Why Current Movies Suck

And They DO Suck

The movie industry is at a loss for why so few movies do well these days. The last few years have shown an overall slump in box office sales with 2005 being the worst box office year in 20 years. If not for Batman this year, 2008 would have been extraordinarily bad as well. Revenues for movies have been about as good this year as they were last year- because ticket prices went up. That's right- tickets prices were increased to make up for fewer moviegoers.

Movie executives continue to scratch their heads and wonder why people aren't going to the movies. Is it because they can download bootleg copies off the Internet? Is it because they are so distracted with their Wiis and X-Boxes that they don't care about movies?

Film industry execs try to comfort themselves by believing all of these reasons, but none of them are the real reason behind the slump. Movies today suck, and here's why...

Star Vehicles

There are two reasons why movies suck so badly right now. The first is the film industry's star vehicle theory. The theory goes that a movie company can put together any piece of crap they like and people will see it if it has a big star in it. Many of these types of movies are slapped together very quickly without any real thought to story, tone or even timing. Put a big start or two in it, make some stuff explode and/or a few sex scenes and there you go.

The result, of course, is crap. Most of the best movies are entirely character and plot driven. They usually don't star the big movie stars at all. Actually, it's the other way around- people become big stars after they have been in a good, quality movie. A movie doesn't become good just because it has a star in it. A few examples:

Titanic: Kate Winslet was hardly a household name when the movie came out. She had been in a couple of small movies and was not a star by any means. Leonardo DiCaprio had been in a few movies and was relatively well known but was not a big star. Titanic went on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time.

Star Wars: Need I say more? The only person in the cast who could have been considered a star was Obi Wan, and he wasn't that well known among the younger audience. Did anyone go to see it because he was in it? Not bloody likely.

Jaws: No huge stars, great movie. Not only did it clean up at the box office, it made people afraid to swim for about 20 years.

Dead Poet's Society: Robin Williams was the only star in the cast and was not the main character. The cast of boys were complete unknowns.

E.T.: No stars, just a solid story. It's the kind of movie that stands the test of time because it wasn't built around close-ups of the star of the week.

The Fellowship of the Ring Trilogy: Same deal. Based on a solid trilogy of books and the movie didn't lean on any stars. Liv Tyler was probably the best known actor in the movie, but she played a very small (useless) part.

These are just a few of the movies that relied on characters and a story instead of throwing money at the biggest star that the director could get at the time. And all of these movies will be remembered far longer than the Hancocks and Iron Mans.

Not Worth $25 Million
Not Worth $25 Million

Celebrity Paychecks

The second problem with current movies is that the budgets to get the big stars means that everything else in the movie has to get less attention. The actual story is something that can't be attended to because most of the movie budget has to go the the celebrities that demand $25-50 million to be in the movie. Two or three stars like that and the rest of the movie is really beside the point.

The result is this: sequels and remakes. There is no budget for finding scripts from new screenwriters who actually have good ideas. There is no budget for hiring a group of writers, or even one quality writer, to spend a few months developing a worthwhile story. Instead, the biggest stars possible are booked and then the producers choose a movie to either remake or continue.

Here are just a few of the many, many sequels in the works right now:

  • National Treasure 3
  • Shrek 4 and Shrek 5
  • Super Troopers 2
  • Ice Age 3
  • Starship Troopers 3
  • Jurassic Park 4
  • Saw 5
  • Pink Panther 2
  • Scary Movie 5
  • Wild Hogs 2
  • Jeepers Creepers 3
  • I,Robot 2
  • Silent Hill 2
  • The Grudge 3
  • The People Under the Stairs 2
  • Alien 5
  • Austin Powers 4
  • Star Trek 11
  • Forrest Gump 2
  • Finding Nemo 2
  • Stargate 3
  • Monsters, Inc. 2
  • Heathers 2 (!)
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2
  • Mad Max 4
  • Pulp Fiction 2
  • Reno 911 2
  • Scooby Doo 3
  • X-Men 4
  • War of the Worlds 2
  • Spiderman 4
  • Spiderman 5
  • Spiderman 6
  • Underworld 3
  • Terminator 4
  • Toy Story 3
  • Trainspotting 2
  • Beverly Hills Cop 4

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Victel 8 years ago from Breda, The Netherlands

I think there are a mixture of good movies and sucky movies but then there always have been. I'm not sure I'd watch "Soccer Dog" for example (LOL) but I've seen a few good ones lately.

