With the arguable exception of Volver, every movie he has released in the last decade has been stale and predictable.
Not just a stale rally cry of the 2008 presidential election.
After five years at Gucci, he got the call to come to Burberry and reinvent the British brand, which had grown musty and stale.
c.1300, "freed from dregs or lees" (of ale, wine, etc.), i.e. "having stood long enough to clear," cognate with Middle Dutch stel "stale" (of beer), and probably ultimately from Proto-Germanic base *sta- "stand," the source of Old English standan "to stand," Perhaps via Old French estaler "halt," from Frankish *stal- "position" (see stall (n.1)). The meaning "not fresh" is first recorded late 15c. Figurative sense (of immaterial things) is recorded from 1560s. Related: Staleness.