Monday, January 3, 2011


Where all your nightmares can come true.

A few weeks ago I was at my local movie theater with a friend when I had an epiphany. We had just sat through twenty minutes of coming attractions and each one was worse than the one that preceded it. That, coupled with the un-clever, heartless advertising that kicked off the whole affair, made my brain want to explode. It was as though some sort of self-destruct sequence had been initiated. That rather than fall into the hands of intellectual cannibals my brain would voluntarily burst out of my skull, like that scene in Scanners (1981). It was then that I had my epiphany; there should be a legal mandate that forces Hollywood to close down for one full year every decade, if only to reflect and develop artistically.

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Of course that will never happen, but think about it logically. If you continually produce material, it doesn’t matter what it is, you will ultimately find yourself in a creative rut and the work will suffer. That’s just how it works. It’s very easy to get locked in to a particular style, especially when you don’t stop and look back at your mistakes. As an industry that is constantly churning out product, with several projects at different stages of development, Hollywood only has time to compare the bottom line: money. Heaven help us if there’s a trend that’s really popular. They’ll wrap it around our neck so many times that we suffocate before we can get off to it. It’s a vicious cycle.

Granted, there are a few skilled people working in the industry, but the politically correct, focus group obsessed, demographic oriented scuzbags in tinsel town will usually keep them on a very short leash. Entertainment is a business like any other. Unless the studios can make a ton of money off of a person, in which case they become product, like a whore, then they will close the book on them and their proverbial career.

The one saving grace are the independent filmmakers and distributors. This is where Hollywood goes when it wants to leech and capitalize off of other people’s hard work, after all the risks have been taken. Of course this is a double-edged sword. The benefit is everyone will see the film and new offers will roll in, but those offers often come with stipulations and requirements that hinder on the creative process.

Illustrated Point.
The other downside to the independents is that many of them want to be a part of the social network in Hollywood. Most of them will usually cater their project to impress marketing executives. What happens is an over abundance of cliché scenarios flood the market and makes it more challenging for true talent to get through the lines. If you really think about it, our chief export in this country is entertainment and celebrity manufacturing. With so many people vying for attention, standards will inadvertently be lowered because all of these people will do anything to get noticed, and we are a voyeuristic civilization. We love to watch, and admire, and aspire to be the one being watched.

It seems as though the entire entertainment industry has adopted a half-ass attitude towards everything lately. Take a look at all of the bullshit reality television shows, or poorly drawn animation, or sleazy pop stars who can’t sing a note without the electronic distortion of auto-tune programs. The only thing you’ll actually see is the bar of acceptance being lowered to a point where being white trash will win you an Academy Award. 

It's time for a sabbatical, Hollywood.

And don't get me started on sequels. They are...

Sequels, 3-D, and the Lost Art of Acting

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. Creativity and talent doesn't mean profit and there's always one or more compromises beyond Hollywood horizon. And now I also know that I'm pretty different from the voyeuristic mass...good for me! ;-)