Bret Easton Ellis: Women Can't Direct Female directors lack 'male gaze,' author says By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted May 20, 2010 2:30 AM CDT 17 comments Comments "American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis. (AP Photo,Courtesy of Ian Gittler,File) (Newser) – Bret Easton Ellis is likely to find himself scratched from a few Christmas card lists over a MovieLine interview in which he insists women aren't made to be good movie directors. "There’s something about the medium of film itself that I think requires the male gaze," said the American Psycho author. "We’re watching, and we’re aroused by looking, whereas I don’t think women respond that way to films, just because of how they’re built." The "best art is made under not an indifference to, but a neutrality toward the kind of emotionalism that I think can be a trap for women directors," he said. Ellis, bigheartedly, admitted that female directors had made two of his favorite movies this year, Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank and Floria Sigismondi's The Runaways.