My resolution is.....wait, it's not to not make bad movies anymore. (From The Times of India)
The writer has used a double negative on purpose. Someone might ask him to say, "I resolve to not make bad movies anymore." But this writer is saying, "No, that is not the resolution I am making."
A double negative is similar to a math equation. A negative times a negative is a positive. "I don't have none" actually means "I do have some." Generally, a double negative is considered to be poor grammar. However, there are times when it is used purposely to make a point or to emphasize something. Your example is one of those times.
The writer might say, "I resolve to always make good movies," which is probably his goal. By using the double negative, he is effectively admitting that he might indeed make another bad movie. "I'm going to try to make good movies, but I will not promise that none will be bad."
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