I would agree that some celebrity paychecks are ridiculous!!!


Beaks 8 years ago from USA Author

It probably is a mixture at any given time. The 70's were one of the best times for movies, but the 70's also gave birth to Corvette Summer and other foolishness. The 80's were great, but they also features about 150 Corey movies.


anonymous 7 years ago

you are absolutely right, i agree with this 100%. the most shocking for me was the list of sequels at the end. i used to love seeing the previews for upcoming movies. now what do i see? sequel, remake, adaptation, cg, and don't get me started on the freaking animals. i can only hope that by the time a good movie comes around people will attempt to go see it rather than give up hope. they'll learn their lesson one way or another.


matt 7 years ago

your points are all true man, but i think the real reason is because everyone is depending on sequels, your whole list was just full of sequels. no one has an original idea yet, there hasn't been an original company since the 90's and that's messed everything up. as a film student im not the greatest but do have a few ideas for films but hopefully will be able to get up to mainstream big times before this slump gives out to nothingness.


Rene 7 years ago

There are "some" good flicks but there are hardley any phenominal and memorable films out there like Alien or Rocky and most of the remakes of those famous films suck ass because they butcher the gold. In the 80's and 90's it seems there was always a good flick to look forward to but today there is no form of originality and CGI just takes a shit on everything.


kain3 7 years ago

im sick of all these fucking sequels and remakes god forbid anyone to have an original i blame people like jerry bruckheimer and michael bay(total douches) these days i can only rely on quentin tarrintino for a decent movie atleast his movies don't rely on explosions,cgi,bigstars his movies are actually storydriven


Kerry McKenna 7 years ago

Agreed. As a child who caught the celluloid contagion early (spent my 1950's childhood watching old [30's, 40's] movies on late-night tv till I was old enough to take the bus downtown for No Time for Sargents, The Birds and My Fair Lady), I've been addicted to movies. Spanned the intervening flick spectrum in an ecstacy of connoiseurship--til the mid-80's, that is, when the pickin's got slimmer and something went wrong. Since then, flicks appear to be composed mainly of somnambulistic (and stereotypical) plots, frenziedly jerking cameras, inaudible dialogue, explosions, shallow characters. I am heartsick over this; would sell my soul to encounter the contemporary equivalent (not remake) of Casablanca, Meet the Parents, Rear Window, The Exorcist, Lawrence of Arabia, E.T., Bringing Up Baby . . . Oh, sigh . . .


Tom 7 years ago

Great thread, i only watch foreign movies now since hollyweird has given up on quality screenwriting.

the asian market is great, they really know how to put a story together that is character driven, i have just given up completely with this garbage with a $10.00 price attatched to it.


Matt 6 years ago

AVATAR

Need I say more?

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And why is every film in America #1 or Funniest Film, or "Best" These lies need to end.

They suck and that's the truth!

Just cause they pay off the critics the movies don't get better! they still suck.


brick 6 years ago

I find find myself being dragged to the cinema often with the girlfriend and fuckin hell, movies these days are just so bad its not funny, even if they're comedies, they're 99% terrible. A horror these days is darkness-monster-chase-gore, real paint by numbers crap. often people suggest me mainstream movies and iv started to ignore them. anyway, mainstream movie are for the easily impressed(CGI), easily amused and just boring idiots anyway.


Warren29 6 years ago

This article really hits the nail on the head, especially about the "stars". Hollywood is so obsessed with the "elite" stars that they can't see anything else. Most of my favorite movies don't have any "stars" in them at all!

As for the insane paychecks stars get, well, that is simply ridiculous. No actor should get more than $5 million for one movie. It's not like they save that money, most of them waste it on huge mansions, fancy cars and boats.

