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10 Directors Who Should Stop Making Movies

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

6. Dennis Dugan

Dennis Dugan

Dennis Dugan has been the man in the director’s chair who keeps allowing Adam Sandler do whatever he wants on screen. Dugan has been working with Sandler for almost 20 years now, directing films like “Big Daddy”, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”, “Just Go With It”, and both “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2”.

These masterpieces that are now featured on every cable network movie lineup are a true pollution to the airways. I don’t understand how someone can make the same jokes, offensive as they are, and drag tons of people with him every time. I know why! Money. Dugan and Sandler keep making money. People keep going to their movies.

As Sandler has faced more criticism than ever, with his Netflix disasters and even more bad movies, maybe Dugan will go down with him. We can’t even blame Sandler for all of Dugan’s failures, because his movies without Sandler like “Problem Child” and “National Security” are also terrible.

Throughout his entire filmography, not one of his films has received critical praise or even mixed reviews – they have all received poor reviews. That hasn’t stopped audiences from going to see his movies year after year. To date, Dugan’s films have grossed over $1 billion worldwide and he is not making crazy blockbusters, he is making stupid movies about men who act like children.

I’m not going to offer analysis for individual films because so much has already been said about his disasters. But there may be hope on the horizon; Dugan’s last film was “Grown Ups 2” back in 2013. Maybe he is done making horrible monstrosities, or maybe he is basking in the millions of dollars he’s earned off of desperate viewing audiences.


7. Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry

This man is worth over $400 million! He is incredibly hardworking and I commend him for bringing black people in front of and behind the camera. He is an empire. His offerings have been all over the stage and big and small screens for the past decade. He knows his audiences and sells to them. Acting, directing, producing, and writing, he does them all, but that doesn’t mean he does them well.

Tyler Perry, for all of his efforts, has directed 15 films so far, within another on the way later this year. All of his directorial offers, except for “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”, have received negative reviews.

Some have noted of his use of buffoonish, emasculated black men and sassy black women as his go to and only characters, and that he is selling the same image of black people that has been sold for so many years, because that image sells, rather than being an innovator and showing different narratives and new storytellers.

I do not expect Perry to stop making films anytime soon. He will ride the Madea character until everyone is sick of it, and many people already are. He will use the same characters and storylines because they sell.

However, I challenge Perry to go outside of that zone, embrace new narratives and new talent in the industry. At least support them with the presence and monetary funds he has at his disposal. I will just have to wait to see if he takes that advice, right after “Boo! A Madea Halloween”. I’m not kidding, that is an actual movie.


8. Jason Friedberg/Andrew Seltzer

Jason Friedberg Andrew Seltzer

Where to even start with these two? Jason Friedberg and Andrew Seltzer are the masters of the terrible spoof film. Critics have said they are poisoning American audiences, that they are symbols of the decline of western civilization, and that they are not filmmakers but rather a plague, an evil sweeping the nation.

Friedberg and Seltzer have racked up the Razzie nominations and earned some of the worst reviews ever for their films. Yet, they get to keep making movies, their parody of the Taken franchise, “Who the Fuck Took My Daughter?!” comes out later this year.

Their amazing and varied filmography includes “Date Movie”, “Epic Movie”, “Meet the Spartans”, and “Disaster Movie”; all of these films parody pop culture, film genres, and popular franchises at the time. All of those movies and their follow-up “Vampires Suck” were financially successful, even with review scores in the teens and less.

Their last three films “The Starving Games”, “Best Night Ever” and “Superfast!” have not been financially successful, and maybe America and the film industry are finally understanding how unfunny and bad their movies are. Of course, they have another one coming out, so maybe they haven’t learned their lesson.

They can at least be somewhat funny, as they co-wrote the first movie in the Scary Movie franchise, which got them a lot of attention. However, every other offering they have given the world has been unfunny, full of crass and stupid jokes, and scraping the bottom of the parody barrel.

They spend time and effort recreating aspects of the original film, but maybe they should take more time to actually write the jokes. I really hope their next film bombs and then possibly their crap will never be seen in theaters again.


9. McG


Joseph McGinty Nichol, or better known by his rapper and stage name McG, represents everything wrong with cinema today, as he checks off every cliched and action-filled box he can so he can a ton of money exploiting the American public with flash and crassness.

He started off okay; his directorial debut was “Charlie’s Angels”, the entry in the franchise that was at least entertaining, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. He also has one of the most interesting filmographies I’ve ever seen; he’s at least diverse in his genre selection, I’ll give him that, but so many of his movies are so devoid of substance.

No matter what the genre is, he just goes through the genre norms and cliched motions in his films. For example, his romantic comedy, “This Means War”, was incredibly generic and a waste of its talented cast, which included Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. It was truly a waste of screen time. Another stinker with a CIA protagonist (super original there, McG), “3 Days to Kill” at least made back some money.

His newest film, coming out later this year, called “The Babysitter, stars a bunch of randoms and is about a guy who is madly in love with his babysitter, who turns out to be a killer associating with the devil, and it’s the kids job to survive the night and blow up some people along the way. There isn’t much information about this film online; hopefully it’s not real and McG can work on something else, or just not work at all.


10. Brett Ratner


By far not the worst on this list, but he did temporarily destroy a movie franchise for a time, and gave us some unnecessary sequels, such as “Rush Hour 3” and “Horrible Bosses 2” (who asked for a sequel to that?).

After the successes of the first two X-Men movies, directed by Bryan Singer, the geniuses of the world decided that Singer should go direct “Superman Returns” (a real winner that one was), and they should trust the franchise to the director of the Rush Hour films, which were met with mixed reviews at best.

We got the disappointment that is “X-Men:The Last Stand”, which wasn’t bad per se, but was certainly disappointing compared to the first two films, and the franchise had to be saved later by other directors, built from the ground up starting with the prequel.

One film is not going to land a director on a list like this. Ratner has plenty of other missteps, like the absolutely needed (sarcasm) “Rush Hour 3”, which made Chris Tucker’s character into one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever seen, and his true comedic talents were not used properly like they were in “Silver Linings Playbook”, directed by David O. Russell.

Like I said before, Ratner is not the worst on this list, but he has a bad attitude and is very cocky, even though none of his movies are that good. He should just stick to producing instead.

Author Bio: Ryan Anderson is a sophomore at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, where he is studying Zoology and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. His love of classic cinema and film history keeps his love for film strong and ever-present in his life.



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  • Ross Waters

    Pain and gain was a great movie that Michael bay directed

  • mzungu

    M. Night Shyamalan?

    • Edna Salzburg


    • 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.

    • 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


  • 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.

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    • 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?

  • 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.