Of big arthouse names I would say Bresson. I have seen his most famous movies, but still don’t get it. Maybe I have to see the films again, often a film needs a second viewing (with Ozu this is the case for me). I feel his films are close to pretentious (an overused word, I know), with it’s expressionless faces. If I would have to pick one favourite I would say Pickpocket, it’s pretty good, but not a masterpiece. Hope I’ll change my mind one day though, as I know this statement will make me seem unspiritual and stupid.
But most overrated director ever is Kubrick. His films has the most simple ideas wrapped in sophisticated cinematography. C-r-a-p director, worst film Eyes Wide Shut.
Polanski is overrated, but Chinatown is a masterpiece, and how many directors have done masterpieces? Not many.
Tarantino for sure, though he’s quite good. If he had made five films on the level of Pulp Fiction I would believe the hype.
Wes Anderson. 90 minute Music video director.
Anybody who reads over the entries in this forum is bound to be offended at some point, especially on a topic like this one, unless he or she has a very thick skin (I don’t). But I think it’s a testament to how great an art form film is that a movie can be experienced in completely different ways by different people. I love Ophuls, but don’t care much for Kubrick, with the exception maybe of Paths of Glory and parts of 2001. Back on page 1 or 2 of this thread, Orpheus M. very intelligently stated why he thought Ophuls was the most overrated filmmaker ever, though his profile shows that he’s a fan of Kubrick. It’s sort of paradoxical then that Kubrick was influenced by Ophuls to the degree that he was.
I’ve never been much of a Wes Anderson fan either. I have a nephew who loves him, so I’m always careful not to malign The Royal Tenenbaums when he’s around. But I love Bresson, though I appreciate why MUBIUSER would say that his movies seem pretentious. I find Diary of a Country Priest to be pretty amazing nowadays, but the first time I watched it I could barely stay awake. But I don’t understand why I like it so much either. There’s still a certain mystery with regard to some films and why they affect me the way they do, and this is true of all of Bresson. Ozu not so much, although most of his films are worth seeing many times over. It’s funny. He’s not among my absolute favorites, but imo he’s maybe the most consistently great filmmaker of all time. I have yet to see anything he made that’s bad or even not very good, something I can’t say about any other filmmaker.
Clint Eastwood. His films tend to be very dull and slow moving
Terrence Malick, I definitely don’t think “Tree of Life” is a masterpiece!
James Cameron. He is a good producer, he makes all his films look big, but fails to deliver quality and substance.
Definitely agree with James Cameron, and Spielberg to a degree. Also, every Sofia Coppola film I’ve seen has put me to sleep. I dozed off literally five times while watching The Virgin Suicides.
Kubrick is underrated, if so, there is a new kind of cinephile (a bit snob) which all they do is criticize him. Kubrick has no direct references to his cinema, obviously liked Lang, Soviet cinema etc.. but it has nothing to do with the style he created.
Polanski is criminally underrated, no one talks about him in Mubi. Tess and Death and the maiden are completely forgotten.
Bresson is also underrated, people don’t want to get L’argent, one of the best representations of post-modernism.
And Tarantino is obviously underrated also, no one else created this kind of style so well, De Palma has good movies but Tarantino is much more original, better scripts etc…
Overrated is Jean Luc Godard, revolution cinema to invent nothing, his films are expired, have 0 value right now. I save Le mepris, a serious and intelligent movie, the rest of his 60-70’s are really embarrassing, only teenagers snobs can enjoy it.
kubrick & almodovar.
Wes, Nolan, Cronenberg
Cameron, Wyler, Spielberg, Ang Lee
If you don’t love Godard, You don’t understand film.
cool, i’ll let welles and bergman know that they don’t understand film, according to “z. bart”, titan of the internet
This is another thread where people are listing directors they don’t like or directors they don’t respond to rather than directors that are overrated……..
If you don’t like a director and lots of other people do, that’s thinking they’re overrated. That’s what the word means.
I was sort of ambivalent about Godard after Breathless and Vivre sa Vie, but I’ve recently started watching his films chronologically (I’m up to Contempt now) and I have to say that my appreciation for him has risen exponentially with each film.
In short, I agree with your post.
Kubrick; ALL of the seventies Hollywood Brats but especially Scorcese and De Palma and Coppola (Apocalypse Now and Taxi Driver the most overrated films of all time?); ANYTHING by Tarantino (yawn); Ingmar Bergman; Mike Leigh; Kurasawa; some but not all Tarkovsky; Bela Tarr; Michael Haneke
Wes Anderson. Tweed overkill, yellow filter, flat jokes, wealth is a given, guaranteed Cat Stevens in the soundtrack, quirk for quirk’s sake, and smug acting from great actors.
If you don’t love Michael Bay and Uwe Boll, You don’t understand film.
Yeah, Almodovar too, but I have only seen four or five of his films, haven’t seen Woman on the verge.., Matador, Talk to her, could be his best.
@house of leaves
to clarify, you agree with z bart’s assertion that welles and bergman don’t understand film?
Kubrick gets too much love.
Francis—No, that part is dumb.
Knew this would go to Spielberg. Much popular love has gone and also many critics don’t regard much of his strong, late stuff as well as it deserves, such as The Terminal, which I thought was delightful. War Horse was one of this year’s great movie theatre experiences, but got lukewarm reviews amidst some favorable ones, so I can’t see how he could be ‘overrated’. I’d probably say he’s quite ‘underrated’. Besides that, I believe his masterpieces are Jaws, the first 2 Indiana Jones movies, Close Encounters, Color Purple, Duel (Duel!), A.I. (don’t mess with A.I.), that is seven I would say are top shelf, but also great are War Horse, Minority Report, Munich, Schindlers List, yeah, I’d even say Jurassic Park, E.T… Even empire of the sun has its merits, just too long and meanders a bit, though it’s beautiful stylistically… Anyways, I use to be a big Spielberg detractor, but have come around in a pret big way.