0031: Great Opening One-Two Punches

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  • Sergei Eisenstein - Strike, Potemkin
  • Luis Bunuel - Un Chien Andalou, L'Age d'Or
  • Orson Welles - Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons
  • Joel Coen - Blood Simple, Raising Arizona
  • Quentin Tarantino - Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction
  • Whit Stillman - Metropolitan, Barcelona
  • Marc Caro / Jean-Pierre Jeunet - Delicatessen, City of Lost Children
  • Wachowski Brothers - Bound, The Matrix
  • Darren Aronofsky - Pi, Requiem for a Dream
  • Francois Truffaut - The 400 Blows, Shoot the Piano Player
  • Mike Nichols - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate
  • Brad Bird - The Iron Giant, The Incredibles
Author Comments: 

These directors have started their careers with two good feature films, making them a rare club who opened their lives as directors with a terrific one-two punch.

I'm open for suggestions!

I'll go ahead and warn everyone that PT Anderson will not be making this list. I find his first two films greatly over-rated. However, I recently watched the first 2 hours of Magnolia, and I am happy to report that I enjoyed it. I plan on renting the whole film soon. (I saw it during a pay channel preview weekend and had to leave it before it was over.)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Glad to see Welles here; amazing how great Ambersons is, even chopped up the way it is. I agree about Anderson's Boogie Nights, although Hard Eight isn't really all that talked about; I think it's actually overlooked. Not a great film, but a quality debut that nobody talks about. Magnolia is soo good however; I can't believe you haven't seen it, even though I told you it was my favorite film of 1999...sniff, sniff

Johnny Waco

For what it is worth, Magnolia is the next DVD in my Netflix rental que. I should receive it in a few weeks. I'll let you know what I think of the film once I've finally seen all of it. As I said, so far I've loved what I have seen.

Shalom, y'll!

L. Bangs

What about David Fincher w/Alien 3 and Se7en?

or maybe Guy Ritchie w/Lock stock and Snatch.

Sorry, but neither Snatch nor Alien 3 quite clear my limbo stick for this list.

Forgive me?

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I haven't seen Bound, but I've heard good things . . . What about The Wachowski Brothers?

Okay, now I've seen it. So I'd like to suggest The Wachowski Brothers for inclusion (or at least honorable mention) for Bound and The Matrix.

I'm going to assume you're trying to spare my feelings on the previous nomination of The Wachowski Brothers. :-) So, having just seen Trainspotting (which I'd suggest can go toe-to-toe with Requiem for a Dream for the full 15 rounds), how 'bout Danny Boyle for this list? I haven't seen Shallow Grave yet, but I'm adding it to my queue based on the strength of Trainspotting.

Nope, I just lost track of this list for awhile!

I've added the brothers, but I'm going to hold off on Boyle; I enjoyed Shallow Grave, but not quite enough to throw it on here. Perhaps I'll rewatch it soon...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Wes Anderson should be on this list for Bottle Rockets and Rushmore. Spike Jonze should be on here too! Being John Malkovich and Adaptation were great films. And now that Lost in Translation is out, paired with Virgin Suicides makes a for a great one-two punch from Sophia Coppola.

I'll consider Wes. I liked Bottle Rocket, but I'm not sure it is quite up to the first features on this list. I know the Wes cult claims it as one of his best, but so far, I think each film he's made as been better the last.

I cannot put Jonze up here, as I found Adaptation very disappointing. Sorry! His debut was terrific.

Coppola might well join here soon.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Would you consider Frankie Truffaut for The 400 Blows and Shoot The Piano Player?

Oh, man... you should add Terry Zwigoff to the list too. Ghost World and Bad Santa were both great.

However, Terry Zwigoff directed "Crumb" before "Ghost World." Which might still be a great one-two punch, but I haven't seen "Crumb."

AJdaGreat's right. Crumb is his first film, and while I loved Ghost World (and liked Crumb to some degree), that debut just isn't quite up here with the others, IMHO.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Although I do think that Macheath's suggestion of Truffaut might be a good one. Though, I haven't seen "Shoot the Piano Player."

Whoops! I missed that. You and he are right. He belongs here.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I wonder what Jeunet and Caro were doing before they started making feature films when they were only making shorts.

What about John Frankenheimer (Days Of Wine And Roses & Manchurian Candidate)?

Tallyho

:?)

Or was that Blake Edwards?

Don't pay attention to me.

Tallyho

:?O

But wait I can redeem myself and say William Wyler aka Billy or Willie who I think did These Three and Dodsworth although I'd have to check Videohound on that one. However if said pair are the first, these are surely good enough. I love Dodsworth in ways a grown man shouldn't love a movie.

Are you going to do a corresponding Great last gasps list?

Tallyho

:?)

I would personally have Paul Thomas Anderson up there with Sidney and Boogie Nights.

Alas, if only I were a bigger PTA fan...

Though I did catch the last hour of Boogie Nights again the other night, and it held up a bit better than I expected. I first saw it at the theater, and while I liked it, my joy was much less than that of the critics.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

yeah... If you haven't seen Sydney though you should... imo it's his best film

(L. thinks to himself) Hmmm... By Sydney, I assume he is talking about Hard Eight. I must look this up...

Ah, AMG says that Sydney was the working title. This may well be some PTA fan thing I don't get, like calling Star Wars Episode IV...(L. stops thinking)

No, I haven't Sydney all the way through yet, only in pieces. I will try to remedy this at some point.

Thanks!

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

i wouldn't say its a PTA fan thing... PTA always had it called sydney, which is the main characters name, and even though the movie has absolutely nothing to do with "Hard Eight" other than one scene, the production company decided to slap it on for the release against the will of everyone else involved... but other than that i just like the relevant title better.

Other possibilities:

Maya Deren - Meshes of the Afternoon, At Land
David Lynch - Eraserhead, The Elephant Man (if you don't count his shorts)