Or we should just shut Hollywood down, oust all the movie moguls and start over with fresh blood. And television needs a make-over, too.
There are a few movies I want to see in a movie theater: Big action adventure movies are worth the price. Nothing else will motivate me into spending fifty bucks. The other types of movies are readily viewed on the big TV at home, in comfort, where I can mock, um, talk back to the movie, laugh loudly, cry, cough, smoke, eat, play on my laptop…
I forced myself to watch about ten minutes of “Twilight” one night. The dialogue was terrible and so were the wooden dolls, um, actors. I clicked it off. I had already lost a couple of hours of my life by reading the horrible book; I’m too old now to lose more time to dreck!
What Hollywood has lost is the ability to create good movies using good actors. They seem to think we want pretty people on the screen at all times. Pretty is okay, but even the richest dessert makes you sick if you eat nothing else. Pretty does not equal talented. I’m tired of seeing no-talent actors in movies with no plots. Sure, I know the moguls are going for the cash from the 12 to 25 year old pockets (or, rather, their parents’ pockets). And I know they all think the public is stupid and only interested in stupid shit, but come on, skateboard and bicycle movies?
I can’t even address the horrors of television (non–)programming today. There are a rare few shows that are still halfway decent to watch, the rest is Reality TV, which sucks.
Anyway, here’s what we should do…to find good actors, go to any restaurant or bar and hire the oldest waitress, waiter and bartender in the place. These people know how to ACT! We may not be pretty skinny plastic dolls, but we know how to smile in the face of chaos and cruelty, tell the most outrageous lies and be believed, pretend we like you when what we really want to do is shove a butter knife down your bitchy throat.
As for storyline and plot, stop using the newest best-selling book. Most books of that genre are dreck pumped out in two months to feed the stupid people who can barely read but need to have the newest thing piped into their tech devices. God forbid they buy an actual BOOK!
Yes, comics and graphic novels have been great. There are lots of them out there, find them and please stop remaking Spiderman, Batman, Supes, Hulk, etc.
I do like the Ironman movies and The Avengers. X-Men was good, Thor was cute, one of the Hulk movies was okay, and the first Punisher movie was really good. But there are more to choose from, like, um, shit, I can’t think of one that can stand alone. Oh well…you get my point, I hope.
“The Help” was an okay book and a good movie. Would I have enjoyed it in a movie theater? I don’t know; watching it at home let me react the way I wanted (until hubby returned from golfing and teased me for crying).
Years ago, my older son and I went to see the movie “Braveheart.” We came out of the theater, blinking back to real life and amazed that we had been immersed in there for three hours. We had lost all sense of time passing, of Real Life existing… Now that, to me, is the sign of a really GOOD movie!
Yes, bring back movies that suspend real life for hours, movies that make you sigh in remorse when they end because you want more. I’m tired of movies that have me sighing with relief when they are over and I can go home.
Movies, like books, should transcend Real Life, take you away, help you escape. If I wanted to see Real Life, well, hell, I could drive to Wally World or go visit my relatives! shudder….