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10 Directors Who Should Stop Making Movies

07 June 2016 | Features, People Lists | by Ryan Anderson

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The director. Ever since the French New Wave painted the director as the person with the paintbrush, painting their vision on the screen, everyone has had a serious obsession with the director. No other crew member gets anywhere close to the amount of attention a director does. Even horrible directors can keep making movies if they sell, especially male directors, who already dominate the field.

Here are some example of directors who simply need to stop making movies. They polluted our screens for far too long and will continue to do so in the future, as many of these filmmakers have films coming out this year.

I have left off Uwe Boll and M. Night Shyamalan because Boll takes advantage of European laws towards film and has single-handedly ruined the idea of a video game adaptation, and M. Night Shyamalan could stop making films tomorrow and no one would care anymore. Shyamalan is a lesson for all that one good movie does not necessarily make a legend, at least for a director.

 

1. Michael Bay

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What can even be said about this guy that hasn’t already been said? He doesn’t care anymore, if he even cared in the first place. He will continue to make his overblown, ridiculous, homophobic and sexist movies for time to come because people go see them.

The only way to stop Michael Bay from making movies at the scale he’s at is to either kill him, or not go to his movies anymore; maybe even a really big scandal. The only “good” movies he made are the first “Transformers” and “The Rock” (the movie, not the person).

Bay has responded to critics by saying he makes movies for teenage boys, what’s the crime in that? Maybe it’s because I am not a teenage boy; maybe that’s why I don’t like any of his movies. However, I was a teenage boy not too long ago, and I hated them then.

So, what Bay means is he makes movies for teenage boys, who are so transfixed and programmed by the overly-masculine messages full of violence towards everyone and everything, and all sorts of other gendered messages around us that turn Megan Fox into a sex object and Shia LaBeouf into an action star.

That might just be the gender studies person in me, or I might be adding to an existing conversation. If Bay is going to make movies for teenage boys, fine, but can he make better movies for teenage boys, where every woman is not a sex object, and maybe has a personality? A film that isn’t filled with so much male insecurity that they have to make gay jokes all the time?

Maybe a movie not about Transformers or soldiers or cops, something with a spirit, something with subtlety. Maybe if he explored those avenues, we would have a different idea for a movie for teenage boys instead of these ridiculous, lazy, literally explosive wastes of time Bay keeps making.

 

2. Adam Shankman

Adam Shankman

A master choreographer who has worked in the business for years for TV, film, and theater, his work in dance extends from working with Paula Abdul in her music videos, to choreographing the “Step Up” movies, to being a judge and mentor on “So You Think You Can Dance”.

I am not arguing that he should stop working in that field and he can produce if he wants to. What I am arguing is Adam Shankman has directed one good movie and the rest of them have been terrible. He should not direct another movie again. His one quality movie is the 2007 version of “Hairspray”, which was a super fun and entertaining adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, based on the classic John Waters movie.

Besides directing, producing and choreographing that gem, the rest of his directing credits have not been successful. His directorial debut was “The Wedding Planner”, which certainly has its fans, but has overall been described as bland and lifeless. Next up was one of the hokiest and overly sentimental films I’ve ever seen, “A Walk to Remember”. Again, some people liked it, but most didn’t.

The very financially successful “Bringing Down the House” was next, full of outdated and racist jokes. Shankman jumped into family fare with “The Pacifier” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2”, alongside the Adam Sandler vehicle “Bedtime Stories”. The fact that he he made “Hairspray” amidst all this completely boggles my mind.

Since then, the only film he has directed was the musical “Rock of Ages”, based on the Broadway production. Overall, it was disappointing, aside from the work of Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx. The script, the bad wigs, and the bland lead actors of the film are to blame. Shankman should know how to make another musical, but unless it’s a musical, I want Shankman to stay away from it.

 

3. Paul W.S. Anderson

Paul W.S. Anderson

No, not the great auteur who gave us “There Will Be Blood” and “The Master”, Paul W.S Anderson is the man who gave us way too many Resident Evil movies and other bombs including “The Three Musketeers”, “Alien vs. Predator” and “Pompeii”.

