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Who are the biggest director hacks of all time?

M Night Shyamalan?

Guy who did Mommie Dearest?

Paul Verhoeven?

Tyler Perry?


by Anonymousreply 4905/28/2013

Tommy Wiseau

by Anonymousreply 102/26/2013

I'd say Oliver Stone -- not for his politics, but for the fact that his movies are so ham-handed and the scripts terrible.

by Anonymousreply 202/26/2013

Good night shamalon

by Anonymousreply 302/26/2013

Tyler Perry

by Anonymousreply 402/26/2013

Michael Bay owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 502/26/2013

Idiotic thread, OP. Even if you don't like Spielberg's or Verhoeven's work, you can't deny that they're extraordinarily talented filmmakers whose films are often very personal projects and display enough stylistic and thematic idiosyncrasies to mark them as "auteurs".

A better candidate would be somebody like, say, Jon Turteltaub. Or even Ron Howard.

by Anonymousreply 602/26/2013

I hate Michael Bay movies, but isn't he considered good at the action stuff?

by Anonymousreply 702/26/2013

Paul W.S. Anderson

Uwe Boll

Brett Ratner

Tom Hooper


It was nice to see the Oscars actually give it to the best director this year.

by Anonymousreply 802/26/2013

[quote]I hate Michael Bay movies, but isn't he considered good at the action stuff?

He was until Transformers. Those movies action scenes contain little to no choreography -- you know, so the audience watching can tell what is actually going on.

by Anonymousreply 902/26/2013

"A better candidate would be somebody like, say, Jon Turteltaub. Or even Ron Howard."

Howard is far from the worst director ever, but he's probably the worst "acclaimed" director.

by Anonymousreply 1002/26/2013

r5 I was going to mention Michael Bay also.

by Anonymousreply 1102/26/2013

The director who made Mommie Dearest also made David and Lisa--a beautiful, deeply affecting film.

by Anonymousreply 1202/26/2013

Renny Harlin hands down. Did anyone actually sit through Cutthroat Island? And yet this man still seems to get work.

by Anonymousreply 1302/26/2013

The '70's sitcom stars: Meathead, Richie Cunningham, Laverne... I've never liked their tired, cliched, uninspired movies.

by Anonymousreply 1402/26/2013

Yes,[R12], Frank Perry directed a few classics and near classics: "David and Lisa", "The Swimmer", Capote's "A Christmas Memory", others. Also some lousy stuff, of which "Mommie Dearest" probably isn't the worst. It helped that, early in his career, he was married to a very fine writer, Eleanor Perry, who collaborated on his best films.

by Anonymousreply 1502/26/2013

Mark Robson (Valley of the Dolls, Peyton Place)

by Anonymousreply 1602/26/2013

Spielberg, Cronenberg, Atom Agoyan

by Anonymousreply 1702/26/2013

Michael Bay is far from the worst director because in the industry he is considered a technically gifted, albeit juvenile egomaniac.

His ego actually destroys his rep because he thinks he's god's gift to film-making, and he takes any criticism like a teenager.

His habit of ingesting the GDP of Colombia on sets has also hurt his career.

His best movies had old-school script doctors and a hard ass producer (Don Simpson, who hated him).

If he has these things, his movies aren't bad for summer flicks.

Someone like Renny Harlin or Uwe Boll is much worse.

by Anonymousreply 1802/26/2013

[quote] Spielberg, Cronenberg, Atom Agoyan

Even on Datalounge, this statement comes across as egregiously stupid.

by Anonymousreply 1902/26/2013

Well, you must like middlebrow crap, R19

by Anonymousreply 2002/26/2013

Taylor Hackford - even if he is married to Helen Mirren.

by Anonymousreply 2102/26/2013

Another vote for Ron Howard

back in the day, studio hacks like Richard Fleischer (despite his good The Vikings), Gordon Douglas, Henry Hathaway (ok he did some good westerns), Mark Robson, Henry Koster, Henry King etc

by Anonymousreply 2202/26/2013

At least he's the biggest director Hackford of all time, r21.

by Anonymousreply 2302/26/2013

Double team of Bay and Brett Ratner

by Anonymousreply 2402/26/2013

r24, thanks for the image! Considering their sleazy reps, I though DP, not DT.

Bay is douchily hot, but Ratner....ick.

by Anonymousreply 2502/26/2013

nancy meyers and her catalogue of "rich white bitches' problems" movies OWNS this thread!

by Anonymousreply 2602/26/2013

Miss Capshaw at R6, pull the cob out of your ass, please. It's starting to smell like Piccalilli.

by Anonymousreply 2702/26/2013

How about Alan Smithee (Might Ducks the Movie, The Shrimp on the Barbie, The Nutt House)? Every movie he made was a colossal bummer.

by Anonymousreply 2802/26/2013


by Anonymousreply 2902/26/2013


Don't blame the director because your performance was a bit wooden.

by Anonymousreply 3002/26/2013

Twenty-nine posts and no mention of me?


by Anonymousreply 3102/26/2013

Joel Shitmaker.

by Anonymousreply 3202/26/2013

Ed Wood, people!

by Anonymousreply 3302/26/2013

Michael Winner - directed so many movies and all of them are losers

by Anonymousreply 3402/26/2013

Adam Shankman

by Anonymousreply 3502/26/2013

Oliver Stone

by Anonymousreply 3602/26/2013

Terrence Malick.

by Anonymousreply 3702/28/2013

r20 - Oh please. You just want to sound smart. Even if you don't like them, none of them come close to being hacks. And it's Egoyan, not Agoyan, genius.

by Anonymousreply 3802/28/2013

Joel Schumacher

Jason Reitman

by Anonymousreply 3902/28/2013

[quote]Well, you must like middlebrow crap, R19

You really consider movies like The Brood, Videodrome, Stereo, They Came from Within and Spider to be middlebrow?

by Anonymousreply 4002/28/2013

M Night - failure after failure after failure.

by Anonymousreply 4102/28/2013

[quote] Terrence Malick.

I guess every dimwit with a GED feels entitled to air their opinion these days. Aggressive stupidity will be the downfall of this civilization.

by Anonymousreply 4202/28/2013

You know yourself best. R42

by Anonymousreply 4302/28/2013


He did Scanners, The Dead Zone, Shivers, Videodrome, Dead Ringers, The Fly, Crash, M Butterfly, Naked Lunch, Eastern Promises & The History of Violence.

He is considered to be one of the most effective genre directors of all time.

My vote goes to M. Knight Ramalamadingdong. Sixth Sense was a breakout but everything else the man has touched has been pure and utter shit.

by Anonymousreply 4402/28/2013

Guy Richie, David Fincher (terribly overrated)

by Anonymousreply 4502/28/2013

Terrence Malick - biggest joke ever!

by Anonymousreply 4602/28/2013

R42 I guess you are talking about yourself!

by Anonymousreply 4702/28/2013


by Anonymousreply 4805/28/2013


I think M Night will be pretty much done if "After Earth" is a bomb. I can't really see a studio getting behind him if he does not have a hit soon.

by Anonymousreply 4905/28/2013
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