It’s not strange to disagree about movies that are wildly different, and there are surely a few random movies that are very polarizing. What I find most interesting is which movie people consider the best movie from a particular director, as it is usually very telling and polarizing in a different way, so to this point I will propose a new personality test where you reblog your favorite movie from each of these directors:
- Joel Coen: No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, Miller’s Crossing, Raising Arizona, etc
- Wes Anderson: The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tennenbaums, Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, etc
- Hal Ashby: Being There, Shampoo, Harold and Maude, etc
- Kevin Smith: Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks, etc
- Quentin Tarantino: Grindhouse, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, etc
My results: Fargo, The Darjeeling Limited, Harold and Maude, Chasing Amy, Pulp Fiction.
I’m pretty certain this is the kind of test where nobody reads each others’ answers, but I peeked at the other rebloggers and they’re all assholes.
UPDATE: Mr. Kottke threw in, not only calling me out on my bold and reckless selection of Darjeeling (to be honest, I picked it to be contrarian since I think it’s WA’s most mature work to date and doesn’t get the attention it’s due - had I to pick again, I’d have gone Rushmore), but also adding three more directors to the mix:
6. Stanley Kubrick: 2001, The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, Lolita, etc.
7. P.T. Anderson: Boogie Nights, Hard Eight, There Will Be Blood, Punch-Drunk Love, Magnolia.
8. Errol Morris: The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War, Mr. Death, Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, Gates of Heaven, etc.
And to this, I respond: A Clockwork Orange, Punch-Drunk Love, The Thin Blue Line.
And I should add that it’s an important part of human development to see at least three Hal Ashby films. Make one of them The Last Detail. (I’m looking at you, Gruber.)