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  • Stardust
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    #149922

    Including this noted list of course http://flavorwire.com/200745/the-30-harshest-filmmaker-on-filmmaker-insults-in-history
      excerpts:

    1. Francois Truffaut on Michelangelo Antonioni:
    “Antonioni is the only important director I have nothing good to say about. He bores me; he’s so solemn and humorless.”

    2. Ingmar Bergman on Michelangelo Antonioni:
    “Fellini, Kurosawa, and Bunuel move in the same field as Tarkovsky. Antonioni was on his way, but expired, suffocated by his own tediousness.”
    He’s done two masterpieces, you don’t have to bother with the rest. One is Blow-Up (1966), which I’ve seen many times, and the other is La Notte (1961), also a wonderful film, although that’s mostly because of the young Jeanne Moreau. In my collection I have a copy of Il Grido (1957) and damn what a boring movie it is. So devilishly sad, I mean. You know, Antonioni never really learned the trade. He concentrated on single images, never realizing that film is a rhythmic flow of images, a movement. Sure, there are brilliant moments in his films. But I don’t feel anything for L’Avventura (1960), for example. Only indifference. I never understood why Antonioni was so incredibly applauded. And I thought his muse Monica Vitti was a terrible actress.”  

    3. Ingmar Berman on Orson Welles:
    “For me he’s just a hoax. It’s empty. It’s not interesting. It’s dead.Citizen Kane, which I have a copy of — is all the critics’ darling, always at the top of every poll taken, but I think it’s a total bore. Above all, the performances are worthless. The amount of respect that movie’s got is absolutely unbelievable.”
     “I’ve never liked Welles as an actor, because he’s not really an actor. In Hollywood you have two categories, you talk about actors and personalities. Welles was an enormous personality, but when he plays Othello, everything goes down the drain, you see, that’s when he croaks. In my eyes he’s an infinitely overrated filmmaker”

    4. Ingmar Bergman on Jean-Luc Godard:
    “I’ve never gotten anything out of his movies. They have felt constructed, faux intellectual, and completely dead. Cinematographically uninteresting and infinitely boring. Godard is a fucking bore. He’s made his films for the critics. One of the movies,Masculin, Féminin, was shot here in Sweden. It was mind-numbingly boring.”

    5. Orson Welles on Jean-Luc Godard:
    “His gifts as a director are enormous. I just can’t take him very seriously as a thinker — and that’s where we seem to differ, because he does. His message is what he cares about these days, and, like most movie messages, it could be written on the head of a pin.”

    6. Werner Herzog on Jean-Luc Godard:

    “Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung-fu film.”

    7. Jean-Luc Godard on Quentin Tarantino:
    “Tarantino named his production company after one of my films. He’d have done better to give me some money.”

    8. Harmony Korine on Quentin Tarantino:
    “Quentin Tarantino seems to be too concerned with other films. I mean, about appropriating other movies, like in a blender. I think it’s, like, really funny at the time I’m seeing it, but then, I don’t know, there’s a void there. Some of the references are flat, just pop culture.”

    9. Nick Broomfield on Quentin Tarantino:
    “It’s like watching a schoolboy’s fantasy of violence and sex, which normally Quentin Tarantino would be wanking alone to in his bedroom while this mother is making his baked beans downstairs. Only this time he’s got Harvey Weinstein behind him and it’s on at a million screens.”

    13. Clint Eastwood on Spike Lee:
    “A guy like him should shut his face.”

    14. Jacques Rivette on Stanley Kubrick:
    “Kubrick is a machine, a mutant, a Martian. He has no human feeling whatsoever. But it’s great when the machine films other machines, as in2001.”

    15. Jacques Rivette on James Cameron (and Steven Spielberg):
    “Cameron isn’t evil, he’s not an asshole like Spielberg. He wants to be the new De Mille. Unfortunately, he can’t direct his way out of a paper bag. “

    16. Jean-Luc Godard on Steven Spielberg:
    “I don’t know him personally. I don’t think his films are very good.”

    17. Alex Cox on Steven Spielberg:
    “Spielberg isn’t a filmmaker, he’s a confectioner.”

    18. Tim Burton on Kevin Smith (after Smith jokingly accused Burton of stealing the ending of Planet of the Apes from a Smith comic book):
    “Anyone who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I would especially never read anything created by Kevin Smith.”

