10 Tiresome Directors Who’ve Done Nothing New In The Last Ten Years

Does Tim Burton elicit anything but a groan these days?

We're all too eager to sing the praises of filmmakers like David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron and Paul Thomas Anderson, who manage to deliver a unique (and usually brilliant) cinematic experience every time they step up to bat. Sadly, not everyone can be a Fincher or a Cuaron, and to that end, there are a high number of directors who just spin their wheels every time they make a movie, delivering a depressingly familiar experience that cynically opts for the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mindset, even though in many instances the financially successful formula is, from a critical standpoint, completely broken. These 10 filmmakers may continue to make money for studios (well, some of them do), though their common ground is that each has let comfort get the better of them: they're not hungry young filmmakers anymore, and are instead content to simply serve up more of what people expect rather than try something new. We'd love to see any one of these directors deliver something completely opposed to their recent work, but alas, it's not likely to happen, so we'd best face facts: these directors are lazy and happy to milk tired formula for as many repeat returns as possible. Did we miss any classically lazy directors out there? Or do you disagree with any of our picks? Let us know in the comments!
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