Where have all the classic movies gone
We all have them, the movies that stick with us. Often they are the ones you watched when you were a kid that shaped who you became as an adult and our tastes in the future. With the upcoming release of Episode VII Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I think it is safe to say that there are at least a couple of generations that would agree that the three original movies fall into the category of life shaping. The three prequels not so much maybe. Or maybe they are. Maybe those prequels taught you about disappointment so they stick with you as a life lesson. Or they taught you how to tell the difference between a bad movie from a good movie. Whatever it maybe, the list of movies that shapes you is often a very personal thing.
This led me to wonder...what are those movies for kids today. I am to separated by age and not having kids to be tapped into that particular zeitgeist. From an outsider view there doesn't seem to be that many and maybe, if it is true it is a sign of the times. Maybe their thing is YouTube videos more than movies.
Another question may be are we trying to push our nostalgia on our kids. Take the recent flop of the movie Jem and the Holograms. That movie obviously was not written for the adults that would have been fans of the original 1980s cartoon. It seems to have failed in getting their kids on board and making them fans. to have the parents go see it it would have had to have a more adult edge to it instead of a kiddie moral play.
I guess you could say that it might be all of those super heroes movies that come out. I figure they have to be making them for someone. They tap into the below 25 year olds would to want to make a difference and make their mark.
It could be that the movies that shape them are the same movies that shaped generations before. You could argue that older movies are more accessable now with streaming and services like Netflix. It is through the sharing with their parents that they too love Star Wars. Think of all of those angsty teenagers that get to enjoy the Molly Ringwald 80s teen trilogy of 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club. Maybe if they would have promoted her in Jem it would have drawn a little bit more of a crowd. Maybe we like our Molly forever a teenager. Maybe it will be more of a hit at home when it is available to stream. Maybe the theater is not where movies are seen anymore unless it is an event movie.
Whatever becomes of movie I would like to know what movies today do you think will be revered and remembered 20 years from now?