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Old 12-26-2012, 09:19 AM
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Meh. Movies to me have always been cheese, I'm going there to be entertained and distracted for a few hours. I mean, something like Indiana Jones or Star Wars is clearly campy but they're classics becuase IMHO people at that time kept things in prespective and let themselves be amused. If I want something informative or with gravitas I read a book or go to Broadway.

Frankly, action movies are waaaaaay better than say in the 80s. I want realistic violence and more gritty/rougher protagonists. Not flash and over-the-top gore that's more silly than thrilling. Hurt Locker is more my style than say The A-Team. We also forget there is a much deeper and more vibrant Indie scene now than 20 years ago. Rom Coms have always been trash ('cept when Harry met Sally, that was genius) as has comedy (Come on, do you really think Risky Buisness was in any way groundbreaking?). It's all about shutting off and allowing yourself to be swallowed up in the story.
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:33 PM
Location: Miami, FL
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Appears to me that interesting original films peaked in the mid-late 1990s. There were regular offerings of action and drama and the necessary leads to drive them that are scarce today. One could select from Van Damme, Segall, Arnold, Willis, Stallone for their action genre and still have Freeman, Costner, Duvall, DeNiro, Connery, etc for drama.

I find the need to make today's young males action heroes a bit odd as they are known for their romantic comedies or chick flick credentials. I mean Ryan Reynolds was passable in Safe House but he really needed Denzel Washington to hold the film together. Same with Colin Farrell who had no screen presence compared to Arnold in Total Recall. I think Farrell peaked with TigerLand.

Then there is the need to redo originals which tend to be stale because an original idea is always fresh. At least follow Tarantino and transfer the plot line to a different setting so it appears new.
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