Pet Peeves: 17 Directors And The Things They Hate

Pesky cell phones on set, streaming services, and superheroes in tights. These are some of the things that make directors want to claw their eyes out. Specifically, these directors:


Bong Joon-ho can't stand characters in tight-fitting clothes. The director says that he doesn't mind superhero movies, but he does have a problem with the wardrobe. When he sees a character in tights, he feels suffocated, and doesn't think he'll be able to direct a movie featuring anyone in tight



James Gunn hates it when characters are brought back to life. The Marvel director tweeted: Lack of stakes in comics has really hurt comics for me. hate the constant killing and bringing back of characters no matter what the format. The engine of storytelling is that life and death

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nberg David can't stand Rotten Tomatoes. CEFAFIED ERESH Rotten e. S Tomat Cronenberg's gripe is that there are far too many unqualified critics whose opinions are weighed equally to those he deems legit. CRACKED COM



Michel Gondry hates when people don't care about the movie poster. A lot of times, people say, 'But nobody will judge a film based on the poster.' I get So offended when I hear that. I'm like, 'lf you don't care about what goes on the poster, then let us

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David Fincher can't stand it when people say that torture porn started with Seven. It was offensive to me on a certain level that when Saw and those other movies came out, people said, 'Well, torture porn really started with Seven.' Fuck you. It was lurid. It was supposed to

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John McTiernan is not a fan of modern-day popcorn movies. The director of Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October said that Mad Max: Fury Road was nothing more than a corporate product. There is action but not of human beings. These are films made by fascists. CRACKED.COM



J.J. Abrams hates it when futuristic stories use present-day jargon. The Star Wars director explained: Frankly, one of my biggest pet peeves is the use of certain phrases that I just can't for the life of me believe will exist five decades from now. If you read a story about



Jennifer Kent doesn't like period films. More specifically, the director of The Babadook and The Nightingale doesn't like how period films tend to romanticize the past.



Peter Jackson says his least favorite part of filmmaking is the actual on-set filming. The shoot is just a pain in the arse, basically. I love when we get to the cutting room. I sigh with relief, that is when I'm in my element in filmmaking. CRACKED COM

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Quentin Tarantino can't stand cell phones on set. Timothy Olyphant, who worked with Tarantino on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, said the director refused anyone to have their cell phones with them. Apparently, if you're caught with one on set, you're immediately fired. CRACKED COM

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Terry George hates the Oscars. The director of Hotel Rwanda and Reservation Road says he's not a fan of the whole shebang. I don't like the whole system. I hate the night itself because it's not a pleasant experience for those participating. CRACKED.COM

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Nicole Holofcener hates the term female director. The director of Friends with Money and Enough Said doesn't like the label at all. I wish directors who are women didn't have to be called female directors. I think it's embarrassing that we're called that. Can you imagine if there were a



Alfonso Cuaron doesn't like the auteur theory. The auteur theory is the idea that the director is the author and primary creative force behind a movie. Cuaron says he doesn't buy into it. The auteur theory manifested from a certain snobbery of the 50s and 60s that I don't think

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Hayao Miyazaki hates AI-generated animation. The director of Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke said that it's an insult to life itself and that he'll never use the technique in his own work.



Ari Aster doesn't like talking about his own movies. I always feel like I'm navigating a minefield, and I'm wondering what I'm going to regret saying and how it's going to be, like, translated. I much prefer talking about other people's movies. CRACKED COM



Francis Ford Coppola says that he doesn't like franchises, referring specifically to Marvel movies. The director of The Godfather responded to Martin Scorsese's criticism of superhero movies, saying he agrees that it Isn't cinema. Personally I don't like the idea of franchises, the notion that you can keep repeating what



Christopher Nolan hates streaming services. In 2017, Netflix was the major target of the director's disdain because the streaming service was simultaneously streaming and releasing their movies in theaters. In 2020, he went off over HBO Max doing the same thing with their entire 2021 movie slate. Some of our