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The directors are listed from the most overrated to the least overrated.
I have gotten wonderful comments (see below) and would have liked to comment on them individually but then I have to give up my credit card number to imdb and I'm too paranoid for doing that.
I will change my commentaries on the directors, partly as an answer to the wonderful commentaries I have received and also make a list of the most underrated directors of all time, which will open up for people to criticize my favorites.
Again, I must send my love to all who have taken the time to comment on this list. Sometimes, I have been touched to tears, at least almost. You are all lovely people, even those who disagree.
i have added my list with the greatest bull....artist of all time and guess that this will be something to bite on for many. Incidentally, I do not believe that, for instance, Goethe is overrated. Schiller most probably but not Goethe, even if he too did some kissing up to power.
if you have nothing to say - show off!
This is Cinema as if it was sports. No doubt there is some planning involved here and I can just imagine how Everything was orchestrated with mobile phones so that everybody were where they were supposed to be at the right time for it all to work and as a sport discipline of coordination and planning to make it work in one shot, it may have some merit.
If you have a message, go to the Western Union, some Hollywood Mogul said, totally denying that Everything we do is a message Always and the message of the Mogul Always is to sing the praise of the capitalist swinery, ridiculing all those who try to tell us about decency and justice.
This Movie, however, has nothing to tell and so it makes a sport of it. The actors are fantastic, to say the least, but it's all for nothing. And since they have nothing to preach they are allowed to make films because they are not dangerous to the swinery.
The Murder Man (1935)
there must be a billion stories like this out there
A man is deeply wronged by smart businessmen and acts upon it. He is morally in the right, since the culprit being acted upon would go on with his mayhem if he was not stopped and there was only this way to stop him.
I cannot tell much more without Writing a spoiler but I wanted to Review this film because it tells about a moral code that seems lost today. Today everybody in America seems so committed to business that they would not react like the man above because I hear of no such stories although there must be a billion of them around and seemingly nobody is reacting on them.
Maybe it will happen some time and then it will come like a big Avalanche and sweep most of it Clean - who knows? If it happens though, it will be the end of all business and the beginning of decency.
Hidden Agenda (2015)
Warning! A hoax! Phony reviews!
This film is totally devoid of logic. The plot is ridiculous. I hope the guys doing the film had a lot of fun while doing it, because if they had not and Believe they made a film to be taken seriously, like other Reviews here seem to indicate, then the same guys are only to be pitied like the other reviewers on this page if, in turn, they are on the level too. I like to Believe that this film was done by people who deeply disgust crime stories and wanted to make an anti-crime story, something deeply ridiculous without revealing it out loud. When I Watch this film with this assumption of intended ridicule, it is actually quite funny as are the other Reviews on this page that, I suppose, similarly ridicule Reviews. I would have left it by that, if I did not have a dreadful suspicion that this is not a hoax and done in all seriousness. Then people must be warned - these people, film-makers and reviewers,are dangerously crazy/stupid!
The Martian (2015)
you have to go as far as mars to find a brave American
In times when Americans sit in bunkers directing drones to kill Children it's a bit much to see a film about American heroism. Ridley Scott seems to specialize in this sort of mumbo. We still remember with horror Black Hawk Down when we are met with this sticky piece of mars-hmallow film. There was more gumshoe in his brother who after all brought us Enemy of the State. I Think Americans did well in instead turn their vision towards the homeless around them that are piling up around them and maybe do a film about true heroism. This is not it and I'm not surprised that you have to go as far as Mars to find a decent American in these times of abomination.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
an outrage nobody seems to react on
Although it is spelled out quite definitely nobody óf the reviewers I've read on these pages (I haven't read all) seems to react on the outrage of involuntary organ donation. For me, this Movie is a very strong statement against all organ donation and, up to a Point, I fully agree. If I am to donate an organ of mine, which is just about all I have to give, I sure want to know who the receiver is and that my organ does not go to a rich guy whom I despise, for instance. Now, the probability that my organ would go to a decent poor guy is just about Nada in present society and so I'm against all donations of organs since I do not want to support evil. This Movie shows how decent people are fed upon by swines. It does so most vividly and I cannot understand how you could miss this most important thing about the film. Somebody commented that the film was bad because it did not explain why the dona-tors complied with their fate and the remark is correct but personally I just imagined that the donors were all loaded with microchips and could not run away without easily being caught. It's not in the film, I know, but it could have been and I allow for that. I can see the receivers not receiving organs and instead a final treatment with the guillotine but I accept that this isn't in the Movie either.
The Red Menace (1949)
equality and justice is communism - jaussa!
When I grew up, the Iron Curtain existed. The Soviet Union was a Place that did not allow its Citizen to travel freely. And so it was easy to renounce the Place and look for no further explanations.
At the same time, communism stood for equality and class warfare, allowing for only one class, the working class, since allowing for different classes of people was just Another Word for inequality and injustice.
