The Directing Brick Road

In similarity to The Acting Brick Road page I’ve been adding to now and then I aim to do the same sort of deal concerning auteurs.

I will look at differing directors best and worst work, see if they’ve done films that cater for families and if they’ve done more adult work. Basically seeing if they’re directors that have range or ones that like being known for excelling in one specific genre.

I will also link to videos of them away from the spot behind the camera and see what they’re like in interviews and the like.

It’s now time to put the microscope over the director’s chair, follow follow follow one and all.

QUENTIN TARANTINO

posted 17/03/2014

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BEST FEATURE: Tarantino’s best in my opinion is either ‘Pulp Fiction’ or ‘Inglourious Basterds’. One is a smooth and instant cult classic with memorable scenes and dialogue and the other is a fun and brave take on a story featuring the Jews and the Nazis. It also includes a scene 100% not lifted from history books on the death of Hitler, one of the best moments in the film and insanely ballsy and bloody. I’m going to stump for the former though and say his best directing is of ‘Pulp Fiction’. After making himself known with ‘Reservoir Dogs’ – his gritty spin on heist stories he steps up to the plate to deliver a cool and classy tale in the 1994 movie. The story interweaves characters and situations and exudes sheer confidence. A highly entertaining and thrilling film with great performances, exciting dialogue and beautifully crafted scenes that add to the mix of fun and danger of this film. Just the fact that a simple but effective dance routine is still recognised and replicated today stands the test that he can direct something with gravitas.

NOT SO BEST FEATURE: The least effective of the few movies he’s done would be ‘Deathproof’ which while being fun doesn’t really feel like a stand alone movie and shows off no real uber cool of Tarantino. The fact it was made as part of a Grindhouse double bill to link up to Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Planet Terror’ may be the reason it feels a little lost as a stand alone film. Also when watching them both, ‘Planet Terror’ is much better, a crazy but brilliant B movie type whereas ‘Deathproof’ starts off well and then with the second bunch of girls seems to seem like a long repeat and slows the pace down. It’s unfortunate but he’s made a weak film. Still enjoyable but compared to his others it falls short.

ALL ROUND VIEWING MATERIAL: Quentin Tarantino has definitely not directed a film that can be watched by the family. All his creations are 15 certificates or higher leaving little in the imagination of swearing and bloodshed. This isn’t something likely to change either and good on him as he doesn’t need to try and do something for everyone, he sticks to what he knows and loves and creates art in doing that.

MATURE FEATURE: The most insane or violent movie of his would probably be…if I can’t say all of them then perhaps the ‘Kill Bill’ films with their battles and deaths. Though all the others feature some outlandish or bloody death/scene/torture that makes it R rated. I’m going to just say all of them are his most mature features as they are because that’s what he does.

MY FAVOURITE FILM: It’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ because it’s just so cool. The dance scene is utterly brilliant and oozes classic appeal and charisma. The dialogue is genius and delivered by a stand out performance from Samuel L. Jackson makes the character of Jules come alive and be the best thing about the movie. The overdose and the following needle scene to help out Mia Wallace is a brave and brilliant moment. The soundtrack is second to none and adds to the flavour of the film. Little touches like his made up brands and his snappy language make the film what it is. The touch to have Steve Buscemi play a character opposed to the views of his character in Tarantino’s first film is a funny move. It’s a dazzling and enjoyable ride with characters and scenes that still enthrall and excite me now.

OTHER WORK: He is a master of writing and has also done the screenplay for ‘True Romance’ which is a great film too. ‘Natural Born Killers’ is also written by him, he’s written and starred in ‘From Dusk Til Dawn’. He’s also ventured into TV to direct an episode of ‘ER’ and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’. He likes to act too appearing in one form or another in all his films and in films like ‘Little Nicky’, ‘Machete’ and ‘Desperado’.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: 

A young and energetic Tarantino talking about ‘Pulp Fiction’ and his manner of making films. Who he’d like to act under and the influence of music.

A really odd advert featuring the man himself in a Japanese house. This is odd like I said, like really odd. He likes to be weird I guess.

He’s known for his violence in movies and more than once he’s been called up on this, unrightly so as it is the movies, there’s a clear distinction and he isn’t condoning violence but people seem to think he is while glorifying it. This video really shows what those people are like when trying to rile the director up and he responds as calmly as he can when faced with such nonsense.

