Recently i was watching a video on youtube expressing why movies made in the last 10 years or so tend to feel lackluster compared to movies in the past which appear to be absolutely amazing productions. Being a dude who's been disappointed by the Trek movies in recent years and other scifi/fantasy productions, i tend to think that movies have gone downhill. In fact, the only Trek movie i would say is half decent in the last 10 years is Beyond, which was OK by my standards. There were some big plot holes that were hard to ignore, and some of the filming was really of lesser quality than i thought a professional studio would accept. What can i say? I'm hard to please, especially with downright draconic restrictions on how fanfilms can be made now, and the fact that i think that Star Trek Horizon, a fanfilm before those restrictions were implemented somewhat rivals Beyond in quality.
But i digress. One of the reasons why it feels like movies are of lesser quality is because of the amount of movies that have been made available to you as an internet user. Nearly ALL of movies ever made are on the internet, and if you have a will there is a way. Netflix makes tons of money off this idea, as does many other popular companies. So, it's no surprise that after watching 50 movies that play on the damsel in distress it gets boring.
Another reason that contributes to this idea of old movies being better than today's movies is simply because there might only be 1-3 major hits in one year, while the crap movies everyone forgets. There were plenty of B movies in the past, but no one knows of them simply because they tanked. So, while the good movies look like living legends, the bad ones fade into oblivion, never to be seen or heard of again.
I think this last reason answers why big movies seem to fizzle more in today's world than in the past: the bottom line. No, people haven't gotten dumber(mostly). I could argue that our opinions of what does and does not work from our more analytical selves coinciding with each other is proof enough that people have reached a level of more or less equal intellect. So, now you can safely assume that big film productions aren't playing dumb either. They want your money, and as cheaply as possible. In order to do that, they make a formula that will keep you stimulated throughout the movie so you will watch it and enjoy it, even though you might not remember the movie later.
Have you ever watched a movie, enjoyed it, and then two weeks later someone asks you what happened in the movie, only for your mind to go blank? That is how you know you've been bamboozled by the film corporations, and your mind was stimulated by all the action scenes and empathy inducing moments so you could get attached to the characters, even though the characters may have been doing nothing to progress the plot. Remember in the Hunger Games when Rue dies, or when Sirius Black is killed in the Potter movies? Both of these are emotional scenes that work because they progress the plot while still moving you into a state of sympathy for the main characters and all who are involved. However, take that same scene and replace Sirius with a muggle or Rue with an adult and suddenly the scene falls flat. Those deaths don't have that same impact as before because the context is lost. The plot isn't progressed like before, even though you may still empathize with the loss of life. This is what's happening; empathy without plot logic. As long as they get a 2 star movie that everyone went to watch, that’s good enough for them.
And there’s no way to stop these things from happening either. Big companies will continue to sell you as much of this as they can for so long as the formula works and people keep coming back. However, all is not lost. I find that only big budget movies tend to be forced into this idea, while someone with a much smaller budget of a couple million could potentially make a blockbuster for the ages. And you can’t really hate on the companies because their goal is to make money off these movies, and good content in the past has been known to not attract a large audience. With all their sponsors they can’t afford to break even on a 100 million dollar movie.
So there you have it. So what do you guys think? Are movies sorta…. Meh? Leave an opinion if you’d like.
Not much to say here; i like to write, and i have been working on a few stories of mine for a while. i live in the middle of nowhere, so not much to see other than grassy plains and old folks. it really is that boring, but i have become quite the Canasta/Hand and Foot(Arm and Leg, personally) player though.
~i'm trying to improve my writing skills here, first by fantasy and science fiction, and we'll see where i can go from there. So far i'm just trying to get ideas out and hopefully i can publish a book or two someday of my own creation. of course, this is some distant future that, right now, feels more like an alternate dimension in a futuristic timeline than where i want to be a few years from now.
~Fair warning for you now, i am a Star Trek fan, and so philosophy and debating follow suit with that. Also, i tend to choose Picard over Kirk, say Han shot second, decide that Babylon 5 was kinda cool, and tell everyone that Star Trek is better than Star Wars because Star Trek gives you puzzles to solve, while Star Wars merely activates the primal pleasure centers of the human brain because it's a scifi action romance with a happy ending. if you EVER think Star Wars is better, you should have a logical argument to back it up, otherwise Star Trek wins.
when im not writing, working, watching youtube videos while drinking tea, or sleeping..... well, im usually doing one of those. I'm your typical loser, don't worry.