Together Again!

I’m starting to get pretty damn excited for Sweeney Todd.

In honor of this sixth collaboration from director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp–whose first project, Edward Scissorhands, is very high on my list of favorite films–a countdown of my ten (other) favorite director/actor pairs who can’t seem to get enough of each other:

10. Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell (9 movies)

ash.jpgDelightful career paths, from their first full-length, the seminal Evil Dead, to all those sweet Bruce cameos in Raimi’s Spider-Man movies. Confession: I first learned of the greatness of Bruce Campbell when he was playing the thief Autolycus on the Sam Raimi-produced series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which I found hugely entertaining as a 12-year-old…and pretty much still do.

9. The Coen brothers and Steve Buscemi (6 movies)

The Coens love to kill Steve Buscemi. They’ve put him in a wood chipper, they’ve scattered his ashes all over Jeff Bridges…I’m thinking that for his next Coen role, Buscemi should hold out for their next entry in the romantic comedy genre, for a better chance at survival.

8. Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst (2 movies)

Okay, so I’m cheating a little since they’ve only collaborated twice, but what the hell. Kirsten Dunst gets a lot of flack for supposedly not being a very good actress, but I think she’s great in The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette. Her two best performances are from the same director. Also, in general I think Marie Antoinette is a better movie than Sofia Coppola got credit for. I would definitely see anything else these two did together.

7. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton (7 movies)

Woody Allen has made a lot of great movies (and a few crappy ones), but the only one to ever win Best Picture was Annie Hall, his defining collaboration with Diane Keaton. Also, I want to be just like her when I grow up.

6. David Lynch and Laura Dern (3 movies)

lynchcow1.jpgI used to think of Laura Dern as the scientist chick from Jurassic Park, or maybe as the blind chick from Mask. Now I think of her as David Lynch’s go-to gal. I love this picture of Lynch campaigning for her around Oscar time. Why wouldn’t he have a cow with him?

5. Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen (2 movies, 2 TV series)

Seth Rogen was just starting to show what a great actor he could be when Freaks and Geeks was so cruelly taken from us at the tender age of only 18 episodes (yes, I am just going to keep bringing that up). Thank goodness Judd Apatow has decided to keep casting him in his projects, especially as the utterly believable, lovable buffoon Ben in Knocked Up. Side note: I saw Seth Rogan on Conan, looking kinda scruffy and wearing glasses and a suit jacket, and I gotta say: dude is hot when he wants to be.

4. Wong Kar Wai and Tony Leung (6 movies)

inthemoodforlove.jpgNobody does brooding like Tony Leung, and nobody makes brooding look so incredibly gorgeous as Wong Kar Wai. If you’ve never seen In the Mood for Love, rent it immediately. You’ll get it.

3. Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart (4 movies) or Cary Grant (4 movies)

Cheating! Two in one! Oh, if only Jimmy and Cary had done a Hitchcock movie together at some point. The world would be a better place.

2. Wes Anderson and Bill Murray (4 movies)

Even when he ventures too far on the side of quirkiness, I’m a Wes Anderson defender, and a lot of that has to do with all the quality Bill Murray he’s given me.

1. Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon (7 movies)

Some Like It Hot. No further explanation needed.

Alright, tell me who you love who didn’t make the cut. I’ll be over here, watching the Sweeney Todd trailer again.

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5 Responses to “Together Again!”


  1. 1 Chelsea November 15, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    I vote for Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks

  2. 2 patty November 15, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Favorite Ken quote from Freaks and Geeks: “I feel… weird.”

  3. 3 Carly November 16, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    ok, so it’s only two movies, but i do love jon favreau writing for himself and vince vaughn. he gets that incompetent asshole bit down pitch-perfect every time. also, Steven Soderberg and George Clooney make a great team, be it as director/actor, producer/actor, producer/producer, whatever. Catherine Keener walking and talking with Nicole Holofcener’s direction and writing is pretty f**king amazing, although that’s only 2 movies as well. and in a blatant bid for ‘foreign points’, Charlotte Gainsbourg acting in Yvan Attal’s writer-director-actor projects satisfies my francophile self. also only two projects, but well worth your time (Ils se marierent et eurent beaucoup d’enfants, and Ma Femme est une actrice). Ma femme est une actrice is a little better, if only because it was less depressing. i think the changed studio system doesn’t foster the kind of decades-long relationships that Old Hollywood enjoyed.

  4. 4 Kelly November 19, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    I’m going out on a limb here, but I vote for David Wain and Michael Showalter! (maybe nowhere near the top ten, but quite entertaining)

  5. 5 Sara November 21, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Vincent Chase and Billy Walsh? Ok, ok, I’m just excited to finally be watching Entourage…


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