What Ho, Hollywood?
Last week - or was it the week before? - TCM showed several old Harold Lloyd silent movies. They were great.
Too bad Hollywood has lost focus on the STORIES and, instead, focuses on camera shots, special effects, gore and nudity. I am reminded of a difference I noted between the original Star Trek and the Next Generation. The original may have had hokey sets and a low budget - both time and money - but they filmed with drama, theatrics. Things even as small as the gash of light across Kirk's face in tense moments or just the colored lights in the overhead panels on the bridge; things that lend emotion to a scene. Then, along comes Next Generation - antiseptic, sterile, well-lit. Sure, the bridge on the NextGen Enterprise was probably more realistic, but it was certainly not as dramatic and never told its own story as did the original Enterprise bridge.
Where are the films like Casablanca? 12 Angry Men? The Day the Earth Stood Still (not the Keanu Reeves dreck)?
Rather than simply make a good movie, Hollywood insists on "pushing the envelope."
Of course, we, the viewing public, are also to blame; mainly for our "celebrity-worship." We go insane over the mere chance to catch a glimpse of someone whose only skill is to be able to pretend to be something one is not. These people are paid millions of dollars for playing make-believe, something any five-year old kid excels at. But, who would even get out of their seat, if they saw one of the cameramen or boom operators - assuming they were even recognized?
As a result, prices are ridiculous. I've seen maybe enough movies in over a decade to count on two hands. Last summer, the pickings were incredibly slim. The garbage that is coming out of California is beneath contempt.
So, I'll wait until something comes out on DVD or BluRay, rather than drop almost 50 bucks on something that lets me sit in a crowd without even an arm-rest to myself.