A visionary director with the golden touch to create interesting and dynamic conversations. A man who creates imagery and topics to stay in the mainstream of pop culture of the movies, a cool figure who makes even cooler films that switch up styles and genres while maintaining his presence and stamp of directorship.

JOHN LASSETER

posted 20/03/2014

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BEST FEATURE: ‘Toy Story’ is the best of his few directorial offerings, though the sequel is also brilliant, but there’s something always magical and genius about the first one and the idea is still fun. It’s also dark and the Sid plot with his twisted creations is a believably frightening villain in not needing some huge outer baddie, people like this exist and so at the young age when first watching you’re scared for your toys. A heart-warming, fun and sometimes treacherous ride of a movie, also the first of it’s time to create a landscape and characters in computer animations. A groundbreaking step that paved the way and set up films of this day.

NOT SO BEST FEATURE: ‘Cars 2’, in my mind an unnecessary sequel out of all the Pixar worlds that could have been selected to grow. More an eye for money grabbing merchandise and the little ‘uns who love vroom vrooms. The first one was okay at best but nowhere as interesting as their past and now other features. A movie about cars just isn’t that exciting or different, things like ‘Up’ or ‘Monster’s Inc’ were unique and fun. The annoying boost of Mater as a character also adds to making this film the worst of his directing bouts.

ALL ROUND VIEWING MATERIAL: All his films whether as director, producer, writer etc are friendly for all ages and suitable material for an afternoon movie or something to watch as a family. They’re all creations that spark up the imagination and excite both adults and children.

MATURE FEATURE: Now really this doesn’t fit with Lasseter’s work but if pushed the most mature of his films would be ‘Toy Story’ that sits with a PG rating and because of the Sid figure can be a little scary. I remember being freaked out by the spider baby and the doll with the dinosaur head. It’s a chilling addition that could scare young tots.

MY FAVOURITE FILM: I’m going to stump for ‘Toy Story 2’ just because it’s not the obvious choice. I love ‘Toy Story’ but the second offering is funnier in more ways, there’s new characters and the introduction of Zurg. I love the whole Toy Barn scene with them going round, the airport and the following amusement park of conveyer belts lit my eyes up when watching it as a younger boy. Al is barmy and bad and his chicken ad is great…’everything for a buck buck buck!’ Also Prospector, a film with three villains of sort but man is Stinky Pete the worst, the dream of being in a museum is a lifetime lost and the fear of Woody not seeing Andy again is sad. There’s the cheesy poofs scene, the roundup memories, Rex headbutting the vent and the cones crossing the road. A film that stepped up in making the toys go further afield and so too did our imaginations in thinking toys all over were talking when our backs were turned.

OTHER WORK: He’s a big name in the universe of animation being writer for all the ‘Toy Story’ films and the ‘Cars’ movies and I bet he’s helped hone ideas for other Pixar films. He’s been executive producer on practically all Pixar films and the more recent Disney films too such as ‘Tangled’, ‘Frozen’ and ‘Wreck-it Ralph’. He also acted as a consultant for the first Muppets film. He’s also helped craft in more ways than one on the short films that appear before Pixar and Disney films.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA (OR STORYBOARD): 

Here is the man talking about ‘Toy Story’ and toys. The other volumes of this interview are on Youtube.

A 25 minute doc about Lasseter and his life.

A short clip of John Lasseter giving advice of how to get into animation or film in general.

A man of power in the animation world with an eye and passion for creating fun interesting films that capture imaginations of vast age groups. There may be a slump in Pixar creativity of late but once the sequels go away and their new offerings come to the table I picture them hitting the heights of the past once more.

JON FAVREAU 

posted 25/03/2014

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BEST FEATURE: ‘Iron Man’ is a breakthrough in fun and action packed superhero filmmaking. Favreau managed to start the trend in the Marvel universe of a hero story that stuffed one liners in with explosions and comic book drama. It helps that he had Robert Downey Jr on side to create a sarcastic witty hero strapped in top of the range armour. This first film is the most interesting of the three and still the best in my opinion, a great kickstarter to the character and the world of Marvel phases that are now huge.

NOT SO BEST FEATURE: ‘Zathura’. I realise ‘Iron Man 2’ wasn’t fantastic but it’s still a watchable fun superhero film that doesn’t ruin too much of the charm thanks to some good action sequences, Downey Jr and Johansson entering the fray as Black Widow. The sort of sequel to ‘Zathura’ is bad, a huge disappointment to the fantastical idea of a game that takes over. It shouldn’t have been made and the space set story doesn’t even help. Also Favreau said he disliked ‘Jumanji’ which is enough reason to dislike that side of him! It may have the wonder of the ‘Jumanji’ but it just doesn’t feel as fresh as that.

