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June 21, 2011

Why movies suck right now and why they will continue to suck

The Day the Movies Died: Movies TV: GQ
It has always been disheartening when good movies flop; it gives endless comfort to those who would rather not have to try to make them and can happily take cover behind a shield labeled "The people have spoken." But it's really bad news when the industry essentially rejects a success, when a movie that should have spawned two dozen taste-based gambles on passion projects is instead greeted as an unanswerable anomaly. That kind of thinking is why Hollywood studio filmmaking, as 2010 came to its end, was at an all-time low—by which I don't mean that there are fewer really good movies than ever before (last year had its share, and so will 2011) but that it has never been harder for an intelligent, moderately budgeted, original movie aimed at adults to get onto movie screens nationwide. "It's true at every studio," says producer Dan Jinks, whose credits include the Oscar winners American Beauty and Milk. "Everyone has cut back on not just 'Oscar-worthy' movies, but on dramas, period. Caution has made them pull away. It's infected the entire business." For the studios, a good new idea has become just too scary a road to travel. Inception, they will tell you, is an exceptional movie. And movies that need to be exceptional to succeed are bad business. "The scab you're picking at is called execution," says legendary producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, True Grit). "Studios are hardwired not to bet on execution, and the terrible thing is, they're right. Because in terms of execution, most movies disappoint." With that in mind, let's look ahead to what's on the menu for this year: four adaptations of comic books. One prequel to an adaptation of a comic book. One sequel to a sequel to a movie based on a toy. One sequel to a sequel to a sequel to a movie based on an amusement-park ride. One prequel to a remake. Two sequels to cartoons. One sequel to a comedy. An adaptation of a children's book. An adaptation of a Saturday-morning cartoon. One sequel with a 4 in the title. Two sequels with a 5 in the title. One sequel that, if it were inclined to use numbers, would have to have a 7 1/2 in the title.

June 19, 2011

The moral lessons of 25 movies, in one sentence

Mightygodking.com -- 25 Movies Boiled Down To One Sentence Apiece
Night of the Living Dead: The biggest threat in any crisis isn’t whatever’s going wrong, it’s the stupid ways people react to it. Up: What’s important in life isn’t whether you achieve what you set out to do, it’s whether the things you did were worth doing. Memento: Revenge is an ultimately hollow and meaningless pursuit that makes you into a monster. The Limey: It still beats not getting revenge. Star Wars: Adventure reveals people’s hidden talents. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie: If you’re stuck in a bad situation, it helps if you can keep your sense of humor. Labyrinth: If you make a mistake, you have a responsibility to make it right no matter how hard it is. Logan’s Run: It’s easy not to care about a problem until it becomes your problem too. . . .

June 15, 2011

The most sexist, racist political ad ever

The Raw Story forwards this from The Young Turks: It's sexist. It's racist. It's slanderous. It's got some of the worst rapping ever. And it is incoherent to such a degree one can't even figure out what the fuck its trying to say. It is as if a 15-year-old Klansman made a mashup of 2 Live Crew, Firing Line with William F. Buckley and The Shags. YouTube - Most Racist, Sexist Ad In History?

June 14, 2011

The alignments of Game of Thrones

The alignment chart for Game of Thrones season one.