Basically, the guy makes movies with lots of action, explosions and special effects, but with no plot. He adapted an amazing video game franchise (yes, some of the newer games are not that good), but overall quality franchise in “Resident Evil”; at first it was a guilty pleasure, but now it’s a complete waste of digital space.

Some of his film have been financially successful, particularly the Resident Evil franchise, but he has had his bombs. These bombs, however, have not stopped him from blowing up screens for the last 20 years.

In between these Resident Evil films, starring his now-wife Milla Jovovich, he ruined a classic story that has been put to film too many times to count in “The Three Musketeers”, and gave us a completely unnecessary remake with “Death Race”. He took an awesome concept in “Alien vs. Predator” that had already been translated well into other media and made into a jumbled mess.

Hopefully, his career might end, or at least we won’t get any more Resident Evil movies for another 10 years, until it is rebooted with the release of “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”. I certainly wouldn’t trust my franchise with this guy.

 

4. Raja Gosnell

Raja Gosnell

When “Never Been Kissed” is your career high point as a director, you get included on lists like this. There is nothing inherently wrong with that movie, but it’s certainly not that good. Overall, Raja Gosnell has brought us a lot of shitty family fare over the years. He was the guy who made “Home Alone 3”, the first one with the kid who is not Macauley Caulkin. He made “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”; I can pretty leave that sack of weirdness alone, what could be said about it that hasn’t already been said?

He also gave us “The Smurfs”, as well as “The Smurfs 2”, and who the hell asked for that sequel? I know the first movie made some money, but why waste money that could be spend doing anything else on a second stinker of a film? For nostalgic 90’s kids, he directed “Scooby-Doo” and “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed”, so if you put on your nostalgia glasses, these films are at least enjoyable and fond to look back on.

Overall, none of Gosnell’s filmography is that newsworthy, and maybe that’s why many of us have never heard of him. He creates generic family films like “Yours, Mine, and Ours”, gets paid, and moves on to the next family friendly film. He doesn’t have an upcoming film on the schedule, so maybe I will get my wish and receive no more family fun time from this guy.

 

5. Brian Robbins

Brian Robbins

This is the man responsible for all of those terrible Eddie Murphy movies of the past several years. From “Norbit”, to “Meet Dave”, to “A Thousand Words”, all starring Murphy and all directed by Brian Robbins, they’ve clearly developed a not-so-great partnership. Robbins started out well directing the documentary “The Show”, which was about and featured some of the biggest names in hip-hop at time, including Dr. Dre, Wu-Tang Clan, and The Notorious B.I.G.

Robbins has been a producer and writer for such shows as “All That” and “One Tree Hill”, which he probably should have stuck with, because the rest of his theatrically-released films received mixed reviews at best. He followed “The Show” with the 90’s kid’s film “Good Burger”, which if you don’t have those nostalgia glasses on, is not very good. “Varsity Blues” was next, which has the honor of being Regina George’s favorite movie, but she’s a fictional character in a comedy, so take that with a grain of salt.

We then got a few forgettable films like “The Shaggy Dog” and “Ready to Rumble”, and then the absolute mess of the Murphy trilogy. His last theatrically-released film was “A Thousand Words”, which definitely earned its 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. He has stuck to producing since that notable bomb, working on “AwesomenessTV” and the upcoming film “Before I Fall”, which might not be terrible since Robbins is not directing it.

 

 

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  • Ross Waters

    Pain and gain was a great movie that Michael bay directed

  • mzungu

    M. Night Shyamalan?

    • Edna Salzburg

      Right…lol

    • Prince Purple

      I think he is on the redemption path with “The Visit”. Let’s hope he continues down that road.

  • CoolAsDan

    The Rock is M. Bay’s only truly good film. Some people praise the first Transformers and I don’t get why. What did the first one do right that the other 4 didn’t? Exactly, I don’t know either.

    • frank mango

      pain and gain is actually pretty good.

      • Maxwell

        Pain and Gain was a lot of bad shit thrown together in a movie that I surprisingly liked. It IS pretty good. If not completely demented and stupid, which is something a giy like Bay should be doing from the get-go.

    • I know. Bad Boys and The Rock are the only films of his I liked. Everything else, they’re no good. His fanboys are morons.

      • lauramoreaux

        You should stop being aggressive with people who don’t agree with you… You can love a film even if it’s not good at all. You’re not a moron because of that.