The problem in Hollywood keeps getting worse every year. I used to enjoy dozens of movies a year, but now I'm lucky if I see FIVE good movies a year. Get rid of the frakkin' stars, and focus on the storyline!


Textoftruth 6 years ago

things we can except to see released in the near future:

1)Cartoon turned movie

2)comic book turned movie

3)Classic turned shit

4)gay cowboys eating pudding(sequel to "broke back mountain")

staring those funny Jewish canadian comics(seth rogan,Jonah Hill,.ect)

Hollywood ran dry along time ago...about the time when telnet was no longer needed to be in a movies*cgi does wonders*

^^^^^

IMHO


sawyjay 6 years ago

Pathetic at Best, and to add misery 28 minutes of lousy previews to see a lousy karate kid 3! How about a new thought instead of a "get smart" or scooby doo. Obvious hollywood is out of ideas. Even if there is a good movie wait 6 weeks and rent it from Red Box for a buck. I am sure its fine on your nice flat screen tv. and even if its bad it was only a buck !! Movies Blow!!!!


R.J. Moore II 6 years ago

I'd say the basic problem is that the movie has been in an inflation-filled boom; and like everything produced from inflationary booms it is usually overpriced crap.


Chris 6 years ago

There are many, many wonderful books that could be made into movies. Don't movie makers know how to read? Only when they do make a movie from a book, why do they have to tamper with the text and spoil it?


Selburg68 6 years ago

Ahh like minded peaple i thought i was alone. Well everyone's posts are prety much right hollywood has been out of fresh ideas for a long time they just use 2 hide it better. There has only been 3 good movies made in the past 10 years and i can only remember 1 it is deathproof made in 2007 im sure there is 2 more but i could be wrong. Well folks lets talk about cg [computer graphics]

cg has completely ruined movies prolly for good , quik story first time i watched avatar aka avacrap i had rented it ofcourse I never go to the movies since the past 3 times i went i walked out half way through. Wow when avatar was finally over i felt like i just watched a 3 hour cheesy cartoon my god its 2010 why are things still cheesy WHY!!!!!!! , at the video store i also rented back 2 the future i watched it after avatar and i almost cried to go from a movie that was 100 percent cg to one that was 100 percent real was a mind fuck. Think of all the work in the making of that movie sets,wardrobe,cars,effects,changing of time periods and how it all came together to make one of the best movies of all time it seems that movie makers are so lazy and quik to depend on cg to fix all there effects,sets,lighting,editing, problems that when the movie comes out it looks like a cartoon when i saw cg blood splatter in 300 i almost turned it off i mean come on does hollywodd have a shortage of fake blood or to lazy to set it up , man it really makes me sad. I find myself watching movies that i never gave a chance in the 80's and 90's , movies that just fell short of the big blockbusters or ones i never herd of before and im amazed most that i watch are 100 times better than anything made today i feel so sorry for kids growing up today bad music bad movies bad economy. On to 3d ,3d movies were invented somwere between 1949 and 1955 its NOTHING NEW were is my 4d were are my flying cars and holograms. Things were going so well in the 80s and 90s that any movie about the future even our time and a few years from now looked like how the future should this future we live in is crap i feel like im in a fucking time warp with all these ramakes and sequels. I think its funnmy when they remake a movie say nightmare on elm street and in 2010 with all our advances in film making and cg they couldn't even come close to a movie made in 1984 that was also made with such a small budget it almost didn't get made it prolly cost a quarter of what the remake cost to make and with all that money they came up short in everyway story,cast,effects they all were a joke. In conclusion if you want to see a good movie look to the past pre 2002 as what can be done with films in the future to be honest i think the glory days of film is long gone and will never show its face again.


