10 Suggested New Year’s Resolutions for Filmmakers

Happy New Year’s Eve, everybody! Yes, it’s one of those wonderful days where we can get a little bit of comfort out of knowing we’re all doing many of the same things: picking out our best-looking outfit, grousing about how holiday snacking means we can no longer fit into our best-looking outfit, preparing to get out and have an amazing New Year’s Eve, preparing for the inevitable disappointment of another lame New Year’s Eve, and, of course, working up our New Year’s resolutions. But here’s what’s great about working at a pop culture blog: we can put off making our own resolutions by making them for others. It’s fun! Thus, after the jump, we’ve got some 2013 resolutions for a few of our favorite (and some of our least favorite) filmmakers. Check them out after the jump.

Spike Lee:
See movies before you disparage them.

His last couple of narrative efforts notwithstanding, Spike Lee remains one of our most important filmmakers — and most widely misunderstood, the gross misinterpretation of his early efforts and breathless reporting of the occasional ill-advised comments causing much of the movie-going public to assume (incorrectly) that he’s some sort of rabble-rousing, whitey-hating terror. Too many people judge his movies, we’ve argued for years, without seeing them — which is why his recent (if sadly expected) public trashing of Django Unchained, sight unseen, is so disappointing. “I can’t speak on it ’cause I’m not gonna see it,” he told Vibe magazine. “The only thing I can say is it’s disrespectful to my ancestors, to see that film.” Good luck unpacking the logic of that statement, which is a waste of time anyway; it’s just the latest chapter in Lee’s peculiar and long-running public feud with Tarantino, a feud which, in light of the current state of Lee’s own career (his long-awaited 2012 return to fiction filmmaking, Red Hook Summer, was received with a good deal less critical and financial success than Tarantino’s), is looking more and more like sour grapes.