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  1. Brad Porter

    Brad Porter Screenwriter

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    This isn't a tourney or a poll or a checklist. Anyone can post at any time following these rules:

    1. Start with the film identified in the previous post.
    2. Pick an actor, director, producer, writer, composer, cinematographer, etc. significantly involved in that film.
    3. Choose another work from the artist you selected in step 2 that you feel is better than their work from step 1, preferably work that is recognizably better (but this will of course be your own opinion of that work, not some general consensus).
    4. If you absolutely get stumped then use the wildcard step of saying "A better film from that same year is..."
    5. Try not to use the same artist as the previous poster, please.

    Example:

    The previous film is Top Gun.

    I could post that a better performance by Tom Cruise is Taps. Or that a better soundtrack song from Kenny Loggins is "I'm Alright" from Caddyshack. Or that a better directorial effort from Tony Scott is True Romance. Or that a better produced film by Jerry Bruckheimer is Kangaroo Jack...

    Be obscure. Be controversial. Push the debate towards your favorite films, if only for a single post. And argue the merits of someone's prior posting as much as you like... as long as you end your argument by accepting the previous film as your starting point and pointing to a new film that is in some aspect better than the one you started with.

    To start it off, one of my favorites:

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Brad
     
  2. Marc Fedderman

    Marc Fedderman Second Unit

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    Good idea!

    I'll say that 2001... is a better Kubrick effort than Dr. Strangelove.... Not much that I want to add, other than that I love both films, but consider 2001... an unparalleled achievement in Kubrick's incredible oeuvre
     
  3. Brad Porter

    Brad Porter Screenwriter

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    Tough film to top, although I do prefer DS-oHILtSWaLtB.

    I'll piss someone off and say that Ray Lovejoy did a better job as editor on Aliens, just because that whole ending sequence just seems to drag on and on every time I watch 2001 but the pacing on Aliens always feels just right.

    Brad
     
  4. Bill McA

    Bill McA Producer

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    Bill Paxton performed better in the film Frailty.

    His 'acting' in Aliens is grating and as annoying as hell!!
     
  5. Christ Reynolds

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    i like this poll.

    mcconaughey was good in frailty, but great in Contact.

    CJ
     
  6. JeremyErwin

    JeremyErwin Producer

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    I think I preferred Jodie Foster in Panic Room
     
  7. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Jodie Foster was far better in Silence of the Lambs
     
  8. Christ Reynolds

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    not sure if this is allowed...but Manhunter is a better film than silence of the lambs, both are based on thomas harris books.

    CJ
     
  9. Brad Porter

    Brad Porter Screenwriter

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    That is totally allowed.

    And Heat is a much better directorial effort from Michael Mann than Manhunter was.

    Brad
     
  10. tyler payne

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    I love what Al Pacino did in Heat, but his performance in Dog Day Afternoon is one for the ages.
     
  11. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    John Cazale was better in The Godfather.
     
  12. Brook K

    Brook K Lead Actor

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    Nino Rota's Godfather theme is iconic, but I prefer his score to Nights of Cabiria
     
  13. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Nights of Cabiria is great, but 8 1/2 is Federico Fellini’s best work.
     
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    But Nino Rota's score for The Godfather was still better...

    (Where else was I gonna go from here?)
     
  15. tyler payne

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    I prefer Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront
     
  16. Brad Porter

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    As good as he was in OtW, I think Lee J. Cobb gave a better performance in 12 Angry Men as the polar opposite of Henry Fonda's calm, reasoned juror.

    Brad
     
  17. Bill McA

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    But Henry Fonda showed that he could play a better villain than a hero in Once Upon a Time in the West
     
  18. tyler payne

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    Ahh, great Direction by Sergio Leone, in Once Upon a Time in the West, but The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is Leone's masterpiece.

    tyler payne
     
  19. Marc Fedderman

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    As great as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is, I think Eastwood gives a better performance in Unforgiven.
     
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    While Gene Hackman was great in Unforgiven, he delivered the best performance of his career in The Conversation.
     

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