Amanda 6 years ago

It's not that no one has an original idea. I can't stand when I hear stupid stuff like Hollywood is running out of ideas. I mean Hollywood isn't a person. They are making sequels, because Hollywood is a business. They don't think people would go see most movies so they make sequels. When we start letting children dictate what's box offices successes that's when things went downhill. As for stars paychecks that is just a cop-out. It makes sense. That's who everyones coming to see. Plus If you knew anything about the history of Hollywood practices with their stars you would know why SAG protects it's actors. Further more most actors don't even make that much. It's usually the small number of top stars that do. Hollywood movies don't really cost that much, but they like to tell people that crap. First it's stars pay, then writers then it's something else all too get the viewer thinking that's why ticket prices are so high. Ticket prices are expenses to cover the expense of the flops.


Belinda 6 years ago

Bring back family friendly movies that the whole family can and relate to-take away sex, violence and profanity and they will be forced to be more creative-maybe there actually be a story or plot!!!!


Austin 6 years ago

I stopped watching movies a long time ago in theater, minus a few, rare gems. Hollywood is scared that people won't like a new, fresh idea, so they would rather grab some known star, and then something that might have been a good idea, and throw it together with no orchestration what so ever. It's a show, it'd be nice to see them spend time finding good writers and good actors and IF they really need it some cg. It seems the better 'special effects' get the more 'special' these movies become. Duuurrrr! lol... what a shame


the jackal 6 years ago

Finally, some people I can rekate to. My brother's girlfriend forced me to sit through "The Losers" the other day, and it made me so mad! Did she actually think she was doing me a favor by putting on an action movie?!?! I tried to ignore it and read a book. But the volume was so dang loud that I don't see how that would have been possible. Which brings me to another matter: Are today's youth all &%$#ing deaf?

I'm sorry. I had to get that out of my system, or I was bound to explode. Today's movies are simply godawful. Part of it is that all the actors are too pretty. And lets face it, beauty and intelligence are inversely proportional to one another. If you're ugly, you have to compensate for it with intelligence and personality. If you're beautiful (or rich, for that matter), everyone treats you better, so you begin to actually believe that everything you do is a miracle. Back in the 70s, we had actors such as James Woods, Sissy Spacek, Dennis Sutherland, Jack Nicholson, Klaus Kinski, Malcom McDowell, Richard Dreyfuss.... NOONE would accuse these people of being beauty queens, but they could definitely act. What's more, we could actually buy into the fantasy world presented in the movie, since they looked like actual people and not supermodels. I saw an interview with Johnny Depp and was talking in this peculiar affected mannerism, similar to how Marlcn Brando spoke towards the end. This pretty boy really must think a lot of himself. I like some of Depp's movies, just don't understand where these celebrities get off posing as intellectuals. Isn't it enough that they make tens of millions of dollars?!?

As others have already said, I imagine the other thing is that movie studios are motivated by profit and averse to risk. If you take these two tendencies to their logical conclusion, what you are left with is crap like what we see in the theatres today.


Jacob 6 years ago

Honestly, who ever wrote this, BRAVO!!! I could not agree with you more, I just watched resident evil: afterlife 3D, and I couldn't have been more disappointed and that's what made me look up and find this website! That movie sucked and didn't even come close to being as good as the first one just like the other resident evil movies made after it. And that's not the only crappy movie, 98% of the movies i have seen in the last 10 years have sucked and i think every point u made is spot on and the reason why movies suck. I agree that they need to stop paying people so much money just to draw viewers and just keep making remakes and sequels because they cant even make sequels good, they never explain any of the questions brought about by the previous movies. I think movie writers need to start thinking of new storylines and plots to make a good movie. For example, I think that law abiding citizen was one of the best movies i have seen in a while, why, because the plot has never been done before and it was an awesome storyline, I mean cmon, have you ever heard of someone breaking INTO prison, no, and that's just one of the reasons that movie kicked ass. But yeah, back to the point, thank you for somebody finally adressing this issue because we americans spend our hard earned cash to go see these movies because the previews and commercials make them look halfway decent, little do we know that the parts they show us are the only good parts in the movie and we leave the theatre in shock and awe and disbelief that we wasted our money to go see this movie, and yet the filmmakers and actors get rich from it when they have no talent whatsoever and don't deserve their hefty paycheck at all!!! I am waiting for Skyline to come out and io am definitely going to see that in theatres, the previews look awesome and aliens interest me A lot, I am just paraying that it lives up to its expectations which in this day and age(movie wise) is going to be a very hard task to complete, because if i leave that theatre disappointed, I am gonne be seriously pissed and you know what, Im going to start writing movies because, i don't care what anyone says, I know I could write a better movie than 98% of the movies that have come out in the last 10 years and shit, Ill cast myself because like you said, you don't need big famous actors to star in it to make it good, you need good plots and characters and i know I can bring that to the table. So thank you for finally saying this, it needed to be done and again, I 100% agree with every point you made and I can only hope that more filmmakers will read this and realize the crap that they are bringing to the film industry because in the end, its us americans that suffer from it while they keep on prospering but we americans can only take so much crap until we say "screw it, Im never going to the movies again"!! Then what will you filmmakers do, Oh no, you'll be forced to go back to making GOOD movies again... THANK GOD!!!