ALL ROUND VIEWING MATERIAL: He’s directed the first two ‘Iron Man’ films which are considered suitable action material for pre-teens. ‘Elf’ is a quirky christmas tale great for all the family, of course there is ‘Zathura’ too if you wish.

MATURE FEATURE: You could argue that for some the ‘Iron Man’ movies are possibly too extreme action-y for little ones, apart from that his films though featuring comedy and action are okay for practically all ages.

MY FAVOURITE FILM: It’s got to be ‘Elf.’ It’s such a fun family film that has silly humour in bundles wrapped up with a Christmas ribbon. Will Ferrell plays the daft Buddy human-elf with silly conviction and charm that you can’t help but get drawn to his character even through his annoying excitement and dwarfism. Zooey Deschanel is another quirky cute addition to the festive plot and it’s got to be a staple of mine every Christmas time. A fun little model narwhal, escalator antics and singing in the shower. Perfect winter wonder.

OTHER WORK: He’s wrote for ‘Swingers’, ‘Couples Retreat’ and the upcoming ‘Chef’ which he’ll also be directing. He’s also keen to act as he appears in roles quite often, of course as Happy in the ‘Iron Man’ films, also showing up in the TV juggernaut of ‘Friends’ as the wrestling participant Pete. ‘Almost Famous’, ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Wimbledon’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘John Carter’ are other works he’s appeared in.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: There’s his acting gigs that are more frequent than his directorial duties.

 Here’s the man appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, a peace sign entrance and he come across a humble guy. The second part sits by the side of the video.

Jon Favreau on ‘The Sopranos’.

and here’s a clip from his upcoming acting/writing/directing piece called ‘Chef.’ It looks interesting and I haven’t read anything about it so far so don’t what it’s about but I’ll probably see it.

Jon Favreau manages to direct a range of film stories that utilise on comedy but still manage to be suitable for all ages making them widely acceptable. He’s a fun actor who seems to do that more than his directing but when he does choose a script to shoot on the most part you can guarantee a good action-comedy piece of film.

CHRIS COLUMBUS 

posted 29/03/2014

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BEST FEATURE: It would be between the first two ‘Harry Potter’ movies just because of the sheer size of these films, the lack of knowing whether they’d hit right or not and taking such read fiction to the big screen would have been a worrying and huge task to undertake and it pays off with his direction helping set up the magical world of a set of characters the world would soon grow to love. ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ would be his best because it is the first and feels charming in that sense. Young, magical, breathtaking and great in being introductory to locations, people and items. It may not be the best of the eight films but it’s certainly in my top three or four I’d say just because this was a story you’d seen on page suddenly come alive in front of your eyes and it – on the most part – fitted with the feel of the book.

NOT SO BEST FEATURE: Columbus’ has done a couple of films that don’t quite hit the mark. The ‘Percy Jackson’ movies aren’t fantastic but it’s ‘I Love You, Beth Cooper’ which I couldn’t even watch all of, it was pretty cheesy and not that funny at all. It felt like an attempt at a mature high school placed comedy but didn’t get to that level. A film that could have been more instead of run of the mill fare.

ALL ROUND VIEWING MATERIAL: A lot of his work is suitable for families with young children, with the majority of his directing effort seeming to be aimed at that market audience. Obviously he’s done the opening two ‘Harry Potters’, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’, the first two ‘Home Alones’ and the ‘Percy Jacksons’

MATURE FEATURE: The most of his work that could possibly be deemed mature for younger viewers may be ‘Rent’ due to it’s story and grown up nature, the rom-com like ‘Nine Months’ would also be something of little or no interest to younger ones.

MY FAVOURITE FILM: It’s got to be ‘Home Alone’, it’s glorious annual Christmas tradition and Kevin is brilliantly twisted in setting up traps that capture the imagination. I remember watching this as a child and getting caught up in the story and loving the tricks and set ups made to stop the robbers. Also a film that when you grow up a little more you understand the sadder yet sweeter side of family togetherness at a time like Christmas. A classic movie that still provides enjoyment 24 years later.

