Bad Directors

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Michael Bay
Producer, Transformers
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Michael Bay spent his 20s working on advertisements and music videos. His first projects after film school were in the music video business. He created music videos for Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Lionel Richie, Wilson Phillips, Donny Osmond and The Divinyls...
“ Started out as a poor man's Tony Scott and made his way up to a poor man's James Cameron. ” - jwoehr
 
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Uwe Boll
Producer, Postal
As a child, he produced a number of short films on Super 8 and video before beginning his studies as a film director in Munich and Vienna. He also studied literature and economics in Cologne and Siegen. Uwe graduated from university in 1995 with a doctorate in literature. From 1995-2000, he was a producer and director with Taunus Film-Produktions GmbH...
“ If you want a bad movie based on a good video game....hire him! ” - jwoehr
 
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Brett Ratner
Producer, The Revenant
Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood's most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2 billion at the global box office. Brett began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years old with the action comedy hit Money Talks...
“ Yeah, Red Dragon was good but what else was ? Dude killed X-Men so bad that only prequels can be made lol. ” - jwoehr
 
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Rob Zombie
Soundtrack, The Matrix
Robert Bartleh Cummings, more famously known as Rob Zombie, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He is the oldest son of Louise and Robert Cummings, and has a younger brother, Michael David (aka Spider One; b. 1968), who is the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Growing up, Zombie loved horror movies...
“ More violence, doesn't make a good movie! Just watch his Halloween remake. ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Made the best Final Destination film....the first. But what the hell was up with Dragonball Evolution?? I always imagined a great Dragonball Z movie but what he gave us was even worse than the Last Airbender! ” - jwoehr
 
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Paul W.S. Anderson
Writer, Death Race
Paul W.S. Anderson gained a fair bit of notoriety in his native England when he directed the ultra-violent Shopping (which he also wrote), starring Jude Law and Sean Pertwee in a story about thieves who steal by ramming a car into storefronts. The film was banned in some cinemas in England, and became a direct-to-video slightly edited release in the United States...
 
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Edward D. Wood Jr.
Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Since the beginning of the Hollywood film industry, thousands of untalented people come to Los Angeles to try to make it big, (artists, writers, producers, directors, actors, etc.), but who end up exploiting others for money and also use his or her self-taught creative ability or training which leads to the production of dull...
 
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Frank Coraci
Director, Click
Frank Coraci is an American film Director, Writer and Actor best know for his work with Adam Sandler. Coraci was born in Brookhaven, New York on Long Island. Coraci graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Film. He has directed a number of Sandler's most revered and biggest box office hits (The Wedding Singer, The Waterloo and Click)...
 
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Mick Garris
Writer, Hocus Pocus
Born in Santa Monica, California, on December 4, 1951, Mick Garris grew up with his mother in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Van Nuys from age 12, following his parents' divorce. Garris was making his own 8mm home movies around that time, and when he got older be became a freelance critic for a number of film and music celebrities...
“ Has directed way too many Stephen King adaptions, that could have been good....if he didn't do them! ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Her films just feel like sexy commercials. ” - jwoehr
 
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Claudio Fragasso
Writer, Troll 2
He began filming the age of 12, involving his teammates oratory. At 16 he was assistant editor, assistant director at 18. At twenty directs, reads and edits his films in Super8: "Paure e Realtà" in 1973 and "Pasaggi" 1977. Debut in 35 mm with "Defendimi dalla Notte" 1981. With his friend Bruno Mattei worked as co-director for several films and other dividing alone...
 
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Keenen Ivory Wayans
Writer, White Chicks
The trail-blazing linchpin of a sprawling African-American family of comic entertainers, it was multi-talented writer/director/producer Keenen Ivory Wayans (born June 8, 1958, in New York City) who was the first to achieve national prominence by successfully creating, launching and hosting a landmark 1990s black-oriented comedy satire on Fox TV...
 
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“ Good movies: Lost Boys, A Time to Kill, Flatliners and some others
Awful: Batman & Robin ” - jwoehr
 
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M. Night Shyamalan
Born in India but raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is the son of two doctors. His passion for filmmaking began when he was given a Super-8 camera at age eight, and even at that young age began to model his career on that of his idol, Steven Spielberg...
“ Good: Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs
Bad: Everything Else ” - jwoehr
 
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Roland Emmerich
Roland Emmerich is a German film director of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow, Godzilla, Independence Day and The Patriot. Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Emmerich began his career in his native Germany...
“ Good: Stargate, Independence Day, the Patriot, Day After Tomorrow
Bad: Everything lately. ” - jwoehr
 
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Neil LaBute
Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human nature...
“ He has some good movies and had a great start with In the Company of Men.....but he made the horrible Wicker Man remake!!!! ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Surf Ninjas...enough said. ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Mr. Nanny.... ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Never Been Kissed was good and for some reason...I was into his Scooby Doo films and....the Smurfs even if he did murder my fond childhood memories. But many consider them bad and Home Alone 3 and Big Momma's House weren't exactly great. ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Made worse sequels to movies that were already bad, like....Big Momma: Like Father, Like Son ???? ” - jwoehr
 
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Mark Neveldine
Camera and Electrical Department, Crank
 
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“ Seed of Chucky..... ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Directed Weekend at Bernies.....2! ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Omg! He should be number 1#! He did all the Sh%tty Movie....movies. Like Epic Movie, Disaster Movie, managed to make an unfunnny spoof of Twilight called Vampires Suck, Date movie...Need I say more? ” - jwoehr
 
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“ Superhero Movie ” - jwoehr
 
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Roger Christian
Academy Award winner Roger Christian has had an extensive film career. He won an Academy Award for set decoration on director George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, which began a long collaboration between the filmmakers. Christian subsequently worked with Lucas on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi and was hand-picked by Lucas to direct the second unit on the recent Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace...
 
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Pitof
Visual Effects, Alien: Resurrection
“ Catwoman ” - jwoehr
 
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Lawrence Guterman
Director, Cats & Dogs
Hired after Steven Spielberg saw his USC Thesis Film "Headless!" (which won Grand Jury Prize for best short at the Houston Int'l Film Festival) to direct Dreamworks Interactive's "Goosebumps: Escape from Horrorland", Guterman was then hired to direct sequences on "Antz", the company's first C.G.I. feature starring the voices of Woody Allen...
“ Son of the Mask ” - jwoehr
 
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McG
Producer, Supernatural
“ Someone talked me out of having him on my list, but dude, he made This Means Wars and ruined the rolls that Chris Pine and Tom Hardy were on. He's a good producer, but he directs crap and please keep him away from big summer movies!
But am sure next he'll be handed Transformers when Michael Bay leaves. ” - jwoehr