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Directors who peaked creatively with their first film 
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Jonathan Frakes. I'm watching his directorial debut right now in fact.


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Actually haven't seen it. :) I'm a huge First Contact fan though.


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First Contact is awesome. I also think Insurrection is incredibly underrated.


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Thought of this thread a few days ago when reading an article on 90s films and realized that the last two decades alone have given us a great many filmmakers who gave us a really great first (or in some cases 2nd) movie followed by a series of follow-ups that range from good to mediocre to flat out awful. But were never able to recapture the magic of that first one. In some cases, talent seems to have abandoned them. More often though, it was most likely because the economic and cultural forces made it difficult. Some of the ones I've listed below have been discussed numerous times on these boards.

John Singleton (Boyz N The Hood vs most of his subsequent output)
David Gordon Green (George Washington vs most of his subsequent output)
Doug Liman (Swingers vs most of his subsequent output)
Neil Labute (In The Company Of Men vs most of his subsequent output)
The Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society vs most of their subsequent output)
Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects vs most of his subsequent output)
John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer vs most of his subsequent output)
M Night Shymalan (Unbreakable vs most of his subsequent output)
Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade vs most of his subsequent output)
Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow vs ALL of his subsequent output)
Karyn Kusama (Girlfight vs pretty much all of her subsequent output)
Boaz Yakin (Fresh vs most of his subsequent output)

And quite a few others I can't think of off the top of my head.

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Jeff Wilder wrote:
Thought of this thread a few days ago when reading an article on 90s films and realized that the last two decades alone have given us a great many filmmakers who gave us a really great first (or in some cases 2nd) movie followed by a series of follow-ups that range from good to mediocre to flat out awful. But were never able to recapture the magic of that first one. In some cases, talent seems to have abandoned them. More often though, it was most likely because the economic and cultural forces made it difficult. Some of the ones I've listed below have been discussed numerous times on these boards.

John Singleton (Boyz N The Hood vs most of his subsequent output)
David Gordon Green (George Washington vs most of his subsequent output)
Doug Liman (Swingers vs most of his subsequent output)
Neil Labute (In The Company Of Men vs most of his subsequent output)
The Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society vs most of their subsequent output)
Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects vs most of his subsequent output)
John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer vs most of his subsequent output)
M Night Shymalan (Unbreakable vs most of his subsequent output)
Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade vs most of his subsequent output)
Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow vs ALL of his subsequent output)
Karyn Kusama (Girlfight vs pretty much all of her subsequent output)
Boaz Yakin (Fresh vs most of his subsequent output)

And quite a few others I can't think of off the top of my head.


Feels a bit like you're shoehorning some of these guys in. David Gordon Green did three or four (depending on how you rate Snow Angels) good films before falling off, Neil LaBute did three, M. Night Shymalan did two movies before Unbreakable (and almost everyone agrees the Sixth Sense is a terrific film), etc.

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Surprised Richard Kelly hasn't been mentioned yet.

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Surprised Richard Kelly hasn't been mentioned yet.

I agree wholeheartedly, though the director's cut for the film botched it beyond belief, as someone else on here said, Donnie Darko was succesful in spite of Kelly, not because of him. For his sake and everyone else's, I sincerely hope he never directs again.


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Kelly's still got plenty of creativity, it's directorial talent he's lacking. Ambition has never been his problem, quality has.


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Kelly's still got plenty of creativity, it's directorial talent he's lacking. Ambition has never been his problem, quality has.

Southland Tales is proof that there is such a thing as TOO much creativity(note to all filmmakers, requiring people to read not one, not two, but THREE prequel novels just to understand what's going on in your film is insane) , that film had potential and I believe it could've been great or at least decent if someone had else had written the script.


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