He wants his movies nowadays to look like a video crew from the 10 o'clock news using pro-consumer gear was following the action?
To clarify, I don't necessarily agree with that desire, at in the context of period material like Public Enemies. Collateral and Miami Vice - I thought the video aesthetic fit like a glove. Unfortunately he seems to want it for everything now...
Why shoot with digital video cameras if the DP doesn't seem to know how to make it not look like video?
Public Enemies, for instance, has all the nasty "tells" of a video shoot. It was quite distracting. Though, I still don't think digital is as ready for prime time as we'd like, the way The Social Network was shot was quite visually interesting using digital cinematography (didn't they use the RED?).
There is still something to be said for real film, shot in 2D, with the right stock, lenses, color timing, and lighting. Too bad more people don't shoot in 65mm with a normal color pallet (none of this teal and orange leaning timing and contrast pumped stuff) and we went back to the grand, giant screen movie experiences of the past...
I am working with him right now and he shot this project on 35mm.