Sunday, February 25, 2007

This Oscar Shot's a Keeper

People are undoubtedly going to ask me if I was upset that O'Toole didn't win at the Oscars tonight. Yea, I was bummed, but if there was anything that could have eased the pain it was immediately seeing these four masters on stage together. Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas, truly a great and historic moment.

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Anonymous Matthew Jones said...

Well.... I'd say there is 3 masters of film (Coppola, Scorsese, Spielberg) and one master of sound (Lucas).

I know it sounds harsh but just look at Lucas' filmography as Director:

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars (1977)
American Graffiti (1973)
THX 1138 (1971)

He's got 3 greats, 2 bads and 1 so-so (Revenge of the Sith). You are a teacher. What is that average, 60 - 65%? That's what...a D+ or C- ? Hardly a great average. I know we shouldn't rate a director on the bad ones but, in my mind, Lucas has a undeserved rep as a filmmaker. Just because he is good friends with the masters doesn't mean he is one.

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Blogger Doah said...

Matt, thanks for posting here about this one. Actually, I totally think that Lucas peaked in 1973 with AMERICAN GRAFFITI which I think is, by far, his very best film. However, I also think that film and STAR WARS (1977) are both enough to make him a master. I am also holding out hope that he will have a wonderful non-star wars film in the future. And, I agree with you about the directing of the 1999-2005 films, they are all three very weak. You're correct about calling me out on this one, but dude AMERICAN GRAFFITI! Oh, yea, one last thing, he had a big hand in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK even though he didn't direct, he was on set a lot and that was a joint-effort, you've got to give some credit for that, so can we bring him up to a C+ or so? Hell with it, let's Photoshop him out of the picture and put in PTA.

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Blogger Tony said...

I was going to comment along the lines of what Matt said, but he said it better.

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