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Directors who peaked creatively with their first film 
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Zedferret wrote:
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I'm not a huge Rob Reiner fan, so I think he never topped This is Spinal Tap.


Good call, but I think the Princess Bride is up there.


Yeah, for me, Reiner didn't go to shit until after "Misery."

Then there's John Carpenter, who went to shit after "Starman."


Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:18 am
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Wow good call with Darabont. Too bad Christopher Nolan made Following as his first film and David Fincher made Alien 3 as his first, since they both peaked with their sophomore features of Memento and Se7en, respectively.


Ditto The Wachowski Brothers, with their second outing behind the camera being the original Matrix.


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Robert Redford: Controversy over it being better than Raging Bull aside, Ordinary People is a very good film that he hasn't topped.
Kevin Costner: Another Scorsese-beater with his debut, but Dances with Wolves is really quite a film and certainly tops his work on The Postman, Open Range, and Waterworld (after Kevin McReynolds walked off set)

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Well by that logic The Green Mile cribs from the bible... :D


I guess I never heard the part about Jesus curing Ponitus Pilate's bladder infection. :lol:


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JamesKunz wrote:
Wow good call with Darabont. Too bad Christopher Nolan made Following as his first film and David Fincher made Alien 3 as his first, since they both peaked with their sophomore features of Memento and Se7en, respectively.


Yeah, I'd be inclined to agree with you on Fincher but for the existence of Fight Club. Frankly, I thought that even Panic Room was up there with Seven. Fight Club, for me, is his masterpiece though.


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Brian Singer. I've liked all of his movies but I don't think he'll ever make a better movie than The Usual Suspects.


Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:03 am
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Brian Singer. I've liked all of his movies but I don't think he'll ever make a better movie than The Usual Suspects.


That's his second film. His first was something called Public Access.


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Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez ("The Blair Witch Project"). The term one-hit wonder was coined for cases like them.


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Justin Lin. He debuted with a pretty good gritty high school/crime film called Better Luck Tomorrow. Then what does he do next? The generic military film Annapolis followdd by two Fast And The Furious movies.

John Singleton, who was cited earlier, falls into the same category. He debuted with a great, edgy film and then devolved into being a director for hire. Although Rosewood and Higher Learning were good movies and Poetic Justice and Baby Boy weren't the disasters some people made them out to be. Shaft and Four Brothers were good for what they were. Yet it still feels like he's slumming. And of course the truly abysmal 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Matty Rich is another one. He debuted with the low budget Straight Out Of Brooklyn. Then he took on his first studio project with The Inkwell. That movie, while not exceptional, was not the disaster many people made it out to be. Yet it flopped and Rich apparently never recovered from that failure. The fact that he pretty much left the business after that speaks for itself. Unless he's pulling a Malick, in which case we might see a new movie from him in 2014.

Nick Gomez. Actually he didn't peak creatively with Laws of Gravity. New Jersey Drive and Illtown were both pretty good. He did stumble with Drowning Mona, his first attempt at a studio film. He hasn't made a feature since then and my intial thought was he'd done a Matty Rich, until I looked on IMDB and saw that he's done a lot of television directing.

We can't count Michael Cimino since The Deer Hunter was his second film.

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Here's one I just thought of: Ernest Dickerson.

Spike Lee's former cinematographer made an impressive directorial debut with Juice. Then after that he goes on to make Survivng The Game (Okay. But generic) Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (Mindless gore in search of a story) and Bulletproof (an unfunny waste of some funny talent). Juice wasn't a masterpiece. But it was one of the better urban dramas of that era. SInce then, DIckerson has worked primarily in TV.

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Here's one I just thought of: Ernest Dickerson.

Spike Lee's former cinematographer made an impressive directorial debut with Juice. Then after that he goes on to make Survivng The Game (Okay. But generic) Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight (Mindless gore in search of a story) and Bulletproof (an unfunny waste of some funny talent). Juice wasn't a masterpiece. But it was one of the better urban dramas of that era. SInce then, DIckerson has worked primarily in TV.

I liked Demon Knight and Bulletproof, but yeah it was dissapointing to see him directing so many middling TV films after Juice.


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Aww, I like Demon Knight. TFTC could be a love or hate it kind of thing in general though, I suppose.


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Mike Jittlov is another one who made one film, The Wizard of Speed and Time and never directed another film. Wizard came out in 1988 and apparently has never come out on DVD, which it should. It's a Hollywood satire about a special effects artist who makes his own film with a zero budget, entitled "The Wizard of Speed of Time". It's a lot of fun.

Jittlov was a special effects wizard, and this film was made with zero budget. Jittlov did have a few tv credits before the film, and some shorts, one of which, "The Wizard of Speed of Time," is integrated into the longer film.

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Jonathan Frakes. I'm watching his directorial debut right now in fact.


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Jonathan Frakes. I'm watching his directorial debut right now in fact.


You're not a Thunderbirds fan? :)

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Jonathan Frakes. I'm watching his directorial debut right now in fact.


You're not a Thunderbirds fan? :)

I am :) I'm also a fan of Clockstoppers admittedly.


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Robert Redford: Controversy over it being better than Raging Bull aside, Ordinary People is a very good film that he hasn't topped.


I haven't seen Ordinary People, so I can't make a fair statement. But Quiz Show is an excellent film.

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JamesKunz wrote:
Robert Redford: Controversy over it being better than Raging Bull aside, Ordinary People is a very good film that he hasn't topped.


I haven't seen Ordinary People, so I can't make a fair statement. But Quiz Show is an excellent film.


I also LOVED The Horse Whisperer and A River Runs Through It.


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H.I. McDonough wrote:
Zedferret wrote:
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I'm not a huge Rob Reiner fan, so I think he never topped This is Spinal Tap.


Good call, but I think the Princess Bride is up there.


Yeah, for me, Reiner didn't go to shit until after "Misery."




I loved A Few Good Men and The American President.


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Thief12 wrote:
JamesKunz wrote:
Robert Redford: Controversy over it being better than Raging Bull aside, Ordinary People is a very good film that he hasn't topped.


I haven't seen Ordinary People, so I can't make a fair statement. But Quiz Show is an excellent film.


I would argue that Quiz Show is his most fully realized and best film.

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