TSPDT Guide Poll

Thanks very much to everyone who voted in this brief poll. Your input was invaluable.

Option A was the 'winner' with 60% of the vote. The final results can be viewed below. Therefore, despite my original plans to change the TSPDT Guide to Option B,
the current TSPDT Guide will stay as is. I've also included all the comments received below.

Please note that I set the poll to a maximum of 100 votes - in order to get a final result quickly.

In the end, it is tough to please everyone. I've been doing this long enough to realise that is absolutely the case. Please remember, if you don't appreciate the 'opinionated' TSPDT Guides, please click on the Acclaimed Films link provided within each TSPDT Guide to see consensus rankings of each director's work.

Thanks to Zak, whose comments on
Paul Thomas Anderson's page basically triggered this poll.

At the bottom of this page, I've included the TSPDT Guide explanation for those of you who may have not seen it. It can also be found at the bottom of the
directors 'index' page.
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If I need to see the films chronologically, I can always click on the "Acclaimed Films" List and use the sortable table. I also like hearing your opinion. 3/8/2018 2:38 AM

I come to TSDPT for the opinion, chronological listing can easily be found elsewhere. 3/8/2018 12:51 AM

There are plenty of sources for chronological filmographies - your opinions help make this site unique! 3/7/2018 4:33 PM

I can get chronological lists of director's works anywhere. I like coming to TSPDT for opinions and guidance. 3/7/2018 1:07 PM

I have a problem with the opinionated format as it doesn't reveal what the author's actual opinions on it all, such as the reasons why he did/didn't like the film. Also, it seemed sort of degrading to see critically acclaimed/beloved films being dismissed without being given a fair share. Jonathan Rosenbaum and Martin Scorsese are known for their absolute devotion to movies, so having their opinions count as extra opinions will help viewers decide what films to watch and which ones to skip. 3/7/2018 11:45 AM

It's easier to find out the value of the movies. 3/7/2018 10:54 AM

I am happy that you are at least keeping your recommendations in the chronology version, I actually voted for it because I like its presentation better, its more useful and organized. I don't really care about what films you rate lower than recommend and think the many complaints I have seen are absolutely silly. 3/7/2018 9:26 AM

Greatly prefer the original version. Option B is redundant listing the years twice, and so many notes of approval sort of diminish their value. Plus, after so long reading I like knowing what you personally prefer. 3/7/2018 9:22 AM

I like the recommendations, but I prefer if the titles were on their own line for improved readability. 3/7/2018 9:12 AM

Option B is kind of redundant because of an Acclaimed films page. I think that the best option would be to just replace TSPDT Guide content with Acclaimed films content since that's the one I use the most. 3/7/2018 8:50 AM

Maybe would prefer option B if it kept the Recommended/Highly Recommended distinction. 3/7/2018 7:36 AM

Hey Bill. I've been a fan of this site for years. What makes it different was your own take it on it, even when I disagreed. There are plenty of sites out there that list chronological filmographies. Your opinion is what makes this site unique! In fact, I would love to see a return of your Recommended Viewing pages. It was great to get your take on films by lesser known or newer directors. 3/7/2018 7:33 AM

May I propose a third option? Chronological order, but instead of a TSPDT "t" for recommended films, just give them either an N, A, W, R, or H like in the very early days of TSPDT. (could even bring back M for must-sees). That way you can list films you haven't seen, they're organized in chronological order, and the individual ratings are still there. 3/7/2018 7:25 AM

The “Approach with caution” and “Not recommended” listings are... well, I don't really appreciate them. How do I explain that? Sometimes, films I enjoy find themselves listed there, and I wonder, woaw, was I wrong to enjoy these? Or regarding films I haven't watched so far, expecting one to be worth the label “Not recommended” might create a bias. Perhaps some kind of mix? Where the films are presented chronologically with an option to make their ratings visible, in addition to the labels (“1000 best” and “1000 noir” etc.)? 3/7/2018 7:17 AM

B is more informative and therefore useful. In fact, it would be even more so, if it was a complete rather than selected list of films directed by them, especially when it's just a couple of features missing, as in the Aldrich example. 3/7/2018 6:16 AM

Option B is more objective and looks cleaner. 3/7/2018 4:54 AM

I prefer the chronological grouping (with rating as an "extra" beside the title). This gives me a better overview of an artist's work. 3/7/2018 4:03 AM

Individual opinions are the backbone of this site. 3/7/2018 1:33 AM

Option B will make the page too long. 3/7/2018 12:56 AM

I like that it is listed with your recommendations. It is very easy for people to click on the acclaimed films link to sort them by year or any of the other categories if that is what people want to see. Too many symbols next to the films can become cumbersome. 3/7/2018 12:51 AM