        • Well excuse me if I actually give a fuck about film and not be pummeled in the head by some misogynist asshole who likes to create a shot from the fucking viewpoint of a bomb dropping down on the fucking Arizona. You call that great filmmaking? You’re sick and obscene.

          • lauramoreaux

            I never said I loved Michael Bay…

    • bleurgh

      Red Letter Media proved that they are all exactly the same movie.

  • Vincenzo Capriotti

    Where is Zack Snyder?

    • Torvendis

      Aw c’mon, Sucker Punch wasn’t that bad! *snort* *chuckle*

      Seriously though, I think his Dawn of the Dead was the best of the Romero universe zombie flicks.

      • DAWN OF THE DEAD 2004 actually isn’t part of the Romero universe zombie films and is a beast of its very own(and not in a good way).

    • Ivan Galić

      Zack Snyder is really the worst. Only remotely good movie he made was 300 and that was under suprevision.

    • sailor monsoon

      His dawn of the dead was better than the original.
      Shots fired

      • CaraLegal

        That’s just your opinion (even though it’s a very, very peculiar one).

    • Αντώνης Τσιγάρας

      In Watchmen and 300 was very good

    • Jacob Lyon Goddard

      Dawn of the Dead was okay-ish. Watchman was an abomination.

  • Brandon Thompson

    I recently watched an interview with Jim Jarmusch talking about the references he put in Ghost Dog. He was saying that upcoming directors were asking him questions like “how much do you get paid” and so on and that he put references in to show his love for cinema and hope that more up and coming directors talk about how beautiful cinemas is. I think these might the people he was talking about.

    http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/11682371761

    • José Abel Salazar Lizárraga

      So sad to know that.

  • Jules F. Melo Borges

    I don’t like him, but McG don’t quite deserve to be here. Specially after Brett Ratner.
    There are worse people in the business right now.

  • I don’t entirely agree with Paul W.S. Anderson since I think he knows how bad his films are but there’s an element to them that are so bad, they’re good. Brett Ratner has his moments but he’s shit but I don’t think he should stop. Everyone else well….. they’re shit and they shouldn’t be making films in the first place as I agree with a lot in what you say. In fact, I think the duo of Friedberg/Selzter shouldn’t be in the list because they’re not filmmakers. Calling them that is an insult to the profession. People who make straight-to-video films and porno filmmakers actually put in more effort and passion into their work than Friedberg/Seltzer who just appeal to the lowest common denominator.

    Yet, this list should really be more about those who probably once had it but don’t have it anymore as I think Oliver Stone should be in the list. When was the last time he made a watchable film? Any Given Sunday is the only one I can think of as everything else he’s done is just fucking shit as I don’t think his new film on Ed Snowden will be any good. In fact, I think he should’ve stopped a long time ago as he’s just an old fart that doesn’t have it anymore.

    • José Abel Salazar Lizárraga

      I think Natural Born Killers is pretty damn good.

      • That was the last great film of his that I enjoyed.

        • Mortimer

          Nixon was Ok.

    • chrosTV

      Snowden was actually pretty good

  • Edna Salzburg

    I loved There Will Be Blood.

    • José Abel Salazar Lizárraga

      No, Paul Thomas Anderson directed There Will Be Blood, this guy on this list is Paul W. S. Anderson, he is the director of most of the Resident Evil Franchise movies starring Milla Jovovich, there is no “Thomas” on his name.

  • Patrick Hill

    Well, at least I only knew 2, and thought Anderson had stopped, guess not. leaves the Bay, but frankly, I hated him from the start hehe 😉

  • Joe Montoto

    Steven Spielberg and Bryan Singer.

  • jane

    bad…… like really baaaaaad. stop now. just stop.

  • Kgosi Choene

    Paul Thomas Anderson and Paul W. S. Anderson are completely different people. I read this article thinking M. Night would be at the top of the list

  • shane scott-travis

    Keenan Ivory Wayans should be at the top of this list.
    I’ve had the displeasure of working on two of his films. He’s the worst. Disrespectful and rude to the crew, the cast (including his brothers), and even the people in the neighbourhoods we would film in. He’s a terrible no talent.

  • Gogzilla

    I’d be more than happy if James Cameron never releases another movie.

