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8 Movie Partnerships I'd Like To Resurrect Immediately

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | August 20, 2013 | Comments ()


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Michael Keaton and Tim Burton: Before we were constantly assaulted with Johnny Depp in increasingly frightening wigs and ever-thicker grease paint, Burton had a different muse. That’s not to say that Depp and Burton haven’t made beautiful music together, but the song’s gotten a little tired at this point, and it doesn’t have the same funky beat it used to. A re-coupling with Keaton wouldn’t necessarily cure Burton of his upsetting addiction to CGI, but it couldn’t hurt either. There have been rumors of a Beetlejuice sequel, but that’s not at all what I’m talking about. Burton has had plenty of opportunity of late to rehash old material. I’d like to see him take on something new.
Last Collaboration: Batman Returns (1992)
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Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder: BECAUSE I MISS BOTH OF THEM TOO MUCH, THAT’S WHY.
Last Collaboration: Young Frankenstein (1974)
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Diane Keaton and Woody Allen: I don’t have much to complain about when it comes to Allen’s recent work. Blue Jasmine was one of his finest in years. Keaton, on the other hand, has not been acquitting herself quite as well; The Big Wedding was an embarrassment for everyone involved. There has to be more for a Talented Lady Of A Certain Age than Nancy Meyers-esque tripe. There just has to be.
Last Collaboration: Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
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Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss: After a long dry spell, Dreyfuss is diving back in to the movie world with a vengeance. He’s got some intriguing projects on the horizon, including a buddy comedy of sorts with Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black” fame. But, uh, Jason Priestley is directing, and that does not exactly inspire a lot of confidence in me. Spielberg, on the other hand, is in constant danger of drowning in his own stultifying self-importance. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a Spielberg fan — but I would love to see a project that shakes up the twin sins of Too Saccharine and Too Ponderous. Dreyfuss’s dry wit might be just the thing.
Last Collaboration: Always (1989) … First person to call this Too Saccharine gets my fist in their face.
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Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell: Whoa whoa whoa, chicklets, calm your ruffled feathers. I know Raimi has been using Campbell in most of his recent flicks. But background roles and cameos don’t exactly count. The recent, fantastic Evil Dead remake kicked up a lot of Campbell/Raimi nostalgia for me, and it’s not a stretch to say that Raimi as a director has lost much of his mojo. Oh, what’s that, Oz the Great and Powerful fans? Shut it.
Last Collaboration: Army Of Darkness (1992)
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Martin Scorsese and Robert DeNiro: No offense to Leo, Scorsese’s younger, blonder second wife, but there ain’t nothing like the real thing. These two are forever talking about reuniting and never following through. If you think DeNiro’s career doesn’t need a Scorsese-esque shot in the arm, I’d like to direct you to The Big Wedding discussion above under “Keaton, Diane.” I know I’m also in the minority in not having had my hair blown back by Silver Linings Playbook, but there we are.
Last Collaboration: Casino (1995)
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David Lynch and Laura Dern: Their last collaboration wasn’t all that long ago, and in my opinion it was their finest. If anyone can wash the bad taste of “Enlightened” out of my mouth, it’s David Lynch. And, heck, if they want to wear matchy-matchy Gap khakis, who am I to object?
Last Collaboration: Inland Empire (2006)
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Kurt Russell and John Carpenter: Seriously, what what what is John Carpenter doing with his life? Not that their last collaboration was any great shakes, but I would be insanely curious to see what these two could cook up nowadays.
Last Collaboration: Escape From L.A. (1996)
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  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    I don't know if this exactly counts, but Helena Bonham Carter and Merchant-Ivory Productions would certainly give her more to do than did say, Dark Shadows.

  • Jamie Dello Stritto

    Something about the way Deniro is sitting in that picture is giving me lots of tingles.

  • cheryl

    Gary Oldman + Tim Roth 4EVA!

  • $27019454

    Is this the place I can leave this sentiment? Kurt Russell is sofa king underappreciated. It's a CRIME. He is the best thing about any movie he's in. He's solid and he delivers quality. He's the Waddy Wachtel of movies.

    Like Jeff Bridges, he has carried off Total Fox and Total Gravitas with equal panache as the years have gone by. But yes: At his best with Carpenter.

    Also: I cried like a mothafucking baby at "Always." Ugly, wet, snot-soaked weeping. I care not what you all think of that.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Why does Woody Allen continue to get a pass from everyone other than Mia Farrow? The same people calling for Polanski's head on a pike never utter a peep of objection when Woody Allen is discussed.

  • Kirbyjay

    Fuck that little pipsqueak pedophile pussy. I CALL FOR HIS HEAD ON A PIKE!!
    Would that be a fish, a highway, or a weapon? All would be agreeable.

  • Maguita NYC

    I agree with you, however in the public's eye, the difference between Polanski and Allen, is that Allen was never legally convicted of certain crime.

    Does he give me the disgusting frissons? Yes. Does it affect my movie watching? Yes, I just consciously cannot. But apparently, it doesn't hold for many because there is no legal judgement of guilt. (And if there is and I missed it, please share it!)

  • omer333

    Fuckin' A! Get me John Carpenter and Kurt Russell doing a fucking game show and I'D WATCH THE FUCK OUT OF THAT!!!

  • Carey Adams

    Bad taste of Enlightened? I thought a certain someone persuaded you to give that one another look?

  • Hazel Dean

    It certainly warrants one. Enlightened was such a great, brilliantly written and performed show. Why is it that critically acclaimed shows with unlikable male protagonists (Breaking Bad, The Sopranos) are universally praised but when it's a show with an unlikable female protagonist it suddenly renders the show unwatchable?