    20. Kevin Smith on Paul Thomas Anderson (specifically,Magnolia):
    “I’ll never watch it again, but I will keep it. I’ll keep it right on my desk, as a constant reminder that a bloated sense of self-importance is the most unattractive quality in a person or their work.”

    21. David Gordon Green on Kevin Smith:
    “He kind of created a Special Olympics for film. They just kind of lowered the standard. I’m sure their parents are proud; it’s just nothing I care to buy a ticket for.”

    22. Vincent Gallo on Spike Jonze:
    “He’s the biggest fraud out there. If you bring him to a party he’s the least interesting person at the party, he’s the person who doesn’t know anything. He’s the person who doesn’t say anything funny, interesting, intelligent… He’s a pig piece of shit.”

    23. Vincent Gallo on Martin Scorsese:
    “I wouldn’t work for Martin Scorsese for $10 million. He hasn’t made a good film in 25 years. I would never work with an egomaniac has-been.”

    24. Vincent Gallo on Sofia (and Francis Ford) Coppola:
    “Sofia Coppola likes any guy who has what she wants. If she wants to be a photographer she’ll fuck a photographer. If she wants to be a filmmaker, she’ll fuck a filmmaker. She’s a parasite just like her fat, pig father was.”

     27. David Cronenberg on M. Night Shymalan:
    “I HATE that guy! Next question.”

    28. Alan Parker on Peter Greenaway (specifically The Draughtsman’s Contact):
    “A load of posturing poo-poo.”

    29. Ken Russell on Sir Richard Attenborough:
    “Sir Richard (‘I’m-going-to-attack-the-Establishment-fifty-years-after-it’s-dead’) Attenborough is guilty of caricature, a sense of righteous self-satisfaction, and repetition which all undermine the impact of the film.”

    30. Uwe Boll on Michael Bay:
    “I’m not a fucking retard like Michael Bay.”

    Others:

       Luchino Visconti 

    [on Luis Bunuel; ’76] I think today there are too many directors taking themselves seriously; the only one capable of saying anything really new and interesting is Luis Bunuel. He’s a very great director. 

    [on Ingmar Bergman] I don’t begin to share his way of seeing things any more than his obsessions. All the same I find him interesting. And his universe is much stranger yet than any Japanese filmmaker. 

    [on Michelangelo Antonioni] It seems that boredom is one of the great discoveries of our time. If so, there’s no question but that he must be considered a pioneer. 
     

       Andrei Tarkovsky

    “There are few people of genius in the cinema; look at Bresson, Mizoguchi, Dovzhenko, Paradjanov, Bunuel: not one of them could be confused with anyone else. An artist of that calibre follows one straight line, albeit at great cost; not without weakness or even, indeed, occasionally being farfetched; but always in the name of the one idea, the one conception.”

    “What is Bresson’s genre? He doesn’t have one. Bresson is Bresson. He is a genre in himself. Antonioni, Fellini, Bergman, Kurosawa, Dovzhenko, Vigo, Mizoguchi, Bunuel – each is identified with himself. The very concept of genre is as cold as the tomb. And is Chaplin – comedy? No: he is Chaplin, pure and simple; a unique phenomenon, never to be repeated.”

    There are two basic categories of film directors. One consists of those who seek to imitate the world in which they live, the other of those who seek to create their own world. The second category contains the poets of cinema, Bresson, Dovzenko, Mizoguchi, Bergman, Buñuel and Kurosawa, the cinema’s most important names. The work of these film-makers is difficult to distribute: it reflects their inner aspirations, and this always runs counter to public taste. This does not mean that the film-makers don’t want to be understood by their audience. But rather that they themselves try to pick up on and understand the inner feelings of the audience.”

     

     

     

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    Halo_Insider
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    #149924

    Huh. Reminds me of Quentin Tarantino’s reaction after watching the Twin Peaks prequel at Cannes. 

    “After I saw Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me at Cannes, David Lynch had disappeared so far up his own ass that I have no desire to see another David Lynch movie until I hear something different. And you know, I loved him. I loved him.”

