Five Favorite Films with Brett Ratner

The blockbuster director stops by The Rotten Tomatoes Show.

Over the past decade, Brett Ratner has directed action-packed blockbusters that include Rush Hour 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and Rush Hour 3. His latest effort, Kites: The Remix, is a re-editing of the Bollywood film Kites, which opened internationally this May.

With a very fresh list of films and inspirations, Ratner stopped by The Rotten Tomatoes Show on Current to share his favorite movies. Check them out in the video below!


If you're interested in learning more about Ratner's favorites, they're listed here:

Comments

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

is anyone going to say "i like that he chose raging bull"?


omg, i have a list of favourites too!
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/user/523619/lists/view.php?id=67912

Jun 4 - 02:53 PM

Dave J

Dave J

My only wish that his 5 picks are as good as most of the films he makes! The only ones I like of Ratners are the first two Rush hour films and hasn't really done anything else that is memorable!

Jun 4 - 03:11 PM

miguelsreviews.webs.com

miguel perez

What about Red Dragon that wa really good

Jun 5 - 08:07 PM

fresh f.

fresh fresh

Raging Bull is the only film on the list that Ive seen. So many movies Im never going to get around to see.

Jun 4 - 03:12 PM

morgan w.

morgan work

I like that he chose Raging Bull. Douche

Jun 4 - 03:33 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

meow!

Jun 4 - 04:31 PM

Matt L.

Matt Lubisich

my only wish is that he had kept his mediocre hands off of x-men 3. he completely killed that series of films. now we just get prequels. why on earth would you kill off Proffesor X, Jean and Cyclops? ridiculous. and even more ridiculous that X was now in another body and the mutants didn't actually lose their powers. at least with that miserable ending it proved that they had no confidence at all in the crappy movie that had done.

Jun 4 - 03:46 PM

Solonik -.

Solonik -

The movie sucked yea, but you didn't watch past the credits I bet...

Jun 5 - 04:10 PM

Takis I.

Takis Iomos

They killed off Cyclops because they lost the actor to Superman and all they could get was the small, quick role. I understand killing off Jean and she was killed off a lot in the comics so that was not a big deal. The Professors "death" was lame as well as the scene after the credits. He definitely botched the movie, but the hero deaths were not all his fault and I don't think the reason for it sucking.

Jun 6 - 12:21 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Any other movie you want to spoil? Moron!

Jun 7 - 09:56 AM

Takis I.

Takis Iomos

I don't think that anybody here should have to worry about spoilers in movies that are 4 years old.

Jun 7 - 05:51 PM

Sputnik99

sputnik 99

Here come the insults. C'mon haters! Do your worst to ol' Brett!

Jun 4 - 04:05 PM

The Stunner

Tiago Paulo

meow!

Jun 4 - 04:31 PM

August M.

Agustin Macias

And yet he does crap.

Jun 4 - 04:42 PM

John Blaze

Rajko Mikic

good picks

this really isn't the place ( well this article ) to judge his directorial abilities

Jun 4 - 04:44 PM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

As always leave it to the RT crowd to completely disagree with conventional wisdom. The guy makes popular movies...deal with it.

As for the deaths in S-3...so what? Comic characters die all the time...and its rarely for good.

X3 was the best of the trilogy...despite the ways it deviated from the comics...at least it wasn't just a Wolverine movie with a few other characters thrown in like the first two were.

Jun 4 - 04:56 PM

Cory

Cory B

Beyond stupid.

~at least it wasn't just a Wolverine movie with a few other characters thrown in like the first two were~

Are you freaking serious? The way the movie set things up, Wolverine was the ONLY POSSIBLE HERO WHO COULD SAVE THE DAY!! Remember at the climax how everyone just had to run and hide and Wolverine had to deal with Jean blowing everything up? Lame. Angel got 45 seconds of screen time and didn't even join the main team (waste), Rogue and Mystique got de-powered (lame), Juggernaut was just Magneto's puppet (also lame), and three of the original main characters dies. You can't call it an X-Men movie if you don't have Jean, Cyclops, and Xavier around at the finish.

~As for the deaths in S-3...so what? Comic characters die all the time...and its rarely for good.~

So what? How about the fact that Cyclops was just randomly offed because Marsden wasn't going to be around? They could have recast the role and let Cyclops be part of the story. No one would have complained, we can't even see his face anyway. On top of that, his death scene was incredibly stupid. How Jean came back to life wasn't even explained. Even the writers seemed to be self-aware of how stupid that scene was. Xavier died for no damn reason. I was less ticked about Jean, because she's died and come back so many times in the comics anyway.

