Originally Posted by Pappa Dolla
This is the most important reason to do anything. And he's good at it. I loved Pineapple Express and Your Highness was a great way to take me back to my childhood using real animatronics. Yeah, they're basically stoner/fart jokes, but so what? I enjoy turning my brain off. Do you realise how boring and bland the world would be if every film was a cinematic masterpiece?
This is why we should have a separate movie and film forum. Film buffs hate the stuff I like and call it, "low brow, juvenile and forgettable crap" and "the basest, most immature mainstream comedies". If we say the same about a Von Trier film we're called clueless!
You stick to films, I'll stick to movies.
But the thing is he's not
very good at it. They're characterless films that could have been directed by anyone at all without a smidgen of difference. David Gordon Green's early films put him out there as someone with a huge love of cinema, and a wonderful control of (to use a pretentious phrase) the cinematic form. Now, I'm sure he's having a blast in Hollywood, and if we measure success in financial terms he's more successful than he's ever been (and ever would be if he kept making the kind of films he was making). And I'm happy that he's succeeded in that regard. But I just find it bizarre that such a unique director has all but abandoned the films he was clearly passionate about and very good at (if we measure success in terms of critical recognition). There are many directors who balance small personal projects and Hollywood blockbusters, Steven Soderburgh being one. To me, it's a waste that someone as talented as David Gorden Green is just making films that would be just as good/bad/indifferent in the hands of any random director-for-hire. I enjoy turning my brain off (although personally Pineapple Express and all just bore me to tears
) but I'd prefer ambitious, individual cinema any day of the week.
And one more that springs to mind - Alex Proyas. He created a most unusual, haunting sci-fi film with Dark City. But since then he's all over the shop. There was the bland I, Robot, but Knowing showed him unable to match ambition (Knowing is awful, but it is different
) with execution. Richard Kelly also belongs in the category - seemingly with an inability to replicate or even emulate the huge success of Donnie Darko.