Hollywood is just churning out the same formulaic bullshit these days and I'm tired of it. What happened to gems like "One who flew over the cookoo's nest"?
There's no overblown blockbuster soundtrack, no stunning special effects, no cheesy love story thrown in just for the fuck of it. It's pure cinema at it's finest with brilliant direction, creativity, and acting. Perhaps I should be looking at the independent film market instead of hollywood since they obviously now just cater to the lowest common denominator...
Must... resist... Pink Floyd song reference.
Many of the moviegoing population these days is composed of brain-dead teenagers. Give them an explosion or penis joke, and they'll be happy. The fact that "Meet the Spartans" was number one at the box office on opening weekend really says it all.
It's the same as with music; dig deeper and I'll guarantee you there will be better stuff with 'soul'. Nope, you might not find them at your local cinema. But statements like 'they don't make movies with a soul anymore' are bound to fail.
That's not to say that a lot of the recent mainstream is made of suck; as Day_Man gave good example.
I would have to agree with Griffin. There are some good movies out there with a lot of "soul" in them. The problem is, they are not making it mainstream. The main reason for this, is that people only want to be entertained, and do not want to have to think anymore. Some of the blockbusters still have a lot of soul to them, you just have to look harder to find it. One good movie that I can think of is "No Country For Old Men". A lot of people did not understand that movie, but that is because it tends to force them to look past what is being shown, and into how it is being shown and what is not being said. I do agree that "Meet the Spartans" and movies like that are becoming more popular and don't have that much thought behind them, but they are not all that is out there. It is just harder to find the good ones admidst the junk.
I didn't make it!
Couldn't agree more. My collection of movies is all from the 80's and early 90's. Back when terrific acting and amazing plotlines made up for shiny effects. Ha...Meet the Spartans. I haven't met 1 person yet that enjoyed that movie. Maybe that's a good sign.
I also agree. I have very few films from 2000>, there are some gems of course, but there's not much quality filmmaking anymore.
Without soul? Get Taylor Hicks in a movie, dammit.
The truth is, these movies do exist, they just normally get overshadowed by effects of high budget movies. The truth is, in 10/20 years, people will say why aren't they making movies with a soul anymore while those from 2000/10 were great. The thing is, the movies that don't put so mch focus on effects as story will basically wriggle forward and people will remember those. While a lot of movies will just get forgotten. And to find better movies, it's sometimes good to look a bit away from hollywood/bollywood.
I recommend you see I served the english king and maybe dark blue world. And from the newer movies, I always liked V for vendetta. It's more closer to the blockbuster type, but it still has a number of deeper ideas.
You could be right about hollywood, but don't they suck more now then ever? All these horror remakes.. no more ideas? I dislike what they call the MTV influense of fast cutting also.. I'd rather see some nice (well framed) and steady camera angles than thousand shitty ones in a fast spree. Sure it works if it advances the story but that's usually not the case.. their adapting it for the ADD generation. I don't think I would rate the 2000's as good as the 90's when it comes to movies hbut 70's was the best. :D