Love to hate him, or hate to love him, Polanski is pretty polarizing. He has made some crap (Pirates anyone?), but he’s also made some great contributions to cinema.
Repulsion – When I finally saw this thing, I was pretty impressed for what Roman did with no budget back in the mid 1960’s. Lot’s of clever ideas and some pretty racy stuff for that time period.
Chinatown – When in Chinatown visit Empress Pavillion for some good dim sum (get there early). Great ending. Polanski’s idea, not Robert Towne’s. If you want to hear who D.D. Lewis modeled his character’s voice from in There Will Be Blood, check out John Huston in this. I’m crossing my fingers for a remake with Frankie Muniz and Dakota Fanning (with Nathan Lane as Noah Cross).
The Ghost Writer – Old school thriller. Not great, but pretty good. You won’t find any Bourne shaky-cam machine gun editing in this one.