressive films with great popularity i.e., Last Tango in Paris, and The Last Emperor, I feel The Conformist was his last and only masterpiece. That film showed much potential for him as a filmmaker. After that and some scattered success, he was sadly designated to making big budget flops, mediocre art films, one convoluted epic, and largely forgettable affairs. He could've been what followed for Italian cinema after Fellini and Antonioni, but that wasn't the case.

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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Jeemo » 16 Sep 2017, 17:59

The Modernist wrote:Some great shouts so far.

Donald Cammell of Performance fame seems an obvious example.
Also I'd add Mathieu Kassovitz who hasn't done anything of note since La Haine.



How much of Performance was down to Roeg, any idea?
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Re: Directors that didn't fulfil their potential

Postby Positive Passion » 16 Sep 2017, 18:08

neville from norwich wrote:Laughton, Friedkin, Bodganovich - each provided humanity with unperishable art.

Fucking potential! Why does everything need a report card? Must do better!


Yes - surely Bogdanovich had done all he needed to with the last picture show.

Peter Weir was a good call.