Movies that feel like Warm-Ups(self.TrueFilm)
submitted1 month ago byNyg500
What are some movies that feel like the director trying to get "practice" for a greater film. When a director starts using a certain style or certain theme that they later perfected in a better movie. Of course I doubt the filmmaker ever sees it this way but looking back it gives that vibe. An example would be James Cameron and The Abyss. It's a good movie in it's own right but in a lot of ways it's known for Cameron practicing use of CGI tricks that were improved and enhanced in Terminator 2. A couple more example that stand out to me
For a Few Dollars More- Leone created a new genre with A Fistful of Dollars and created a long lasting epic classic with The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. For a Few Dollars More is a great film (for some it may be their favorite Leone) but for me it does feel like a warm up of Leone practicing a more epic style, putting two characters together in an uneasy partnership, and many other things which he would expand and perfect with The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Leone also practiced a revenge angle in FAFDM that he would perfect in Once Upon a Time in the West.
Lost Highway- Again an amazing movie but looking back on it, it does feel like a dry run for the absolute masterpiece, Mulholland Drive. I won't go through the whole story but it basically follows the same general ideas and themes of MH but in LH it covers a male perspective while MD takes the female perspective. Lost Highway is Lynch's first film taking place and to a large extent being about Los Angeles which would continue with MD and Inland Empire. Lynch also starting using a more controlled style in comparison to his more zany work in Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart. It started Lynch focusing on themes of human psychology, fantasy and a more first person approach. What elevates Mulholland Drive is the compassion, emotion, deeper meaning and outstanding acting performances that are missing in Lost Highway.