Ashe Cantrell at Film School Rejects is angry…
How many times have you known what was going to happen next in a film because you’d seen the resolutiuon in a trailer? How do we make Hollywood stop doing this?
Guillermo del Toro refuses to make a PG-13 horror movie, and Universal freaks out…
Our Hollywood overlords hate us.
If you despair of the lack of smart, mature movies for adults now, just wait till The King’s Speech, reedited for knee-jerk prudes afraid of their own shadows and unable to competently parent their children to explain how words work, makes $100 million at the box office.
Warner Bros. to remake The Bodyguard. You don’t even need to know anything beyond that.
Leah Rozen in The New York Times, writing about the new British film Made in Dagenham, about women in the late 1960s who struck the Ford plant where they worked, makes a cogent point that hadn’t occurred to me until I read her words, though it’s clearly so head-smackingly obvious that it almost doesn’t need to be said: Hollywood doesn’t make movies about working-class Americans anymore.
It sounds like Hall is saying, however, that we should all have run out opening weekend to see Skyline — or any movie we suspect will be garbage — because we owe something to Hollywood! Which is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard.
This isn’t a movie: it’s an FX demo reel. It’s not about anything: it doesn’t reflect any contemporary fears that afflict individual people or anxieties that grip our entire culture. It has nothing to say beyond: “Don’t alien ships in the skies over Los Angeles look sorta interesting, and perhaps you would like to hire us to create the FX for your next sci-fi action film?”
Everything that is wrong with The Movies today in America is beautifully encapsulated in how this lovely little movie cannot find an audience in the current movie environment.