Thursday, March 31, 2011

Which is Better?

Wes Anderson
Bottle Rocket
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Darjeeling Limited
Fantastic Mr. Fox


Darren Aronofsky
Requiem for a Dream
The Fountain
The Wrestler
Black Swan

Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section


  1. Never been able to get into Wes Anderson's movies so this is an easy one for me: Darren Aronofski!

  2. I'm with Castor, small parts of Anderson's films hit me, but overall I'm a much bigger fan of Aronofsky

  3. Well that's a tough one, as I have only seen two of Arronofsky's film and one of Anderson's, but I disliked them... So I'm not going to vote.

    Still, I'd be interested to see the answers to this question, although I think Aronofsky is much more popular.

  4. Wow... this is tough because I love both directors and have seen all of their films. On DVD, I have four of Anderson's films and 3 Aronofsky films so far.

    To be honest with you. I really don't know. In terms of consistency, Anderson because I like all of his work including The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou which isn't a great film but entertaining.

    With Aronofsky, he's made four great films but the one I couldn't get into is The Fountain.

    I'm still on the fence about this because I love their work. I'm probably leaning towards Anderson but Aronofsky has a much stronger vision. It's too tough for me to say.

  5. @Castor - I had a feeling Aronofsky would be the more popular choice. Especially after the success of The Wrestler and Black Swan. For me, Requiem for a Dream is still his best work.

    @Jess - Like I mentioned to one person on twitter, Anderson holds the higher re-watch value for me. Yet Aronofsky’s films evoke more emotion out of me.

    @Jack - Which films of each did you see and not like? I am not a fan of The Life Aquatic or The Fountain.

    @thevoid – I hear ya on The Fountain. I often get into heated debates about that film (a lot of people love it). The visuals are decent but I did find the story or the acting interesting at all.

  6. I've seen Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" and Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" and "Black Swan".
    Wasn't impressed much...

  7. I love, love, love The Fountain. Not just the gorgeous visuals or the incredible soundtrack (Kronos Quartet and Mogwai? Two great sounds that go together), but the story is lovely - as he finishes her story he finishes his own and comes to terms with death in the real world. At least, that's what I get from it.

    I give the nod slightly to Anderson because his films are so re-watchable.

  8. I respect the hell out of Aronofsky, but it's a pretty easy choice of Anderson for me. I could live without Darren's work, but I would be a sad panda without Rushmore and Tenenbaums, for starts.

    Now, if the question is whose films do I think I'd want more going forward (meaning their future projects), well....that's a much trickier question. I'd probably go with Aronofsky.

  9. @Jack – I actually liked the three you mentioned. I would recommend you watch Requiem for a Dream, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Rushmore. You might end up liking them a bit more.

    @Bob – I kind of want to watch The Fountain again just to see if my views might change after so many years have passed, but then I think back to how much I hated it at TIFF...seriously, it was the film I disliked the most at TIFF that year. Here is what I will do, if the film appears on Netflix then I will give it a shot on last time. I just cannot see myself spending the money to rent it.

    @Fletch – It constantly amazes me how many people have not seen The Royal Tenebaums. It is a comedic gem in my opinion. In regards to your question, I would go Aronofsky as well for the future projects I would want to see. Simple because he takes much greater risks and the payoff is often more rewarding.

  10. motown missile7:50 p.m.

    Wes Anderson by a landslide! The only Aronofsky film I liked was The Wrestler, the only Anderson film I disliked was Life Aquatic.

  11. @Motown missile – I feel the same regarding The Life Aquatic. The soundtrack was the only thing that really stood out for me in the film. The father/son arc was done far better in The Royal Tenenbaums.


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