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Old 09-27-2011, 07:55 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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I've heard that this phenomenon of Hollywood churning out mediocrity goes to the fact that the execs don't want to take any risks - they have formulas that they use which fairly often produce the largest profits for them. They don't care about quality pictures, they want their movies to show up in the top five box office numbers.

This is why Netflix has come in handy - I get to relive the good movies with my teenager, and he gets to see how good, meaningful, and well written movies are made. He has made his own observation about how mediocre today's films are, and even he is tired of CGI.
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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Im sick of the horror genre. There are only 3 plots.

Plot 1:High school/college kids go somewhere remote for the weekend.
Crazy murderer terrorizes them.

Plot 2: Family moves to a new remove town to get a fresh start. Their house is big. Little kid sees stuff. House is haunted

Plot 3: No plot, just see how over the top they can kill people one after the other. For instance, Saw!
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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I hear you loud and clear. I haven't stepped foot in a movie theater in years. Most movies I watch nowadays are on TCM, Flix, or other cable movie channels. If there's a new movie I want to see I wait until it shows up at my local library.

These links tell the story of how bad the movies have become-


How to make an intelligent blockbuster and not alienate people
In this highly charged polemic, the Observer film writer and 5 Live critic tackles the big-budget producers for their cynical rejection of intelligent movies – and contempt for the ordinary cinemagoers who fill their pockets.


March of the Turkeys
Each summer, the multiplexes spew out a succession of schlockbusters. These films take years to make, and cost millions - so why are they so dire? Top-level Hollywood insiders spill the beans to Ravi Somaiya.


Remake mania: New versions of old movies don’t thrill fans


People don't like going to the movies anymore


Why are movies so bad? Or, the numbers
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Old 09-27-2011, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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The only way to combat this is to respond in a way that movie studios will notice: vote with your wallet. Go and see the movies that you think are worthy, and don't go to the ones you don't. Sure, you'll get millions more people willing to pay to see Transformers 12 or Hangover 5, but there is a small audience out there who demand quality.
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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waste of time to criticize mass media movies, as there are hundreds of intellectual, artsy, etc. movies made in numerous countries.....with sub-titles, English dubbed. seek and ye shall find and let go of criticism.
What he said!

Mass media is the same old regurgitated crap because that formula is "low risk" when it comes to turning a profit on big budget films. There's plenty of stuff out there that isn't necessarily subject to the law of the dollar; you just have to broaden your horizons!
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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This rant, from my favorite and little known film critic, pretty much sums it up.
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Old 09-28-2011, 12:23 AM
 
Location: England
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If you want to watch a thinking persons film, try Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Gary Oldman was never better within a truly stellar cast.
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Belgium
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I follow you, SMP, although not entirely: if I look for example at the list of the best movies of 2010, I see some very good American movies (such as Inception, The Social Network, The Ghost Writer, The Town, The King's Speech, True Grit, Black Swan, Winter's Bone,...). But unfortunately, for every one of those movies, there's ten pieces of crap (The Spy Next Door, When In Rome, The Last Airbender, Sex and the City 2, Swa 3D, Yogi Bear,...)

Fortunately, the noughties did bring us the HBO renaissance of TV-shows as a compensation .
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:25 AM
 
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This is why rotten tomatoes is critical to screen movies before you go to them. Rotten Tomatoes Movie Website

If they don't get at least an 80 I don't go to them anymore. I make exceptions for horror movies, because they never rate highly on the site.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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TV is better.
Is it just me or have all the current TV programs become 24 clones? All I see is people pointing pistols around all the time. Yawn...
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