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  • ETPhoneHome
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    I’m curious to see which directors people find absolutely loathsome. It doesn’t need to be a director you think is necessarily the WORST director, but one that if you see their name on the film, you lose any desire to see it or lose faith that it will be any good. It also doesn’t have to necessarily be a current director.

    My biggest one is a current director, who has just fallen to unbelievable depths, Andrew Niccol. I don’t think he’s necessarily a ‘bad’ director. I have just actively loathed his last three films. In Time was embarrassing for everyone involved, but then The Host set a new standard for big budget train wrecks everywhere. Then Good Kill brought me in with its premise, and the presence of Ethan Hawke, but it was just flat and uninspired. I only recently realized that they were all directed by the same person, and it was also the same guy who directed Gattaca AND wrote THE TRUMAN SHOW. What’s happened to him? Those movies were fantastic, but now he’s just been unspeakably bad.

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    Baby Clyde
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    Quentin Tarantino

    Not only obnoxious in every concievable way but has also totally run out of ideas and become and complete parody of himself. Django is without a doubt the most objectionable film I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch.

    Christopher Nolan

    Emperor’s New Clothes of the highest order. Totally inchoherant nonsense dressed up as art.

    Django and TDK are my 2 least favourite films of all time. There are films that are technically inferior but nothing comes close to the sheer loathing I have for these trainwrecks.

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    Malick
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    Who I detest:

    Michael Haneke
    Talk about an ego
    the size of the Aegean sea, this guy gets off on creating repugnant
    battering-rams-of-misery. I can’t think of one movie from his
    filmography that I care to watch again!

    Who I do not hate but have serious issues with: 

    Quentin Tarantino
    In his quest to cast
    non-white actors (a commendable action that very few directors seem
    interested in doing), it seems he doesn’t consider the way in-which
    they’re depicted or what kind of message he is sending out. And
    that has got to stop. He does himself, and those he highlights, a
    complete disservice.

    David O. Russell
    Gone are the days of the guy who made Flirting with Disaster and Three Kings,
    now what we are given are films that ultimately say nothing, while
    objectifying women in a multitude of ways. He seems to want an Oscar so badly that he is
    willing to sacrifice his craft. In my opinion, The Fighter marked the line of demarcation.

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    Macbeth
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    Oh boy, I hate this type of threads, because you never know when you’re going to offend a thin-skinned fanboy  anyway, as this is no holds-barred, I will go ahead anyway

    Steven Spielberg
    I don’t hate him in anyway, I am just not a fan. I don’t like most of his films, and their soppiness and false sentimentality is just not for me at all. I don’t think he’s a bad director, just one that needs to do something more interesting more often. Films like The Terminal are good, but I don’t like the icon status that ET and Jaws and Close Encounters have, because they are merely good in my eyes.

    James Cameron
    I hate this guy very much. Both of his most well-known films – Titanic and Avatar are films I despise with me entire being. Not only that, he is also a terrible man, and his abuse of his wife and his female castmembers is deplorable. He is exploring the deepest depths of the ocean for a documentary – I think he should stay there

    David O. Russell
    I Heart Huckabees was a great film. Everything since has been various shades of terrible. Silver Linings Playbook is the sole exception, but the fact that this man can get his films financed while people like Luke Matheny have to struggle is a huge disservice to the film industry

    David Fincher
    I don’t hate him, or even dislike him. I just think he can be very pretentious, and is a bit of a terror. He is capable of making a great film for sure, but he seems like a terrible person overall. He can’t keep up this act for long

    Terrence Malick 
    I do not hate Malick, and I have no idea what his personality is like. However, I have struggled to get into any of his films – its not that I don’t understand them, but instead I just find them not exactly my type of film. I think he is a great director, he’s just not my personal favorite, but he is one director I will still see absolutely everything he directs, because while he is certainly not for me, he is without a doubt a cinematic genius

    John Ford
    Let’s not get into this one – like Tarantino, I dislike Ford for his personal life and the fact that his films set the standard for directors to do the same thing every time, be passive and complacent and just rake in money and acclaim without trying something new. 

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    All-Seeing Eye
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    Not a fan of Wes Anderson. I think his quirky humor is annoying and alienating. Grand Budapest Hotel was okay, but I would prefer him to write more human characters. I think Oliver Stone is cringeworthy. Of the three films of his I’ve seen – Platoon, Fourth of July, JFK – there is an obvious bluntness to them. No trace of subtlety and a loose interpretation of the truth.

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    Atypical
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    Brett Ratner
    M. Night Shyamalan
    Michael Bay
    Ron Howard
    Uwe Boll

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I totally get why people love the Coen Brothers.  Their style is very distinct and interesting, and I can acknowledge that they’re strong filmmakers.  I just can’t sit through any of their movies.  Just not my cup of tea for some reason I can’t put my finger on.