Bottom line: X3 is easily the worst of the trilogy. It isn't even an X-Men movie. It's a dumb CGI action movie that just happens to have some X-Men characters in it.

Jun 4 - 07:01 PM

Murdoch

Murdoch +

Cory B,

Gotta admit, i agree with a LOT of what you just said. However, I have to side with gm1200 and say that IMHO X3 was a pretty cool movie. For 1 thing, i didn't mind all the deaths. For a world as diverse and complex as X men, you can't possibly address all the different Mutants and awesome bad guys without sidelining a couple of original heroes first. So you had to either a) kill them off in a completely unexpected or in some cases lamea$$ way or b) come up with excuses as to why they weren't present in future movies. All Scott's, Jean's and Xavier's deaths showed me was: We're done telling their story, and will not be addressing them from here on out. Which was pretty sudden, but then again the WHOLE freakn' franchise was about Wolverine to begin with. Go back and watch X1, they should have called THAT movie X men Origins: Wolverine and THEN do a movie on the whole team.

And while we're on the subject: What the HELL was up with the plot for Wolverine? Weapon X people spend the first half of the movie making an immortal guy indestructible and then spend the rest of the movie trying to kill him? WTF? we already know he survives with memory damage, so why show us all those pointless, unsuccessful efforts to kill him? It was kinda like saying: Hey kids, meet Superman! He's indestructible, get it! No, i don't think you understand just how INDESTRUCTIBLE he is, so we're just going to throw tanks, submarines and nuclear weapons at his ass for the whole movie JUST to show how he walks away defeating all his enemies without a scratch on him!

At least for the last scene in X3, not only was Jean/Phoenix/Scarlet Witch possibly the only REAL threat Wolverine had ever faced, he was willing to bet that their harmless flirtation meant enough to Jean that it would allow her to fight back against the phoenix's urge to vaporize him just long enough for Logan to end her suffering with his adamantium claws. Okay maybe i didn't respect Brett Ratner a whole lot more because of it, but it certainly made me respect the characters of Logan, Xavier, Scott & Jean as well as the very difficult choices that they had to make to their bitter ends. As a comic book fan, what more can you ask for?

What do you guys think?

Jun 4 - 07:59 PM

Daniel P.

Daniel Petersen

That were all average, but the third was absolute s*%t. You don't know what your talking about

Jun 5 - 12:44 AM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

Umm they arent very popular.

Jun 5 - 07:05 AM

bamb0o-stick

Jonathan Y

I'm a little annoyed that everyone blamed Ratner for how bad the story went. HE DIDN'T WRITE THE STORY PEOPLE! It wasn't his fault the characters everyone liked got killed off. If anything, Bryan Singer should be the one blamed for X3 being a disaster because he left the project to do Superman Returns. The way I see it, Ratner did the best he could with the shattered pieces that were given to him. How can you have a trilogy that has the original director drop out turn out well? That's like having Peter Jackson drop out of Return of the King.

Ratner isn't an terrible director! He's average at best and I think he has room for improvement. You guys are seriously ripping on him too hard. There are worse directors to **** on.

Jun 5 - 08:48 AM

IBelievedInHarveyDent

Jim Huete

THANK YOU!

Jun 5 - 11:05 AM

Truth From Dan

Daniel Thomas

Yes! Like Michael Bay or McG!!! Those are the guys who should be ripped on! Studios dish them millions of bucks just so they can produce crap on a consistent basis. Why!??

Jun 5 - 06:00 PM

Kyle K.

Kyle Kenny

studio's aren't overly concerned with the quality of films, just make money.

Jun 5 - 09:53 PM

Ten Ton Alien

ffdsd fdsafsafd

No one seems to understand that Ratner didn't write X3. In terms of directing, he did a fine job.

Jun 5 - 08:00 PM

Takis I.

Takis Iomos

Good directors make good decisions about the writing and how the story will go. A couple of changes can make a big difference between a good movie and a bad movie. Good directors realize this and make sure that the lines or some story telling points are altered to make sense or be more compelling. I do not blame him for draft one, but he is late on the list of final say, has a lot to do with the final cut, and is the one in charge of getting the best work from the actors. Therefore, it is appropriate to blame directors in general for bad films, even if they are bad for writing, story, etc.

Jun 6 - 12:26 PM

Eztizen S.

Eztizen Sanchez

I agree with in almost everything, but not about Bryan Singer. I think he was an idiot for dropping X-Men to do Superman Returns, yes, but it wasn't his fault that the 3rd movie sucked. The third movie could have had an amazing script without Bryan Singer, the third movie could have had an amazing director without Bryan Singer (I don't think Ratner is a bad director but he's not great), but it didn't have it. It had an awful script. A horrible script. That was what made the movie suck. And that's not Ratner's fault, but it's even less Singer's fault.

