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With the new Ghostbusters movie looming over the horizon, I thought it would be appropriate to explain my issues with the writer-director, Paul Feig.

In my opinion, he's a hack who rips off material from other, better directors without contributing anything of his own. 
For example; The Heat is essentially the American version of Hot Fuzz, minus Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright or Nick Frost. Or anything even remotely clever. Than there's Spy, which is The Other Guys mixed with Johnny English. Again, without anything even remotely clever to contribute. The only original work he's done is Bridesmaids, and even than, that's debatable. He is not doing anything creative or unique, he's essentially reheating tired jokes from old Adam Sandler movies. Yet if Adam Sandler made a movie where his character had to cut open a woman's throat with a straw to stop her from choking, chances are the media would hunt him down to the ends of the Earth.

He's also a sleazy slacktivist who uses the excuse of an all-women cast to excuse laziness on his part as a writer. As if the mere fact that the characters he's writing happen to loosely resemble women, instead of being either unfunny cardboard cutouts, unfunny strawmen, or unfunny assholes we're supposed to root for. Even prior to his work on the new Ghostbusters movie, he seems to conflate criticism of his work with criticism of the actresses he works with. Why? Because accountability isn't up his alley when he can just cry 'misogynist' to shut up the critics. Yet, again, those same critics will call out Adam Sandler for writing about the same material. 

And than there's his irritating sense of smugness. In his movies, he usually depicts a strawman detractor to basically spout tired misogynistic rhetoric, just so that strawman character can either be killed off in a gruesome fashion, vanish into thin air, or be proven wrong. In The Heat, we had the Albino detective who keeps being singled out by our protagonists as a likely suspect...when it's evident that he's ironically more devoted to solving the crime than they are, and he ends up getting shot in the head by the end of the movie. In Spy, Jason Statham's character starts off as being the gruff 'women are only going to get in my way' James Bond type, only to than be revealed as a triple agent. Because heaven forbid our main characters get called out for mucking up on the job. 

So to conclude, Paul Feig wouldn't know good comedy if it kicked him squarely in the face. 

EDIT: Thanks to a commenter for clearing up a bit of misinformation on my part.
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DominicTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
In Spy, Jason's character wasn't an antagonist. He was a triple spy that explained he faked his death to locate the bomb. Personally, although Paul's work isn't the Mona Lisa of Hollywood, I think he's produced good films. With a nice cast as well. Even Ghost Busters is getting decent ratings.
So, comparing him to Adam sandler is too much of an insult. He's a horrid actor, with a sloppy personality.
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Eh. To each their own. Than again, I've been told that GINO's ratings were, for the most part, paid for. As in, Sony explicitly told some critics to not post any negative reviews within two weeks of the film's release. Combined with Sony's dodgy practices in getting the previous cast to provide cameos, their reaction to criticism and Paul's over-the-top smugness, I'm pretty sure that would cannon GINO into being the new Fan4stic. Even if the movie itself ends up being meh at best. And even if Spy was remotely decent, congratulations. That's one decent movie compared to three outright horrible ones. Plus, as bad as Adam Sandler's recent fare is, his movies have something unique about them. Yes, even Jack and Jill is more tolerable than The Heat. And I am not taking that back.
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DominicTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
You're the only person I know that thinks that Jack and Jill is that tolerable.
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
In comparison, mind you. Jack and Jill IS shit on it's own, even compared to Sandler's earlier works like Click and Little Nicky. And at the very least, Sandler has tried to branch out into other areas once in a while. If you're curious, however, I rank The Heat as being the 4th worst movie I've ever seen. And it's only there because the other three (Hateful Eight, Highlander the Source and Pan) are far worse in other aspects. 
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DominicTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
Fair enough. :)
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Plus, I was calling out the inherent hypocrisy in these same critics for bashing Adam Sandler for his schtick. When Paul Feig essentially does the exact same thing, only with women, and he gets praised for being unique. How? Most of his humour is based on the same slapstick and broad-based 'adult' humour that made Happy Madison Studios the literal bane of Hollywood. And I wouldn't mind this, if he didn't frequently get on his high horse by saying that he's progressive. Just because most of his movies heavily feature women. Even if the protagonists are about as competent as Stormtroopers. For example; Sandra Bullock's character is supposedly 'the best' in the agency. Yet barring the one scene where she outwits a sniffer dog without even trying, she continually makes amateurish mistakes (like that instance in the diner where someone is choking, and her brilliant response is to cut open the person's throat and use a straw to suck out the blocked food, hardy-har-har) until the very end. If you introduce a character so skilled that she can detect drugs through solid walls, than all tension goes out the window.
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DominicTheRaccoon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016
Adam Sandler is immoral, and I like to think Paul tries. You really won't let go of the knife scene. I won't lie, it did make me laugh in a gross out way. Maybe it's just the way the Internet is.
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Eh, fair enough. Though don't think I'm letting Sandler off the hook, either.
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koop-dubious Featured By Owner Edited Jul 13, 2016  Student General Artist
Hmmm. :/ I feel like my opinion would be biased, since I've yet to be interested in a single movie of Paul Fieg's, except for SPY lol. I saw the previews of the Ghostbusters reboot when they first published them on Youtube... aaaand after that, I decided I wasn't interested in seeing it. Having since read the reviews left by some prescreening viewers, perhaps this was a wise investment of my hard earned money (or lack thereof, lmao). :S

There's been a lot of controversy involved in the development/marketing of this movie as well, apparently. Dubious whether how much of it has to do with Mr. Fieg himself, but man is it a doozy. If you'd like, I can give you an infodump via note.
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thanks to Midnight's Edge's brilliant coverage on the news behind this movie's production, I don't think that'll be necessary.
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koop-dubious Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Student General Artist
That's fair. Finding anything about it isn't a problem, honestly; it's organizing it all that's a pain since there was so much shit that went down before and during production. :'B
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Eyup. What I find most detestable about this movie are the ethics behind it. Strongarming the original cast into filming cameos by threatening legal action, kicking Ivan Reitman off the project without even giving him a warning, blocking legitimate criticism on the trailers, strawmanning the fandom into being this horde of woman-hating nerds, the list goes on. Even if this movie does turn out to be decent, nothing about Sony's conduct can be excused. Right now they're on par with EA in terms of being the worst entertainment industry out there. 
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unicodragon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know him but since the announcement of the title I thought it was a bad idea.
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Like I said, Paul Feig is the guy who wrote and directed The Head. Aka 'Diet Hot Fuzz'.
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DementedRaccoonus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016   Writer
I have seen some of Paul Fieg's attempts at Comedy...jesus christ he is probably the most unfunny person in the world...he also looks like a weasel  
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TeiOuja Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I'd call him the Amy Schumer of filmmaking. Which seems oddly appropriate, seeing as Amy has been accused of plagiarism and Paul Feig's other works do border on the verge of ripping things off. The Heat being the most obvious example. I have heard that he was responsible for Freaks and Geeks and Arrested Development. Though the latter, he only wrote a handful of episodes and not the entire series.
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DementedRaccoonus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016   Writer
true
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