August 27, 2005
Saturday Night at the Movies. . .
One Hit Wonder?
Last Saturday night I reviewed the movie Alexander, declaring it:
“Worst. Movie. Ever.”
These three words convicted me, in the estimation of Downtown Lad, of clearly evident homophobia.
Others, however, agreed with me. And, believe me, if you haven’t seen Alexander, the whole gay thing pales in significance to the painful dialogue and tedious plot development.
Andy and Larry Wachowski
Anyhoo. In the comments, I asked: Why do people keep giving Oliver Stone money to make movies? And reader Pat Patterson responded with a fun and interesting list of similar directors — those who have coasted their entire careers on one good movie.
So, for this Saturday night, here’s Pat’s list of Hollywood’s One Hit Wonders:
Paul Verhoeven-Soldier of Orange,
Robert Rodriguez-El Marachi,
The Wachowski Brothers-The Matrix (not the sequels),
Woody Allen-Annie Hall,
John Singleton-Boyz in the Hood,
David Lynch-Blue Velvet,
Michael Cimino-The Deer Hunter
Nora Ephron-Sleepless in Seattle
So Nora Ephron is an interesting one. . . I was going to argue and say, “But what about ‘When Harry Met Sally?’ But clever! She wrote that one, not directed it. Still, there is “You’ve Got Mail.”
Okay. I know. It’s a chick flick. But it wasn’t that bad. I’m not going to the mat on it though. . .
David Lynch. Have to tell you: could not even make it through Blue Velvet. The appeal escaped me.
And Paul Verhoeven. Wondering if anyone will want to argue for Basic Instinct? (Total Recall, even??) Looks like I need to rent Soldier of Orange.
So weigh in. Want to defend any of these guys? Add any others?