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Worst director of all time? - 16/6/2013 4:49:47 PM   
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I may have found the worst director of all time - Jonathan Levine.

I've just watched All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which I thought was a steaming turd of a massive shite. I then IMDBed the movie and saw the director's credits:

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
The Wackness (2008)
50/50 (2011)
Warm Bodies (2013)

This is a seriously bad career.

I hate the first movie, failed to finish the next two and haven't seen the fourth. Publicity material makes Warm Bodies look like a poor film in my opinion, but with this track record I expect a terrible movie now.


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane review:
Awful, woefully dull non-event of a film. Nothing happens for about an hour and then some brief, poorly staged action takes place; then it's topped off with a horribly fumbled twist. Just such a massive waste of time. The script is piss-poor and the direction very weak. The cinematography is a weird combination of over lit and under lit lighting along with pointless MTV style visual effects from time to time. All the characters are unlikable and the lead is one of the most boring people ever put on film. She is so boring that the writer struggles to put any dialogue in her mouth or sustain any conversations between her and the other characters. The whole thing was just an annoying, pointless bore. There wasn't much violence, and the kills were poorly filmed. For a slasher it had nothing to offer. Perhaps I wasn't paying enough attention at the end, but I didn't hear any explanation for the motivation of the bad guy. Why do no competent writers and directors ever make horror films? Why is it always left up to the talentless to make them? I hated this film. Truly terrible.

1 out of 10

The Wackness looked promising but I gave up on the movie about twenty or thirty minutes in as it annoyed me so much.


50/50 review:
It doesn't work, nothing was clicking. Eventually it became boring so I quit 50 minutes in after they pick up the two girls. A failed movie.

1 out of 10

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RE: Worst director of all time? - 16/6/2013 5:11:29 PM   
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RE: Worst director of all time? - 16/6/2013 5:17:57 PM   
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Did Jonathan Levine set fire to your dog or something?

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RE: Worst director of all time? - 16/6/2013 5:22:27 PM   
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Next we'll have a bunch of other IMDBers claiming Spielberg, Lucas, Cameron, Nolan etc are actually the worst.

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RE: Worst director of all time? - 16/6/2013 5:37:09 PM   
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I've no problem moving this if you want a Levine discussion - but we do already have an over-rated directors thread so any discussion of that sort can go in there. Discussion of individual films should really go in review threads though, but, as I said, I'm happy to move this as a general discussion of his work.

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RE: Worst director of all time? - 16/6/2013 5:50:50 PM   
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I don't think 50/50 was a failed movie at all, I really enjoyed it. Based on the writer's real experiences with cancer I felt that it handled the dark humour in the subject matter deftly without trivialising it. Plus it was refreshing to see a gender reversal with the whole insensitive and selfish girlfriend/boyfriend role.

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RE: Worst director of all time? - 16/6/2013 8:54:31 PM   
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I thought 50/50 was excellent. I haven't seen any of the other three, but I really liked 50/50. It's genuinely funny, it's sweet, it's touching, and Anna Kendrick gives an almost faultless performance as the therapist.

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RE: Worst director of all time? - 16/6/2013 9:07:48 PM   
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50/50 was superb. Probably the best film I saw that particular year.

Mandy Lane & The Wackness were shit though.


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RE: Worst director of all time? - 17/6/2013 9:13:50 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Platter

I may have found the worst director of all time - Jonathan Levine.

I've just watched All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which I thought was a steaming turd of a massive shite. I then IMDBed the movie and saw the director's credits:

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)
The Wackness (2008)
50/50 (2011)
Warm Bodies (2013)

This is a seriously bad career.

I hate the first movie, failed to finish the next two and haven't seen the fourth. Publicity material makes Warm Bodies look like a poor film in my opinion, but with this track record I expect a terrible movie now.


All the Boys Love Mandy Lane review:
Awful, woefully dull non-event of a film. Nothing happens for about an hour and then some brief, poorly staged action takes place; then it's topped off with a horribly fumbled twist. Just such a massive waste of time. The script is piss-poor and the direction very weak. The cinematography is a weird combination of over lit and under lit lighting along with pointless MTV style visual effects from time to time. All the characters are unlikable and the lead is one of the most boring people ever put on film. She is so boring that the writer struggles to put any dialogue in her mouth or sustain any conversations between her and the other characters. The whole thing was just an annoying, pointless bore. There wasn't much violence, and the kills were poorly filmed. For a slasher it had nothing to offer. Perhaps I wasn't paying enough attention at the end, but I didn't hear any explanation for the motivation of the bad guy. Why do no competent writers and directors ever make horror films? Why is it always left up to the talentless to make them? I hated this film. Truly terrible.

1 out of 10

The Wackness looked promising but I gave up on the movie about twenty or thirty minutes in as it annoyed me so much.


50/50 review:
It doesn't work, nothing was clicking. Eventually it became boring so I quit 50 minutes in after they pick up the two girls. A failed movie.

1 out of 10

I have only seen 50/50 and Warm bodies but I and thought both films excellent. Infact Warm Bodies is amongst my favourites so far this year!

Ben Wheatley would be worst director I can think if recently.

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RE: Worst director of all time? - 17/6/2013 1:36:27 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Dannybohy

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I have only seen 50/50 and Warm bodies but I and thought both films excellent. Infact Warm Bodies is amongst my favourites so far this year!

Ben Wheatley would be worst director I can think if recently.


Agreed on 50/50 and Warm Bodies - excellent movies

Disagree on Ben Wheatley - Sightseers was my favourite film of 2012 by miles (Kill List was in my top 10 the year before)

I don't really have a worst director...even the shit ones have done the odd good movie (except maybe Brett Ratner)

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RE: Worst director of all time? - 17/6/2013 1:57:51 PM   
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http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3220718

well that didn't work. The link above is our existing director hating thread - further discussion can go there.

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