Top 5… Directors Who Haven’t Yet Beaten Their First

Sometimes a director will knock a film out of the park on their first go. This is never a bad thing, unless of course the director then spends the rest of their career chasing a high they may never achieve again. Whether its a matter of a budget they can’t handle, an inflated ego, troublesome actors or the interference of a pesky, meddlesome studio, these directors just haven’t managed to get things together to relive those past, initial glories.
5. Frank Darabont – The Shawshank Redemption
There are few people in the world who don’t like The Shawshank Redemption, yet it was Darabont’s first feature film after just a short and a couple of TV movies. Since its release in 1994 Darabont very nearly reached its heady heights again with the similarly Stephen King scribed The Green Mile, but it was overlong and a tad too depressing at times for my liking. The Majestic is under-appreciated but nowhere near as good, and though I really like The Mist, it can never be more than a slightly above average monsters-from-a-parallel-dimension B-movie. The Walking Dead had the potential for greatness, and is still very enjoyable, but it’s doubtful whether anything Darabont makes will ever reach Shawshank-like levels of greatness.

Top 5… Drug-Induced Hallucinations

This was going to be Top 5… Drug Trips, but some of the moments I wanted to use weren’t full-on immersive excursions, but simply something drugs caused the inbiber to see, so hallucinations technically covers both groups. Plus, having never taken such a trip myself, I felt I could identify more with seeing things than being wacked out of one’s gourd.

Top 5… Directorial Debuts

For the first instalment of what will hopefully become a weekly addition to my little corner of the Internet, I’ve decided to look at some other first starts, namely the best first pictures of notable directors. These lists will only ever be made up of films that I’ve actually seen, so if there’s any glaring omissions (sorry, when) then chances are I haven’t caught up to it yet, or I dislike it for some ridiculous personal reason, like it stars Uma Thurman or doesn’t feature Steve Buscemi. If anyone disagrees with my choices please let me know, I’m always eager to discover new films. Oh, I’m not taking into account films made by people who haven’t done anything since, or anything good at least. I’m anticipating another top 5 in the future of One Hit Wonders. Also, I’m not going to go into great detail on these films, as most of them appear on the list. If they don’t I may make an exception.
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