If Peter Jackson would have dropped out of Return of the King probably it wouldn't have been as good as it is, but if someone else had done the first 2 Lord of the Rings movies, they would had been great and then Jackson made the last one, probably the last one would have been even better, even if the first director, a great director, dropped out.

Jun 6 - 04:21 PM

Billy D.

Billy DeBoer

Wow. Was your favorite Spider-Man movie was the third one too?

Jun 9 - 08:35 AM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

Oh and some of us do our RT checking at work where we can't view these videos...bring back the transcripted articles please...

Jun 4 - 04:57 PM

frogleg

Josh Quarles

x2

Jun 7 - 10:38 AM

J R R Milton

james ferrera

Yeah i think i'm a bit in between on Brett. He does typical popcorn have a good time movies. If you think Chris Tucker is funny (and i do) you sit through and laugh a few times and its fine. I'm a die hard old time x-men comics geek and i didn't care for how they left it either. Still i'll watch X3 a dozen times before sitting through Wolverine again.

Jun 4 - 05:13 PM

waggaga1

noel noel

Agreed!

Jun 4 - 05:37 PM

waggaga1

noel noel

Agreed!

Jun 4 - 05:37 PM

CaptainSomebody

Ben Watts

Just further proof that good taste in movies has no correlation with one's directorial abilities. And to "gm1200": X3 was the best of the trilogy? Really? The X-Men films followed the Spider-Man movie formula: the first one is okay, the second is much, much better, and then the 3rd one goes and ruins everything good from the second one.

Jun 4 - 06:39 PM

CObsession

Matt Kimberlin

Saying the third X-Men movie was the best of the trilogy is like saying that Ed Wood was the greatest director of all time, followed by Uwe Boll. It was all over the place and barely had a plot to speak of. They needed to focus, instead of having so many villains. The brilliance of X-Men is the combined villain set, similar to having the Empire in Star Wars films. If there is another villain, Charles and Magneto join forces to keep the narrative simple.

In other words, X-3 went against everything good about the comics and made a bad movie at the same time. Brett Ratner will soon be known as a franchise killer, not a maker of popular movies. If you want to look at his success, look at the films that came after the ones he worked on in a franchise and what they grossed at the box office. X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Hannibal Rising. They both stunk in the first week because of ill will from Brett Ratner.

That being said, good picks...

Jun 4 - 06:53 PM

Cory

Cory B

Beyond stupid.

~at least it wasn't just a Wolverine movie with a few other characters thrown in like the first two were~

Are you freaking serious? The way the movie set things up, Wolverine was the ONLY POSSIBLE HERO WHO COULD SAVE THE DAY!! Remember at the climax how everyone just had to run and hide and Wolverine had to deal with Jean blowing everything up? Lame. Angel got 45 seconds of screen time and didn't even join the main team (waste), Rogue and Mystique got de-powered (lame), Juggernaut was just Magneto's puppet (also lame), and three of the original main characters dies. You can't call it an X-Men movie if you don't have Jean, Cyclops, and Xavier around at the finish.

~As for the deaths in S-3...so what? Comic characters die all the time...and its rarely for good.~

So what? How about the fact that Cyclops was just randomly offed because Marsden wasn't going to be around? They could have recast the role and let Cyclops be part of the story. No one would have complained, we can't even see his face anyway. On top of that, his death scene was incredibly stupid. How Jean came back to life wasn't even explained. Even the writers seemed to be self-aware of how stupid that scene was. Xavier died for no damn reason. I was less ticked about Jean, because she's died and come back so many times in the comics anyway.

Bottom line: X3 is easily the worst of the trilogy. It isn't even an X-Men movie. It's a dumb CGI action movie that just happens to have some X-Men characters in it.

Jun 4 - 07:01 PM

Murdoch

Murdoch +

Cory B,

Gotta admit, i agree with a LOT of what you just said. However, I have to side with gm1200 and say that IMHO X3 was a pretty cool movie. For 1 thing, i didn't mind all the deaths. For a world as diverse and complex as X men, you can't possibly address all the different Mutants and awesome bad guys without sidelining a couple of original heroes first. So you had to either a) kill them off in a completely unexpected or in some cases lamea$$ way or b) come up with excuses as to why they weren't present in future movies. All Scott's, Jean's and Xavier's deaths showed me was: We're done telling their story, and will not be addressing them from here on out. Which was pretty sudden, but then again the WHOLE freakn' franchise was about Wolverine to begin with. Go back and watch X1, they should have called THAT movie X men Origins: Wolverine and THEN do a movie on the whole team.

