Great Filmmakers You Can’t Stand

by Thomas Priday

As you can probably tell from looking at the title, I’m not talking about the Michael Bay’s or Uwe Boll’s of this world. Rather, I’m referring to the established, even canonised directors (the Spielberg’s, the Welles’, the Fellini’s, etc.). Which great filmmaker(s) do you really have a problem with? The main one I can think of:

            Quentin Tarantino

As much as I hate Vincent Gallo (another awful filmmaker), he perfectly summed up what Tarantino is to me: a collage artist. I like “Reservoir Dogs” and I love “Pulp Fiction,” but everything after has felt either unoriginal (“Kill Bill” especially) or dishonest (“Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained). I think his films are very nice to look at — though much of this is more to do with his cinematographers than Tarantino himself — and he has provided some very memorable moments — who could forget the first seen of “Inglourious Basterds”? — but aside from that I’ve never gotten much out of his films.

Who are yours?

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