OTHER WORK: He’s produced for a number of films, some of them being ones he’s also directed. The other movies are, ‘Jingle All the Way’, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘The Help’ among others. He also wrote ‘Gremlins’, ‘The Goonies’ and ‘Christmas with the Kranks’. Top stuff considering the classic awesomeness of films like ‘Gremlins’ and ‘The Goonies’, proving him as having more than one string to his bow.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: He’s had a couple of cameos in some films but acting isn’t something he does as one of those actor/director types.

Chris Columbus talking about his involvement in the Harry Potter world. If you can ignore the VHS sounding American narrator then it’s a nice interesting little interview.

Columbus discussing the love of his film ‘Home Alone’ and the timelessness plus emotion of the movie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tTLZY5B7YU

Chris Columbus on screen talking about a novel he co-wrote. Sounds interesting and fantasy based.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29BUyTajg7M

An intelligent man who likes directing films that provide heart and storytelling for children and families. He knows how to make these sorts of films and had the pleasure of working with John Hughes which is a noticeable influence in his style of work.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

posted 09/04/2014

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BEST FEATURE: Out of the films I’ve seen, which is all but two of his I would be hard pressed to choose between ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Memento’. If being pushed though I’d go for the latter just because it’s back into his earlier forays into filmmaking and has a gritty and interesting story that plays back and with a central character that becomes something unexpected it plays with expectations and a dark plot helps drive this non-linear structure. This isn’t without saying his directing of the updated Batman films are unimportant as he has revived a DC hero with huge scale and impressive visuals that have broken box office records and have merit to boot also.

NOT SO BEST FEATURE: This honestly feels bad putting it here as I saw it twice and Nolan hasn’t made a terrible or mildly terrible film at all but from the movies I’ve seen of his, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is the weaker of the three and therefore is why it appears in this section. A movie with perhaps one too many plot holes, a quick and unrewarding death for the main villain and something that looking back could be deemed as a small crash that should have been a huge bang to end his series of the Batman movies.

ALL ROUND VIEWING MATERIAL: ‘Inception’ is probably the one most likely to keep everyone amused and even if the dream within a dream and so on narrative does confuse some it has enough humour, spectacle and action to keep all interested. The Batman films do seem to attract all ages though even with their darker Gotham-like tones and moods.

MATURE FEATURE: The majority of his movies have a grounded dark edge that line his stories, the most of these would be ‘Memento’ with a more violent touch and the psychotic manic element of Heath Ledger’s Joker could be looked at as a nasty and unnerving character for younger eyes to look upon.

MY FAVOURITE FILM: This is another hard choice to rest upon and this film only just squeezes into top spot above other Nolan movies that I love as well. ‘The Prestige’ is a clever, moody and gorgeous piece of both filmmaking and storytelling. Great captivating performances from rival magicians with tricks to keep the story going and befuddle the audience too. A twist of intelligence and perfect placement. A film that can be watched multiple times and leave you finding more. David Bowie is also involved as Tesla so there’s that awesomeness also!

OTHER WORK: Nolan is a heavy hitter now in the world of superheroes helping produce and write ‘Man of Steel’. He’s also produced and written for the majority of his own films. He’s also producing for the around the corner ‘Transcendence’ from his own DOP pal. He’s also made a few short films back during the early 90’s. He has his next big feature out spring time next year with the amazing Matthew McConaughey in it, called ‘Interstellar’.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: That I know of he hasn’t appeared as an actor or cameo role in any film so his big talent is left to mature and expand behind the camera.

Nolan in a director-to-director interview opposite Del Toro discussing the ideas and style of ‘Memento’. Parts 2 and 3 in Youtube sidebar.

Here’s the director in an interview for ‘The Dark Knight’ talking about the IMAX addition, spectacle of his second Batman venture and the idea of Batman’s character played by Bale.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY1YENl2i74

Christian Bale on The Culture Show with Mark Kermode discussing the way he treats audiences of his movies as intelligent making his films the huge impressive feats they are as they don’t dumb down. They also chat over the spectacle in the third Batman film and whether scale takes precedence over story etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_P2N5GwJOo

A massively talented British director with spark and intelligence in his writing that do fair a tad better outside of the comic book films he’s now part of but with ‘Interstellar’ coming in 2015 we may be back to another impressive non superhero film that will hark back to ‘Inception’ and ‘Memento’ like ideas. One director that deserves higher status as he’s smart and can create blockbuster films that break records and still pick up critical applause.

EDGAR WRIGHT

posted 22/04/2014

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BEST FEATURE: ‘Shaun of the Dead’ broke him into the film world with a bang and with the comedic talents of Pegg and Frost the zom-com story became a fun and interesting take on two done to death genres making a sparky, witty and clever hybrid. The style echoes zombie movies perfectly setting up the way they look to parody them even more. The stylish zip of the film goes nicely, especially with the narration of Shaun explaining how they’ll get to Phillip.