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      He is William Wyler compared to the others blockbust directors.
      Someone shows a little light over the darkness, but people still complain…

    • chrosTV

      Are you kidding? Even though “Avatar” was just a rehash of the “Dances with Wolves”-story in blue, he’s still one of the most talented filmmakers in Hollywood.

  • Prince Purple

    You many not like some movies and some directors, but hoping that they die off or get into a scandal is not called for, especially by a reviewer!

  • agreysiren

    I would argue that Michael Bay is more competent at directing action than most. Highly talented directors such as Nolan for example shy away from the action by way of editing. It’s easy to jump on a bandwagon and criticise a director but as a reviewer one must at least give credit where credit is due. His heavy use of CGI special effects etc. hint at how much more the guy has to be affixed to a vision in order to achieve it on camera and one does not achieve that by fluke he must have the skillsets of a director to do this. I’m not a fan of his films but i’m not a fan of Christopher Nolan’s handling of action either.

    • PauLtus B

      “Highly talented directors such as Nolan for example shy away from the action by way of editing.” What? Ever since Batman Begins Nolan’s action has been getting better and better. Apart from Interstellar which just didn’t have any real fight scene.
      Bay is particularly horrible because of his ridiculous editing so I have no idea where you’re getting your thoughts from.

      • agreysiren

        I say Bays direction of action is better than Nolan’s and you’re response is that Nolan is getting better. I’m no huge fan of Bay, but credit is due. The Dark Knight is a prime example. Nolan uses other methods successfully to achieve the shot. But the action and the resulting reaction or consequence is rarely in the same shot/frame. Also, I’m not praising Bays editing but rather criticising Nolan’s. Bay directs the “action” better not the film. As always my thoughts are my own, I usually construct them with the aid of tools such as observation and keeping an open mind.

        • PauLtus B

          I don’t think Bay ever has been good at directing action. It’s pretty hard to tell what’s going on by just constant cutting.
          I really don’t know what action after Batman Begins is not in the shot, and I know these movies very well.
          My point here is that you’re saying that Bay at least can do action and than criticize Nolan on things that Bay does incredibly bad.

          • agreysiren

            I’m getting the feeling that your only criticism of my opinion is that I included Nolan in the comparison. No need to defend Nolan here. I’m defending bays direction of action. If you are able to see that Nolan is getting better, then you should be able to see that Bay is getting better faster if for no other reason than experience with the genre. I seem to have broken a golden rule of not getting into a discussion with a nolanite. News flash! Nolan is not the end all of directing. He has made arguably one of the most successful action films in history. Yet it’s not the action that is memorable. I too hate the fast cuts. But Nolan just doesn’t cut it at all.

          • PauLtus B

            “I’m getting the feeling that your only criticism of my opinion is that I included Nolan in the comparison.”
            Not exactly. I just think Bays directing is a complete headache. It just constantly cuts from shot where a ton is going on to another shot where there’s a ton going on but without any kind of consistency and none of it is memorable.
            I do not like the action in Batman Begins for somewhat similar reasons (It’s pretty unclear what’s going but that’s done) but at least there’s a physicality to it.
            From there on I wouldn’t necessarily say his action directing has been particularly interesting. But you’ll be getting a clear view of what’s going and if the action itself is spectacular enough that’s still great to look at, and honestly I think that tends to be the best way with very few exception (Fury Road). I think you should especially be thinking about the rotating hallway from Inception. I think the camera is just following the action for about 20-something seconds and it’s great.
            One could argue that Bay has quite a clear style but that doesn’t make it any better to actually watch.

        • PauLtus B

          I still think it’s BS what you’re saying. Okay, it wasn’t any good in Batman Begins.
          The Dark Knight has a fantastic chase scene. Hand to hand is still pretty rubbish but overall there just aren’t that many action sequences.
          Inception is generally pretty no nonsense. Has the iconic scene in the rotating hallway in one shot and is amazing.
          With the Dark Knight Rises, well there’s guys with guns running toward each other which is silly but again, no nonsense direction and pretty spectacular setpieces.

          • agreysiren

            Let’s agree to disagree. The chase scene in Dark Knight.

          • agreysiren

            …The chase scene in Dark knight is not what I regard as a good action scene. It is a prime example of bad editing.

