Wow, I’ve done ten editions of “What’s Their Best Film?” already. In that time I have received great response from some of my regular and my non-regular commentators. I’m sure that a lot of you have voiced your opinion of not what you thought a particular filmmaker’s best movie was; but listed your favorite film from said director instead. Hey, that’s cool; because in order to accurately give an opinion of a director’s best movie you would have had to have seen every film in their catalog. I love movies, but I will not and cannot watch movies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are more important things such as work, supporting a family and figuring out ways to get Honey Boo Boo off the air. Damn what an annoying kid and her equally annoying mother!
So why am I babbling on and on? I shall tell you. In the last ten editions of “WTBF?” it has been you, dear reader, who has voiced your humble opinion. Now it’s my turn to give you my opinion. I will list each director below and I will tell what I think is their best movie or my favorite movie; whatever you want to call it.
Is it any surprise that I’m going with Goodfellas for this one? In my opinion it’s the greatest gangster flick ever made.
Runner-up: Taxi Driver
Most of what Bay puts out is complete shit; but if I had to choose a movie of his to watch I’d go with Armageddon . At least it got the Criterion Collection treatment.
Psycho. It’s my favorite “Hitch” film and in my humble opinion it is also his best. The shower scene alone is worth the price of admission.
Runner-up: Rear Window
Two words: Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2, Okay, so that’s six words. That’s because these movies rock so hard they blow up two words and turn them into six!
Runner-up: Pulp Fiction
I loved Magnolia and watch it at least three times every year. There are just so many great performances in this film from Julianne Moore to John C. Reilly. Tom Cruise was robbed of an Oscar for his role as informercial sex guru Frank ‘T.J.’ Mackey.
Runner-up: Boogie Nights
Do you honestly think I would choose anything other than The Thing?
Jeff Goldblum had the role of a lifetime in Cronenberg’s vision of the George Langelaan short story The Fly. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
Runner-up: The Dead Zone
BRIAN DE PALMA
Some might say Carrie, some might say Scarface; I’m going with Blow Out as De Palma’s best. Travolta’s performance is one of the key reasons Tarantino wanted him for Pulp Fiction.
Runner-up: Carrie or Scarface (tie)
I loved Short Cuts the first time I saw it and every time after that. Fantastic ensemble acting.
Not only is Sin City Rodriguez’ best film; but it is also the single most faithful adaptation of a graphic novel from page to screen that I have ever seen in my entire life. It’s also the movie that once again made a contender out of Mickey Rourke.
Runner-up: From Dusk ’til Dawn
Unforgiven is one of the greatest westerns ever made. It was directed by Clint Eastwood; who in turn learned a few tricks from one of the greatest filmmakers, Sergio Leone.
Runner-up: Million Dollar Baby or Mystic River (tie)
This is cheating, but I’m going with the entire Evil Dead trilogy for this one. Who needs Spider-man when you’ve got Ash? Bruce Campbell rocks!!
Runner-up: Spider-man 2
To be honest, I’ve only seen three Argento films: Suspiria, Mother of Tears and Opera. Of the three of those I suppose my choice for his best would be Suspiria. What a creepy and atmospheric film.
I have to go with The Wrestler on this one. I’ve been a fan of the squared circle for quite a long time and it’s the first film to take the subject matter seriously. Mickey Rourke was amazing as Randy “The Ram” Robinson.
Runner-up: Black Swan
I could be a complete asshole and go totally against the popular choice of A Nightmare on Elm Street as Craven’s best; but that would just be stupid. He gave us Freddy Fucking Krueger with this one, for crying out loud!
Runner-up: The Last House on the Left or Scream (tie)
Just as Craven brought usFreddy Krueger with his greatest film A Nightmare on Elm Street; so did Tobe Hooper bring us The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Leatherface 10 years prior. Watch this movie and you’ll think twice about picking up hitchhikers and eating Texas Bar-B-Que.
It may seem like a strange choice, but I pick his remake of Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes over High Tension (aka Haute Tension aka Switchblade Romance) as Aja’s best film. It’s close though; both movies are fucking brutal.
Runner-up: High Tension
Some people seem to love Rob Zombie’s films and other people seem to hate his films and his fucking guts. There’s no middle ground. What’s his best film? That’s easy: The Devil’s Rejects.
What have I said before? The Howling is the greatest werewolf movie ever made; so the choice here is a no-brainer.
Re-animator, of course. Those of you who disagree can get a job in a sideshow. This film brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘giving head.’
Runner-up: From Beyond
GUILLERMO DEL TORO
I haven’t seen everything by Del Toro, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Devil’s Backbone. It was an amazing little ghost story.
There is no question that Night of the Living Dead is Romero’s greatest film; the trouble is that Dawn of the Dead is every bit as awesome. Folks, we have a tie! Zombies everywhere have Uncle George to thank for their popularity.
Runner-up: Day of the Dead
I loved Session 9 and The Machinist on equal terms; but if I had to choose I’d have to go with the latter based simply on the strength of the performance from Christian Bale. The Machinist is a brilliant film about guilt and how it can affect us so deeply.
Runner-up: Session 9
The Exorcist. Nothing else need be said.
