Respect: The Film Director & Their Vision
Directing in Hollywood can either be a tough job or a smooth enjoyable career, sometimes studios want their way of a movie being shot and it causes a lot of stress and controversy. Lately films have had reshoots, and extended cut releases because the studio won't trust directors to make a passionate project until news comes out there were several missing scenes and fans demand it, the recently released Suicide Squad is experiencing that now, a list was floating around on several websites that Suicide Squad has tons of missing footage including more Joker scenes and potentially an extra hour of scenes that were cut, but director David Ayer that a longer version might not be released, that also sounds like another movie released this year, Batman v. Superman, Zack Snyder caught backlash from everyone until the rated R ultimate cut was out, now I guess it's a better, I really didn't like the theatrical version so now I have to prepare myself for a rated R 3 hour cut but aside from that it sounds like from fans reactions that WB should have trusted Snyder a little bit more and released his ultimate cut in theaters.
Nate Parker has an interesting film soon to be released titled Birth Of A Nation based on the story of Nat Turner, now I'm very interested in watching this because we have a black man telling our story with his creative vision, but now at the same time I'm kind of not in a rush to see it and I'll explain why for some reasons, for one I'm really sick of the slave movies and that's just my personal opinion, every time you hear about one in development/production you have to ask yourself, are these the only films studios are willing to give directors especially black directors as "their big break?", there's other stories by us that should be told in Hollywood but they probably won't get the green light, it's almost like they're giving a history lesson and at the same time showing how white people did us since the beginning of time, maybe its me, maybe it isn't just me, now another reason is these rape allegations on Nate Parker that has been the talk of the media for the past weeks, no woman ever should have to experience that ever, I haven't read into the whole thing but I will say this, I understand Nate was acquitted of the case but from comments in previous interviews it's almost like he danced around the questions, he was basically saying in so many words that he made a mistake years ago and wish he hadn't, some say the movie is soon to be released and media outlets are trying to bring Nate down, even though he was acquitted, I think it's cool for one of the stars of the movie Gabrielle Union to stand up and speak out on the situation also. Now will I watch the movie, yes because I do think this is a real important story and Nate had his vision behind it with the help and support of a major studio and hopefully studios have the respect and see this man's potential to be one of the greats in Hollywood off other future projects.
I recently spoke on the future of filmmaking and I think Michael Bay is one of the best action directors in Hollywood, Bad Boys 2 alone proves that, the man was 28 when he directed the first Bad Boys, Disney passed up on the script and Sony eventually bought it for "cheap", Bay even said he had to spend $10,000- $20,000 of his own money to shoot the famous "you forgot your boarding pass" scene with Martin Lawrence, that's wild, it's also crazy how he brought along Martin and Will Smith on set and they basically had no script, about 85% of Bad Boys was improv, that's why it's so funny and the chemistry was spot on. Bay has directed some quality movies but let people tell it, critics will call anything he makes trash all because of vision of the Transformers movies, now the last one was too long and number 2 is my favorite but overall I like the franchise, it's just robots fighting each other with dope special effects and explosions, do we really want a deep story about Transformers? A lot of people slept on 13 Hours this year but that's how Michael works, he'll he Transformers (which he's sick of) the Paramount Pictures will give him a personal passion project like Pain & Gain in 2013, which was also slept on, the man has hit and quality movies, too bad it's overshadowed by the fake outrage of the Transformers franchise and Pearl Harbor, but I will say this, we should've had at least 5-6 Bad Boys movies right now but I think the Transformers took over Bay's schedule.
Brett Ratner kind of goes through the same thing too, if he didn't have X-Men: The Last Stand on his directorial list, people wouldn't say he's "trash", like are you really gonna call the director that gave us Money Talks, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Tower Heist, Red Dragon, Hercules and music videos we all seen in the 90s bad? Come on now, I can guarantee you think more watch a movie with a director's commentary on, the more you'll respect their vision, not everybody can be Christopher Nolan and to be honest in my personal opinion he's just one of the best, not thee best like everyone else says and that's no disrespect, I just think there's better directors, now there are some garbage ones out there too but I'm not here to speak on that, I just want people to give directors like Antoine Fuqua, F. Gary Gray, and others their respect also.