Celluloid

My thoughts on the big screen

Because school has officially started and because I have jack and squat for time, I’m bringing back one of the first posts I made on my blog from 1999. This time, though, with comments, you get a chance to tell me what you’re all time favorite movies are.

My next weekly Top Ten List.

  1. Shichinin no Samurai
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  3. Amelie
  4. Unforgiven
  5. The Crow
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road
  7. Galdiator
  8. The Maltese Falcon
  9. Let the Right One In
  10. The Empire Strikes Back

Honorable mentions: Army of Darkness, Cloud Atlas, The Full Monty, Alien, The Bridge over the River Kwai, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Jaws, The Fisher King, The Great Escape, Terminator 2, Raise the Red Lantern, the Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Star Wars, Vertigo, Platoon (previously on list bumped by Mad Max: Fury Road), The Lord of the Rings (previously on the list bumped by Amelie), Rashomon (previously on the list bumped by Let the Right One In).

The only one actually in order are the first two. Seven Samurai  and Raiders are my favorite movie of all time. And, to qualify, these movies are all personal choices for me. They have had, in some shape or form, a profound effect on how I work as an artist and as a individual. Take it for what it’s worth.

Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 12.13.37 PMFirst take a good look at the picture on the right, then come back and finish reading.

From now on if you’re one of those people who likes to figure out where to point the blame:

  • at the screenwriter for not writing roles for [insert whatever demographic suits you];
  • at the director or producer for not hiring [insert whatever demographic suits you];
  • at the tv stations for not developing shows about [insert whatever demographic suits you];
  • etc.

Remember, at its core Hollywood isn’t about creating art or great films or spreading political messages or taking up various causes (they can, of course, do any of these, it’s just not there core drive). Hollywood is driven by one thing and one thing only. Money. So there is no one to blame – not even Adam Sandler – but each individual who goes to a movie and pays for it. Because that is the loudest voice Hollywood hears. So until [insert whatever demographic suits you] makes money don’t expect it to see equality on the big screen. Think about it, in the last 10 years what is the largest demographic growth for movies? Teenagers. And now we’re seeing a rash of Young Adult novels turned into films. And they make a heck of a lot of money. One interesting side effect of this is to see what happens with women’s roles over the next decade. Because most of the truly successful YA films have lead females I’m willing to bet this is going to effect the number of female leads carrying films.

The people that jump on a cause and want to claim that Hollywood must change its time to diversity or whatever are trying to cure the problem where it doesn’t exist. Hollywood doesn’t care. It doesn’t have an agenda for equality or ANYTHING except as a business to make money. If you want to see more movies in other arenas (i.e. demographics) than either stick to indie films (which are often much better anyway) or convince the public to want something else. That is the only way Hollywood will listen, because as a smart business they work on the idea of supply and demand. If the public isn’t demanding they aren’t going to supply it. Tyler Perry is a great showcase for this. How many of his films have a caucasian actor playing the main character? Why? Is it because he hates white people? Of course not, it’s because he understands his market and he markets his films to them. So why does everybody want to tell Hollywood how to choose their markets?

I am not a fan of Adam Sandler films. I don’t find them funny and I find them often painful to sit through. That statistic above blew my mind. I honestly didn’t understand how he keeps making movies because I hear a lot of people say they don’t like Adam Sandler films. In one line, that photo answered my question.