Thursday, July 05, 2012

Which Is Better?


Oliver Stone
10 sample films:

Savages
JFK
Natural Born Killers
Any Given Sunday
Heaven & Earth
Born on the Fourth of July
World Trade Center
Platoon
Alexander
Wall Street




Spike Lee
10 sample films:

Miracle at St. Anna
Do the Right Thing
Summer of Sam
Bamboozled
Inside Man
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
She’s Gotta Have it
Malcolm X
Girl 6
25th Hour

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

20 comments:

  1. Stone for me. He made some weaker films over the last few years but Natural Born Killers and JFK are absolutely fantastic.

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    1. If I had to rank my three favourite Stone films, both of those films would be on the list.

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  2. Anonymous3:46 pm

    Lee. Without question. Even at his most provocative his points are always coherent even if the films are minor or out there. Lee is an angry man with a true voice that can't really be denied. Stone is an asshole stoner trying to figure out "these darned kids today" who hasn't made anything relevant or entertaining in decades.

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    1. There was a time when Stone seemed to be ahead of the curve on issues such as politics, finances, and media. However, films like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps makes me think he has fallen few steps behind.

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  3. I have to go with Stone despite Do the Right Thing being one of the best out of both lists!

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    1. Do the Right Thing is a modern classic. Stone has made some iconic films, but it is tough to top Lee’s masterpiece.

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  4. Spike Lee easily. At least his stinkers had moments to watch as opposed to everything Stone has done from Alexander to Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps as well as The Doors which I think are some of the worst films ever made.

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    1. I recently won a DVD prize pack that included the director’s cut of Alexander. While I hated the theatrical cut of that film, I am curious to see if the director’s cut is any better. I have heard many say it is the version that should have been released.

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  5. Both of them have allowed their issues with groups of others (Lee with whites and Stone with conservatives) affect their work in their movies, but Stone has at least been more consistent in reining it in. I am going with Stone for this.

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    1. Oddly enough, based on your reasoning, I would pick Lee. I have found him to be the better of the two in regards to reining in his strong views in order to let the story flourish.

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  6. I've actually never been much of a fan of Stone, so this one's easy. I gotta go with Lee. Plus, Do the Right Thing is one of my favorite movies.

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    1. I have always enjoyed Lee more as well, but that is partly due to the fact that I grew up on his films.

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  7. I like Stone and think he's directed some great movies, especially JFK and Platoon. That said, I have to pick Lee. He's one of my favorite directors and is definitely underrated.

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    1. Platoon is a film that I need to revisit. Although I enjoy the film it has been years since I last watched it.

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  8. Oddly, I've seen four films from each director. Naturally, I feel more inclined to choose Spike Lee - who has crafted one of my favorite films of all time, The 25th Hour.

    This is truly a fantastic matchup -- both filmmaker often let their personal agendas and opinions overpower their narratives. Especially Stone.

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    1. While The 25th Hour has grown on me over the years, I am still amazed by how much love it gets. I would rank it in the middle of his body of work, but I appear to be in the minority.

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  9. I have to go with Stone. Even though I like Lee and even though I wasn't too impressed with Stone's latest (Savages), I like MORE of Stone's than Lee's.

    tough choice today.

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    1. Savages has been raked over the coals by the critics, I am still curious enough to see it though.

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  10. Spike Lee, fairly easily. Do the Right Thing and 25th Hour are both better than anything I've seen from Stone, who has made many really good films but few great ones.

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    1. The line between good and great films is a thin one, but I agree that Lee holds the advantage.

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