Runner-up: The French Connection
I choose May as McKee’s best for one simple reason: the deliciously disturbing performance from Angela Bettis. She deserved an Oscar for that movie.
Runner-up: The Woman
It’s going to take Sanchez a long time before he gets out from under the shadow of The Blair Witch Project. He’s been making heavy strides with films like Altered and Lovely Molly. Still, it is the witch who holds sway over all.
I’ve only seen one Bava film and that is Black Sunday. I do want to see more.
The same goes for Lucio Fulci and Zombie. I know, I know I need to watch more Fulci and Bava.
The man who gave us The Man with No Name. It’s hard to pick one great Leone film. A Fistful of Dollars? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly? Once Upon a Time in the West? Once Upon a Time in America? Nope, I just can’t do it.
There you go; my choices. Some are your choices as well and some are not. Opinions are like assholes; everybody has one and they make the world go ’round.
- Criterion Collection Coming to Hulu Plus (savings.com)
- Saddest Movies of All Time (mrmovietimes.com)
- Pairing a Spooky Movie with the Ideal Sweet Snack for a Halloween Date (berries.com)
- Spielberg vs. Spielberg in The Fight of the Holiday Weekend! (mrmovietimes.com)
- Goosebumps (comm2302metafiction.wordpress.com)
- Steven Spielberg Refuses to ‘Exploit’ Abe’s Assassination in ‘Lincoln’ (aceshowbiz.com)
- Craig’s Best James Bond; Spielberg’s Bruising Lincoln: Movies – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- When it comes to Bond, nobody does it better than Sam Mendes (sacbee.com)
- RU? Instant Reaction Review Podcast Ep. 33 – Wreck-It Ralph And Giveaway (areyouscreening.com)
- The comfort of clichés (thehindu.com)
Make your choice. What’s their best film?
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY-1968
THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY’S-1968
THE BOYS IN THE BAND-1970
THE BRINK’S JOB-1978
DEAL OF THE CENTURY-1983
C.A.T. SQUAD (TV)-1986
C.A.T. SQUAD: PYTHON WOLF (TV)-1988
12 ANGRY MEN (TV)-1997
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT-2000
THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (w/Daniel Myrick)-1999
- I used to love horror movies. Then I became a mom. | Babble (babble.com)
- Texas Chainsaw 3D Set Visit Report and New Images (dreadcentral.com)
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D Movie Preview (dangerouslee.biz)
- 5 Movies That Still Scare the Sh@t Out of Me (spiritofthething.wordpress.com)
- TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D Featurette Explains the Return of Leatherface (geektyrant.com)
- ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ Set Visit: ‘A Really Frickin’ Scary Movie’ (moviesblog.mtv.com)
- ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’: Everything’s Bigger in Texas (and 3D) – POSTER (hollywood.com)
- 10 Things to Know About TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D from Our Set Visit; Plus a Filming Recap and Exclusive New Image (collider.com)
- Halloween Series: Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III) (thatguythatreviewsstuff.wordpress.com)
- ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’: Will There Still Be a Massacre? – POSTER (hollywood.com)
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: The Beginning-United States-2006
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman
Screenplay by Sheldon Turner
Story by Sheldon Turner and David J. Schow
If The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning were a comic book the front cover would prominently feature in bold, bloody red letters HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME! THE ORIGIN OF LEATHERFACE!! The film is the cinematic companion to the 2003 remake and to be honest I feel that it raises the bar a little higher. Of course the story is the same; 2 young couples on the road trip of road trips run headlong into hell and the Hewitt family. This time out the main damsel in distress is Jordana Brewster. Stepping up to the plate and looking every bit as sexy as Jessica Biel did in the remake, Ms. Brewster is sent through the usual shit that scream queens are put through in a Texas Chainsaw movie. Rounding out the travelers are Matt Bomer, Taylor Handley and Diora Baird. On the Hewitt side of the family we are formally introduced to Thomas and Uncle Charlie. You know them better as Sheriff Hoyt and Leatherface. Andrew Bryniarski once again steps into the apron of Leatherface. He may not be Gunnar Hansen, but he’s still pretty damn intimidating. R. Lee Ermey plays the same part he’s played in most films he’s starred in; that of a loudmouth authority figure whose sole purpose in life is to make yours a living, breathing, bloody hell. Oh, and as an extra added bonus we get to see how Monty becomes a double amputee. Good times, kids, good times.
All in all, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning is in my humble and twisted opinion a worthy sequel to what I felt was a worthy remake of a classic horror film. It’s not going to make you forget the original, but I don’t think it’s really trying to in the first place.
- Universal Is Back On Board With The Creepiest Board Game Ever! (perezhilton.com)
- Is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a True Story? (socyberty.com)
- Seth Rogen/Barbra Streisand Comedy Retitled ‘The Guilt Trip,’ While ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’ & ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’ Get Release Dates (imdbfilmnews.wordpress.com)
- Jonathan Liebesman linked with Ninja Turtles reboot (guardian.co.uk)
- Release Date Shuffle: Sinister Steals The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’s October Slot (dreadcentral.com)
- ‘Djinn’ Trailer – ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Helmer Tobe Hooper Returns With Abu Dhabi-Set Haunted House Tale (slashfilm.com)