Now, if you could therefore renounce equality and justice by renouncing the Soviet Union, which, through communism, stood for these qualities, why, then you could defend the injustices and inequalities you wanted to keep by Calling every wish for equality and justice to be the same as a wish for communism and that is just what has been done in the USA for the last 70 years, which this film bears witness to.
The Soviet Union was a failed system but that has Little to do with communism because, although the SU called itself "communist" it was not a system of equality and justice and instead just a dictatorship ensuring that a Little Group of people had all the wealth and all the Power just like in the USA, where the same was ensured by somewhat different means.
How to achieve equality and justice is still a problem to be solved but it will never be solved by simply Writing these qualities off by Calling them "communism".
This film illustrates the propaganda being used against the American Citizen and is helpful to understand the brainwash that Americans seem to suffer from. I therefore give it 5 stars.
9 out of 10 scoring for just posing the question
Bad Reviews of this film based on the fact that it avoids moral questions are legitimate bad Reviews. The film does avoid moral problems.
However, the film does explore the human mind and the intersection between Morgan Freeman making a speech and the action taking Place is much in the same way as Henri Laborit making his speech in "Mon Oncle d'Amerique", the film by Alain Resnai. It does not disturb me at all - on the contrary! The question of what happens if humans would access more of their brain capacity does resemble a parable of what happens if humans became God. This might have been unintended by the makers of this Movie but it is nevertheless a fair comparison that can be made.
The action scenes with all the killings and whatnot are for pure Entertainment, of course, and brings a relaxation from the very Heavy topic here concerned.
Therefore, it would be unfair to dismiss this Movie as bad. How many Movies today pose philosophical questions. Matrix did for sure but how many more? A similar Movie with morals being the central issue would, of course, be most commendable but could such a Movie be made and would it be financed. Probably not, since it would rip our capitalistic World into shreds and leave nothing of it to be salvaged and who would finance something like that? So far, we will have to be content with that there are films being made that stimulate our thinking and hope that this take us to the journey towards absolute material equality, the very basic of all morals as far as we now can detect.
L'aile ou la cuisse (1976)
De Funès, just like Bob Hope Before him, did not age gracefully or at least the scripts and stories to his films did not. I do not know exactly when the change occurred but it was some time during or after the film "The Grand Restaurant", where the first half is superb and the second half a catastrophe. Slapstick did not suit Funès. He was best when there was a tight script within which his madness could unfold as in the Fantomas-films or "Le Corniaud", which is probably the best film he participated in. At his best, Funès was quite unique and he did not steal anything from any other comedian as, for instance, Woody Allen did from Bob Hope although they politically could hardly be further apart. Funès was intense and he cannot be blamed for that he could not keep up until the very end, which probably came premature because of his intensity. His early work has wrongfully been put aside as less important but I find that these beginnings were especially charming. It's his later work that often was disappointing as, for instance, this film. I recently saw "Hibernatus" and that was still OK although it belongs to his later work.
impossible to spoil
I would like to see someone produce a spoiler on this garbage (and, incidentally, probably all that robbe-grillet filmed - i just picked this one as a representative of all). This is BS-artistry pure. Unfortunately there is Money in art and in film, if you can get away with it. You need some Beautiful women to take there cloths off, of course, and a good cinematographer helps a lot as well. The Pictures are well lit and what you see of the women isn't bad - but that's it. No original thought here, in fact no thought whatsoever. That's why BS-artists are BS-artists - they basically have nothing to say about anything. There heads are a black hole from which nothing of value can escape. Robbe-Grillet and others of his ilk give film a bad name. Trintignant could be good - he proved that in other films. Here, however, he was taken in by a con-man, which is the essence of a BS-artist.
The Domino Principle (1977)
years before its time
In his last film "Eyes Wide Shut", Kubrick pointed strait on the problem and so did Kramer with this film. It's called "Conspiracy theories", a magic Word that allows the average man to slip back into his normal brain-washed Life in which football and what have you is important instead of what really is important but so unnerving that you have to Wake up in order to deal with it. In short, it's all about accepting that it is OK that some people are rich and others are poor and try to make the best of it. The remedy is, of course, total material equality - no more rich and poor and everybody having the same of this Earth as it should be - but this film, or any film up to date, does not go that far but films like this film is a good step in the right direction as these directors knew just Before Death when it's no use to lie to yourself any more. Yes, Life begins with justice and i have not lived, nor have you or anyone you ever Heard off. Well, that's not entirely true, because when we were Children some of us lived in a World where there were no rich and poor until we came to school where, of course, we experienced differently and were made to accept it. Some of us still retain some decency and we cannot accept that if we do a job together with our fellow men and we all do as good as we can, that we then should not be paid equally. We cannot see that Those of us who were born with more strength and intelligence than others should go on being privileged forever. No, no we Think of justice and the only ones of us that should have more are those who are handicapped and manage to live a Life that we would never be able to live and, for sure, would never want to live. Well, back to the film, which tells the story of Lee Harvey Oswald, more or less. Not the official story of course but most probably the true story, if you can live with the fact that there are people who Think that it is quite OK that they have a thousand times more than other people and that these rich people are those who have the say so about Everything all over the World as things are now.