Thursday, 28 April 2011


"You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time." Abraham Lincoln. This is also true for some directors, capable of delivering memorably good films, but also particularly disappointing failures. Let’s look at some of their best and worst work.

Todd Philips is best known for directing comedy films such as Old School and Road Trip and although I quite enjoyed those movies it most definitely did not make much of an impact. Old School, released in 2003, only grossed $75 million in total revenue, while Road Trip, released in 2000, earned a meager total of $68 million. Todd Philips then directed the stellar comedy The Hangover in 2009, which made a cool $277 million.
Director, screenwriter and producer Joel Schumacher brought us the 1997 Batman and Robin, which the IMDb website rated an extremely low 3.5/10. In 2007 Joel directed Phone Booth, a mystery thriller starring Collin Farrell and earned a 7.2/10 rating.

He gave us chills with The Sixth sense and a surprising twist with Unbreakable, but he also disappointed us with the Last Airbender. Director M. Night Shyamalan has directed some awesomely captivating movies, but has unfortunately also delivered some of the worst.

Francis Ford Coppola is the man that gave us the Oscar winning Godfather, a movie that will live on in the heart of every man, but oddly enough he also directed the mediocre comedy/drama Jack – a boy (Robin Williams) who ages four times as fast as normal kids.

Who could forget the disaster that was Gigli, starring heavyweights Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. This romantic flop was directed by Martin Brest, the man that also created death as the alluring heart throb Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black - a romantic movie that most women will have watched at least three times during their natural lives.

Every now and then they might wander off the artistic path and loose direction, but they can’t please all the viewers all of the time and by taking a chance they might just be able to please most of the people some of the time with a hit movie.

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