Rank #1: Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson has occupied a rare space in film - critical appreciation, award show recognition, and box office consistency. He's been able to do this while making nine feature films. Before his tenth film, The French Dispatch, comes out later in 2020, Jon and Chris are joined by John Axford to discuss the works of Anderson, from Bottle Rocket to Isle of Dogs.
https://www.filmspotting.net/episodes-archive/2018/3/29/674-isle-of-dogs-top-5-wes-anderson-scenes-fs-madness-final-four (Yes - we know we ended up poaching two scenes from Josh Larsen's list)
May 04 2020
Rank #2: George Lucas
George Lucas may be the most talked and written about filmmaker in the history of movies. We take a fresh look at the full scope of Lucas's works, from THX 1138 to Revenge of the Sith. Will we find genius and ambition in the prequels or half-baked fan service? Will American Graffiti compare well to modern "gems" like Can't Hardly Wait and Superbad? Will Lucas ever direct again?
Episode Notes and Sources:
http://io9.gizmodo.com/star-wars-the-phantom-menace-doesnt-really-get-what-it-1742188503 http://io9.gizmodo.com/attack-of-the-clones-is-a-star-wars-wish-fulfillment-ch-1743553858 http://io9.gizmodo.com/sure-revenge-of-the-sith-is-the-best-star-wars-prequel-1744646183 http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-original-star-wars-is-a-great-movie-because-it-asks-1745802421 http://www.cracked.com/video_20196_how-george-lucas-almost-accidentally-made-masterpiece.html http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Jar-Jar-Binks-Sith-Lord-Star-Wars-Theory-Isn-t-Crazy-You-Think-98257.html http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/thx-1138-2004 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6793.Easy_Riders_Raging_Bulls https://www.youtube.com/user/RedLetterMedia/playlists?sort=dd&view=50&shelf_id=11
Jan 27 2017
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Rank #3: Mike Judge
Mike Judge may be more successful on the small screen (Beavis & Butt-Head, King of the Hill, and Silicon Valley). But, while his film work has not met with the same commercial success, his movies have certainly developed a following. Despite Office Space and Idiocracy being box office failures, people still talk about them years after their release. In this episode, we critique the films of Judge and get into a conversation about Judge's worldview.
Feb 28 2018
Rank #4: Andrea Arnold
When you have a fan that recommends a filmmaker that "carries on the legacy" of Jane Campion, it's worth taking note. Andrea Arnold's films may not be easy to watch, but there is power in her work. In this episode, we immerse ourselves in the Arnold's films.
Oct 16 2019
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Rank #5: John Hughes
John Hughes was a major figure in the mainstream films of the 1980s. Writing films at a furious pace throughout the decade, his films have remained basic cable staples while finding a place in many a teenager's heart. This episode, we dive into the eight films written and directed by John Hughes from Sixteen Candles to Curly Sue. Join us for the laughs, the teen angst, and of course John Candy.
Sep 02 2017
Rank #6: Brad Bird
Brad Bird has worked with Steven Spielberg, consulted on the Simpsons, directed the cult classic The Iron Giant, won multiple Oscars with Pixar, and helmed a critically acclaimed chapter of the Mission Impossible series. Is there anything Brad Bird can't do? Perhaps a live-action film loosely inspired by part of an amusement park was a bridge too far.
We are thrilled to be joined this episode by Jonathan Sundy, illustrator, character designer, and friend of the show. Listen as we discuss the philosophical underpinnings in Bird's works, the strength of his cinematic storytelling, and whether the ending of Tomorrowland is redeemable.
To find more about Jonathan Sundy, visit his website at: http://jonathansundy.com/
Show Notes and Sources:
http://www.cartoonbrew.com/ideas-commentary/brad-bird-words-144186.html http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2015/05/tomorrowland_and_ayn_rand_incredibles_director_brad_bird_s_key_influence.html https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/06/the-passion-of-brad-bird/394487/ http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/brad-birds-objectivist-leanings-shine-brightest-in-tomorrowland/article24549785/ https://thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/812-the-slippery-politics-of-the-incredibles-and-other/ http://www.avclub.com/article/brad-bird-faux-populist-14766 https://youtu.be/KiXZMujutI0 http://collider.com/brad-bird-iron-giant-signature-edition-interview-original-ending/ https://youtu.be/YOfhMPXSAQc https://youtu.be/aop2ShYJFXI http://taughtbyapro.com/podcast-brad-bird-interview-tomorrowland/ http://www.vox.com/2015/5/23/8647021/tomorrowland-review-disney https://youtu.be/p5xvBA3cyAw http://thedissolve.com/features/movie-of-the-week/810-the-incredibles-incredible-focus-on-the-family/ http://www.ign.com/articles/2005/03/10/an-interview-with-brad-bird?page=3 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/22/damon-lindelof-s-persecution-complex-there-are-people-who-are-gunning-for-me.html http://pixar.wikia.com/wiki/Brad_Bird http://www.dailyinterlake.com/archive/article-f1f5632d-e179-5b34-934e-3368a3adaeae.html http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0083348/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
Apr 25 2017
Rank #7: Alex Garland
Alex Garland may not buy into the auteur theory (we may not either), but he's been at the helm of two of the most interesting science fiction films in the last decade. Listen as we dive into Ex Machina and Annihilation.
Mar 11 2020
Rank #8: Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon's cult success and comic book credentials led him to The Avengers, which still ranks as the highest grossing superhero movie. One of our favorites, Whedon's work ranges from science fiction to Shakespeare. Is Whedon a complete filmmaker? What can or will he do next? Listen as Jon and Chris discuss.
Show Notes and Sources:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/63120/qa-joss-whedon-super-heroes-killing-characters-and-existing-outside-pop-culture https://filmschoolrejects.com/23-things-we-learned-from-joss-whedons-much-ado-about-nothing-commentary-45ecf5e01278#.a6ld55t0w http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/Serenity-1157.html http://io9.gizmodo.com/5905802/why-does-joss-whedon-always-kill-the-characters-we-love http://www.npr.org/2013/06/06/189113956/whedon-adapts-much-ado-about-nothing-for-silver-screen http://www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/tv-the-book-why-buffy-the-vampire-slayer-was-the-best-possible-name-for-that-show https://youtu.be/2Nsl3Of0ZIk https://youtu.be/Fp2iUAVJZvo https://youtu.be/wPnqzENRToA
Sep 19 2016
Rank #9: Armando Iannucci
Armando Iannucci is probably best known in the US for the political satire Veep. Across the pond, he also has a number of successful TV credits; however, this TV showrunner has also made two of the best reviewed comedies in the last ten years with In the Loop and The Death of Stalin. We didn't get to him in our comedy episode, so we are remedying that now. In this episode, we are joined by Mark Staron, to review the film works of Armando Iannucci.
May 20 2019
Rank #10: Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón is our first Oscar winner for best directing and we were certainly impressed with his talent. Listen as we discuss the effectiveness of Cuarón's filmmaking technique, his worldview, and the potency of Children of Men in today's political climate. Will Jon be won over by Gravity? Will Chris understand how AIDs can be funny? Listen to find out. Note: We do our best with Spanish pronunciations . . . which are not very good.
Show Sources and Notes:
http://www.cracked.com/article_24342_8-times-studios-nearly-wrecked-your-favorite-movies.html http://www.cracked.com/article_24134_6-film-plots-directly-lifted-from-video-games.html http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-movies-that-put-insane-work-into-stuff-you-never-noticed/ http://www.rogerebert.com/cast-and-crew/alfonso-cuaron https://mic.com/articles/66473/alfonso-cuaron-how-the-gravity-director-saved-harry-potter#.iRxDxbkym http://www.rogerebert.com/chazs-blog/rogers-favorites-guillermo-del-toro-alfonso-cuar%C3%B3n-and-alejandro-gonz%C3%A1lez-i%C3%B1%C3%A1rritu http://www.rogerebert.com/far-flung-correspondents/no-longer-an-inconceivable-future-the-vision-of-alfonso-cuar%C3%B3ns-children-of-men http://www.slashfilm.com/new-alfonso-cuaron-movie/ http://www.avclub.com/article/video-essay-illustrates-power-alfonso-cuarons-long-241610 http://www.avclub.com/article/ichildren-of-meni-35640 http://www.avclub.com/article/why-backgrounds-children-men-mattered-225093 http://www.vulture.com/2013/09/director-alfonso-cuaron-on-making-gravity.html http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/movies/awardsseason/alfonso-cuaron-discusses-his-films.html?_r=0
Nov 21 2016
Rank #11: Sam Peckinpah
Sam Peckinpah is the oldest and surely the most violent filmmaker that we have covered to this point. Listen as we discuss this iconic and influential filmmaker while grappling with the implications of Peckinpah's world view. From the seminal The Wild Bunch to the polarizing Straw Dogs, join Chris, Jon, and guest Pete Gerharz on this journey.