Beaks 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks!


dude 6 years ago

The only movies i go see are at the 2.00 cinemas even the i rarely see one i want to see.


pjh139psu 6 years ago

The last time I saw a movie in a theater was... Well ok last century. The last time I bought a CD was 2003 and that was from a film made last century. Today? Plots are thin. Acting is terrible. Comedy isn't. When I want to see something half good I don't even bother with American film, I go straight to the British who actually think their audiences have a brain want to see something with some meat by actors who can act. The vast difference between the American version of Death at a Funeral [I sat there and didn't even crack a smile] to the English version [woke the whole house up howling with laughter] shows the difference between "I'm a star. You came here to watch me prance around a screen and say stupid lines." to the British "How best can I convey the story" acting. I'll take the British.


Beaks 6 years ago from USA Author

That's a pretty good summation of American films right now. It's about attractiveness and current popularity- actually being able to act doesn't seem to be a consideration at all.


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JSAlison 5 years ago

US TV is a lot better than Hollywood now and has been for a few years. A quality HBO show aimed at grown ups makes the stuff Hollywood makes for teenagers look pretty sad.


dan152 5 years ago

I agree 100% with this article and it frustrates me because I have been a movie buff all my life. Going to the movies..especially back in the 70s (Jaws, Star Wars, Godfather) and 80s (ET, Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark) was one of my favorite things to do. The 90s even brought us some great movies (Goodfellas, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction)...but they were becoming more rare. Then, the 2000s came. Granted...there are some good ones on occasion...but to get to the gems, you have to sift through loads and loads of crap! Anyone who works in the corporate world can relate to the fact that often times, the decisionmakers aren't always the most intelligent. These people move up the corporate latter because they know how to assert and articulate themselves much more effectively than others. Those who oppose them often times get pushed away or fired. This leaves people who agree with them, or people who disagree, but do not challenge them. I have seen many horrible decisions made because of this in the corporate world and the movie industry is no different. It used to be that many more movies were made by independent film makers. Those with the creativety and intelligence were also in charge of the destiny of their own movie. That slowly changed to where most movies are run by the corporate mentality and money is thrown at what is perceived to be what the masses will like. The result...for every 1 well made movie, there is about 100 well marketed, pieces of shit. The good news is...we have control over what we see and whether we see it in the theaters, at home, or not at all. If we all exercise this power more wisely, perhaps this can have a lasting effect on how movies are made in the future. When Scooby Doo the movie comes out...and you take your family to it...you have only yourself to blame for walking out of the theatre disappointed!


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bluebird 5 years ago

Movies are a total waste of time in these ending days when people should be spending their precious time in the Bible learning what is happening to this world and why it is the way it is, and what is yet to occur; instead of glued to TV watching people they really don't know who are pretending to be someone else.