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    delerian
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    Directors shouldn’t criticize another director of a different genre. A lot of these critiques read like what might happen if Stephen King criticized Virginia Woolf.

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    30. Uwe Boll on Michael Bay:
    “I’m not a ****ing retard like Michael Bay.”

    wow, total burn! LOL  

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    Eddy Q
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    Directors shouldn’t criticize another director of a different genre. A lot of these critiques read like what might happen if Stephen King criticized Virginia Woolf.

    Why not? That’s like saying no one can have an opinion on movies unless they’re a filmmaker. Just because someone don’t specialize in something doesn’t mean they can’t make some form of criticism, as long as they’re not arrogant enough to consider it more valid than anyone else’s. And Stephen King would have every right to criticize Virginia Woolf, despite her being a much greater author.

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    babypook
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    30. Uwe Boll on Michael Bay:
    “I’m not a ****ing retard like Michael Bay.”

    Ah-hahahahahaaaa!

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    KT
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    If I were a director, I wouldn’t publicly criticize my peers.  I think Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg take the right approach; they seem to be very polite and respectful to other directors and most importantly keep their own opinions to themselves.

    I’m surprised Spike Lee-Quentin Tarantino’s very public feuding didn’t appear here. 

    Also, I know Stanley Kubrick was a tremendously encouraging director to his peers.  He spent time with James Cameron and sent a note to Kathryn Bigelow.  You can still admire other directors for what they do, even if they don’t aspire to do what you do. 

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    ENGLAND
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    Damn some directors are really ass holes

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    LMAO Vincent Gallo talking shit on anyone. Bro, you’re only known for having Chloe Sevingy blow you for real in The Brown Bunny. Keep your irrelevant trap shut.

    I’m glad some of my favs hate Godard and Antonioni. Especially Godard. Traffaut’s takedown of him is iconic.

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    babypook
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    If I were a director, I wouldn’t publicly criticize my peers.  I think Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg take the right approach; they seem to be very polite and respectful to other directors and most importantly keep their own opinions to themselves.

    I’m surprised Spike Lee-Quentin Tarantino’s very public feuding didn’t appear here. 

    Also, I know Stanley Kubrick was a tremendously encouraging director to his peers.  He spent time with James Cameron and sent a note to Kathryn Bigelow.  You can still admire other directors for what they do, even if they don’t aspire to do what you do. 

    That’s probably the safe way to go; easier to maintain “dignity” and dodge retribution(s) I guess. But there’s a price to pay either way, keeping quiet or speaking up. Personally, I’m adverse to a culture of silence. That historically seldom helps anyone or anything.

    Thanks for saying what you did about Kubrick. I generally cant believe the sh_t some say about him, without any evidence and without the endorsement of his female family members. Lol. Crazy how, reviled or heavily picked on people/celebs are trashed and trashed, led by the media with their own orders and agendas, but none of the very good things they do (such as saving stranded people adrift in an ocean) gets any attention.

    I find Uwe Boll and what he said here hilarious. One thing about him, he’s “ernest” in his films. He goes all out.

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    Of course, in hollywood circles perceptions might be different than the public’s.  And of course, people bitch to those closest to them, the trusted ones.  I know Spielberg has a tough rep, especially with writers–he’s a businessman.  He wasn’t too happy with the Rain Man situation….I’m glad that’s out there.  I know he wanted Star Wars to win the Oscar over Annie Hall; I wish we had genuine reaction on Gandhi/Chariots of Fire/Shakespeare in Love.  And Scorsese, for all the preservation he does, does have his favorites, in terms of directors he likes and almost always praises the same people.  It’s important for him to be seen as “cool.”  When directors criticize it does (most of the time) reek of jealousy in one form or another.

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    Stardust
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    I find it funny when directors hypocritically call each other self-involved or self-important.. clearly a lack of self-awareness.

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    babypook
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    Yup. Hypocracy, lack of self-awareness, jealousy, but also graciousness and kindness (those qualities are up there…lol) are hardwired into our blueprint.

    Which is why I would never want Directors to shaddup about their peers.

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    Malick
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    #149936

    This is some funny sh*t. My favourite is Kevin James on PTA. It was beyond accurate.

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    This is some funny sh*t. My favourite is Kevin Smith on PTA. It was beyond accurate.

    Malick hypocrite.

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