NEVER HATE A DIRECTOR

August 20, 2012

HULK WAS DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE TRAGIC DEMISE OF TONY SCOTT AND HULK WANTED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP HULK HAS WITH HIS WORK, AND WHY THAT COMPLICATION SPEAKS TO THE WONDERFUL RANGE AND PURPOSE WE HAVE IN ART.

http://badassdigest.com/2012/08/20/film-crit-hulk-smash-never-hate-a-director/

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2 Responses to “NEVER HATE A DIRECTOR”

  1. Panache said

    Cross-posted this comment (on “Never Hate a Movie”) just before Hulk published the relevant entry on WordPress. Copied in its entirety:

    Hulk wrote about Tony Scott today and adapted Hulk’s mantra via Tarantino: “Never Hate A Movie”. However in Hulk’s responses to comments and even in Tarantino’s original explanation, the wording of the mantra bugs this reader. The argument itself is sound, but the mantra gives me much pause.

    The mantra’s phrasing seems imprecise, particularly given Hulk’s penchant toward specificity in one’s vernacular. By all means, let’s hate a movie. By all means, let’s hate a director. However, let us never dismiss a movie or its director because of our hatred. Let’s never give up on a movie or a director.

    Let us hate, but let us acknowledge that our personal hatred clouds our critical judgment, and let us endeavor to fight through the haze. If we can clear it, hopefully we find less hatred but possibly we find a fuller, clearer hatred that focuses on the actually offensive parts, rather than the possibly passable whole.

    We can hate a movie but still consider it, its virtues, and its shortcomings. It’s only dangerous when we assume that it all comes up short. Let’s avoid the fallacy of composition because of our hatred.

    Given a medium as loaded to gills with moral turpitude as film (male gaze, objectification, desensitization, etc.), it becomes questionable bordering on immoral to not hate specific films, specific directors, specific movements. That hatred need not impair our appreciation/depreciation of a film or a body of work. It requires acknowledgement and an honest attempt at surmounting it.

    Can we any sooner suggest to never hate a movie as to never love one? Many of the negative results of hating a movie have a contrapositive in loving one (blindness toward suspect themes, actions, ontologies, etc.) In fact, there is probably a corollary between Hulk’s tangible details and the creeping vagueness of so many reviews. (“I like it so its cinematography must be good! I felt it so its editing is fantastic!”)

    This is baseline stuff of empathy. The same could be said of many individuals (polticians, competitors, former lovers, et al.) and many organizations (political parties, religious groups, et al.) We’re not wrong to hate; we’re wrong to devalue. We need to recognize our hatred as our deficit, not their credit.

    • Panache said

      *stagecough*

      Also fascinated by fellow film geeks who argue that Mr. Tarantino is calling to the carpet Mr. Ford’s person not his work. Mr. Tarantino clearly throws the canon (well, three decades of it) right under the bus–not without (arguably misguided) reason but quite explicitly. He even follows it immediately with contrasting example.

      It’d be fascinating to hear Mr. Tarantino’s take on Polanski.

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