          • PauLtus B

            Why exactly?

          • agreysiren

            Take away the soundtrack and the spectacle is over. the editing…well it’s overcut, disorientating, disconnected, inprecision of camera placement, continuation errors. It is the best example that Nolan may not know how to film an action scene. Nolan is clever at hiding his shortcomings with fast cuts. At least Bay cuts fast for momentum. I would argue that more directors are copying Bay than Nolan and the ones copying Bay are failing. For the reason that Bay is not just swirling cameras, fast cuts with explosions. He actually knows what he is doing and is doing it right.I want to emphasise that in this discussion my aim is to point out the absurdity of the list to place Bay as a bad director when there is a solid argument and evidence that he can do with action what Nolan can’t who i suspect is a favourite of the author of this list.

          • PauLtus B

            “it’s overcut, disorientating, disconnected, inprecision of camera placement, ” I mean, I can only say you’re wrong about that…
            I mean there’s so much shit out there in action movies nowadays but about every shot in the scene is pretty clean and usually a couple of seconds long.
            Bay has a style, sure, but it’s incomprehensible and weightless, and also often cut very quickly.

      • Jules F. Melo Borges

        What the… Nolan’s “action” is so schematic and banal that makes even the walk of characters more/as much exciting… and that is not in a good way. Most of the job is done by Zimmer’s repetitive (And now increasily annoying) score.

        • PauLtus B

          Give some examples. I still think “Nolan can’t direct action” is generally an incredibly baseless idea that just appeared from the let’s-hate-something-popular.
          They’re not the point of his movies but he still has several amazing action set pieces on his name. His direction of those scenes have become increasingly no-nonsense but in between all the messy quick cutty trash that appears everywhere I consider that a blessing.

          • Jules F. Melo Borges

            What do you mean “examples”? Everything he did that i watched, i guess. Inception is a festival of that, and full of the Quick cut that you seem to hate, but well constructed and careful not to confuse the viewer (That’s for less daring editing styles). “They’re not the point of his movies” is something i really can’t take, because everything else aside from the action/thriller pretenses, most of his movies are mostly distant, cold or just generic. I can’t see the boring The Dark Knight as more than a big nosed cop movie, so i have to look for the action… and is amazingly pedestrian, for someone that have seem a couple of good action flicks out there.

          • PauLtus B

            It simple isn’t true. The most iconic action sequence is basically a single shot.
            “but well constructed and careful not to confuse the viewer ” That’s wonderful right? How exactly would confusing editing be a good thing?
            “most of his movies are mostly distant, cold or just generic.” Again something that’s just not true. Especially the generic, he couldn’t have been that much of a trend setter if he were that.
            What exactly do you consider good action then?

          • Jules F. Melo Borges

            Which scene are you talking about? The train? That’s the only one that come in my mind that rises a bit above the pedestrian action, or the pallalel sequences in the corridor/van being chased.

            There’s a difference between confusion and inventiveness. Some times confusion is a side effect, but Nolan is not much under this risk, because he doesn’t dare doing anything unusual.

            They are cold, mostly, but i guess nothing can be said about it. Is just me.

            In a close minded definition of “Action”, in terms of technique, a Hong Kong classic of some of the old masters (Kirk Wong, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam) are far more exciting and, most interesting to me, they actually dare ambicious moves and contortionism in the editing.

          • PauLtus B

            The train? No. Twisting hallway. Of course.
            If I’d want pure action I’d go to the Raid probably. But I’m not asking that from Nolan. And really when it comes to action the more boring the better, I like to be able to see what’s going on.

          • Jules F. Melo Borges

            This answer explains a lot. Bye.

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      Good point. Some of his movies are quite well edited and fast paced like a good Hong Kong movie. Still, surrounding a bunch of sillyness in the plot, that same fast pace simply is not a answer for everything and can make things so saturated to the point of bacaming boring (The Overrated The Raid: Redemption and sequel have those exactly same problems).
      Understandable, since so many people are like “scared” of slow pace and contemplation, his style fits and feed this short attention span.

      • agreysiren

        Agreed.

