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#1 of 151 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted May 23 2006 - 04:01 PM

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

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#2 of 151 OFFLINE   Marc Fedderman

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Posted May 23 2006 - 05:55 PM

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 of 151 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted May 24 2006 - 01:29 AM

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.

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#4 of 151 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted May 24 2006 - 10:27 AM

Bill Paxton performed better in the film Frailty.

His 'acting' in Aliens is grating and as annoying as hell!!
       

#5 of 151 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted May 24 2006 - 02:41 PM

i like this poll.

mcconaughey was good in frailty, but great in Contact.

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#6 of 151 OFFLINE   JeremyErwin

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Posted May 24 2006 - 03:22 PM

I think I preferred Jodie Foster in Panic Room

#7 of 151 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted May 24 2006 - 03:43 PM

Jodie Foster was far better in Silence of the Lambs
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#8 of 151 OFFLINE   Christ Reynolds

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Posted May 24 2006 - 04:09 PM

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

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#9 of 151 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted May 24 2006 - 04:13 PM

That is totally allowed.

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

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#10 of 151 OFFLINE   tyler payne

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Posted May 24 2006 - 05:25 PM

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

#11 of 151 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted May 24 2006 - 10:29 PM

John Cazale was better in The Godfather.
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#12 of 151 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted May 25 2006 - 04:30 AM

Nino Rota's Godfather theme is iconic, but I prefer his score to Nights of Cabiria
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#13 of 151 OFFLINE   Lew Crippen

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Posted May 25 2006 - 05:01 AM

Nights of Cabiria is great, but 8 1/2 is Federico Fellini’s best work.
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Posted May 25 2006 - 09:19 AM

But Nino Rota's score for The Godfather was still better...

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#15 of 151 OFFLINE   tyler payne

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Posted May 25 2006 - 09:37 AM

I prefer Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront

#16 of 151 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted May 25 2006 - 11:34 AM

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.

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#17 of 151 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted May 25 2006 - 12:01 PM

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

#18 of 151 OFFLINE   tyler payne

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Posted May 25 2006 - 01:26 PM

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.

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Posted May 25 2006 - 05:08 PM

As great as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is, I think Eastwood gives a better performance in Unforgiven.

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Posted May 25 2006 - 05:41 PM

While Gene Hackman was great in Unforgiven, he delivered the best performance of his career in The Conversation.




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