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#785: Doubling Down on a Losing Bet

March 4, 2013

Notes from the Manager

If at first you don’t succeed… try, try, try, try, try again?

Sometimes I have to wonder how some people keep getting work. Superman Returns broke even at best and cost $270 million. Valkyrie broke even at best, with “only” a $75 million production budget. Unless the overseas box office is ridiculously good, the $200 million Jack the Giant Slayer is going to be a massive bomb. Bryan Singer has made some pretty good movies, but at what point does Hollywood say, “Hey, maybe this isn’t the guy we should be giving the reins to a $200-million-plus movie…?” (Personally, I think his strength is with character, not action, and he should step back and make some low-budget stuff again. As much as I love X-Men 2, the action scenes aren’t exactly great.) 

I asked this question on Facebook last night and it generated a fun conversation:

What are the unforgivably shittiest, terrible movies ever made by undeniably great directors? Key words: “by great directors,” so no saying anything by Robert Rodriguez or Clint Eastwood (even though he’s made a few great movies, I don’t think he brings much to the movies as a director, as much as he occasionally produces films that are great because of their scripts and actors).


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