    I’ve enjoyed a couple of David O. Russell‘s films (The Fighter, SLP), but have never loved any of them.  He’s definitely capable of making a good movie, but people’s adoration of his is bizarre to me.  His “characters” that people always claim are so incredible aren’t THAT great. Plus, the guy is a major d-bag.

    Christopher Nolan‘s problem for me stems from his screenplays.  Complicated exposition is hurled at you a million miles an hour, and if you miss something, you’re kinda screwed.  And with the way he directs his actors to quickly speed through the dialogue as if it’s nothing, it doesn’t help matters.  It’s nice that he doesn’t want to pander to his audience and treat viewers like they’re dumb and need everything spelled out for them, but c’mon.  Throw us a bone, here.  Good thing for him, though, is that even if I don’t quite get the plot in it’s entirety, I can still sit through the movie and enjoy it enough.  Ironically, Interstellar is the movie of his that suffers this exposition problem the least, and yet I’d say it’s his worst movie.  That screenplay had a different set of problems.  

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    #183174

    I don’t detest his work, but Bennett Miller doesn’t do much for me. His movies always have good things about them, but they don’t have me wanting to revisit them. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    Least favorite? 

    Oh, man… So many that are so obvious. I’ll do like what some of the others above have done and choose some less obvious ones, but ones that I just don’t care a lot for or whose work I just can’t really get into.

    James Cameron- I don’t hate him at all, but I have never been a huge fan of his films. They have lots of technical panache, but they just feel shallow to me. ‘Avatar’ finally surpassed ‘Titanic’ as the most overrated film of all time for me, and they are the two highest grossing movies of all time, so go figure.

    Neill Blomkamp- I’m starting to feel like he is a one-trick pony. After his great debut with the fantastic ‘District 9’, his career has just been going downhill. I couldn’t fully buy into ‘Elysium’ with it’s overly broad and too on the nose themes and metaphors, and ‘Chappie’ is even worse still. 

    Tom Hooper- I just don’t get it. I don’t get his framing, I don’t get his “stylistic choices”, and I don’t get why he is an Oscar winner. For all of the good performances he got out of the cast of ‘The King’s Speech’, I felt like he got just as many bad ones out of the cast for ‘Les Mis’.

    Zack Snyder- All style, no substance. Any of his films that have any actual emotional weight to them I feel was done so completely by accident (the only one of his films that I think even comes close to that is ‘Dawn of the Dead’, and I credit that to the gifts of the amazing Sarah Polley). 

     

     

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    It is a crime this man is allowed to make movies. They are all so terrible (Sixth Sense is tolerable but still not very good). 

    Neil Blomkamp is awful. Makes stupid movies after stupid movies and I hope he is stopped soon.

    Harmony Koren is really really bad

    I really just hate Terrence Malick’s style of all art and no story

    And nothing against his style of fimmaking it is just really making bad movies in general, Stephen Daldry is a little overrated. I just really hate The Hours, The Reader, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and I liked the idea of Billy Elliot but I don’t think it works.  

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    Tye-Grr
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    #183177

    More obvious choices:

    M. Night Shyamalan (he isn’t a complete hack… he just fell so far off that I don’t think he’ll recover)
    McG
    Uwe Boll
    Michael Bay
    Brett Ratner
     

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    Lars von Trier
    Martin Scorsese
    The Coen Brothers
    Terrence Malick
    Steven Soderbergh
    Bennett Miller
    Michael Bay
    Jim Jarmusch
    M. Night (won’t bother with the spelling of his last name)
    Ang Lee
    Darren Aronofsky
    Cameron Crowe
    Christopher Nolan

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    Malick
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    Additional choices:

    Wes Anderson
    I tried (watched five of his films), but I really don’t like his round-about screenplays, humor (or lack thereof) and his “quirkiness” .

    Lars von Trier
    Even though I like Melancholia, everything I said about Haneke can be applied to this guy. Thank goodness for the always-amazing Charlotte Gainsbourg.

    Paul Thomas Anderson
    People need to stop acting as though PTA is the second coming. Yes the guy is talented, but he hasn’t made a good movie in years.

    Ben Affleck
    The guys a hack!

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    Cheshire
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    Who ever does most of Adam Sandler’s crap and the duo that does shit like Disater Movie. Other than them I’m cool with most directors.

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    Paul Thomas Anderson
    People need to stop acting as though PTA is the second coming. Yes the guy is talented, but he hasn’t made a good movie in years.

    I knew you would come for him. Your hero is the p in pretentious.

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