Let's get this out of the way first: is a great director. From The Fly to A History of Violence, he's created truly iconic on-screen moments. However, lately I've noticed his affinity for trashing and judging his contemporaries, rather than turning out box office gold or deeply meaningful projects.
It started in August when he gave Next Movie his opinion about The Dark Knight Rises. "It's still Batman running around in a stupid cape," he said. It would've been fine if he stopped there, but he continued, saying:
"I just don't think it's elevated. 's best movie is Memento, and that is an interesting movie. I don't think his Batman movies are half as interesting though they're 20 million times the expense ... A superhero movie, by definition, you know, it's comic book. It's for kids. It's adolescent in its core. That has always been its appeal, and I think people who are saying Dark Knight Rises is 'supreme cinema art,' I don't think they know what the fuck they're talking about."
I don't know if its just a symptom of entering old man territory or riding the diva train, but Cronenberg also recently trashed , something that's just kind of cinematically blasphemous. It happened during an interview with The Toronto Star at a TIFF Bell Lightbox retrospective of his work, called "David Cronenberg: Evolutions." Here's what he had to say:
"I think I'm a more intimate and personal filmmaker than Kubrick ever was, that's why I find The Shining not to be a great film. I don't think he understood the (horror) genre. I don’t think he understood what he was doing. There were some striking images in the book and he got that, but I don't think he really felt it. In a weird way, although he;s revered as a high-level cinematic artist, I think he was much more commercial-minded and was looking for stuff that would click and that he could get financed. I think he was very obsessed with that, to an extent that I'm not. Or that Bergman or Fellini were.
Reductive. Look it up. You guys, keep in mind that Kubrick will be having an exhibition in the same location next year. I can't help but think that if he were still around, we'd get a divas on divas battle: