Monday, July 12, 2010
Summer of Lackluster
Have any of you walked into the movie theatres not knowing what to watch? Don't worry, we are all feeling the same way. There is so much A+ level talent making B- movies this year. From "Jonah Hex," "The Last Airbender," to "Toy Story 3," audiences have shown up see their favorite actors; Although movie ticket sales haven't suffered so much...The plot and characters have. Rotten Tomatoes for example gave the Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz piloted "Knight and Day" a 53 percent rating. In high school, we all know that 53% is a failing grade. So when you have two of the biggest names in Hollywood, why are they not demanding more from the writers? Can it all be blamed on the script, or should we suggest that the Studios allow the directors the final cut that they need to bring us the works of art they wish to author? On the other hand, shall I suggest for now to us walking into the movie theatre foyers to perhaps consider smaller films that pay more attention to our subjected minds. Even recent foreign films have tangled my thought process after the theatre lights go up. I suggest that we audience members visit the small art house that we often dismiss on main street. I recently enjoyed the Swedish film-noir, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Based on the book of the same name, the film did so well critically that it is undergoing an American makeover.