FFEJ616 5 years ago

Like many of you, my favorite movies are Back to the Future, Jaws, E.T., Star Wars, The Silence of the Lambs, No Country for Old Men, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Forrest Gump, and Glory. What I can't understand is how some of the best filmakers such as Spielberg and Lucas can't make a decent movie anymore. Take the most recent Indiana Jones movie for instance: Having grown up on Raiders of the Lost Ark in the 80's, my family and I rented Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when it came out. During the opening scene, my mother said, "Is this a joke? This can't be the movie." Needless to say, we all turned it off because it was super lame. How could they ruin such a good legacy with a crap story and horrid CGI? This was also the case with Star Wars Phantom menace - extremely lame. It amazes me how these legendary filmmakers cannot recapture the magic in their earlier works. What is ironic about it all is that when you compare the effects of the original Star Wars movies to the crap ones made a few years ago, the originals look realistic. The Death Star looks real, the spacecraft looks real. The new ones look like you are watching a cartoon! Lame!!!! To Hollywood executives, I don't care what "star" is in the film. I don't go see a movie because who's in it, I go for the story. Stop throwing all of your money into actors and throw it into a good script, then you will get my money. Go back and study the movies that I listed in the beginning of my post...this is what people want and will pay the big bucks for...Not Final Destination 6 or whatever.


Beaks 5 years ago from USA Author

Revenge of the Sith wasn't *that* bad. The two before it, yeah, but I've developed an appreciation for III lately. I'm glad someone agrees with me about the whole star thing. Who cares who the actors are? No one that I know does. That theory is destroying movies.


Alex 5 years ago

I'm pissed! I figured by now there would be some truly epic movies being made, instead there's just a bunch of generic shit. I just might have to get off my lazy ass and get into the film making business just to watch something good. Seriously, who approves movies like soccer dog, smurfs, etc? really... who says "oh yeah, that's a great idea, I'm willing to invest millions in Soccer Dog"??? We should boycott hollywood until they get their shit together


Christy 5 years ago

I would have to say that 85% of the movies that come out nowadays are just crap! I'm tired of that junk! It's all CGI, 3D, remake, sequel, pointless plot, etc. I have since turned my attention to independent flicks, old flicks from the 30's on, etc. Now if there's a movie taht comes out from this century and it's worth seeing, then I'll watch. Other than that, I stick to what I said.


Rennie 5 years ago

Ask yourself why movies and music suck now the next time you are downloading this media illegally without paying.


Beaks 5 years ago from USA Author

Lol, sorry, never done it. I actually don't download it at all- I prefer CDs and DVDs. A lot of people do. There is plenty of profit in both movies and music and no excuse not to make a quality product.


Luke Cage 5 years ago

So let me get this straight Rennie, movies and movies are bad because people are illegally downloading them? Haha are you serious. Did you ever stop too consider that's the reason people are downloading the? Because movies and music are shit. I've never downloaded anything illegal but even I can see that.The truth is Hollywood has lots of creative ideas unfortunately those ideas are sitting under a pile papers,while the latest 3D summer craptacular movie is made. Hollywood is not ran on ideas it's ran on revenue.


Jarod 5 years ago

The problem with most filmmakers is that they're making films that are essentially simulations of other films. It's all banal, wanna be shit. Like all films are homages to other films. No one can come up with an original idea.

And no one is presenting ideas that are above the comprehension level of a fucking retard. It's like before the screenwriter writes his or her script, he or she gauges the intelligence of their audience, then conforms everything he or she writes to that unfounded estimation. Filmmakers must think the vast majority of mankind consists only of the most primitive and degenerative form of human being.

Wake up filmmakers. We're not all stupid.


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Norman Guno 5 years ago

The only movies I like these days are docu dramas, a DC comic..


tolikus 5 years ago

I think the recession was a serious factor why some big stars(De Niro included)who need fast money for their projects or who lost money on the stock market were cynical enough to participate in absolutely crapy movies. Shame on you!


frezyt 5 years ago

holy shit.. hahaha well done on the article.. there is a particular reason i decided to google "why are hollywood movies so sh*t these days" - well went to see "the Thing" remake last nite at the cinema. well the first section wasn't too bad, keeping in the same suspense as the 1982 version, but then it decided to pull a "hollywood" on us halfway thru and show overuse of the "thing" and all the crap explosions and spaceships etc WTF... totally f**ked the movie.. i hate a lot of movies these days and im only 27.. im finding myself actually going back and watching a lot of older films etc..