NOT SO BEST FEATURE: Now this is only on here as the only one I could think of as having tiny weaknesses to put in this category. I actually loved the film and loved it’s quirky comic book look and charm but I can kind of see how ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’ is more a cult thing now and that it perhaps is too random for some people.

ALL ROUND VIEWING MATERIAL: With Wright there hasn’t been a movie he has directed that could be watched by all the family. He is a man who likes the adult sense of comedy and uses that to damn fine effect in the small number of films he has done. He did help write the ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ though so in some sense he’s contributed to something in the film world with family viewing material.

MATURE FEATURE: I’d say the most mature of his films would probably be ‘Shaun of the Dead’ just because of its language, blood, zombie deaths and horror vibes though ‘Hot Fuzz’ does have a dark murder mystery atmosphere to make it quite adult too.

MY FAVOURITE FILM: I would actually stump for ‘Hot Fuzz’ as my favourite of his films. For some reason I enjoy it the most and out of the Cornetto trilogy I like the story of this one more and like the prodding of police dramas and buddy cop actions parodied in this. The murder mystery and the ring of Elders is a neat addition and there’s a lot more in here to echo the fun of ‘Shaun of the Dead’ with gags and cast members which help make it funnier too. The soundtrack is great and the filming style is faster and more interesting as it should be for the mood of an action piece.

OTHER WORK: Edgar Wright has helped write for all three of the Cornetto films and the ‘Tintin’ film as mentioned. He’s also cameod in a number of films even if it’s just his voice wafting in as a directorial/acting appearance. He produced ‘Attack the Block’ and he of course has a Marvel gig as director for the upcoming ‘Ant-Man’. He also directed the cult and brilliant TV series ‘Spaced’.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: He appears as the antagonising interviewer in the ‘Superbad’ video over on my Acting Brick Road page under the Jonah Hill write up.

Edgar Wright with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg for an interview for SourceFed discussing their opening jetlag, Star Wars, spoilers and ‘The World’s End’.

Wright talking to a SOTD zombie….yes a zombie in a promo interview for the release of ‘The World’s End’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o36zox0NtBc

Here is a video with the influences for Wright including Sam Raimi and ‘An American Werewolf in London’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zfmbJdYfNE

A kooky witty British director with a knack for comedy and mashing up with styles of film genres. It will be interesting to see how his directing approach will affect the superhero world of ‘Ant-Man’ and Phase 3 of Marvel. Let’s hope he can still keep making cleverly dark and funny films with a British tone and that maybe another Pegg/Frost/Wright team up could happen somewhen.

 SAM RAIMI 

posted 30/04/2014

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BEST FEATURE: I’m going to break my own rules and put two films on equal pegging as his best works. They are ‘The Evil Dead’ and ‘Evil Dead II’. The first for showcasing barmy but genius camerawork and inspired filmmaking to tell an overly gory funny horror story. The second for becoming even more cult like and being madder than the original with fun set pieces and still in keeping with trying new ideas in film that help the movie come across in it’s dark yet silly way. Two films that play around with tools of the trade and that take on the horror genre and make it entertaining, designed not to overly scare but put a smile on your face.

NOT SO BEST FEATURE: Another one where it could easily be two on the same level of badness but I’m going to stick for ‘Spider-Man 3’ instead of ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ because the last in Raimi’s trilogy for the spandex superhero was a hot mess. The three villain arc was badly handled and underwhelming, Peter Parker was annoying, the BeeGees number with the emo look was, well the less said about that the better. It featured both MJ and Gwen and both were parts to the story that were weak. There was no real impact and with the excitement I had for Venom being introduced it was rubbish, Topher Grace was a bad choice and Venom had no character journey to make his transformation fun, entertaining or dark. A forgettable film and the worst of the Spider-Man movies, both old and new.

ALL ROUND VIEWING MATERIAL: ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ is Disney material with no real sense of doom or threat to terrify little ones, maybe the witch and the monkeys could scare really little ones but it’s still family fare. So too are the three ‘Spider-Man’ films with superheroes always capturing imaginations.

MATURE FEATURE: It’s ‘The Evil Dead’ with it being banned at time of release and the clear troubling factor of the tree rape scene is very dark, enough so that even Raimi himself said he might have taken that out if he’d filmed it again. A gross horror with deliberate OTT blood and guts that at the time could have been seen more as needless than understanding the humour in it being so extreme.

