best movie directed by George Miller

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this has got to be one of the wackiest filmographies ever taken as a whole

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Mad Max Fury Road (2015) 21
Babe: Pig in the City (1998) 10
Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior (1981) 4
Happy Feet Two (2011) 1
Lorenzo's Oil (1992) 1
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) 1
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) 1
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet segment from the Twilight Zone movie (1983) 1
Mad Max (1979) 1
Happy Feet (2006) 0


na (NA), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:40 (one week ago) link

btw his next movie is supposed to be "Three Thousand Years of Longing"

Premise

A lonely and bitter British woman discovers an ancient bottle while on a trip to Istanbul and unleashes a Djinn who offers her three wishes. Filled with apathy, she is unable to come up with one until his stories spark in her a desire to be loved.[1]

Cast

Idris Elba
Tilda Swinton

na (NA), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:41 (one week ago) link

Does it make me a bad person if I vote Pig in the City? Because I think I might.

Looks like I'm gonna be the filling in a missile sandwich! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:44 (one week ago) link

a very respectable vote!

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:45 (one week ago) link

It's the only one that I feel I should watch before voting.

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:47 (one week ago) link

Its no babe

Ole Blueyes Solskjaer (darraghmac), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:48 (one week ago) link

My Pig in the City story: It was iirc a Christmas movie, or around that time, or some other big holiday, and my wife and I went to see an afternoon screening of it. There were I think 6-ish people in the theatre. Me and my wife, a pair of dudes that laughed like maniacs the entire time, and a pair of parents with a kid that cried through the whole thing. Pretty much sums it up.

But as far as wacky filmographies go, this poll comes days after Apted died. What an insane resume he had.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:49 (one week ago) link

i haven't seen the happy feet, lorenzo's oil, and witches of eastwick. the latter is the main one i want to see. lorenzo's oil sounds interesting but too heavy for me right now.

na (NA), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:52 (one week ago) link

my recent george miller obsession comes from listening to the george miller miniseries of the blank check podcast, and they agreed that the first happy feet is his only movie that is not good. and even that one sounds like it's more generic than actively bad.

na (NA), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:54 (one week ago) link

Voting for Pig in the City obv, but Lorenzo's Oil is pretty good for what looks like a Disease of the Week movie. The only hurdle is Nick Nolte's Italian accent.

Nick Nolte's Italian accent

Don't threaten me with a good time...

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:58 (one week ago) link

This is fury road

Watched witches lately, boy its a mood piece and a half

Ole Blueyes Solskjaer (darraghmac), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:01 (one week ago) link

Love the fact that the director who made The Man From Snowy River and Les Patterson Saves the World is a different George Miller

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_T._Miller

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:07 (one week ago) link

And the guy that did the music for Mad Max II is a different Brian May

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:12 (one week ago) link

Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

FINALLY I CAN VOTE FOR THIS MASTERPIECE

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:28 (one week ago) link

even though the answer is fury road yes

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:29 (one week ago) link

then again i can't say which movie's stuntwork impresses me more

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:29 (one week ago) link

I had no idea he directed Eastwick!

chap, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:15 (one week ago) link

Fury Road. Everything else is either a solid movie or genre exploration. Fury Road is the best action film to come out in the last 20+ years imo and one of the few to get everything right.

octobeard, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:22 (one week ago) link

torn between Babe 2 and Mad Max 4, which are sorta the same movie

Mickey Rooney w/ oxygen mask = Immortan Joe
Mrs. Hoggett bungeeing around ballroom & kitchen = flamethrower guitar guy
dog on wheels tied to truck = war boy attacking the rig
bull terrier dangling in chains = Max dangling in chains

swing out sister: live in new donk city (geoffreyess), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 19:08 (one week ago) link

My Pig in the City story: It was iirc a Christmas movie, or around that time, or some other big holiday, and my wife and I went to see an afternoon screening of it. There were I think 6-ish people in the theatre. Me and my wife, a pair of dudes that laughed like maniacs the entire time, and a pair of parents with a kid that cried through the whole thing. Pretty much sums it up.

Yes, it seems like a movie ostensibly made for young children but which might also be ostensibly traumatizing for young children. Which is the best kind of children's movie, obvs.

Looks like I'm gonna be the filling in a missile sandwich! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 19:20 (one week ago) link

voted Max 2 in the other poll, would prob vote Fury Road slightly above Pig In The City here

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 19:27 (one week ago) link

I've only seen Pig in the City, which is also the only film I've seen with obvious CGI that works.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 20:57 (one week ago) link

Witches of Eastwick is a trip. It's a John Updike adaptation but by the end it makes perfect sense that they got the Mad Max guy to direct it. Also strongly RIYL Beetlejuice (which came out the following year).

JRN, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:51 (one week ago) link

i think i'll watch it tonight.

na (NA), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:52 (one week ago) link

Eastwick / Death Becomes Her / Beetlejuice for the triple feature.

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 22:08 (one week ago) link

I fell asleep during Fury Road, in fact I've fallen asleep during every Mad Max film I've tried to watch.

I love long, boring art films, and don't fall asleep while watching them.

It is this fact, more than any others, that makes me believe that I am damaged in some way.

Pere Legume (the table is the table), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 22:19 (one week ago) link

As a kid, the scene where the one witch of Eastwick (Cher?) wakes up in a bed full of snakes scared me more than any Freddy, Jason or Halloween movie I saw (which was most of them).

I like Pig in the City, his Twilight Zone segment, and the first Happy Feet in about that order. Still have never seen a Mad Max movie; am probably most inclined towards being interested in the Tina Turner one, but I should probably just give them all a shot some time.

Langdon Alger Stole the Highlights (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 22:26 (one week ago) link

Miller only directed a couple of action sequences in the Tina Turner one FYI.

