Robert Altman

Famous for ensemble casts, multiple stories, and messy movies.

Love It M*A*S*H (1970) -- A really funny (and really serious) movie that shows a very interesting kind of rebellion against authority, especially the kind that causes war.  The first two or three seasons of the TV show followed the template pretty closely.

Like It Nashville (1975) -- Though often difficult to watch (with many stories and 2 hours 40 minutes), it gets more comfortable as it goes and has a handful of pretty good "fake" country songs.

Really Like It Popeye (1980) -- Noted for being a big ol' dud, I think this is a pretty perfect rendering of the comic book Popeye in live-action form (a hard thing to do).  If you don't like this, you probably just don't like Popeye.  The songs of this musical match the tone of the movie nicely: sweet and rambling and goofy and charming.  "He Needs Me" is one of the many standouts.

Really Like It The Player (1992) -- A perfect movie, and not just because it has close to 100 cameos.  The meta-movie is a hard thing to pull off, but this one is done perfectly.

Don't Like It Short Cuts (1993) -- Tying together several Raymond Carver short stories was a pretty good idea, and if you're a fan of his work, it's sort of fun to watch them pop up one by one.  Having said that, I don't know that I liked this a great deal.  I didn't think it was bad, but after three hours I was ready for it to be over.

Indifferent Gosford Park (2001) -- Not as great to me as everyone else made it out to be, just sort of an interesting-enough comedy disguised as uppity British "usual topics" movie.

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