  • Red Rackham

    Some former legends who are tarnishing their own legacy with their recent garbage namely John Carrpenter, Ridley Scott and James Cameron

    • PauLtus B

      But then Ridley Scott did make the Martian Recently. Which was good.
      I do hate James Cameron. I honestly do not enjoy anything of what I’ve seen of him.
      And thanks to his Avatar we’re now stuck to 3D…

      • Red Rackham

        I was avoiding the Martian what with the disappointment Prometheus was. Terminator 2. Aliens and True Lies are great movies. Avatar is garbage. And the visuals weren’t really all that great.

        • PauLtus B

          I think Ridley Scott is just good when he has a good script. He just doesn’t consistently get good ones.
          For some reason I’ve never been able to really enjoy any of Cameron’s earlier movies. Big fan of Alien, and I found myself really bored with Aliens.

          • Red Rackham

            True. His grandiose visuals is unparalleled. I don’t know how the Prometheus script turned out so bad though. It was like it was written by a bunch of 8-graders.

        • John W. Thackery

          “I was avoiding the Martian what with the disappointment Prometheus was.”

          That is a incredibly stupid attitude to take with movies. Cinema is an art form. To appreciate art, one has to be open minded. You shouldn’t impose attitudes on one film based on your feelings on a completely unrelated film. That makes no sense whatsoever. Didn’t you hear that The Martian was nominated for Best Picture and Screenplay? That should at least tell you that the film is at least a step above his last few flicks. And True Lies is not a great movie– it’s Cameron’s least accomplished one by far.

          • Red Rackham

            Ratings don’t count for much? Have you heard of the Halo Effect? About true lies: Hey. the premise was pretty interesting. There was good humour and great action set pieces. Apart from the visuals,avatar’s story was really tired . It brought nothing new to pop culture and has refused to make a dent.

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      What are you talking about… Avatar was one of his best movies. He hasn’t lost his touch, just the old fans are now stuck with silly nostalgia and unnable to see that Avatar is quite a solid film, even though not so original in it’s plot (A timid and commercially safe intro for expansion, though). Still, a ambicious movie that should be more appreciated.

  • Ivan Galić

    Unfortunately I would add Peter Jackson. Why, he was a genius. What happend, I dont know. But each new movie he makes is actully worse than previous.

    • Red Rackham

      Over-reliance on technology to wow audiences instead of strong storytelling, both writing-wise and visually. Braindead had a perfect balance. The pacing of The Hobbit series was atrocious and I didn’t care much for the additions in the narrative.

      • PauLtus B

        I do wonder to what degree the Hobbit was HIS fault and not just studios pushing for 9 hour of movies of a tiny book that should surpass LotR in scale.

        • Red Rackham

          True, but he seemed really kicked about the blown-up running time… If I was he, I’d attempt to draw from Tolkien’s vast legendarium to pad things up… Maybe a flashback subplot for every movie (ala Godfather Part 2). For instance, the rise of Sauron and the downfall of Numenor, which is pertinent to Aragon’s story in the LOTR trilogy but not really referenced in the movies

          • PauLtus B

            In a sense I feel like there has been a point where with all the demands he just went: “to hell with it, than just let’s have stupid fun”.
            The Hobbit book is basically a fairy tale which you could probably easily fit into one movie. I think the result we have now is sort of entertaining but it just isn’t the Hobbit, nor something that fits with the Lord of the Rings.

          • Red Rackham

            It had the potential to be really something. Shame it misses the mark so much.

          • PauLtus B

            I guess they didn’t really know what mark they were aiming for.

          • Red Rackham

            I wonder what Del toro had in mind. One of the what ifs for history…

          • PauLtus B

            I still really want to see Edgar Wrights Ant-Man as well…

          • Red Rackham

            That would be crazy. Also, Josh Trank’s cut of Fantastic Four. I really liked Chronicle. I’m certain Fox screwed it up

          • PauLtus B

            It’s actually quite depressing that these movies will never be made.

          • Jules F. Melo Borges

            I don’t get Why ‘Hobbit’ had to be like LotR. Why not be like a fairy tale, fool around and have just plain, uncompromised fun. If any mistake the movie made it was to try be what was not, and extend unecessarily the tale. Plus, trying out of pure commercialism to associate itself too much and be like a “prequel” for LotR.

          • PauLtus B

            It didn’t have to be like LotR. But nor was it like its source material. This is not like a fairy tale. I wish it was but it also tries to be a gigantic action film which it just doesn’t have the source material for it. I have more of a problem that it too much tries to be LotR.

          • Jules F. Melo Borges

            Trying too much to be like LotR was the mistake ‘Hobbit’ made. It should have been a lot shorter if they didn’t try desperatly to be like the his more sophisticated relative. It was supposed to be “small”, low profile, Sword & Sorcery-like, not a proto-LotR. The last movie of the trilogy really tries that, and as result, is the worst film. Everything is fine as long they just go on in a adventure and find some trouble in the process. No big plan, no high fantasy motifs.

        • Jules F. Melo Borges

          Com’on, the first two ‘Hobbit’ are very entertaining (And i’m not a big fan of LotR).

          • PauLtus B

            I had my fun with those, but frankly not even enough to be bothered to see the third one.
            I do wonder what you mean by “not a big fan” does that mean you’re actually just a not a big fan or if you dislike them? The latter would really make me doubt your judgement anyway.

          • Jules F. Melo Borges

            ‘Hobbit’ is so light-hearted and unpretentious that is imposible not to enjoy (Extended version, specificly). I have to say that LotR is just not my cup of tea, and i simply can’t take Peter Jackson when he make “serious” approaches. He simply can’t handle tragedy, or more intimate drama, and when he does that… i end up hating those damn hobbits (Frodo/Sam), and therefore ruining the whole experience. Hobbit, instead, is like his old movies, not taking itself so serious and injecting more comedy. I care much more for Bilbo and the dwarfs than the whole high grounded, overacting, overly dramatic fellowship of the ring.

          • PauLtus B

            Maybe you should just accept that you don’t like drama and accept it’s not your thing instead of blaming the movie.

          • Jules F. Melo Borges

            Ok. Maybe is easier for you to say i don’t like “drama” then consider that maybe LotR has problems.

          • PauLtus B

            The problem being “It’s not specifically made for Jules F. Melo Borges”?

  • Michael Geesink

    These must get mentioned as directors that should stop: M. Night Shyamalan and Zack Snyder

  • Jose Santos

    This articls it really offensive. I’m studying directing can only Imagnine how I would feel if I were on this list…

  • Zack Snyder !!!
    Please give other really talented directors a chance!

  • Filo

    After watching The Neon Demon, I think we can survive with Nicolas Winding Refn not doing films anymore. He had a few good ones, now he’s fooling us and making a living out of great visuals in useless films.

    • HLLH

      Is it really that bad? I had my hopes up…

      • Filo

        well it succeeds in being as empty as it tries to look. i am sure some people will appreciate it, but i felt fooled this time.

      • chrosTV

        I loved it! And it definitely has to say something!

    • José Abel Salazar Lizárraga

      Yeah, me too I was hoping it to be really good.

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      His movies are a bit excessive, but… he is doing no harm to the industry as a whole. People like him (Who actually seems to try to do something different) should be encouraged, not torn down.

  • Ayuj Consul

    Although you really need to know terrible cinema to truly appreciate good films. I don’t really see why this list is necessary on a site like this one which I appreciate always for great film related lists introducing me to new films and ideas. Many a times films I’d never heard about.
    I don’t see why a list like this was needed on this site.

  • Voljox Too

    when desperate shitty blog site want some money from ad visitor traffic.

  • Aitor

    And I’d be more than happy if JJ Abrams never make another movie. He already turned Star Treks and Star Wars to a farce of a legend… (and yes, I’m so happy that he didn’t make the last Star Trek)

  • Alice Olivia

    I thought Zack Snyder would be on the list but I think he is still good, or reasonable

  • Ted Wolf

    great list!

  • Jardel dos Santos

    I can’t believe you guys didn’t mention Uwe Boll. Every single movie he shot was a total shit, he never got the slightest notoriety these ones achieved and there has been a petition asking him to retire! Uwe Boll should be #1 in this list…

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      Actually, some of them have shown some sparks of talent lately. Anyway, he retired now.

    • ttt

      Stoic and 1st Rampage were pretty good

  • Jacob Lyon Goddard

    This list is mean. Not wrong, but mean.
    Maybe too mean for a website that’s supposed to celebrate cinema, instead of tearing it down.