And while we're on the subject: What the HELL was up with the plot for Wolverine? Weapon X people spend the first half of the movie making an immortal guy indestructible and then spend the rest of the movie trying to kill him? WTF? we already know he survives with memory damage, so why show us all those pointless, unsuccessful efforts to kill him? It was kinda like saying: Hey kids, meet Superman! He's indestructible, get it! No, i don't think you understand just how INDESTRUCTIBLE he is, so we're just going to throw tanks, submarines and nuclear weapons at his ass for the whole movie JUST to show how he walks away defeating all his enemies without a scratch on him!

At least for the last scene in X3, not only was Jean/Phoenix/Scarlet Witch possibly the only REAL threat Wolverine had ever faced, he was willing to bet that their harmless flirtation meant enough to Jean that it would allow her to fight back against the phoenix's urge to vaporize him just long enough for Logan to end her suffering with his adamantium claws. Okay maybe i didn't respect Brett Ratner a whole lot more because of it, but it certainly made me respect the characters of Logan, Xavier, Scott & Jean as well as the very difficult choices that they had to make to their bitter ends. As a comic book fan, what more can you ask for?

What do you guys think?

Jun 4 - 07:59 PM

Cory

Cory B

Seriously, how does Ratner get jobs anymore? He can't direct.

He should never be allowed anywhere near a superhero movie again. Brett, on behalf of all hardcore X-Men fans, I salute you!

*raises middle finger*

Jun 4 - 07:03 PM

BatsInTheBelfry

Derek Meadors

In all honesty, he keeps getting jobs because he knows as much as anybody about making a film, he just doesn't make good movies. But it's not for a lack of knowledge of filmmaking. Personally, I think he enjoys the "fringe benefits" of being a hollywood director more then he enjoys actually making movies. He also is very good at bringing in movies on time and on budget. Put all those together and he could make all the bad movies he possibly can, but he'll still get jobs because he plays the part of a director well.

Jun 4 - 09:36 PM

Ten Ton Alien

ffdsd fdsafsafd

Are you reading anybodys comments? Brett Ratner didn't write X3. If you have a problem with the plot, mention the writers, because you're not doing a very good job addressing issues that'd concern the director.

Jun 5 - 08:04 PM

Takis I.

Takis Iomos

Do you really think people love directors for their ability to get people to stand in the right place, get the right emotion, and choose the right angle to film from? Directing is about more than that and can affect the writing, the story, and everything about the movie. A writer cannot be blamed for bad directing, but a director holds some of the blame for a movie put out with bad writing.

Jun 6 - 12:28 PM

Bartholomew C.

Bartholomew Cambridge

I must say, I think some of you guys are made at guys like Brett Ratner because he's out making movies while ure sitting on the RT message talking about them and u wish you could be lucky enough to make one.

I will say this, hating on a guy that's made it won't get you there. It's not like Bret Ratner is P-Uwe Boll, he's a competent director and he has some solid features under his belt.

Rush Hour
Rush Hour 2
Red Dragon - very good film. A million times better than Hannibal and Manhunter (yes, better than Manhunter) and incredibly well acted and paced film.
The Family Man
hell, even Money Talks is a cult classic.

S

Jun 4 - 07:19 PM

CObsession

Matt Kimberlin

Man, that's making a lot of assumptions. Personally, I hate Brett Ratner because he has talent and he doesn't use it. He also is killing franchises, which is bad for future filmmakers. But seriously, don't bring up other people's careers on here, that's just ignorant and creates ill will towards you.

Jun 5 - 01:56 PM

jimb14red

Michael Sullivan

Uwe Boll movies are far more entertaining than anything Ratner has made.

Jun 5 - 03:46 PM

Justin M.

Justin Montello

of all the **** someone could say about directors and you actually say uwe boll is abetter director?!? thats linacy that guy is a ****ing retard who should shoot himself in the face repeatedly

brett ratner is a good director not david fincher or nolanesque but good he did well with what **** script he had and come on even though x-men 3 sucked how cool was it to actually see how powerful magneto was moving the golden gate bridge that was sic!

Jun 9 - 02:42 AM

DANNY S.

DANNY STEVENS

Joe CarnahaM defending Brett Ratner's style is hilarious!! What style??

Jun 4 - 07:19 PM

Bartholomew C.

Bartholomew Cambridge

I meant some of your guys are "mad" lol

Jun 4 - 07:20 PM

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