david gordon green, martin ritt, robert mulligan, william wellman, allan dwan, gregory la cava, robert wise, stanley donan, kelly reichardt, mary harron, lynne ramsay, abel gance, john carpenter (debatable—depends on who you’re asking), vincenzo natali
this is kind of hard to answer, since many filmmakers are critically lauded & win international prizes for their films but never get distribution in the US & comparatively few people ever get a chance to see their films…tricky designation, “underrated.”
what if u become friends with someone whose film u wrote negatively about and they saw it?
this is such a random hypothetical, but i guess in that case i’d say i was just giving my honest opinion, doing my job & that one bad review doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. also, if you’re making movies, you need to get used to people reviewing them, sometimes negatively. toughen up.
“'Ishtar' is a truly dreadful film, a lifeless, massive, lumbering exercise in failed comedy. Elaine May, the director, has mounted a multimillion-dollar expedition in search of a plot so thin that it hardly could support a five-minute TV sketch. And Beatty and Hoffman, good soldiers marching along on the trip, look as if they've had all wit and thought beaten out of them. This movie is a long, dry slog. It's not funny, it's not smart and it's interesting only in the way a traffic accident is interesting.”—roger ebert’s review of ISHTAR doesn’t mess around
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Have you ever had to give a negative opinion on a film made by someone you know?
Unfortunately, no, I’ve never been put in that position before. I’m not really required to review everything I see & also if I was to go to a screening of my friends’ film, I’d try to get out any responsibility to review it.