Quote: chipolata @ January 17, 2008, 3:00 PM
A great director, and surprisingly adept at comedy too. Rear Window is both tense and funny. And, unlike many directors (mentioning no names, but Quentin Tarrantino springs to mind) he managed to maintain a high quality threshold throughout most of his career.
I get the impression you just hate Tarantino there! You could have picked on just about any director as all have made their poor films; even greats like scorcese. Id disagree to some extent anyway about QT, the only slightly shaky film of his for me is Death Proof, and I even enjoyed that. Its no Pulp Fiction, but its a fun enough flick. I know Kill Bill isnt to everyones tastes, but I maintain that its a great film(s). Hopefully hell get down to his proper movies soon though. QT appears to be one of those artists that just really gets the goat of some people! There are other film makers who people perhaps dont like, but people like QT always get singled out for extra lashings of vitriol!Perhaps becuase he became so popular and is a big personality who goes all out in the media when hes got a project out.
A more appropriate example I would say of a great director losing it would be John Carpenter, greats like Halloween, The Thing, Assault On Precinct Thirteen, Escape From New York, etc; then from about the late eighties onwards, nothing but crap!
As for the topic at hand, Id plump for Psycho; obvious maybe but thats only because its so good.