[quote=“p.pereira, post:128, topic:71”]He got two movies in the SWDB top 20. that should mean something. Most of his works did well in the box-office too.
So why is this fellow a bad director?![/quote]
He wasn’t a bad director, even if A Reason to Live is mostly a totally uninspired film, and the only non western I saw from him was also an uninspired tiring mess.
My ratings for his first 3 westerns are not bad, but these films could be clearly better with these casts and plots if any of the other well known SW directors had made them. He was an ok director who lacks the inspiration to make something out of the stuff he had in his hands. I only see there a routine copyist of the Leone style at work, who was at best able to make solid material. There aren’t much scenes in his films which I would call well made, and there is often, despite his higher than usual budgets, a surprising lack of atmosphere. I can enjoy DoA and TPoP, but they are never exciting.
And even if he hadn’t made such a dull film like ARtL, AStD only a year before Nobody, it would be hard to believe for me that he should out of nothing be able to make such a brilliantly directed film like MNIN. And then after Nobody just another turkey with Sahara Cross.
From all the well known SW directors, he was, concerning his directorial talents, the least gifted for me.