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"Those" directors: A.K.A. The "bait and switch directors"

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"Those" directors: A.K.A. The "bait and switch directors"

Remember the film trailer that looked cool, but ended up being a total garbage film? Yes, we have all walked into these pimping traps before. Trailers take the best scenes and try to make the film took exciting and worth watching. And how about "that" director who somehow always manages to sucker you into giving him/her another chance. In this in-depth Bitter Balcony living-room investigation, we will uncover this intriguing mystery:

M. Knight Shyamalan. Once the trailer for "The Six Sense" aired we wanted to see it. We were intrigued by the mystery hinted at in "The Sixth Sense" and happy when the film delivered. Awesome! For the most part "Unbreakable" also delivered. Some would say that Shyamalan knew what he was doing, but Bitter Balcony’s JAS was skeptical and wondered if every mystery would pay off. No, because Shyamalan clearly has become a prime example of what a "bait and switch director" is all about. The trailer reaches out to you, you hope it will be a good $9+ well spent, but leave disappointed.

M. Knight has long since proven that he is not a good director. From his half-witted appearances in his films to the storyline that never pays off, there is always a constant: The films suck. We should have seen the signs and not watched "Signs." "The Village" ended in a fake village. "Lady in the Water" showed us that a director could pompous enough to cast himself in the role of the one man whose writing can save us all. Nothing happens in "The Happening" and we’re hoping "Last Airbender" WILL be the last of that series.

George Lucas in the director’s seat has the same effect. He likes to play with our fond memories of filmmaking's sci-fi past as if it were Play Doh. Then he rolls it in dog poo and flings it at the screen. There is the "magic" of filmmaking a la George Lucas who ruined the new trilogy by choosing to direct them himself instead handing them to real directors. We watched the trailers, prayed the actual films would be good - and got Jar Jar Binks.

As a great director of photography, Michael Bay manages to sucker us into thinking "this next one" will be the one where he’ll tell an actual story, not just blow shit up. Kevin Smith is another one of those pompous ones who somehow sucker most, but not us, to see his trash.

Stephen Sommers wishes he had what it takes to be Michael Bay 2, but as we all know it’s like red onion wishing it were a yellow onion. They’re both still the same shit. Summers, aspire to be a Nolan, or a Spielberg (in spite of his recent exceptions), but Bay? Thoughts over Somers’ work would make us chuckle if it wasn’t so sad. "Van Helsing" was what we thought to be the worst we would be subjected to, but he surprised us with the blunder that was "G.I. Joe".

There are plenty of "bait and switch directors" out there, so tread carefully. The theater carpet is lined with landmines. Choose wisely and remember a director’s name because he/she may just make you hate yourself for giving them that "one last chance".

Who else is on your "bait and switch director" list? Comment below and let us know who we should look out for.

Source of the Bitter: JAS

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
Que on Fri, 07/30/2010 - 3:12pm

my Theory is every director has their use-by-date, not counted in the calendar way, but they only have certain number of movies in them. Example is Mr M. Knight, he only made 2 movies watch-able then the rest is just cashing out. Some directors will never make a good one, that is given, but even the best ones still one day reach their end and from that point on ward all they produce is just nay.

Oliver Stone - Alexander, out of juice.
Martin Scorsese - start making Shutter Island. out of juice.
Ron Howard - Davince Code. out of juice.
James Cameron - Avatar. out of juice.
Tony Scott - The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. still trying on A-Team but juice is out.

those are just handful of once great directors. I guess that is the life cycle of film industry, so the young ones can come and move the bar further.

JAS on Sat, 07/31/2010 - 12:51pm

I agree with this theory and it can be extended to any artist really. There are always exceptions to the rule, but the rule still applies for the majority.

Tony Scott is a terrible director, though. "True Romance" is one of my all time favorite films, but that, if memory serves, was his one and only good movie.

The sad part is that "new" Hollywood kind of sucks. We've been lucky enough to get a Snyder and a Nolan, but the rest including 98% of actors fail to inspire at all.

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