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 22:30 (one week ago) link

I probably should vote for The Road Warrior because it permanently altered my brain when I saw it in theaters at...11 maybe? No older than 12. But I'm voting for Mad Max because it's his darkest and scariest movie. The Toecutter was an actual horror movie monster of a villain. Plus the car crashes were a lot less cartoonish than in the later movies - he was almost making a road safety/driver's ed movie in some ways.

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 14 January 2021 04:21 (one week ago) link

Went with “Nightmare...”

Everything's Blue In This Whorl (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 14 January 2021 11:03 (one week ago) link

Objectively Fury Road is the most deserving choice, and I remember Witches fondly. Pretty sure I saw a few of the other Mad Max movies when I was a kid but I barely remember them, it all blends together.

Everything's Blue In This Whorl (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 14 January 2021 11:07 (one week ago) link

As a kid, the scene where the one witch of Eastwick (Cher?) wakes up in a bed full of snakes scared me more than any Freddy, Jason or Halloween movie I saw (which was most of them).

Yeah, I think Eastwick was making the pay cable rounds about the time when my horror fandom was first blooming and I absolutely could not handle the vomiting scenes.

Looks like I'm gonna be the filling in a missile sandwich! (Old Lunch), Thursday, 14 January 2021 13:02 (one week ago) link

Rewatched Eastwick last year for the first time in decades and had forgotten about all the vomiting, also the ending where jack turns into a giant monster-baby? Some truly WTF special effects in that bit. Thought it had some great scenes and moments, but kept thinking it would have been a lot better if Nicholson was about 10 years younger and 50lbs slimmer

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 14 January 2021 13:52 (one week ago) link

i watched most of witches of eastwick last night (i'll finish it later this week) and that movie is bananas. it is kind of like beetlejuice if beetlejuice was more overtly about fucking

na (NA), Thursday, 14 January 2021 14:15 (one week ago) link

'more overtly', lol

Looks like I'm gonna be the filling in a missile sandwich! (Old Lunch), Thursday, 14 January 2021 14:20 (one week ago) link

Would argue grotesque jack is in fact the better option tbh

Its the dialogue that sways our leads into the sex that needs slimming down

Ole Blueyes Solskjaer (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 January 2021 14:21 (one week ago) link

amazing to think a movie starring Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Jack Nicholson was one of the year's highest-grossing pictures.

And grossest, highest pictures

Ole Blueyes Solskjaer (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 January 2021 14:22 (one week ago) link

jack is having the time of his life in that movie

na (NA), Thursday, 14 January 2021 14:22 (one week ago) link

Pfeiffer is excellent also

Ole Blueyes Solskjaer (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 January 2021 14:24 (one week ago) link

Jack's non-youth, non-slimness is essential; if he was young and 1980s hot then there wouldn't be anything inherently unusual about all three women wanting to fuck him. Nicholson's IRL sleaze/charisma combo sells each woman being intrigued by him, but wouldn't account for all members of a tight replacement-family circle going through with it. And he plays up the grotesqueness, without putting much into seduction!

shivers me timber (sic), Thursday, 14 January 2021 18:57 (one week ago) link

yeah i get that, but i think that theres also an element of those choices being driven by the fact that jack nicholson the performer was an overweight 50-going-on-70. He just seems old and tired in a lot of it, he's going for it but his timing is a little off, idk. It seems like he's forced to kind of play it both ways, sometimes leaning into the grotesqueness, other times playing as if he's got sexy charisma, which imho he does not there. I feel like it would have worked better if that character was maybe slightly more physically attractive, but just a horrible person - the three leads are all smart and mature enough that it would still be surprising for them to go to bed with someone who was easy on the eyes but still an unbearable asshole. The whole thing is wacky enough that I can still suspend my disbelief though.

I watched the two jakes recently and had the same thoughts - the way Nicholson moved he seemed downright elderly even though i think he was only like 52 or something. I guess his lifestyle in the 70s must have aged him pretty quick. I feel like once his physical presence started to change during that era, it seems like he had trouble figuring out how to adjust his acting (and/or what roles were a good fit.)

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 14 January 2021 19:33 (one week ago) link

I feel like it would have worked better if that character was maybe slightly more physically attractive,

It worked fine. Feels like your real issue is that someone put some weight on.

Voted Fury Road as it's the best.

new variant (onimo), Thursday, 14 January 2021 22:05 (one week ago) link

I thought a lot of people still found him attractive at that time?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Thursday, 14 January 2021 23:37 (one week ago) link

Idk yeah maybe I’m seeing it through a different lens than it must have read in 1987, watching it in 2020 he just seemed like a weird gross old guy in a part that required women 10-15 years younger than him to find him sexually irresistible. And I get that he has mysterious charismatic devil powers, but still it just doesnt quite click for me, idk I guess I’m getting into dodgy territory, let’s forget I ever said anything about whether or not 1987 jack nicholson is hot

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Thursday, 14 January 2021 23:50 (one week ago) link

It

Again

It works better that he is half disgusting, fully charming

Its somewhat the entire basis of his character like

spaghetti connemara (darraghmac), Thursday, 14 January 2021 23:53 (one week ago) link

let’s forget I ever said anything about whether or not 1987 jack nicholson is hot

This is the key thing we're missing. The movie played on audience notions of his sex appeal. So did Terms of Endearment and even Prizzi's Honor. Jack Nicholson was considered sexy well into the '90s.

and, also, considered a devil

dabbled in wintertime hotel management iirc

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 15 January 2021 00:11 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 00:01 (six days ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:01 (five days ago) link

truly unpredictable poll results

shivers me timber (sic), Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:30 (five days ago) link

Mad Max got ONE vote??
It wasn't mine, but still

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 20 January 2021 00:55 (five days ago) link


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