Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Creativity? We don't need no Creativity!

With recent discussions on films such as Halloween 2, and the threequel The Final Destination, it got me thinking. If we were to make a list of directors who most readily exemplify everything wrong with modern film making who would we put there?

Let's face it when it comes to Big budget blockbusters the lack of creativity 99/100 times is just sad, but it's not just blockbusters, it's also the mid-range film makers, and self made, who seem themselves as being so good they don't need money or creativity. Creativity is the driving force throughout the world, and when it comes to film, only the most creative films, the truly revolutionary, stick throughout the years. That's what separates the movie goer from the film enthusiast, the enthusiast seeks unique concepts, the goer seeks entertainment.

That doesn't make one any better than the other, just different. Yet, some people always seek to profit from the weaknesses of one. The following is a list of those I deem having no real talent beyond profiting off of those who seek entertainment, and supporting a world in absence of creativity and ingenuity.

1. Michael Bay (Armageddon, Bad Boys, Pearl Harbor, Transformers).

2. Paul W.S. Anderson (Alien vs. Predator, Mortal Kombat, Event Horizon, Resident Evil series).

3. Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween reboot)

4. Stephen Sommers (The Mummy 1 & 2, Van Helsing, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra)

5. Rob Cohen (Dragonheart, Daylight, The Skulls, The Fast and the Furious, Mummy 3, Stealth)

6. Uwe Boll (do I need to bother?)

7. Steve Carr (Dr. Dolittle 2, Daddy Day Care, Rebound, Paul Blart: Mall Cop)

8. Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (The ____ Movies, Meet the Spartans)

* These are the no debate, all star candidates whose resumes from top to bottom wreak of uncreativity and a profit only view of the film industry we love. I deem them all guilty as charged!

Possible future candidates: Jonathan Mostow, John Moore, James Wan, Dennis Dugan, and Brett Ratner.

If you had to add some names to the list who would you add?

1 better thoughts:

thistimeitwillbedifferent said...

Interesting idea this and certainly you'd have to say that the majority of films on the above list are not what is normally accepted as 'good'. I think you've pinned down all the major candidates. There's perhaps an argument for adding Leigh Whannell onto the list. He certainly started creatively (I'd say Saw was relatively new and certainly freshened up an aging genre) but since then his only works of note have been the sequels to the above which are formulaic schlock-horror at its worst.

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