  • The Double Standard

    Yeah, that one's on me. That would be my fault.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Not quite as notably intertwined as the above, wonderful suggestions, but...how about Rob Reiner and Christopher Guest? Yes, they may have only made two films together as director/actor. But those two films are Spinal Tap and The Princess Bride.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Never heard of them.

  • John W

    Maybe it's because I'm a fan of horror but the only two that caught my attention was Raimi/Campbell and Carpenter/Russell. Although I wouldn't mind a comeback for Mr. Mom. 220-221 whatever it takes....

  • pumpkin

    Maybe Mr. Grandma?

  • Jill

    Are we completely sure that Sam Raimi and Mark Duplass are not, at the very least, first cousins? To me, the resemblance is striking.

    And a thousand times yes to Burton/Keaton. Keaton has the best voice (Batman) and a great sense of humor (Beetlejuice). Also, Clean & Sober. I know not a Burton film, but it's worth mentioning.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Best Batman lips too.

  • Kathleen Allen

    RE: Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell--Burn Notice is over. Movie gods, let's make this happen.

  • Mrs. Julien

    We saw Silver Linings Playbook this past weekend and we really enjoyed it. Who knew The Emu had that in him?

  • Artemis

    I liked it generally and I don't have a problem with JLaw taking home the Oscar given the field last year, but I was kind of sad that she stole all the attention for the movie. BCoops blew me away in it. Who knew, indeed.

  • Franceypants

    I thought the movie was really only just better than mediocre, but to me, Bradley Cooper's role was more deserving of an Oscar than JLaw's. She just didn't have much to work with. Must have been a pretty weak field nominated for women last year? (Yeah, I could Google it...)

  • DominaNefret

    Yeah, as someone who has suffered with mental illness my entire life, specifically bipolar disorder and really severe ADHD-PI, his character really really hit home with me, far moreso than hers did. I thought he was brilliant; there were so many times throughout the movie where I just went "Holy shit. That's me." Every single time it was him. There were a few times throughout the film where she did or said something that I knew SHOULD have resonated with me, but just didn't. I thought she was good, but I thought he was better.

  • Aidan Harr

    I mean, Bruce is still doing cameos for Raimi all the time... he was even in Oz. But seriously, let's get him a starring role again, kay?

  • JenVegas

    I agree 100% with all of this list. For the betterment of Hollywood.

  • seth

    Above under!

  • Anyone ever seen Young Sam Raimi and Jim from The Newsroom in the same place at the same time?

  • Dumily

    I was going to say Young Sam Raimi and Dr George O'Malley, but yours is less embarrassing. Let's go with that. On a sidenote, can we just start calling Jim from the Newsroom Jim Halpert: The New Class?

  • luthien26

    I STILL want my sequel to "Big Trouble In Little China." Ok, ok, it might be a disaster, but the original remains one of my favorite films of all time because it's just so damn quirky. Plus, Kurt Russell's guns in that tank top? Damn work of art, right there.

  • $27019454

    Fuckin a

  • Ian Fay

    Isn't Mel Brooks still alive?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    So's Gene Wilder. They just aren't making movies lately. (though Brooks has been doing Broadway)

  • Incidentally, if you haven't heard it go check out the Nerdist podcast episode with Mel. It is absolutely amazing. The guy is a national treasure.

  • Aaron Schulz

    im pretty sure wilder is essentially a recluse at this point, ever since gilda died. which is a shame, not only are those two amazing together but things like hear no evil, speak no evil are just icing on the whipass cake.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Gene worked for many years after Gilda died. But he is pushing 80, and last I saw he was definitely looking his age, so I can't blame him for keeping to himself these days.

  • Maguita NYC

    "...Leo, Scorcese’s younger, blonder second wife...

    This so many times. De Niro needs to work with Scorsese to wash away the bad taste of Fockers, more Fockers and incredibly enough, even more effing Fockers.

  • $65530708

    Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune. / John Woo and Chow Yun Fat.

    *And Sergio Leone and Charles Bronson.

  • Sean

    "John Woo and Chow Yun Fat" Fuck yes.

  • foolsage

    Kurosawa-san died in 1998, while Mifune-san died in 1997. They are unlikely to make many more films together.

  • $65530708

    It says "Resurrect" in the title of this post, and in their case a literal resurrection would be required for it to happen. That doesn`t make it any less of a great idea (unless they were zombies).

  • foolsage

    It does; you're right. However, every example listed in the article was alive at the time of writing, because it was the partnerships that were to be resurrected, not the people. But fair enough. I'd love to see more of their movies too. :)

  • $65530708

    True. I thought Gene Wilder was dead and there was a precedent, but he is still alive so point foolsage.

  • foolsage

    Eh, I don't do this for points, but for sheer love of quibbling.

  • The Kitastrophe

    As a salve you can listen to the commentary for 'Big Trouble in Little China' during which Carpenter and Russell get pretty lit and have a great time.

  • Aaron

    Love that commentary.

  • I'll bet I've listened to it at least six times. It's like hanging out with two best buds telling tales and laughing their asses off. I laugh my ass off too. Every time.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I'm off to buy the DVD. Thanks!

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    Does he give me the disgusting frissons? Yes. Does it affect my
    movie watching? Yes, I just consciously cannot. But apparently, it
    doesn't hold for many because there is no legal judgement of guilt. (And
    if there is and I missed it, please share it!)

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Okay, I know. Still though: WHAT?

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