Mar 31 2020
Rank #12: Neill Blomkamp
For a while Neill Blomkamp seemed to inhabit a unique space in modern filmmaking - big original science fiction films. Then Chappie happened. Listen as we dive into the three films of Blomkamp starting with District 9, the critical darling that garnered a Best Picture nomination, and ending with Chappie, basically a reimagining of Short Circuit.
Jan 03 2020
Rank #13: Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright has had a camera in his hand for most of his life. Renown for his filmmaking and celebrated for his hilarious homages to classic genres, is there anything that Wright can’t do? Listen as we discuss Wright’s films from Shaun of the Dead to Baby Driver.
Nov 30 2017
Rank #14: George Miller
George Miller has a most curious filmography. The same man responsible for four Mad Max movies wrote and directed the Happy Feet movies and Babe: Pig in the City. In this episode, we rank the Mad Max saga, discuss the merits of Happy Feet (winner of an Academy Award), and delve into the mythology and messages of Miller's films. How did a low budget Australian action movie spawn a franchise? How are dancing penguins criticized as being anti-Christian? Listen as we try to answer these and more questions about this fascinating filmmaker.
Show Notes and Sources:
http://www.cracked.com/article_23652_6-beloved-movies-that-are-secretly-autobiographical.html http://io9.gizmodo.com/you-may-never-see-a-better-video-than-mad-max-fury-roa-1786534726 http://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/im-just-here-for-the-gasoline-an-overview-of-the-mad-max-saga https://youtu.be/CegN8_pn0-I http://www.npr.org/2016/02/08/465989808/mad-max-director-george-miller-the-audience-tells-you-what-your-film-is http://www.thewrap.com/mad-max-fury-road-george-miller-not-making-sequels-tom-hardy-charlize-theron/ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/mad-max-director-george-miller-889872 http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/george-miller-mad-max-sequels-861549 https://thedissolve.com/features/exposition/1026-for-mad-maxs-george-miller-all-roads-lead-to-myth-/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ulYRPvja0 http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-lessons-all-movies-should-learn-from-mad-max/ http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/mad-max-beyond-thunderdome-1985 https://youtu.be/RoltZ7XjaAk
Oct 21 2016
Rank #15: Ryan Coogler
Ryan Coogler went from student-athlete and film fan to box office king in a little over a dozen years. He's done three successful and critically acclaimed movies in his short career, from the potent and personal Fruitvale Station to the comic book grandeur of Black Panther. Listen as we gush and occasionally rant (mostly Chris) about the films Ryan Coogler.
Sep 17 2019
Rank #16: Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis is responsible for or has been involved in some of the greatest movies of all time. A comedy legend and one of, if not the most, influential comedy filmmaker of the last fifty years. We examine the highs and lows in his full career, and Jon may insult Robert De Niro's acting along the way.
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Oct 31 2017
Rank #17: Andrew Stanton
Andrew Stanton has been with Pixar since Toy Story and is responsible for some of the studio's biggest hits such as WALL-E and Finding Nemo; however, his attempt to make the transition to live action with John Carter fell flat. Will we find a hidden gem in Stanton's flop? Who will have more praise for WALL-E? Does Finding Dory signal that Stanton is getting lazy? Listen as we discuss the answers to these and more questions.
Show Notes and Sources:
http://io9.gizmodo.com/5892594/some-random-theories-about-why-john-carter-flopped http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/wall-e-2008 https://youtu.be/KxDwieKpawg https://youtu.be/-Kuk4ir54KI http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/the-dirty-truth-about-finding-nemo/ http://soundworkscollection.com/news/soundworks-collection-interview-series-director-andrew-stanton-finding-dory
Feb 23 2017
Rank #18: Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow has had his hand in some of the biggest comedies of the 21st Century, but only wrote and directed four films, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, and This is 40. We rank those films and look at the defining features of Apatow's work. Is it dick jokes, man-children, or a realization that no one gets a "happy" ending?
Sep 29 2017
Rank #19: Mike Birbiglia
Mike Birbiglia is a stand-up comedian, an actor, and a filmmaker. In this episode, we'll take a look at Birbiglia's career behind the camera as a filmmaker for such films as Sleepwalk with Me and Don't Think Twice. Does Birbiglia have what it takes to be a 21st Century comedy auteur?
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Dec 30 2017
Rank #20: Debra Granik
Debra Granik deserves to be included on any list of the best filmmakers of the 21st century. That should give you an idea of what we thought of Granik's four films, which include the Oscar nominated Winter's Bone and last year's Leave No Trace.
Apr 23 2019