Fozzy Bear and Yoda really wanted to direct.
The Dark Crystal (1982) -- Directed with Jim Henson. The story is kind of uninteresting, as are the lead characters (and many of the secondary ones), but the good thing about the movie is that Jim Henson and Frank Oz have created a complete world from scratch, and all the little details of the movie make it always visually interesting. You end up viewing it as a nature documentary, caring more about the world itself than the story being told. As far as movies being created entirely with puppets goes, this is brilliant.
Little Shop of Horrors (1986) -- I remember this as the first movie I specifically asked to go see in the theaters. I still love it today. The musical was already great to begin with: songs that are both funny and catchy and even touching when they need to be. "Somewhere That's Green," for example, manages to paint suburbia as paradise sincerely even while doing a parody of it. The guys from SNL and Second City (among others) are great -- either as stars or in cameos -- and the movie never slows down and always remains funny and visually great as well.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) -- There are lots of little funny moments throughout (such as the "Rupert" scene), though as a whole it runs as a somewhat standard con artist movie.
In and Out (1997) -- This movie starts out somewhat okay, if typical, and ends up just being dorky.
Bowfinger (1999) -- There have been several movies already that satirize Hollywood, and of course there has even been at least one from Steve Martin already (L.A. Story), but this one offers a few different jabs, and the premise of the movie itself manages to be both funny and believable. Eddie Murphy gets to be his nasty-talkin' self with one of his characters, and gets to play another character who could have easily just been a broad nerd, but instead becomes a (again) believable and sympathetic guy. It's not a perfect movie, but it doesn't disappoint at all.
The Score (2001) -- I watched this movie for Edward Norton (not to mention Marlon Brando and Robert Dinero), and it wasn't the worst thing, but it wasn't the best either. Simply an average heist movie.
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