    • Facundo

      This, so much.

    • André Schuck

      I agree. it’s mean to make a list like this. Especially when making a movie it’s not an easy job to do, and certainly no for the ones who lack the passion for telling stories. Not everyone is cut for the job, and some have a very particular taste in it, others, though, are just unlucky to get to make something they feel passioned about (people need to pay their bills after all). That said, Michael Bay is a cancer to the industry and deserved number onw spot on this list. I mean… The guy is a prick ffs.

    • Rob Graydon

      I wholeheartedly agree. I normally enjoy visiting this site as it usually unconditionally celebrates films as well as offers intelligent insights on the aesthetics of cinema. Posts like this cheapen the site.

    • Nancy Hall

      Thank you. These nasty, destructive blog posts are ignorant and pointless. They add nothing to the site.

  • Relf

    Tarantino

    • Brasil Varonil

      I liked the hatefull eight

    • Jules F. Melo Borges

      I don’t really like him, but Cinema needs passionate people, enjoy the results or not.

  • Paesito “Martin Paez” Paez

    I liked Bad Boys way more than the first Transformers

    • John W. Thackery

      They’re both terrible.

  • Jason Siegel

    I’m surprised that Uwe Boll wasn’t included on this list.

  • Roland Emmerich???????????

  • Miguel Ángel

    I think we need to watch bad movies sometimes in order to truly appreciate the good ones

  • Jose F Rios

    Robert Rodríguez?

    • Speedbird_9

      Leave out the Spy Kids ‘franchise’ and Robert’s filmography is actually good.

  • Huberto Jardim

    Who writes this garbage? Where is Uwe Bol? (Granted, apparently he resigned a week ago – There is a God)
    Michael Bay just gave us 13 Hours, as good-if not better than Black Hawk Down, and undoubtedly his best film since Pain & Gain.
    Also, Paul WS Anderson, doesn’t make great movies, but I’m always entertained. McG also sits under that same kind of judgment, not because of how bad his movies are, but because of how good his TV Shows are. Let him keep producing.
    People who really need to go are: 1-Uwe Bol 2- Neill Blomkamp 3- Roland Emmerich 4- Paul Feig 5- Garry Marshall.

    • John W. Thackery

      No, you just have shitty taste.

      • Huberto Jardim

        Thanks for the constructive comments. Have you even watched 13 Hours? or Death Race, Resi 1, AVP 1, Mortal Kombat? We’re not talking about master directors, but we are talking about entertainment. So you’re allowed your opinion and I hope you enjoy your collector’s editions of Ghostbusters 2016, Chappie, and New Year’s Eve, as you watch them on repeat.

        And yeah I may have been over enthusiastic with my McG comment, especially since I’ve never heard of any of the shows you mentioned (except lethal weapon – which was surprisingly good considering) however my shitty tastes do swing me towards his older mainstream shows like Chuck, and Supernatural. None of which hold a flame to the shows I think are really good like, Hannibal, Game of Thrones, The walking Dead, Banshee and Westworld.

  • Hugo Jauregui

    sorry but who made the movie were Mark Wahlberg runs because plants release a poison, it is an hour and a half running as the camera take closeups to the grass, that asshole must die

  • deadcityskies

    I just want to point out that Superman Returns did better at the box office than Batman Begins. It didn’t get a sequel because it had a higher budget and didn’t net as much, but still… more people paid to see it. Also, this article is garbage.

  • Relf

    Tarantino should be up here

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  • David Pollison

    You should have made twelve directors and added Guy Ritchie and Roland Emerich.

  • Stelios Ioannou

    No Zack Snyder or M Night Shyamalan?
    Really???

  • Yolanda Anne Brown

    Sick to death of Tyler Perry.

  • Nancy Hall

    How ’bout you stop writing mean spirited blogs, and we’ll call it even.

  • linyok

    The author should stop making lists

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  • Tsabounaris Dimitrios

    Wheres JJ Abrahams?

  • Scott Riggle

    I dont get the hate for Superman Returns…i know people love to bash on it, but ive seen it a million times and love it. It is a perfect homage to Christopher Reeve and Richard Donner, and sits quite well as a sequel to Superman 2.