P.S im actually watching TWIN PEAKS for the first time ever and holy shit.. now where the hell is the next David Lynch going to come around instead of all these idiot MICHAEL BAY bullsh*t directors


Lord Vader 5 years ago

Movies have really started to suck because it's not about creativity anymore, or about the story. It's all 'bout the cash. Those qualified to write a descent script are disgusted.


nicky10lbs 5 years ago

Actors are to blame because they really suck now.What a bunch of overrated scumbags . I hope they all croak!


Useless 4 years ago

It is all about the cash in hollywood, if people continue to watch and support crap hollywood will continue to put it out. I have no issue paying for quality, and at times even mediocre, but come on! Sick of CGI, sick of 3D for the sake od 3D and sick of bad.


WHY ME 4 years ago

David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick are what everyone needs! Visionaries!


My2Cents 4 years ago

I'm sorry but a lot of these complaints are moot. Here's the problem: PRODUCERS ARE ASSHOLES!!!!

Guillermo del Toro had "At the Mountains of Madness" being made within the budget with an excellent script and James Cameron. But the studio shut it down in favor of "Battleship" based on the board game. He was not happy about this because if "At the Mountains of Madness came to pass it would have brought the horror/fantasy/scifi classic style of movie making back to life. The reason the studio shut it down, they say not enough public appeal and they want to play it safe. If big name studios are going to go on in this mentality they will all find their way out on the streets.

I mean go to a movie theater parking lot on a Friday or Saturday and listen to the various conversations people are having as they're passing by. You'll hear the parents sigh when the kids want to see Cars 2 or The Chipmunks Movie.

Here's another example:

Last year I went to the Palace Theatre in Manchester New Hampshire because they were doing a midnight screening of the original fully restored Nosferatu and then the Golem, two silent films from 1922 and 1919. The theater holds ten thousand seats and it SOLD OUT! That made me feel very good about myself and the people in the area were grandparents all the way to teenagers.

I was also in Newbury Comics last week and two girls were asking the desk clerk if they had in the 1931 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

I really think the Network and Studio producers need to rub that brown sticky stuff out of their eyes and ears for having their heads up their butts for so long and realize we're all going back to the past... far and distant past looking for Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, and Boris Karloff.

I've been watching more 90 year old silent films than anything else these last two years.

Check out Georges Melies' The House of the Devil (1896) on Youtube. A 3 minute silent film that was made nearly 120 years ago is more entertaining than anything coming out in the theaters today. And Melies was making films because he wanted to, money was not his primary concern.

All the fat slobs with 50 chins at the top of MGM, Universal, Disney, Paramount, (in fact Bela Lugosi made Universal they have no excuse turning a blind eye and deaf ear to past successes, they need to show the proper respect), need to put the taco down and reread "basic filmmaking 101." But it's not entirely their fault, money is thinning out across the country everywhere because our Government is trying to provoke World War 3.


Theo 4 years ago

Oh ok ok , Now i understand why every single movie i've seen lately sucks so much. Because actors are too expensive and it's the economical crisis. Take the new pirates of the caribbean, very bad trip, men in black. All these sequal movies i've actualy walked out of for the first time in my life :O


rmcmillen 3 years ago

For every individual "good" movie..... there are at least a dozen that blow and blow HARD. This alone is why I wrote "A Call To Arms... Sort of"


ArchangelMichael2 3 years ago

I agree actually except on the Titanic they made the sex scene too long and drawn out. If they either shortened it or maybe even deleted the sex scene they could've added in the other important deleted scenes.

On the James Cameron Titanic Explorer PC the scenes in it were meant to be in the film but deleted like showing Jack telling the radio operator of the Californian to "Shut Up I am busy working Cape Race" and the operator of the Californian turned off his equipment for the night.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8PLDqqdpu0

Another of many example is a scene showing the dogs being released from the kennels so they won't drown in their cages and another showing the exercise room being used with someone who is concerned about his lost dog.

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