I go with the opiniated guide, because I'm not quite sure what Option B is going for. Option B is basically a far lesser version of what you get when you click on the Acclaimed Films link. Since it doesn't include every film by the director it fails as a good career overview. It also fails as an opinion piece, as it is less thorough as Option A, and visually less pleasing (not a personal fan of so many symbols after the titles). I know Option A might be more controversial, or too opinionated for your tastes, but to me it serves a clearer goal and adds a light touch of personality to the site. 3/6/2018 11:22 PM

Prefer a less opinionated guide. 3/6/2018 9:29 PM

Option A
Current format. Selected filmography is grouped by TSPDT's ratings. This is an explicitly opinionated guide.
For Robert Aldrich
Highly Recommended
The Big Knife (1955) ✖︎, Kiss Me Deadly (1955) ✖︎, Autumn Leaves (1956)
Vera Cruz (1954), Apache (1954), Attack! (1956), The Last Sunset (1961), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1965), Flight of the Phoenix (1966), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Ulzana's Raid (1972), Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Worth a Look
World for Ransom (1954) ✖︎, Ten Seconds to Hell (1959), The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968), The Killing of Sister George (1968), The Grissom Gang (1971), Emperor of the North Pole (1973), The Longest Yard (1974), The Frisco Kid (1979), All the Marbles (1981)
Approach with Caution
Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)
Not Recommended
The Angry Hills (1959), Hustle (1975) ✖︎, The Choirboys (1977)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmography
1,000 Greatest Films ✖︎ 1,000 Noir Films
Jonathan Rosenbaum Martin Scorsese
Option B
Proposed format. Selected filmography is grouped chronologically. TSPDT's highly recommended/recommended films are now tagged by the symbol . Films previously rated Worth a Look, Approach with Caution or Not Recommended are now not rated. This is a much less opinionated guide.
For Robert Aldrich
(Selected Filmography)
Apache (1954)
Vera Cruz (1954)
World for Ransom (1954) ✖︎
The Big Knife (1955) ✖︎
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) ✖︎
Attack! (1956)
Autumn Leaves (1956)
The Angry Hills (1959)
Ten Seconds to Hell (1959)
The Last Sunset (1961)
Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1965)
Flight of the Phoenix (1966)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
The Killing of Sister George (1968)
The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
Too Late the Hero (1970)
The Grissom Gang (1971)
Ulzana's Raid (1972)
Emperor of the North Pole (1973)
The Longest Yard (1974)
Hustle (1975) ✖︎
The Choirboys (1977)
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
The Frisco Kid (1979)
All the Marbles (1981)
Acclaimed Films / IMDB Filmography
1,000 Greatest Films ✖︎ 1,000 Noir Films
Jonathan Rosenbaum Martin Scorsese TSPDT

The TSPDT Guide Explained
Please note that the TSPDT Guide on each director's page (where each director’s work is grouped under five viewing-recommendation categories) reflects the opinions of TSPDT only. The TSPDT guides are – by nature – purely subjective, and should be treated as such.

If you are after a more consensus-based appraisal of each director’s work, you can view a listing of their most critically-acclaimed films by following the Acclaimed Films link near the bottom of each TSPDT Guide. For example, see Alfred Hitchcock's acclaimed films. Additionally, the symbols (provided within the TSPDT guides) that denote a film as a member of the 1,000 Greatest Films () and/or 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Films () listings further assist to highlight a film’s critical standing. Additionally, films listed over the years by Jonathan Rosenbaum () and Martin Scorsese () are also tagged.

The TSPDT Guide does not offer (in most cases) a full filmography of each director’s work. It only includes the films that we have seen. Links to IMDB (for complete or more complete filmographies) are provided.

Viewing-Recommendation Categories-:
Highly Recommended
A perfect, or near-perfect film. More often than not, a masterpiece. A definite must-see.
A very good film. Not a masterpiece, but a highly rewarding film experience. A definite must-see.
Worth a Look
Possibly flawed, but still a good film, and well worth your time. You really should see this (this category could probably be re-named to Definitely-Worth-a-Look).
Approach with Caution
A flawed film that still offers the viewer something. I wouldn’t completely dismiss this film as it may contain an inspired moment or two, or a great performance or two. You probably should still see this.
Not Recommended
A genuinely flawed film that offers little. I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from seeing this (or any film for that matter), but I – personally – wouldn’t recommend it. You will notice that their are very few films categorised within this category.