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Damien Chazelle Retrospective

Damien Chazelle is not even 40 but is one of the most exciting directors in Hollywood. I love how nearly all of his projects are fundamentally about music, and built around music or sound in meaningful narrative and film production ways.

I decided to watch (or rewatch) all of his movies in the lead up to Babylon.

Feature Films Directed By Chazelle

Sorted chronologically. All listed films are written by Chazelle, except First Man.

  1. Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) (Good)
  2. Whiplash (2014) (Exceptionally Good)
  3. La La Land (2016) (Masterpiece: Tour de Good)
  4. First Man (2018) (Exceptionally Good)
  5. Babylon (2022) (Very Good)
Feature Films Written by Chazelle

Sorted chronolgically. List excludes films he’s directed.

  1. The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) (Not Good)
  2. Grand Piano (2013) (Very Good)
  3. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) (Good)
Non-Feature Films Written or Directed by Chazelle
  1. Whiplash (Short Film) (2013) (Good)
    • Short film written and directed by Chazelle. Proof of concept film to get investors for feature-length Whiplash (2014)
  2. The Eddy (2020)
    • Eight-episode streaming series executive produced by Chazelle. Two episodes directed by Chazelle.
  3. The Stunt Double (2020)
    • Short film directed by Chazelle, shot in vertical orientation as a promotion for Apple.
Films Tangentially Connected to Chazelle
  1. Cloverfield (2008) (Very Good)
    • Original film in the Cloverfield series. Chazelle is the writer for the first (indirect) sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016).
  2. The Last Exorcism (2010) (Not Very Good)
    • Original film in Last Exorcism series. Chazelle is the writer for the sequel.
  3. The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) (Good)
Chazelle Filmography, Ranked

I will add items to this list as they are reviewed. Includes all items from above headers except “Films Tangentially Related to Chazelle.”

  1. La La Land (2016) – Director/Writer – (Masterpiece: Tour de Good)
  2. First Man (2018) – Director/Writer – (Exceptionally Good)
  3. Whiplash (2014) – Director/Writer – (Exceptionally Good)
  4. Babylon (2022) – Director/Writer – (Very Good)
  5. Grand Piano (2013) – Writer – (Very Good)
  6. Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) – Director/Writer – (Good)
  7. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) – Writer – (Good)
  8. Whiplash (Short Film) (2013) – Director/Writer – (Good)
  9. The Last Exorcism Part II (2013) – Writer – (Not Good)
Review Index
TitleDateFilm YearDirectorIs It GoodTags
Babylon (2022)06/14/20232022Chazelle, Damien6,
The Cloverfield Paradox (2019)05/25/20232019Onah, Julius5
First Man (2018)05/07/20232018Chazelle, Damien7,
La La Land (2016)04/11/20232016Chazelle, Damien8,
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)02/14/20232016Trachtenberg, Dan5
Cloverfield (2008)02/05/20232008Reeves, Matt6
Whiplash (2014)02/01/20232014Chazelle, Damien7
Grand Piano (2013)01/27/20232013Mira, Eugenio6
The Last Exorcism: Part II (2013)01/15/20232013Gass-Donnelly, Ed2
Whiplash (Short Film) (2013)01/14/20232013Chazelle, Damien5
The Last Exorcism (2010)01/08/20232010Stamm, Daniel3
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)12/14/20222009Chazelle, Damien5

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