MY FAVOURITE FILM: I love ‘Drag Me to Hell’ with it’s similar sense of fun and horror that ‘The Evil Dead’ possesses. The leading actress Alison Lohman goes through the ringer and carries through the plot greatly, a dark gypsy witch helps bring the horror but it’s the OTT in style and gore that helps make it so good, that and a talking goat at a table. The attempts she makes to stay alive and the whole ending run up is brilliant. There’s a fantastic moment of madness at her boyfriend’s family’s house and a shed full of tools harks back to the glee of Raimi filmmaking.

OTHER WORK: He’s also wrote for ‘Spider-Man 3’ and ‘Drag Me to Hell’ and the ‘Evil Dead’ trilogy. He’s also acted in a fair few movies turning up in cameo roles for the likes of ‘The Evil Dead’, ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ and ‘The Flintstones’. He’s done a lot of producing for his own films and for the fun blood and sandals epic ‘Spartacus’ tv series.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: Raimi for Total Film going through his career in four minutes or there abouts.

Here he is in an interview for ‘Drag Me to Hell’ and how the horror road feels for him after doing three huge superhero films.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNKHElTLfNA

Sam Raimi featuring in an interview piece for ‘Spider-Man’. Here he discusses his fear of taking on a film with this well known character, trying to find a balance between action and a love story and why he believes he thinks Spider-Man is so popular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT6Xt6FgZYk

 

Raimi is a director who clearly has a grace in his filmmaking and can demonstrate style and fun with the horror genre but he does seem to fall short with larger scaled movies where stories and styles become messy and dull sometimes. I’m sure the last Spidey film won’t prevent him coming back with some daring take on a classic horror or returning as a director for a smaller visioned film.

PHIL LORD & CHRISTOPHER MILLER

posted 15/06/2014

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BEST FEATURE: Out of the few films they’ve shared directing credits for I have to say their best offering so far is ‘The Lego Movie’. The style is fun and slick with zappy pace and visuals to match. They help craft a world full of established characters to make a story to entice children and amuse adults too. It does the great job of mixing humour and heart in equal measure and is one of the better films of 2014 to date.

NOT SO BEST FEATURE: ’21 Jump Street’ quite possibly would be chosen by some and I’d say that ’22 Jump Street’ could just as easily be picked too but I’m stumping for 21 because at least 22 is self mocking and bigger. The first only has a few funny moments that rely on Lord/Miller’s fast cutaway joke style and apart from that I didn’t really understand the love and laughter people found with the 2012 movie.

ALL ROUND VIEWING MATERIAL: The two directors are good at equalling demographics and can film for both children and more grown up audiences. They have directed ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’, which are both fun animations with colourful and bright humour involved.

MATURE FEATURE: Here I think a slight few things put ’21 Jump Street’ as their most mature feature. Their feels to be more swearing, and the violence attached to that last shootout also comes across as more graphic or static than the stuff going on in the sequel. It feels appropriate as they’re directing their first live action film so with the certificate and audience aimed for it’s only right that this one has more of a adult touch.

MY FAVOURITE FILM: It truly has to be ‘The Lego Movie’ which made me smile, laugh and kept me entertained like the big kid I am. The animated style is great and captures the fun Lego world really well, the comedy is smart and snappy and to add to the praise the voice cast suit the blocky li’l characters greatly. The best surprise of it all lies with a nifty clever sequence nearer the end of the feature and it’s unexpected but brilliant ands pack emotional weight for Lego lovers or generally toy fans.

OTHER WORK: They also wrote ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2’ and will be producing two films for upcoming years. ‘Lego Ninjago’ and ‘The Lego Movie 2’. They stem from a TV background and have done a suitable amount of work for the small screen. They’ve directed ‘Clone High’, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and are directing next years ‘Last Man on Earth’. They also wrote for ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: The pair of directors for a behind the scenes look at ’22 Jump Street’ discussing their partnership.

A jokey look at Lord and Miller and their past and desire to film a book adaptation.

The two directors talking about inspirations for ‘The Lego Movie’, the idea to utilise sharp visuals of Lego surroundings and whether they were fans of Lego growing up!

These two guys just have a knack for doing stylish and funny quick paced movies and though they only have a few directed features under their belt I believe they’re onto a lot more talent yet and hopefully they keep that sharp magic going.

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