I've met and talked with a lot of filmmakers over the years. In and amongst those conversations, I've come to realise that the films that we generally associate them with are not necessarily the ones they would prefer to be remembered for.
That's not to say that they're not proud of the titles that made them famous and wrote their names in the annals of popular culture. Those pictures usually did well because the people who made them did memorable work, but that's never the only reason why films are successful. There are so many other reasons that they can't be counted, but often the most important one is that they were simply the right film at the right time to touch the right nerve.
Sadly, that often means that many far worthier titles are unjustly forgotten, relegated to obscurity by the sheer quantity of films that are made and the overwhelming power that is generated by the publicity departments of the major studios.
Back in 2012, at Phoenix FearCon V, I decided to start asking each name I met to select two films from their careers that they would like to see reviewed at Apocalypse Later. I left the reasons up to them. They could be their personal favourites, the ones that they feel are most unjustly neglected, those which were most memorable to make. They could merely be movies which were special to them for reasons that they may or may not wish to disclose.
The first person I asked was Tiffany Shepis, but the list has grown quickly this year and no doubt will continue to do so. She made her two choices quickly and surely, while I've found that many have one title ready on their tongue but have to ponder on the second.
As I meet more talent and ask them to Make It a Double, I'll add their names here and link to the reviews of the films they chose. I hope you find their selections as interesting and edifying as I do.
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic
|Humboldt County||2008||6||6||Darren Grodsky & Danny Jacobs||IMDb|
|Wise Blood||1979||6||6||John Huston||IMDb|
|Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan||2013||4||4||Gary Jones||IMDb|
|The Capture of Grizzly Adams||1982||5||5||Don Keeslar||IMDb|
|Little Big Top||2006||5||6||Ward Roberts||IMDb|
|A Dead Calling||2006||3||3||Michael Feifer||IMDb|
|Gimme Skelter||2007||5||4||Scott Phillips||IMDb|
|Brutal Massacre: A Comedy||2007||5||5||Stevan Mena||IMDb|
|The Breed||2001||5||5||Michael Oblowitz||IMDb|
|Nine Miles Down||2009||6||6||Anthony Waller||IMDb|
|The Hazing||2004||5||5||Rolfe Kanefsky||IMDb|
|The Prometheus Project||2010||5||5||Sean Tretta||IMDb|