Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Direct of the mass media

Read an interesting post today on IMDB:

"Hollywood is scared. They really are. They've lost so much money in the last few years that they're absolutely desperate to make anything that will earn them a little more. It's easy to write, direct, and act in something that's vapid; it's not easy to make something that takes a lot of time and emotion. It seems like Hollywood, much like the record companies, can't seem to grasp the fact that the reason numbers are suffering is, in fact, because of the incredible amount of sh*t that they're putting out."...

I think that's true, to an extent. The majority of movies are spinoffs of one particular idea that sold pretty well; the effect lasts for years, and this seems to be normal. IE Fantasy movies were few and far between pre-LOTR, but there is a recent explosion of them. Same goes for Star Wars back in the 80's.

"Forrest Gump is one of the very few movies of the '90s and present day that really sticks with the audience and has obvious value. In fact, I was talking about this movie tonight with some friends -- one who is very educated and one who is dumb as a post -- and we all agreed that it is the voice of many generations, even our own, though we might not be focused on explicitly. It takes one hell of a movie for that to be said."


At 10:44 a.m., Blogger James said...

I think that's a good point. There's just nothing interesting at the movies anymore. I could probably name one movie that's out right now, as I just tune out the ads on TV. Everything else is just cookie-cutter.

You could probably compile a list of maybe a dozen movies over the last 25 years, and every other movie will be a rip-off, or some combination of them.


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