Friday, December 07, 2012

Bret Easton Ellis's apology: "Wise up: pussies and snowflakes. Get the F over it."

"Anyone Unfollowing me should have known better and never Followed me in the first place."

OK, I admit it. I'm starting to like this guy.

Ellis caused a stir on Thursday when he called Kathryn Bigelow, the Oscar-winning female director, overrated. “Kathryn Bigelow would be considered a mildly interesting filmmaker if she was a man but since she's a very hot woman she's really overrated."

I assume that the film critics' love affair with Zero Dark Thirty is what started this kerfuffle. While I believe that Bigelow's filmography does not really reflect an impressive body of work, I also believe that past klunkers really have no bearing on the quality of Zero Dark Thirty. It is what it is.

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He added, "I still believe that if The Hurt Locker had been directed by a man it would not have won the Oscar for best director.” On this specific narrow contention he may have a fair point.

Was The Hurt Locker the best film of 2009? It is not difficult to make a counter argument. There are seven films from that year listed in the IMDb Top 250. The Hurt Locker is not in the Top 250.

Did Bigelow's gender affect her selection as Best Director? I dunno, but those other seven films were all directed by men, and that list does not even include Avatar which, whether a great movie or not, represents an impressive achievement in direction, and was also directed by a man.

Since no woman had previously won Best Director, and since that fact presented a source of some embarrassment to the Academy, it is not totally unreasonable of Ellis to suggest that that film would not have won those awards if the director had been a dude.



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